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SDN48 – Kudokinagara Azabu Juuban duet with Monta Mino December 27, 2011

Filed under: SDN48 — solarblade @ 6:39 pm

Track Listing

  1. Kudokinagara Azabu Juuban duet with Monta Mino
  2. Yaritagariya-san (Undergirls Team G)
  3. Gamjatang Bojou (Undergirls A) (Type A only)
  4. Kashasa de Jihaku Suru (Undergirls B) (Type B only)
  5. Kudokinagara Azabu Juuban duet with Monta Mino (off vocal)
  6. Yaritagariya-san (off vocal)
  7. Gamjatang Bojou (off vocal)
  8. Kashasa de Jihaku Suru (off vocal)

1. Kudokinagara Azabu Juuban duet with Monta Mino

I can at least say I didn’t expect SDN48 to pull off a kayoukyoku kind of song with Kudokinagara Azabu Juuban more or less have it be a collaborative effort with Monta Mino (who I’m sure is a kayoukyoku singer).  I have to say for the most part I wasn’t feeling Monta’s vocals when he sang by himself but the girls of SDN48 really sound strong for this song and I love the different style they’ve produced with this one when compared to their previous singles.

2. Yaritagariya-san

However, if you like their previous singles, you might find your kicks with this song since it actually carries itself similarly to “GAGAGA” which is pretty cool actually since I do like their K-pop inspired songs.  While there isn’t solos to be found here, I’m still enjoying it vocally for the most part.  I mean it’s catchy but the hook of the whole ~ayee-ayeee-aye~ gets jarring after hearing it over and over.

3. Gamjatang Bojou

For the edition-only songs the first one in Gamjatang Bojou kind of lets Undergirls A have their taste of the kayoukyoku style.  I love the amount of brass used in the song and it seems that I’m finding myself loving the vocals out of this selected group a whole lot!  Pretty cool song from them to be honest ^_^

4. Kashasa de Jihaku Suru

I kind of think that while Kashasa de Jihaku Suru also kind of takes that route of kayoukyoku, this is is leaning more towads a latin sound like one of their earlier B-sides “Tengoku no Door wa 3kaime no Bell de Hiraku” but a little more laidback.  Actually, I really liked the vocals here more than in “Gamjatang Bojou”…much smoother actually.

 

 

As it is more than likely SDN48’s final single, the let this single be their best one.  While I do think the collaboration song is the weakest of the 4, it’s still a good song to listen to once in a while.  After that, Gamjatang Bojou turned out pretty well too since this and Kudokinagara Azabu Juuban had a similar style.  However it was Kashasa de Jihaku Suru and Yaritagariya-san that stole the show one for the great vocals and one for the great arrangement.  Now I don’t know if there’ll release one more single before they disband in April…but I’m hoping for at least one album instead…who knows…

 

WEAVER – Egao no Aizu

Filed under: WEAVER — solarblade @ 3:46 pm

Track Listing

  1. Egao no Aizu
  2. 66 Banme no Kisha ni Notte
  3. Nakitai Kurai Shiawase ni Nareru yo
  4. Egao no Aizu Yuji Sugimoto (Piano Instrumental Ver.)
  5. Egao no Aizu (Instrumental Ver.)

1. Egao no Aizu

Coming off from “Jubilation” with a tired feeling from it, Egao no Aizu is kind of a refreshing kind of song since it’s positive and has a nice bright feeling that comes from Yuji’s vocals and piano feel mixed with the brass lines that are found within.  I don’t know why though but whenever Yuji’s singing, it sounds tired and weak for some reason or another.  This is kind of random like NICO’s “Te wo Tatake” but not as hook-worthy.

2. 66 Banme no Kisha ni Notte

The first B-side though is a little more of what I was expecting to hear from WEAVER and it’s actually kind of nice despite being 6 minutes long hahah.  It’s relaxing of a song to be honest and it fits the piano melody even more than the rest of the things that are going on!  It is weird that it kind of ends suddenly and goes into this instrumental part that goes to the end.  It’s easily the best of the three songs though.

3. Nakitai Kurai Shiawase ni Nareru yo

The second B-side is a bit more slower and piano-based (moreso than “66 Banme”.  I will say that I enjoy hearing a lighter song from the band since it showcases Yuji a little better as a singer here.  It’s a bit basic to my ears and sounds like some of the songs from “Jubilation” but this is pretty sweet of a song.

 

 

I’m surprised this is only WEAVER’s second single released (they’re more known for digital releases and mini-albums.  Egao no Aizu is an alright single for the most part.  The only song that really stood out was 66 Banme no Kisha ni Notte but that was because it was a little different than their normal.  Egao no Aizu follows it with it’s rather happy-go-lucky mood and the usage of a lot of brass.  As for Nakitai Kurai Shiawase ni Nareru yo, it’s a bit tame and just a little too reminescent of past songs for me.  All in all this single is going to take a while to get used to but it’s not terrible.