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Juice=Juice – Juice=Juice #2 -¡Una más!- August 2, 2018

Filed under: Juice=Juice — solarblade @ 6:46 am

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Track Listing

CD1

  1. Fiesta! Fiesta!
  2. SEXY SEXY
  3. Naite Ii yo
  4. Vivid Midnight
  5. Jidanda Dance
  6. Feel! Kanjiru yo
  7. Dream Road ~Kokoro ga Odoridashiteru~
  8. KEEP ON Joshou Shikou!!
  9. Ashita Yarou wa Bakayarou
  10. Next is you!
  11. Karada Dake ga Otona ni Nattan ja nai

CD 2

  1. Never Never Surrender
  2. Jouro (Album Version)
  3. TOKYO Glider
  4. Synchro.
  5. Abaretekka?! Have a Good Time
  6. Sunao ni Amaete
  7. Goal ~Ashita wa Acchi da yo~ (Album Version)
  8. Gin’iro no Telepathy
  9. Kono Sekai wa Suteta Mon ja nai
  10. Kindan Shoujo
  11. Otona no Jijou
  12. Wonderful World (2018 English Ver.)

1. Fiesta! Fiesta!

From looking at the tracklist of the 1st disc, I did see it was placed reversed chronologically from the newest to the oldest EXCEPT for one song which is odd, but at the same time makes sense especially with the title being in Spanish.  As the lone digital single here, Fiesta! Fiesta! also marked the debut for new members, Ruru & Nanami and boy did they kick things off with a bang.  I mean the first big solo is from Dambara and she owns it as if she’s always been a part of the group.  The song itself is just exciting and powerful and festive and a great way to open the album!

2. SEXY SEXY

So here now we’re going from the recent to oldest A-sides starting with SEXY SEXY which like “Fiesta! Fiesta! was a nice track to focus on Yanamin here.  Like the title suggests, the song is more of a sexy romp of a song with some sensual lyrics to throw around as well!  I really like the tone of the song and the focus on Nanami is surprising but she kinds of owns the cute/sexy vibe.  Overall, still the best of the single and happy its on the album!

3. Naite Ii yo

Then we hit Naite Ii yo which is one of two ballads on the first disc and compared to “Feel! Kanjiru yo”, I slightly prefer this one just because the arrangement doesn’t sound so plain and boring.  Don’t get me wrong, Naite Ii yo is still kind of a snoozefest of a song, but the arrangement feels more natural and the 7 members do sound mostly nice (some hiccups), but I feel like the focus on Kanatomo, Aarii, and Yukanyan is nice

4. Vivid Midnight

As the 3rd A-side from the physical debut for Yanamin & Ruru, Vivid Midnight is a quirky song for the group and they sound like they’re having a lot of fun and reminds me of the more crazy poppy songs, or “KEEP ON Joshou Shikou!!” with the silly funk based sound!  I do get irritated from the arpeggio synths that are found in the chorus, but beyond that the song is just cute and fun.

5. Jidanda Dance

Moving onto 5-nin A-sides for the album, Jidanda Dance is and still a pretty surprising A-side for them.  It’s even more wild and silly than “Vivid Midnight” before it and the quirky arrangement kept me dancing alongside the tune.  Plus hearing all 5 members singing their own lines is just awesome and the Ondo-esque break was a fun little sidestep to the track.  Yeah, I still pretty much love this one!

6. Feel! Kanjiru yo

Yup, the other ballad is next and I still can’t find myself getting into this one.  There’s just something that kind of blocks me from enjoying it and it could be from the synth horns and strings.  I suppose, it’s a little more upbeat than “Naite Ii yo” but there’s just something missing to this song that kind of zones me out.

7. Dream Road ~Kokoro ga Odoridashiteru~

Oh yeah, I definitely remembered this song and thinking how cool is this EDM track from Juice=Juice!  I really do like the sentimentality I get from the arrangement and lyrics of the song.  Plus the saxophone melodies are neat as well.  The only things that truly bothered me was the dance break which sounded pretty separate from the song itself and the choice to make it fade out in the ending…what a bizarre choice for a song like this.  Still, I really do like the song and the group sounds good!

