- Nakanai ze…Kyoukan Sagi
- Kimi Dake ja nai sa…friends (2018 Acoustic Ver.)
- Nakanai ze…Kyoukan Sagi (Instrumental)
- Uraha=Lover (Instrumental)
- Kimi Dake ja nai sa…friends (2018 Acousic Ver.) (Instrumental)
1. Nakanai ze…Kyoukan Sagi
As the primary A-side for the single, we get Nakanai ze…Kyoukan Sagi first and it’s quite the familiar territory for the group as the song has the upbeat electro sound that ANGERME has been tackling for a little while with songs like “Tsugitsugi Zokuzoku” and “Ai no Tame…” but this one mixes those two aforementioned tracks to become a futuristic bop for the group. I do like hearing the group starting to even out their line distribution more and more, but knowing Murotan, Kamiko, and a couple of the newer members getting more time to shine! It’s a pretty decent track and my favorite from the single!
As for the 2nd A-side, I wasn’t sure what to expect other than a cuter song in comparison to the other two tracks. Right from the start, I was kind of thrown off by the vocal filter thrown on Rikako & Murotan in the intro lines. Though it does clear up once Funakki kicks the verses off. There’s something odd to the song and I’m not quite as interested with the disjointed guitar in the chorus (though the melody does remind me of something, but not quite sure what). It does try to push itself as a pop/rock track…it’s coming off a smidge messy in places.
3. Kimi Dake ja nai sa…friends (2018 Acoustic Ver.)
I really wasn’t too thrilled to have found out they would make this song even more of a ballad than its original take. I never found the original with Murotan, Kawamuu, and Kamiko to be that great and the song was just kind of floating there on that single. Granted, this time around, I do like the arrangement here with mostly acoustic guitar at its base. Add on that all the members get a nice line in the song and I think it did a little better than the original. Still not quite into the full-ballad mode it has and wasn’t expecting to be shorter by doing only two choruses.
ANGERME finally brings their first release for the year! After the announcement officially saying that Maho left the group, I think the group just kind of shrugged it off and moved forward to release this single (which funny enough stated that their previous release, “Manner Mode / Kisoku Tadashiku Utsukushiku / Kimi Dake ja nai sa…friends” wasn’t considered an official single for the group), but to be fair I won’t say this is Kawamura & Funaki’s first single in ANGERME.
So the single itself is kind of a hodge-podge in my opinion. I have to say that Nakanai ze…Kyoukan Sagi is a pretty cool song and fits in their repertoire of other EDM-flourished songs in their discography pretty nicely and Kimi Dake ja nai sa…friends’ updated sound did the song a bit better than the original. I think the only song that bothers me is Uraha=Lover just from the arrangement being a bit too rough on the edges IMO. With the recent announcement of Ayacho graduating we have a decent amount of time to get ready for it (she’s planning for next year). So what could be next for the group has got me curious!