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TOKYO GIRLS’ STYLE – 1st BEST ALBUM Kirari☆ January 9, 2016

Filed under: TOKYO GIRLS' STYLE — solarblade @ 6:43 am

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Track Listing

  1. Kirari☆ -Album Version-
  2. Onnaji Kimochi
  3. Kodou no Himitsu
  4. Himawari to Hoshikuzu
  5. Limited addiction
  6. Liar
  7. Rock you!
  8. Tsuioku -Single Version-
  9. Bad Flower
  10. Partition Love
  11. Unmei
  12. Chiisana Kiseki
  13. Count Three -New Vo. Version-
  14. Killing Me Softly -Royal Mirrorball Mix- (Type D only)

Type A CD 2 Tracklist

  1. LIFE SIZE
  2. Don’t Be Cruel
  3. Juujika ~Eiga “Gakkou no Kaidan” -Noroi no Kotodama- Ver.~
  4. LolitA☆Strawberry in summer
  5. Discord
  6. Kodoku no Hate ~Tsuki ga Naiteiru~
  7. Ganbatte Itsudatte Shinjiteru
  8. Attack Hyper Beat POP
  9. Boku no Tegami
  10. Regret.
  11. Killing Me Softly
  12. Yakusoku
  13. Kitto Wasurenai,,,

Type B CD 2 Tracklist

  1. pale blue nocturne
  2. GAME
  3. existence
  4. Say long goodbye
  5. A New Departure
  6. Killing Me Softly -Miii Remix-
  7. Zutto Wasurenai. -PellyColo Remix-
  8. Kodou no Himitsu -KM Remix-
  9. Onnaji Kimochi -K BoW Jersey Remix-
  10. Limited addiction -Seiho Remix-
  11. We Will Win! ~Kokoro no Baton de Po Pon no Po~n☆~ -Carpainter Remix-

1. Kirari☆ -Album Version-

I’m not surprised that the best album would open with the group’s debut single.  Though I’m kind of surprised we’re at our 3rd version (the single version, the version from their first album, and now this one).  Unlike the “Kodou no Himitsu” cut, this one omits the outro for obvious reasons and left us with the remaining song.  I’ve always loved this song and remains at the top of best songs from the quintet.  You could hear the sounds of piano and synths meshing so nicely together and coming back to it, you could hear the arrangement hint of what the group would be sounding like in the future.  Really a cool song to return to and the beginning of the reign of Hitomi and Ayano as the group’s de-facto leads!

2. Onnaji Kimochi

After the funky, yet hopeful song, we enter the group’s 2nd single and it was definitely a change of pace to a more youthful and fun song.  I also seemed to really enjoy the bright atmosphere and the whole ~whoa, let’s get together now~ and the ~chu, chu, chu~ lines really invaded my head and stuck with me even today!  It’s an adorable song from them and one of those rare cute moments the group have!

3. Kodou no Himitsu

I’m not sure why the placement of our next track is placed before “Himawari to Hoshikuzu” considering the latter was released before said song, but eh.  As short as the timing, this was when I felt like TGS were going into a more mature and serious style with their music and the arrangements were getting a bit more funk-based and let the group singing in a lower range in comparison to the singles promoting their first album.  I also seem to love this song a lot and it’s just from the sheer amount of cool melodies and the riffs from the song that stuck to me…it was just so cool and different for the group!

4. Himawari to Hoshikuzu

I suppose saying that “Kodou no Himitsu” was the start of the more serious TGS stuff, Himawari to Hoshikuzu also was like the other route by being classy and funky and having a overall brighter outlook in lyrics.  I’m liking the amount of solos of the members here, but it’s still mostly Ayano and Hitomi and they both sound amazing with the arrangement (though that guitar flicker is a bit bothersome)…

5. Limited addiction

I think where my love for the group peaked was with this song (which was the leading song off their 7th single).  I mean we’e talked about the whole mature/funky sound the group was starting to head towards and this one really showcased everyone as an actual group (despite Mei, Yuri, and Miyu not being the best vocally during this time period).  It was also the beginning of something that I just couldn’t get behind and it was the near minute-long musical interludes…it was really annoying in later songs and since Limited addiction was the first of those songs to incorporate that, it was my only qualm for an otherwise badass song (especially Ayano who REALLY was vocally getting into the songs!).

6. Liar

Liar was the song that started making me worry about the group’s growth musically because it sounded SO much like “Kodou no Himitsu” & “Limited addiction” that it was quickly starting to grow less and less one me.  I do think the addition of guitars was a try for something different, but it was being overwhelmed by the funk arrangement.  It just wasn’t a memorable A-side for me.