8. KEEP ON Joshou Shikou!!

Though since the single review, I actually ended up loving this track more than “Dream Road”!  Just from the Michael Jackson-like sound and the energy coming off from the quintet, especially Karin and Sayuki and it really makes the song exciting and fun to listen to!  This was a pretty lively song from them and one of my favorites off the first disc.

9. Ashita Yarou wa Bakayarou

Of all the 11 tracks of the first disc, I actually had forgotten about this one (no surprise because it felt underwhelming coming after the previous two tracks.  As the song feels more like a Kobushi Factory song because of its rockin’ arrangement, hearing Ju=Ju tackling something like this is surprising and made for an interesting choice as an A-side.  Still, the song doesn’t quite excite me like many other tracks on the album sadly.  Though the bass is badass…but yeah.

10. Next is you!

Wow, I even forgot this song too somewhat.  As one of two songs released by the fictional unit, NEXT YOU (Juice=Juice basically), this track felt like some older H!P songs circa 2011-12 with the sawtooth synths and booming clap beats.  It felt somewhat plain to me because it does sound like something H!P has done for and otherwise the catchy chorus, the track just flies over my head.

11. Karada Dake ga Otona ni Nattan ja nai

As the last song of the first disc, the secondary A-side from the single is if “Next is you!” and “Ashita Yarou wa Bakayarou” combined together and we kind of end up with this track.  There’s a powerful dance beat, but there’s also rock elements that kind of gives the tune a more gritty touch.  It’s still a decent track though and is pretty nice to hear so much Tomoko!

CD 2

1. Never Never Surrender

Opening the 2nd disc, we have a lot of unreleased material of songs Juice=Juice had performed for quite a long while.  Though it seems this song is technically is more recent, performed shortly after Ruru & Nanami had entered their ranks.  I liked the intro with the bagpipes (or synths technically), but the tune opens into a poppy bop.  I mean it’s a song that sounds pretty typical for H!P, but the track is decent and cute and nice as the first track of the disc.

2. Jouro (Album Version)

So I was pretty surprised to see all the digital singles released in the era make the cut.  Mostly the differences between the original and the (album versions) is that they included Ruru & Nanami to the tracks, but the overall song is pretty much the same thing.  Since I never reviewed the original releases, I can actually talk about it.  Though with the updated vocals, I suppose it’s nice.  The song is upbeat and cuter than the previous track that’s for sure and while the 2nd Gen members aren’t quite as heavily featured as I hoped, I suppose it’s a decent track, even if the song isn’t too memorable.

3. TOKYO Glider

One of the more well-known songs that are from the album, TOKYO Glider feels like something that was leftover from their first album.  Actually it kind of reminds me of TOKYO GIRLS’ STYLE in style with the funky groove and disco-esque tones.  I really like the feel of the song and the members sound classy and powerful here too!  Pretty neat song I’d say!

4. Synchro.

So on the album, there’s actually three new songs (that haven’t been performed before the announcement of the album).  Though these three songs are special because they include their newest member (ex-Country Girls member, Manaka Inaba).  I’m kind of surprised that this is more of a ballad from the group.  I think of the three brand new tracks, this is probably the weakest but it is far and beyond more interesting than “Naite Ii yo” and “Feel! Kanjiru yo”.  It’s just real nice to hear Manakan with the rest of the group.

5. Abaretekka?! Have a Good Time

I don’t know why but whenever I hear Kanatomo in the beginning of the song, it feels like she’s saying ~ARE YOU READY TO FUUUUUUCK~…it’s just always makes me laugh hard.  After “Ashita Yarou wa Bakayarou”, this is the other rock song in the album!  Just like the previous track, I do kind of prefer this rock track with its freeform groove and the amount of slap bass is just awesome!  Of course being part of the trio of tracks that were first performed as just 5-nin, adding Ruru and Nanami kind of made it feel more complete.  I think it could’ve filled out the headphones more, but it’s a quirky track!

