- Umaku Ienai
- Ai no Tame Kyou Made Shinkashite Kita Ningen, Ai no Tame Subete Taikashite Kita Ningen
- Wasurete Ageru
- Umaku Ienai (Instrumental)
- Ai no Tame Kyou Made Shinkashite Kita Ningen, Ai no Tame Subete Taikashite Kita Ningen (Instrumental)
- Wasurete Ageru (Instrumental)
1. Umaku Ienai
As the first A-side of the single, Umaku Ienai is pretty interesting of a song as its done by Takui Nakajima (same guy who did “Taikibansei”). So it’s no surprise that the song is just as funky and full of sass. Actually it is pretty catchy for the first half and brings back the same unbridled energy that the aforementioned song brought. HOWEVER, once the 2nd verses start, the song move into a very weird position with a totally different arrangement and melody which throws me off and doesn’t make too much sense. I do like all the members got a line in that part, but it’s still such an awkward inclusion. It does clean itself up for the final run through the chorus (where there’s a great Rinapuu high note). Still most of the song is great, it’s just that middle section that I’m not so sure about…
2. Ai no Tame Kyou Made Shinkashite Kita Ningen, Ai no Tame Subete Taikashite Kita Ningen
Probably the longest H!P title yet, what was initially the leading track became the 2nd A-side of the single. I can see it was chosen to lead first since this is the introduction to new member, Momona Kasahara. The song itself sticks itself to the recent EDM style that ANGERME had adopted and the song and lyrics come off pretty futuristic. These kind of songs really catch me eye and it’s just a pretty cool song. As for Momona, she had the first lines and she handled them well but there’s something missing in her voice whereas Kamiko really powered through. Great A-side!
3. Wasurete Ageru
Rounding the single out, we have Wasurete Ageru and at first listen, it reminded me of “Itoshima Distance” with less saxes. I don’t know what it is with this group in particular, but with 9 members, I find it great that they get to showcase all the members in some fashion, even the newer members! I’m actually surprised with how much Rina is in this song (and for the rest of the single at that). I do like the song, maybe not quite as much as the previous two tracks, but it sticks out.
Wow, I still am kind of surprised ANGERME had added another new member after Moe with Momona (to take up the space that Meimi left behind). For the most part, Umaku Ienai/Ai no Tame…/Wasurete Ageru is a pretty strong single for the group and I would say better than “Tsugitsugi Zokuzoku/Itoshima Distance/Koi Nara Tokku ni Hajimatteru” just from how catchy all three songs were. I do think Umaku Ienai was good, but that middle section was a bit absurd to me. Luckily Ai no Tame Kyou Made Shinkashite Kita Ningen, Ai no Tame Subete Taikashite Kita Ningen came in and brought us some strong EDM and Wasurete Ageru was a nice serious sounding song…Overall a great single!