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NEXT YOU / Juice=Juice – Next is you!/Karada Dake ga Otona ni Nattan ja nai January 28, 2016

Filed under: Juice=Juice — solarblade @ 3:55 am

nextisyou

Track Listing

  1. Next is you!
  2. Karada Dake ga Otona ni Nattan ja nai
  3. Next is you! (Instrumental)
  4. Karada Dake ga Otona ni Nattan ja nai (Instrumental)

1. Next is you!

As the leading song and currently being used for the group’s TV drama, Budokan.  Next is you! seems to be like the theme song.  It does seem like Tsunku was involved in the song which is pretty familiar to my ears and seems typical.  As per usual, Karin, Tomoko, and Sayuki seem to lead the song which is pretty much the norm for the group.  Though I can’t help but think it’s a bit weak for the group coming after their last single and the promotional tracks from their album.

2. Karada Dake ga Otona ni Nattan ja nai

As the other song credited to Juice=Juice, I definitely was enjoying this song despite that it almost sounds a LOT like “Samidare Bijo ga Samidareru” with the brass and guitars.  Unlike the other A-side, this has some interesting levels of vocals and we see a lot more of Aarii in the song.  I think it’s one of the weaker A-sides, but it’s definitely got some magic in it.

 

 

So to explain, NEXT YOU is basically Juice=Juice as they are portrayed on their show Budokan (funny though that Erina Mano is playing the 6th member that leaves shortly after formation).  Moving on, after having almost a year without a single released by the group (though did release their first album), their first single in 2016 is kind of average at best.  Neither song really stuck out to me in anyway, except the possibility of Karada Dake ga Otona ni Nattan ja nai being somewhat catchy in arrangement.  Not sure what the year will have for the group, but here’s hoping for them to be a little more active.

 

Mami Kawada – Contrail ~Kiseki~

Filed under: Mami Kawada — solarblade @ 3:35 am

contrail

Track Listing

  1. Contrail ~Kiseki~
  2. Halfway
  3. Contrail ~Kiseki~ (Instrumental)
  4. Halfway (Instrumental)

1. Contrail ~Kiseki~

I have to say I’m surprised with Mami’s recent switch of styles and I’m not sure if I quite like it a whole ton.  Unlike the past where she’d put out something electronic or something rockin’ and dark, Contrail seems to follow the path that her last A-side, “Gardens” by having a more standard anison which bores me quite a lot in these days.  I do like that it has more synths and beats over said song, but I still don’t feel like it really stands out amongst her past endeavors.

2. Halfway

I was a little more curious to see what would come out of Halfway, but it’s really more of the same if not a little slower than the leading track.  I’m not sure what was going on with this song, but I feel like it was just a clone and there’s nothing much to really catch on with it.

 

 

I wonder what’s going on with Mami and her recent slump in A-sides because this is the single A-side that I didn’t care for at all (yet, her album between these two singles was her best so far???).  Yeah, while “Gardens” survived through its B-side, neither tracks from Contrail did much of anything for me.  How unfortunate!  Though, one of my readers mentioned that she’s retiring in with a last performance in May, if this is her final single, then this was a pretty mediocre way to say goodbye IMO.