6. Sunao ni Amaete

From just the intro, I was immediately thinking of “Romance no Tochuu” from the horns and guitar flickering, but the song switches modes into something a bit more sexy and classy for Sunao ni Amaete.  I really like hearing all the members especially Ruru as she just exudes this confidence.  This is just a really cool and smooth song for the group and I ended up loving it!

7. Goal ~Ashita wa Acchi da yo~ (Album Version)

Just like “Jouro”, Goal was updated to feature Ruru & Nanami in the song and the songs’ pop/rock vibe definitely give me Buono! vibes throughout and I quite find myself enjoying it.  Though the song was resung, it still feels the same to me and I don’t think I quite hear the new members in the song (probably in the vocal melodies).  The song itself remains the same otherwise and I enjoyed it originally when it was first released last year digitally.

8. Gin’iro no Telepathy

I think of the 3 songs they had started performing from last year, I think Gin’iro no Telepathy was the one I was quite enjoying a lot because of the space-like atmosphere in the track.  Listening to a studio cut to the song does make me feel a little better but at the same time, the song is lacking something, but I’m not quite sure…maybe the drive is a bit too samey?  Though I do like hearing all 7 members here.  It’s cute and I think did it better than “Never Never Surrender” did.

9. Kono Sekai wa Suteta Mon ja nai

Hearing Karin and Tomoko starting the next track is pretty awesome and this song was the one of the three sung by 5-nin that kind of left me conflicted because it feels like a mix of “Never Never Surrender” and “TOKYO Glider” kind of just fused but the song is a bit more complex and poppy.  I don’t know, the song is kind of just the filler track here and I’m kind of forgetting about it.

10. Kindan Shoujo

So I think this song was kind of used as promotional material for the album and it showcases all 8 members together!  I’m so happy that this was chosen because of the three 8-nin tracks, this is my favorite as it has this kind of poppy EDM-ish feel that kind of makes me think of an old H!P song, “Magic of Love” (something the group has covered on their last album).  Definitely the favorite off the 2nd disc for sure!

11. Otona no Jijou

As the ONLY 5-nin song on the 2nd disc, Otona no Jijou probably would’ve fit better right after “Next is you!” to be quite honest as it sticks out in the oddest way here.  The song is pretty much more EDM-ish than “Kindan Shoujo” but hearing just the 5 original members here is kind of interesting.  I do still enjoy the song as all 5 members sound nice and strong even as this is the eldest song on the disc.  I just wonder why it wasn’t on the 1st or updated like the other digital singles (actually prolly not updated because it is credited as NEXT YOU).

12. Wonderful World (2018 English Ver.)

H!P, can you stop shoving this song in our faces, this song isn’t that great and making it into English wasn’t a good idea to be honest.  Now if you didn’t know, this is the 3rd time I’ve reviewed and each time it’s somewhat different.  Though in this specific cut, it’s just adding Ruru & Nanami to the track but it feels like it still remains as the original 5 have the solos.  The song still does nothing for me regardless and just kind of made me go meh.

Tracks Recommended

  • KEEP ON Joshou Shikou!!
  • SEXY SEXY
  • Dream Road ~Kokoro ga Odoridashiteru~
  • Fiesta! Fiesta!
  • Jidanda Dance

 

  • Kindan Shoujo
  • TOKYO Glider
  • Otona no Jijou
  • Sunao ni Amaete
  • Goal ~Ashita wa Acchi da yo~ (Album Version)

Song of Avoidance

  • Feel! Kaniru yo
  • Wonderful World (2018 English Ver.)

Is it already Juice=Juice’s sophomore album?  I guess what I would say about this album is that I actually enjoyed this album a LOT more than I did with their “First Squeeze!” album as there were a lot more memorable songs here than there was from the first.  I mean I’m surprised they didn’t make a 3rd disc with covers like they did with their first, but as a whole I was impressed.  Disc 1 had all the singles (mostly) and it was a solid list of them (with a couple eh tracks).  Disc 2 though had the most interest because all the new tracks and studio cuts from concert songs they’ve held back for some time.  Little weird to see Otona no Jijou and a 3rd version of Wonderful World on the album…but the interesting fact is that only 3 songs had the current members (as in with Manakan)…I can’t wait to see the first single with Manaka.

 

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