Kaze wa Fuiteiru
Kimi no Senaka (Undergirls)
Vamos (Undergirls Baragumi) (Type-A only)
Gondola Lift (Undergirls Yurigumi) (Type-B only)
Tsubomi-tachi (Team 4 + Kenkyuusei) (Theater Edition only)
Kaze wa Fuiteiru off vocal ver.
Kimi no Senaka off vocal ver.
Vamos off vocal ver.
Gondola Lift off vocal ver.
Tsubomi-tachi off vocal ver.
1. Kaze wa Fuiteiru
Usually, AKB48’s fall A-sides have been the oddball singles yet, so amazing like “RIVER” and ‘Beginner”. Sadly, what happened to that spark with Kaze wa Fuiteiru? I mean it is a nice change I have to say since it begins with acoustic guitar and a nice melodic intro from the girls. It stays on this light pop groove for most of the song which is alright, but it doesn’t stand out like their previous fall songs but better than the last previous A-sides this year.
2. Kimi no Senaka
So once again, we have another song from the Undergirls with Kimi no Senaka. It is a little more upbeat than “Kaze wa Fuiteiru” but it kind of suffers from a bland atmosphere and typical AKB-sounding song. Despite having different girls singing the song, it doesn’t hide the fact that it’s still a bland song and just kind of fits with the other songs I’m not a big fan of.
Then it kind of gets weird when the Undergirls get split even further with new sub-groups Baragumi and Yurigumi. I’m not sure why of the decision behind it but whatever…it means more songs I guess. I like the more latin-feel of the song since it fits with the Spanish title and all that. It’s a fun song though but there’s not of lyrical content (looking at the chorus mostly). It also has boring verses, not even gonna lie. Still, the atmosphere is nice and it stands out better than “Kimi no Senaka” did.
4. Gondola Lift
Yurigumi comes in with their song, Gondola Lift which is funny enough a ballad. I’d say vocally, this is the best the single has to offer which isn’t surprising because ballads and idol groups kind of work together and finally we have something that sounds a little like “Sakura no Shiroi”. Also, it does ride off as a wintery ballad though it shouldn’t since it’s the fall single. As simple as the arrangement is, it’s a pretty song and the best off the single overall.
As it’s the first single to include Team 4 (which I think is a sub-group from team Kenkyuusei) but also includes team Kenkyuusei as well. The tune in question is pretty upbeat yet somewhat cute. I will say the girls featured in this song aren’t quite as strong of a group of singers like Undergirls Yurigumi but they do an alright job with the happy-go-lucky feeling of it all.
AKB’s Autumn single isn’t quite as great as previous releases in the same general release dates. Kaze wa Fuiteiru is a little different from their stuff but it isn’t as wild and random like before so this is a little disappointing as an A-side, but c’mon I wanted a little more out of it. Kimi no Senaka was just bland and forgetful. At least Vamos, Gondola Lift, and Tsubomi-tachi were pretty good though as B-sides. Now, I wonder what’s next for their Winter single.