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Ayaka Hirahara – NOT A LOVE SONG February 2, 2012

Filed under: Ayaka Hirahara — solarblade @ 10:04 pm

Track Listing

  1. NOT A LOVE SONG
  2. Kumanbachi no Hikou (Live on Oct. 2nd 2011)
  3. NOT A LOVE SONG (Vocal-less Track)

1. NOT A LOVE SONG

Who knew Ayaka was going to pull a wtf on her fans with NOT A LOVE SONG.  First off unlike the previous songs, this is actually upbeat and set in an R&B kind of tone but still containing a lot of piano and strings as well.  Of course it’s great to see Ayaka singing since her beautiful vocals really work with the song.  Though I will say, I wasn’t expecting her rapping in the song hahaha…it was kind of random but short so it’s not terrible.  I thought it was a pretty nice song, different but nice!

2. Kumanbachi no Hikou (Live on Oct. 2nd 2011)

The B-side is actually a live version of Kumanbachi no Hikou (which was the oddest song she’s done in the “my Classics” era.  I mean it’s a very abstract and DIFFERENT kind of song from her.  She’s doing many vocally difficult things like buzzing like a bee, ad-libbing, singing…and beat-boxing.  It’s such a wild song and while it might not be everyone’s thing, I’m just impressed she pulled off this song EPICLY live.  Very impressed here.

 

 

Closing the “Doki!” era with such a wtf single (not had one of those since “Keropak”).  NOT A LOVE SONG is quite mainstream of her to do but she sounds really nice and the song has a good positive message besides letting us know that it’s NOT A LOVE SONG…XD.  The live version of Kumanbachi no Hikou was impressive as all hell and showed her skills to the front and she’s a great singer who I think should be a little more popular! *RECOMMENDED*

 

SUPER☆GiRLS – EveryBody JUMP!!

Filed under: SUPER☆GiRLS — solarblade @ 6:48 am

Track Listing

  1. Welcome to ♥ S☆G Show!! II
  2. Joshiryoku←Paradise
  3. Zettai Jibun Zenshin Sengen!
  4. Ganbatte Seishun
  5. Mega★Twinkle
  6. Shelter Nanka Iwanai
  7. Yuuyake Sora ni, Mata Ashita.
  8. My dream
  9. MAX! Otomegokoro
  10. BELIEVER
  11. EveryBody JUMP!!
  12. Dear ~Mirai no Chizu~
  13. Egao no Hane

1. Welcome to ♥ S☆G Show!! II

Oh! I guess we’re starting off the group’s sophomore album with a similar introduction that started their debut album “Chouzetsu Shoujo” off.  That’s kind of interesting and the opening male voice is a bit deeper than that last guy which is good!  The music reminds me of music from Super Mario Galaxy as well…it’s just different but not bad of an opening.

2. Joshiryoku←Paradise

The intro leads into our first vocal track which was also the era’s third A-side and still my favorite of the three.  It might be from the slight funky feel of the song mixed with a disco sound.  I will the best I can say for the song is that most of the vocals were good but there’s places where some of the girls did sound weak!

3. Zettai Jibun Zenshin Sengen!

Moving onto our first new song on the album, Zettai Jibun Zenshin Sengen! kind of sounds like stuff on their first album but it’s not bad because it also takes from “Joshiryoku←Paradise” with the loving of the brass instruments.  Though I find myself yawning to this song since it sounds like some regular ole idol song…like something from AKB or something…just not that memorable.

4. Ganbatte Seishun

Same thing can be said about Ganbatte Seishun but it’s a tad more cuter and the vocals weren’t so meh either.  As their first single, it’s rather hard to enjoy the song since I didn’t the first time I reviewed it.  To be honest, it’s repetitive and sometimes the vocals aren’t very enthusiastic either.  At least it’s a bit better than the last track.

