- Karen na Gasshoudan
- Annie Laurie
- Kikyuu ni Notte Dokomademo
1. Karen na Gasshoudan
The single begins with the main theme of the stageplay that Nanami Tanabe, Ayano Hamaura, Mizuki Murota, Riko Yamagishi, Rikako Sasaki, Kaede Kaga, Risa Yamaki, and Hirona Oura starred in. Being the only upbeat track on the single, I was curious to how it’d turn out. For the most part, I enjoyed it despite that it sounds kind of under-made (almost a little like early H!P stageplays). It still sounds good and the girls sound decent enough with Ayano and Nanami taking up the solos here. Like I said it doesn’t have the production value H!P’s main songs and that might be turnoff but I still like this tune regardless.
2. Annie Laurie
So the 8 girls get split into two groups of 4 for the rest of the single. Nanami, Mizuki, Risa, and Hirona take up the first track, Annie Laurie which this and the next track are covers (covers of choir songs?). Sadly it doesn’t mean the four ladies get solos which is unfortunate because I would’ve loved to hear everyone. Annie Laurie though was way too simplistic and kind of boring to listen to especially with the raw vocals from the girls. It just kind of went over my head.
3. Kikyuu ni Notte Dokomademo
The other 4: Ayano, Kaede, Riko, and Rikako got Kikyuu ni Notte Dokomademo and already it sounds a lot more engaging and upbeat than “Annie Laurie” was. It is just piano by the way xD. Despite most of the girls are higher toned ladies, it was a little squeaky and I heard Hamachan over all the girls lol. I also enjoyed that ~lalalalala~ part because they added a clapping part to make it pop more. Still kind of under-produced but it’s better than the previous track.
Coming into Karen na Gasshoudan, I wasn’t expecting much especially since “LILIUM” essentially took the spot of awesome stageplay music. This single in comparison to the other two stageplay CD releases, this felt so under-produced like it was just recorded on the stage with no edits. The main song is pretty good and it was good enough to make on 2014’s Petit Best which is good to me. The song is fun and upbeat and is a break from EDM. Kikyuu ni Notte Dokomademo and Annie Laurie were OK but suffer from no edits and Annie Laurie is a giant borefest. Overall it was OK, could’ve been handled a little better in the audio department, but still not bad.