- Tsugitsugi Zokuzoku
- Itoshima Distance
- Koi Nara Tokku ni Hajimatteru
- Tsugitsugi Zokuzoku (SWG REMIX) (Vinyl edition only)
- Tsugitsugi Zokuzoku (Instrumental)
- Itoshima Distance (Instrumental)
- Koi Nara Tokku ni Hajimatteru (Instrumental)
1. Tsugitsugi Zokuzoku
Kicking off the single, we have Tsugitsugi Zokuzoku and just from going by the title, I knew this song was going to be something unexpected. Why I’m not surprised that it would become one of the more exciting and epic songs (seems like ANGERME has been getting such strong tracks since their rebranding) the the group would release. Carrying on their strong hitting EDM sound, Tsugitsugi Zokuzoku is pretty damn cool for the group to tackle. Going from quickly paced lyrics to rapping sections, it’s a surprisingly filled track. Also it seems all the girls got a lot of lines with focus on Takechan, Meimi, Kanana, and Ayacho. Even new member Moe seems to fit in the group just so smoothly! Damn good song here!
2. Itoshima Distance
Moving to the 2nd A-side, Itoshima Distance takes on a more latin-like vibe with some sexy saxophones thrown in for the win :D. It seems like there’s a lot more focus on Murotan, Rikako, Aiai, and Kamiko (Moe) in this track especially in the chorus which is nice to hear and while I’m still trying to get used to Maho’s vocals, I think everyone does fine in the track (well Ayacho still can’t do high notes very well). Overall, it’s a decent track for the new members to tackle and the arrangement stuck to me pretty quickly.
3. Koi Nara Tokku ni Hajimatteru
The last A-side, Koi Nara Tokku ni Hajimatteru begins with a monologue from Meimi (as she’s graduating after this single). While this song feels like EDM done back a couple years ago because this is the first Tsunku-produced track since the group rebranded. The focus here is definitely on Takechan, Rinapuu, Meimi, Kanana, and Ayacho here and it makes sense with “Itoshima Distance” being largely focused on the new members. I do like the song, but there’s a part in the chorus where they smush lyrics together and that’s a bit distracting, but overall it’s nice.
4. Tsugitsugi Zokuzoku (SWG REMIX)
With C-ute and Momusu also doing vinyls, ANGERME comes in with their own with a bonus remix. Tsugitsugi Zokuzoku was just fine as it was so I was kind of worried for the remix and for good reason because this doesn’t come close to really impressing me. It stripped away a lot of what made it good and gave us this lowbrow synth/guitar riff that feels well…empty. Blech remix!
ANGERME begins the new year on some weird footing as the first single without Kanon, the first for 4th Gen member, Moe, and being Meimi’s last single before graduation, I feel like as if this is a transitioning single. Tsugitsugi Zokuzoku is such a great song for the group and just shows us a cool ANGERME that we’ve had with a bunch of songs previous though I would stay away from the remix. Itoshima Distance is classy and has a nice arrangement though the vocals could be strange if you’re not used to the 4 new members. Koi Nara Tokku ni Hajimatteru though feels dated to me, but this is the first Tsunku-produced song for the group so I’m just not sure how to feel about this one yet. Overall, a decent single it’ll be sad seeing Meimi gone, but with Moe in the group…she’s already sounding GORGEOUS!