5. Mega★Twinkle

Oh boy did they hit the cute bar a couple hundred times for our next song.  It starts with these cute sounds and that opens the song which is actually as mid-tempo like the previous ones.  I actually liked this one but I’m not sure why but it’s not offensive and isn’t repetitive to hell like “Ganbatte Seishun”.  Still there’s one girl that just CAN’T sing…Still, this isn’t bad lol.

6. Shelter Nanka Iwanai

I’ve been noticing this album is using a WHOLE LOT more brass in their songs when compared to “Chouzetsu Shoujo”.  I will say I wasn’t expecting Shelter Nanka Iranai to have a sexy undertone to it (especially to the girl who sung the first verse)…she has a good deep voice on her!  Actually, the song really did a good job showing the vocals off more here which is a total shocker to me.  This is probably my favorite song on the album as of right now!!!

7. Yuuyake Sora ni, Mata Ashita.

Their last album had a couple of ballads but they weren’t very special but I have to admit they’ve worked a little more on this for their second album.  In the case of Yuuyake Sora ni, Mata Ashita., it was more of a case of getting those vocals working for it and I liked it.  Even the girl with the squeaky vocals didn’t sound terrible!  This wasn’t bad but it’s not really anything totally special.

8. My dream

Hmmm, R&B is an odd style to see an idol group tackle but at the same time it’s like it was bound to happen and I kind of liked the song actually.  The good vocalists once again take up majority of the song and their deeper sound really works for them!  Another great song on the album actually and maybe the biggest surprise of the bunch too.

9. MAX! Otomegokoro

It’s interesting that they didn’t include the sister A-side, “Happy GO Lucky! ~Happy☆Lucky de Go!~” but I guess it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise.  Once again the brass comes back and it’s also a summer-themed song as well which adds to the atmosphere.  I will say that I’ve grown to enjoy it more but it’s still rather cute for me and that girl with the squeaky vocals bother me.  It’s definitely in the middle of the singles in favorites.

10. BELIEVER

Continuing back to the cute side of the group, BELIEVER reminds me of something like “Seishun Collection” but not so much fully.  Another one of those AKB-ish clones, BELIEVER takes on a more acoustic sound which is a nice change and there’s not really much in solos (closest is dual lines).  Not my favorite but it’s not bad.

11. EveryBody JUMP!!

Finally we get into the album’s promotional song and title track and just like the PV shows off…there’s a lot of jumping going on hahah.  Odd though that I feel the song pulling a little of TOKYO GIRLS’ STYLE but in a much brighter light which is kind of odd but cool.  I will say, this song is kind of catchy and the chorus is fun and memorable too.  I think I’m really enjoying the song right now!

12. Dear ~Mirai no Chizu~

Another ballad comes up next and hmmmm…it kind of sounds exactly like “Yuuyake Sora ni, Mata Ashita.”.  I mean the big difference is that it kind of has a wintery feel to it and electric guitars to make the chorus a bit more powerful.  Otherwise it’s like dejavu with this song.  Oh and there’s little in point of solos as well.  Meh…at least the chorus is nice.

13. Egao no Hane

Closing the album is Egao no Hane which is kind of like some of the upbeat stuff in the first part of the album.  You know, a good use of brass but there’s also some guitars as well.  I found this to be actually a good closing to the album.  It’s just the right kind of upbeat and the vocals are good as well.  It did make sense though that there’s no solos though.  A good closure!

Tracks Recommended

  • Shelter Nanka Iwanai
  • My dream
  • Mega★Twinkle
  • Joshiryoku←Paradise
  • EveryBody JUMP!!

Song of Avoidance

  • Zettai Jibun Zenshin Sengen!

Wow if there was an album that showed better direction than a previous release, it’s definitely this album.  Since it’s SOO much better and handled better than their debut album, “Chouzetsu Shoujo”, EveryBody JUMP!! was a great sophomore release.  Sadly it’s the last we see of Eri Akita but that’s ok since I don’t really remember her very well.  Good release ^_^