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Country Girls – Boogie Woogie LOVE/Koi wa Magnet/Ranrarun ~Anata ni Muchuu~ March 4, 2016

Filed under: Country Girls — solarblade @ 4:36 am

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Track Listing

  1. Boogie Woogie LOVE
  2. Koi wa Magnet
  3. Ranrarun ~Anata ni Muchuu~
  4. Boogie Woogie LOVE (Instrumental)
  5. Koi wa Magnet (Instrumental)
  6. Ranrarun ~Anata ni Muchuu~ (Instrumental)

1. Boogie Woogie LOVE

Who knew the group’s 3rd single would kick off with something totally different with an awesome rockabilly vibe to it!  (and no Gomen ne in sight xD).  Also to note that it’s the debut of new members; Musubu Funaki & Nanami Yanagawa and they have a LOT of spotlight here especially the former as she has the strongest vocals amongst all 7 members (yes, even Momochi!).  That’s not to say the remaining members didn’t bring their A game because they did!  I have to say this is a pretty catchy song and just gets me dancing everytime this comes on!

2. Koi wa Magnet

Slowing things down, we have Koi wa Magnet and not surprisingly so that it has a lot more regnition for Risa, Manaka, and Momoko simply because it is the more mature song between the three and I’m happy for that!  The slight 80’s vibe I get from listening to this is pretty cool and the slight H!P electro tinge is a good mixture for the group!  I think it might be the favorite off the single right now just because it has such an interesting vibe and the overall tone is just smooth!

3. Ranrarun ~Anata ni Muchuu~

It seems that H!P has been doing covers a lot recently with 3rd A-sides, this time of an OLD 1961 song by Linda Scott (it’s older than that, but it’s definitely taking the most from this version of the song).  I have to say though, of the 3 I actually didn’t particularly invest myself into this one.  While this is the Chisaki and Mai-heavy song, they mostly get the repetitive hook of the song while Risa, Manaka, and Momoko get a lot of the verses, oddly enough it does remind me of “Koi Dorobo” for some reason…Also, it’s really short at barely under 3 minutes..

 

 

As the group’s 3rd single, I was curious to see what the two new members would bring to the table and I’m so happy that both Funakki and Yanamin fit in quite nicely.  I also enjoyed this single’s throwback sound from the rockabilly style to the more 1960s standard to a more 80’s feel.  What an interesting single and I can’t wait to see more from this unique H!P group!

 

Super Junior – Devil/Magic

Filed under: Super Junior — solarblade @ 4:05 am

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Track Listing

  1. Devil
  2. Magic
  3. Devil (Inst)
  4. Magic (Inst)

1. Devil

Seems like the group fell back again on technically re-transladed songs from their most recent Korean albums and just threw them as a single.  Luckily, I actually dug this a lot more than I did with “MAMACITA (AYAYA)” altogether.  I already liked Devil just from hearing it in Korean, but the Japanese version is pretty decent too with all of the smooth vocals coming together (which really is surprising that the group is singing in a more wispy tone).  Also I finally noticed Shindong in the song above other guys…wows!

2. Magic

As the leading song from the rereleased Korean album, Magic was a much lighter affair going for the kind of cuter vibe for the guys!  I kind of like the jazzy vibes on top of the smoky vocals especially from Yesung and Shindong for sure!  It has been a while since the group has tone such a poppy song, but it’s definitely welcome!

 

 

As the single before the group enters a strange hiatus (due to 5 of the members on military leave: Sungmin (who wasn’t involved in the single), Eunhyuk, Donghae, Shindong, and Siwon), I understood the rush of putting this single out before they left, though I’m still a bit disappointed they couldn’t muster up an original song for this release.  For what we got though was two pretty decent songs from the normal offering sounds from Devil to the more fun vibes of Magic, it’s definitely their best single so far in this era.

 

Vanilla Beans – Muscat Slope Love

Filed under: Vanilla Beans — solarblade @ 3:08 am

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Track Listing

  1. Muscat Slope Love
  2. Jewel Memories
  3. Muscat Slope Love (instrumental)
  4. Jewel Memories (instrumental)

1. Muscat Slope Love

I’m not sure what I was thinking of Vanilla Beans’ sound would be going into their 4th era, but Muscat Slope Love is really interesting and I enjoyed they went upbeat for the song even if its really odd and yet hokey at the same time.  There’s a lot of twists and turns when it comes to its composition and I pretty much enjoyed that aspect and the duo sounds to be more interested and going for a more genki vibe.  Definitey a strong A-side for the two gals!

2. Jewel Memories

As for the B-side this is a bit more of a throwback than what Muscat Slope Love was capable of.  I will say that I’m loving both Risa and Rena vocals tons here as they blend so smoothly with this kind of sound.  Though I guess the bad thing is that it carries the same general feel the last two albums produced which might not be of anyone’s interest.

 

 

As the duo begins their 4th era, the first single, Muscat Slope Love is actually pretty decent.  The A-side is pretty different and I love the transitions all over the place and the duo sounds great and more exciting!  Jewel Memories might be more of the same throwback genre that they’ve been under since debut, but it’s a decent track otherwise and might impress!  I’m curious to see where this era goes.