7. Rock you!

At least they try to deviate from the muddled sounds by doing Rock you! which is in the same vein as like “Himawari to Hoshikuzu” with the upbeat nature of the song (and there’s the guitar flicker again”).  I’m loving the punch out of the song still and really like some of the chords these girls are tackling (especially when one goes real high and the other goes low).  I think the loud chants are what make me remember this A-side outside of the others.

8. Tsuioku -Single Version-

At least we break from the monotony with Tsuioku which is one of the couple times the group has a ballad lead off.  As the title suggest this is from the 10th single and not from their “Limited addiction” album.  Once again, loving the share of lines within the members and for a slow song, it’s not that bad coming back to this (and in some ways breathe it new light considering the previous tracks’ line of similarities.  They’ve come a nice way and this song did a great job to show that off!

9. Bad Flower

Then in a huge twist, their next single brought back a more powerful sounding and cool looking TGS (beforehand, they went on hiatus to focus on working with their vocals) and boy does it show big time!  The arrangement has a little funk to it, but it has a stronger guitar riff and the training the group went into, they came out MUCH stronger than before especially the back members (Yuri, Mei, Miyu) as they got some cool vocals to match the even stronger members in Hitomi and Ayano). It was a cool song for the group and managed to catch my attention again after some rather mediocre releases.

10. Partition Love

After that hot single came and pass, Partition Love enters in and we’re bac into familiar territory with the arrangement.  Though, I think I was surprised with the group’s lighter performance (the whispering and airy tone of the group was nifty) and then the cool chorus just slides in.  Besides the kind of unusual PV, the song was pretty cool and showed the group going into a MORE mature setting~.  It was a song that took me a little to get used to, but I ended up loving it!

11. Unmei

I was hoping for a new change even though I did end up loving “Partition Love” and unfortunately ended up at Unmei.  I guess I shouldn’t say that because I did end up liking Unmei too despite having MANY of the things I’ve complained on this disc so far.  I still love it, but it has to be separate from the previous TGS songs as otherwise, it is a bit too generic in the middle of these songs (and goddamn there’s a lot of that going on).

12. Chiisana Kiseki

Then I feel like the disc technically ends with Chiisana Kiseki and I thought this was an absurd song from the group.  I mean it’s definitely not carrying the funk sound like other songs, but at the same time I still manage to feel like this song is reaching generic pop song (with that goddamn guitar flicker).  The girls sound decent enough (there’s some not so good notes the girls are hitting) but there’s just nothing connecting me to the track, sadly.

13. Count Three -New Vo. Version-

On majority of the editions, the first disc ends with Count Three which alongside this (and most of Type B 2nd Disc) were released as analog singles (which meant I couldn’t review them…until now).  What’s nice though is that for Count Three they actually resung it (because apparantly the original was a bit weak and too quiet).  While the arrangement is nothing new, I feel like this song is reminding me a lot of “Himawari to Hoshikuzu” with the kind of casino feeling going on.  I think the girls could’ve hit some notes with more energy (and trust me, it needed it) it’s an OK track, but nothing I’d deem special.

14. Killing Me Softly -Royal Mirrorball Mix-

So on Type D, it comes with a remix (because we can’t have a TOKYO GIRLS’ STYLE album without some kind of exclusive remix on ONE of the editions lol.  Also, another RM track to toss in the already giant catalog of RM remixes😄.  Killing Me Softly’s mix isn’t too much to write home on about considering it is something once again rolling in the familiarity of past disco-esque mixes.  Honestly, I don’t think it’s worth the need to get.

Type A CD 2

1. LIFE SIZE

It seems the tracklist on the Type A tracklists of the second disc contains B-sides and album tracks, LIFE SIZE is the odd one out due to it being the only digital single to not have a release, until now that is.  It’s actually an oddball song since it’s a lot more electronic than their usual stuff (which to many fans was a breath of fresh air).  The synth beats are cool and the group is a little more natural sounding (except in certain parts).  It’s a nice treat to see and opens the 2nd disc up in a good way.

2. Don’t Be Cruel

As the B-side from “Limited addiction”, it took me a while to remember what this song sounded like (it’s been quite a while).  I enjoy the disc-scratching of the opening and the slight not to throw some R&B, but it really turns out to be something like “Unmei” just with some tricks up its sleeves.  Nothing too special, but I do think it does represent the earlier times, I suppose.

3. Juujika ~Eiga “Gakkou no Kaidan” ~Noroi no Kotodama~ Ver.~

There are also two A-sides funny enough on this disc and I was pretty happy to see the single version of Juujika make the cut at least (and not the goddawful album version).  I LOVE THIS SONG, like with “Bad Flower”, this song showed a MUCH more mature side to the group and considering the song was tied to a horror film, I was blown away at how epic this group could get!  Juujika is just dark and really epic (especially Ayano’s lines).  Wonderful song overall and deserved to make the cut!

