- Aa Susukino
- Chikyuu wa Kyou mo Ai wo Hagukumu
- Aa Susukino (Instrumental)
- Chikyuu wa Kyou mo Ai wo Hagukumu (Instrumental)
1. Aa Susukino
Oh boy, S/mileage has touched upon the Emo-musume of yore with Aa Susukino. It opens with the strings and pleasantries (even adding that all the members got a solo line in the intro). I kind of like the EDM elements of the track and the group sounds good overall. Though I still couldn’t get behind the spoken dialogue from Ayacho and Rinapuu…seems tacked on almost. After the shock value from “Mystery Night!”, this song wasn’t as great, but it’s definitely passable and sits next to “Ii Yatsu” since they’re quite similar to one another.
2. Chikyuu wa Kyou mo Ai wo Hagukumu
I was expecting that the other A-side was going to be more of genki S/mileage, but with Chikyuu wa Kyou mo Ai wo Hagukumu we got another kind of serious track (not as much “Aa Susukino”). I don’t know why, but this one should’ve led the single because while it fits the current H!P quota of A. Having somewhat of an EDM style to it and B. SAXES! Yeah, this song is pretty cool and has a chill side, but also a punch that I love. I was surprised the focus was mostly on Ayacho and Takechan here, but it’s still a pretty kickass song for them!
Now I seriously feel that all this year H!P releases are going to be double/triple A-sides and that’s it. Back on the topic at hand, S/mileage’s Aa Susukino/Chikyuu wa Kyou mo Ai wo Hagukumu was a break of the bipolar style that we’ve had for quite a while. Both songs have a great style for it. The former touching upon the past and the latter a taste of the current. I’m also noticing the group’s vocals are finally meshing nicely (and Kanana is becoming an interesting voice). I hope they continue with this style 😀