Love Is In The Air
Special Preview (Memory Lane ~ TRAP ~ DRAMA ~ Believe) (CD only bonus track)
Love Is In The Air (Instrumental)
Eighth Wonder (Instrumental)
1. Love Is In The Air
Doesn’t it seem that AAA has been doing a bit too much with these Summer songs in this era with the last couple singles? Love Is In The Air though seems to be a bit more electro dance pop which does pique my interest a lot more than “Niji” and “777” did. I found something fresh about this track and the chorus is quite catchy to me! Doesn’t surpass “PARTY IT UP” but this song is quite good!!
2. Eighth Wonder
As I feel AAA is probably going to name their 8th album after this (like they have with the last album) Eighth Wonder is quite a banger (and we’ve had quite a few of those in the era). I love hearing Nissy and Urata kick it off again and it really has a sense of Ibiza and electro and heavy sounds throughout which REALLY caught me off guard. Though as I continue through the song, the format sounds a lot like “I$M” where everyone has their chance to sing. It’s a pretty edgy song though and I hope this makes the album cut because I want it to get the same treatment as the aforementioned song did.
3. Special Preview (Memory Lane ~ TRAP ~ DRAMA ~ Believe)
The 3rd track (as a bonus to CD onlys) there’s a preview of four songs (that I think will be on the album) but they’re split into small groupings. The first song is Memory Lane which is Urata and Shinji singing together. It’s actually a nice slow jam for them because both of the guys have more of the deeper and scruffy tone. I love the song, but it could be a bit boring after a while. TRAP comes next and it’s a duet between Chiaki and Misako which is no surprise because they’ve been doing that for a long time. They get a more upbeat track, but still a bit R&B-ish in places. Nissy and Misako come next with DRAMA and it sounds like some of those typical R&B ballads AAA has done in the past which is a bit disappointing. Finally Shuta and strangely enough Hidaka combine for Believe and the song does wonders for Shuta (besides being another R&B track with a heavier beat). Shuta sounds great and of course Hidaka does the rapping LOL. As a whole, this track is kind of making me worried about the album because there wasn’t a lot of impressive moments here…
Love Is In The Air, is a pretty good single actually, 2nd to “PARTY IT UP” but I didn’t think I would because of how summery the A-side was, but I got to really enjoy that. Eighth Wonder is a lot like “I$M” but that’s a good thing and the arrangement is surprisingly awesome. The preview medley though did make me worry that the album isn’t going to be that great just from the four songs…though I liked the Chiaki/Misako duet and the Shuta/Hidaka duet the most. Hope there’s some kind of change soon!