4. LolitA☆Strawberry in summer

Figured at least one of the SweetS covers would make the cut and I’m happy it’s this one over “Love like candy floss”.  I’m still surprised that it’s almost 7 minutes long, but this B-side from “Bad Flower” was pretty faithful to the original and arrangement-wise stands out by having a stronger pop/rock sound (and there’s some male background singers (which has never been a thing before this).  After following the group for so long and ending up at this, I’m kind of digging it and the sorta Lolita vibe is present too.  It’s grown on me a lot, but it still doesn’t beat out the other two tracks from the single.

5. Discord

Well, I do appreciate seeing the main tracks from “Bad Flower” making the cut (someone REALLY liked the single).  When I first reviewed this, I was here and there, but did say it was one of their better B-sides.  Nowadays, I really love this song and has this kind of shuffling, funky push about it that I love and the longer interludes don’t bother me quite as much.  I love the vocal filters giving the expression that they’re speaking in a megaphone.  It’s definitely one of my favorite B-sides from the group EVER!!!

6. Kodoku no Hate ~Tsuki no Naiteiru~

Yup, there’s even album tracks on this disc!  It’s been a while since I’ve taken a listen to stuff from their debut album, but it seems like we’re here!  One of the songs, Kodoku no Hate starts off at what seems like a cafe before the song turns into this sort-of rockabilly, somewhat big band track and considering the group was not concrete on their sound yet, it’s refreshing!  It’s cute too from the young group, it’s just a fun and jumpy song to wake you up and dance around!

7. Ganbatte Itsudatte Shinjiteru

We jump back even earlier to the group’s 3rd single!  Of their first three singles, I tend to forget this one quite a lot!  Listening to it again, the song is pretty much like “Kirari☆” minus the rather serious glow.  Vocally it’s a bit rough around the edges (Hitomi led), but I just didn’t really care about this one (sounds a bit trite) and generic as an idol song like “Chiisana Kiseki”…although the updated version from said single is leagues better than the original!

8. Attack Hyper Beat POP

Another song off their debut album, I definitely couldn’t remember what this sounded like, but the song is really fast considering!  There’s some electronics sneaking in the background of the music and the mix is pretty cool.  My only issues is the vocals in the chorus, they’re really pinching their notes and at some points is hard to listen to.  I think if they had resung this, it would’ve been a much better song!

9. Boku no Tegami

Next up are a couple tracks from their sophomore album starting with Boku no Tegami.  Being the mid-tempo funk track, it’s a small change, but I think the song was kind of interesting (though its laidback composition is strange when there’s a guitar solo in it that leads into this bluesy tone).  I think I kind of dug it even if I didn’t originally…a nice change of pace on the disc.

10. Regret.

On “Limited attraction”, this song actually came before “Boku no Tegami” so it’s kind of funny that it switched with one another.  Another 6 minute track, Regret. opens up with a nice keyboard opening (and quiet too) before the song well…turns into another funky song.  Originally, I wasn’t too phased by it, but nothing changed on listening to it again.  I feel bored and the song doesn’t offer anything new to the table…sad to say, but I just didn’t care about this.

11. Killing Me Softly

As the title track from their 4th album, Killing Me Softly was an intriguing song not only as promotional material, but the fact that it existed before their debut single, “Kirari☆” released.  I love the spanish guitar intro, makes the song sound so much personal.  Despite the arrangement, the tune has a lot more going on and I like the flow of it alongside Hitomi who sung surprisingly well!  What a nice surprise!

12. Yakusoku

Hmmm, the title track from their 3rd album next huh?  I totally forgot what this one sounded like😄.  Then turning it on, it sounds like a beta for “Killing Me Softly” because there’s acoustic guitar and some synth beats here and there.  I don’t want to say it was forgetful because it sounds really nice, but there’s not much for me to keep on with unlike the other title tracks.

13. Kitto Wasurenai,,,

Ending off the 2nd disc, Kitto Wasurenai,,, was an A-side during their first era and it never really caught on to me as well because it reminded me of both “Himawari to Hoshikuzu” and “Ganbatte Itsudatte Shinjiteru” with the arrangement, which is just not good and this flew WAY over my head (especially with doing this review, it’s much more gray and lifeless than ever).

Type B CD 2

1. pale blue nocturne

So, Type B’s 2nd disc contains all of the songs released as analog singles (with the exception of “Count Three”)…although 2/5 of the original tracks I haven’t heard because the other 3 were on the singles preceding this best album.  I have a bad feeling though since none of those songs were that memorable.  With pale blue nocturne, I kind of like the funk mixed with this mysterious undertone that gives me some horror vibes (not strong like “Juujika” but it’s there…it’s different that’s for sure!

