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S/mileage – Choto Mate Kudasai! February 4, 2012

Filed under: S/mileage — solarblade @ 5:30 am

Track Listing

  1. Choto Mate Kudasai!
  2. Namida GIRL (Regular Edition only)
  3. Chance Tourai! (Limited A, B, and C Editions only)
  4. S/mileage Singles Gekiatsu Remix (Limited D Edition only)
  5. Choto Mate Kudasai! (Instrumental)

1. Choto Mate Kudasai!

As the first single without Yuuka Maeda, I was curious to the direction with the group and oddly enough, I kind of liked this song a bit for some reason.  I mean it does have the sound that reminds me of “Tachiagirl” but at the same time has its own identity.  I will say, that I’m happy they’re pushing Akari and Meimi (well to a certain degree) but let’s not forget Rinapuu and Kanana…they are in the group too (however, Kana did get a lot of view time in that PV).  The biggest no-no though is the super high notes done by Kanon, Akari, and Meimi….that was terrible and should never be done again!!!  Still pretty good, not the best in the era but passable and beats out a couple A-sides.

2. Namida GIRL

Hmmm, another Mikitty cover?!? (I think Tsunku is missing her tons) XD.  Of course this is going to be a different story because it’s now six members vs. Miki but still…kind of unusual for a song to cover.  It isn’t bad at least but it does lack interest and spark that made the original pop out.  It’s more rockin’ for S/mileage but I don’t know…the members don’t sound right with this style…plus once again Kana and Rina got shafted (Kana only getting one word…WTF).  I think it’s their weakest cover yet TBH.

3. Chance Tourai!

The main B-side, Chance Tourai! is kind of also unusual to listen to as well.  It’s cute but not overbearing like their last single.  It kind of has this Minimoni/Petitmoni kind of tone to it and to me is a little nice but straightforward of a song.  Now there’s isn’t a lot of solos in the song but there are parts where one of the girls gets the louder line…it’s different at least and the song does grow on ya so it’s good in that respect!

4. S/mileage Singles Gekiatsu Remix

  • Onaji Jikyuu de Hataraku Tomodachi na Bijin Mama
  • Asu wa Date na no ni, Ima Sugu Koe ga Kikitai
  • Please Miniskirt Postwoman!

So, this singles remix has the longest titled songs put together for a remix!  The song actually begins with the opening lines from Please Miniskirt Postwoman! which is all auto-tuned.  It’s a pretty cool sound introduction and hearing the auto-tune is spiffy.  Then it starts to speed up immensely right up into the chorus of Onaji Jikyuu de Hataraku Tomodachi na Bijin Mama which is the fastest of the three here but also is the shortest as well.  It just blazed on through that part of the song and I basically forgot about it once Asu wa Date na no ni, Ima Sugu Koe ga Kikitai jumped right in.  Now the remixed part for this song actually fits nicely with the way the original song moved so it has that flow intact.  I think it has a nice part in it and the girls sound rather nice.  Then things get back into an electro kind of groove for Please Miniskirt Postwoman! and it’s got a great beat to it but the girls are heavily covered in auto-tune which actually took me out of the remix a bit.  At least the chorus is a bit better.  The megamix ends the same way it began with the intro to the verses. 

 

 

*will review the remix when it leaks*.  I’m wondering when the hell the group will get to their sophomore album.  I mean Choto Mate Kudasai! is their 6th single and it makes me wonder about them at least doing the sixth.  Now for the single, I don’t think it’s as good as “Please Miniskirt Postwoman!” but that’s because I couldn’t get into their cover of Miki’s Namida GIRL.  It’s just too awkward.  The A-side though was catchy and silly and kind of gets us back into S/mileage of back when there was only 4.  Chance Tourai! will have to grow on me but it’s not a dangerous song to the ears and the remix was one of the better ones but rather short IMO…Not as good as their last but good enough.

 

miwa – Kataomoi

Filed under: miwa — solarblade @ 4:22 am

Track Listing

  1. Kataomoi
  2. Clair de Lune
  3. acoustic live tour “acoguissimo” Medley
  4. Kataomoi ~Instrumental~

1. Kataomoi

I’m so used to hearing miwa with her guitar and such so coming into Kataomoi, I was surprised nicely with the change into using piano and strings for a ballad.  As the song progresses more instruments (plus miwa’s acoustic) comes in to join in.  I will say that while her voice is soft and sweet to listen and the strings make it stand out…it doesn’t stop the fact that it was a bit too long at 6 minutes.  Then again it could be because of that 30 second outro haha.  Not bad, not bad…but “FRiDAY-MA-MAGiC” kind of overpowers it…but it’s in the middle between “441”.

2. Clair de Lune

It’s nice to see that miwa made the B-side upbeat to contrast from the ballad form in “Kataomoi”.  It kind of reminds me of her other upbeats songs like “chAngE” and “don’t cry anymore”.  It’s funny though that at the same time, I feel that it sounds like it’s an ending theme to something but I’m not totally sure on that.  Still, I kind of like this tune, it’s just happy and nice…I think I’ve said those things many times before with miwa’s music.

3. acoustic live tour “acoguissimo” Medley

  • 441
  • Wake Up, Break Out!
  • don’t cry anymore
  • Chasing hearts
  • FRiDAY-MA-MAGiC
  • chAngE
  • Megurogawa

I guess the surprise of the single is actually the 12 and a half minute medley compiling a lot of different songs miwa has done so far in her career.  I have to say I’m impressed by miwa here since she sounds so strong through the entire medley and I’m also enjoying the audience clapping along to the music.  I have to see the movement between songs are sudden and flawlessly done!  She’s impressive on an acoustic guitar that’s for sure! 

 

 

Closing the era off, Kataomoi was pretty good if not just as good as her last single, “FRiDAY-MA-MAGiC”.  I mean ok, Kataomoi isn’t as good as her last A-side but that’s all right because the B-side, Clair de Lune felt a lot stronger than I would’ve expected.  The main attraction IMO would have to be the medley…It’s just all kinds of goodness of miwa singing most of her popular songs plus a few surprises.  I’m quite excited for this upcoming album!