2. GAME

As I’ve heard this from the “Say long goodbye” single, GAME is a bit slower than the previous song, but it’s funky like all their other tracks.  Sadly, it’s one of the more bland songs in their collection and there’s not much for me to grasp…a failed album track?…seems like it would’ve fit on “Yakusoku”.

3. existence

At least the next track is a lot more fast-paced.  As the other track I haven’t heard prior to the best album, existence is a lot more my style and the vocals are back down to this sultry and sexy feel and then exploding into fire when the chorus kicks in!  Definitely the best of the 5 (with “pale blue nocturne” coming in close in 2nd).

4. Say long goodbye

Damn with Hitomi opening the next track (which was the only of the 5 to be promoted to A-side status.  It’s also a straight-up ballad that actually didn’t go into funk overload like a lot of the other tracks.  Also it says something that this was here and yet “Stay with me” was excluded.  I thought the song was pretty good and possibly their best ballad as a 5-nin.

5. A New Departure

Talking about “Stay with me”, the B-side was this track haha.  Not really much new here that isn’t already available through other songs.  I hate to say, but some of it did remind me of their debut single, but with more interludes.  Really unfortunate and just doesn’t do anything for me.

6. Killing Me Softly -Miii Remix-

Yup there was remixes on those analog singles too xD.  At least they aren’t all RM remixes right?  The first is of Killing Me Softly and from the beginning the electronics are up and running and really doing numerous things.  It’s a little 8bit and a little dubstep too.  I don’t think it worked with the vocal melody and just kind of seemed off for the whole run.

7. Zutto Wasurenai. -PellyColo Remix-

Next up is a remix for a song from their “Killing Me Softly” album (and a song that isn’t otherwise on this album), I get this nostalgic 80s feel about it and unlike the previous remix, it worked with the melody and just turned a song originally dubbed dull and generic.  I much prefer this remix over the original for sure!

8. Kodou no Himitsu -KM Remix-

KM? My site?  Really?  Just kidding, our next remix deals with Kodou no Himitsu and I was surprised at how laidback this one is in comparison to the original.  To be fair, some of the chords of the intro sounded a bit Western (like cowboys and all that).  Though it switches to synths in the verses then some piano and R&B beats.  Yeah, it’s a bit much and somewhat messy and some of the heavier beats are on with the vocals which is more odd and structurally awkward.

9. Onnaji Kimochi -K BoW Jersey Remix-

Something about our next remix was actually doing something nice, but then knowing the vocals were sounding chipmunky bothered me a lot!  The arrangement is a bit more boom-clap-like with some synth stuff going on, but I just couldn’t deal with the vocals here…leave them alone!

10. Limited addiction -Seiho Remix-

Damn, these remixes are just not doing anything for me.  At least the vocals were left along this time around.  Though the problem this time around is that the remixing is very off the wall and just doesn’t do anything for the song in a good way.  Just a bit too messy for me.

11. We Will Win! ~Kokoro no Baton de Po Pon no Po~n☆~ -Carpainter Remix-

Ending off the best album, we get a remix for another song that whose original version didn’t make the cut for the best album.  I think some of the remixed take suits the vocal melody but the arrangement is minimal at best and full of bloops and swoops.  It’s not the worst, but I don’t think I’d come back to this either.

Tracks Recommended

  • Bad Flower
  • Limited addiction
  • Kirari☆ -Album Version-
  • Partition Love
  • Kodou no Himitsu
  • Juujika ~Eiga “Gakkou no Kaidan” ~Noroi no Kotodama~ Ver.~
  • Discord
  • pale blue nocturne
  • LIFE SIZE
  • Killing Me Softly

Song of Avoidance

  • Chiisana Kiseki
  • Regret.

Wow, this was long!  Anyways,I thought I’d review this album since I’ve been an avid fan of theirs since they debuted.  With this album actually being the closing chapter of the group being known as an idol group and moving towards being musicians (and subsequently marking Ayano’s history with the group (the exception is of course “Never ever”).  1st BEST ALBUM Kirari☆ is a nice collection of songs from the group even though not all A-sides are on it, but the variety is mostly nice.  The Type B second disc is probably the weakest part of the release but otherwise, I enjoyed it!  A lot of history here😀

 

One Response to “TOKYO GIRLS’ STYLE – 1st BEST ALBUM Kirari☆”

  1. jinhwa Says:

    Thank you for the great review. I do not believe anybody in the world can write another similar great review about TGS’s album like you do here. As a matter of fact, all the other artists reviews you have written are all very good and full of details too.
    As a big TGS fan, I really enjoy reading this review, thanks!


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