One Way = My Way
Independent Girl ~ Dokuritsu Joshi de Aru Tame ni
Take it Easy!
Koucha no Oishii Mise
Tabidachi no Uta
We are Buono! ~ Buono! no Theme
1. One Way = My Way
I’m kind of happy that we begin the album with a Buono! full track with One Way = My Way. Sadly, the song really does remind me of their debut single “Honto no Jibun” since both are quite energetic but retains that same idol feel through it. To be honest, I’m getting more used to Momoko’s vocals since she’s clearly getting better with time and when she does the bridge, it makes me smile. Great opening track.
2. Our Songs
Released a week earlier before the album, Our Songs might not’ve been the best A-side released in the era, but I do like how this song is more serious than the previous track and it gives a bit more flavor to the album. Still pretty good song though.
3. Independent Girl ~ Dokuritsu Joshi de Aru Tame ni
I love the opening to Independent Girl because of the cooler guitar riffs here. It also doesn’t sound like anything they released beforehand, but at the same time I feel there’s something missing in the song. It could be the more guitar-driven arrangement, but it doesn’t sound right to me…Though I do love the singing here.
4. MY BOY
What began this era off, MY BOY is still an electryfying from Buono! After “Buono!2”, I wasn’t sure where they would go next, but they went back to releasing some that kicks so much ass that it blew my pants off. I love Airi, Miyabi, and Momoko in the song because they were having fun with the song and the upbeat nature of the song helped out greatly.
Our next new song, Urahara is the first non-rock influenced song off the album. I mean it’s still there, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not the most focal point of the song. It starts out innocently enough with just some synths and acoustic guitar before the chorus where the rock sounds starts to appear. So far from the new songs, this one has impressed me the most. I guess it’s because of Momoko again! Why is she doing better?
6. Take It Easy!
I continue to dislike Take It Easy! for some odd reason and it’s probably because of the Westerness of the song altogether. Then again, this was one of the songs that made me cry because of Momoko’s nasally vocals. Even then this Buono! meets country shtick really sucks as well. I don’t want them getting near a banjo ever EVER AGAIN!
I found that sticking the 3rd A-side after the 2nd was quite abrasive to the album, I still can’t help but enjoy this song still. It really is the “Rottara Rottara” of the era because there’s just so much of Buono!’s amazing energy and sound that I’ve grown to like for sure. Even then, it’s just amazingly catchy with whatever they say at the beginning. One pretty awesome tune!
Luckily, the last five tracks are brand spanking new so that gives me hope. We begin we Kataomoi. and to be honest, I don’t feel anything for this song. There’s just no enough energy to go around and the arrangement seems somewhat plain…especially since this song is after “Bravo☆Bravo”. I guess it’s alright, but definitely disappointing on its placement on the album.
At least this song picks up the slack where “Kataomoi.” couldn’t. Once again, I’m loving the fact they are straying further from their pure rock songs to try some experimental stuff and with Blue-Sky-Blue, they achieved that pretty nicely. Though the verses once again outshine the chorus, this isn’t a bad song at all…actually another great song.
10. Koucha no Oishii Mise
You remember how random Buono! are with some of their songs like “Internet Cupid” back on their debut album? Well we sort of get it with this song because it’s the slowest song off the album. To be honest, there’s nothing about the song that sounds Buono!-like except for the fact that the girls are singing along. At least it’s nice to see a ballad from the group and they sound really nice together in slower songs as well.
11. Tabidachi no Uta
Hmmm, two ballads on a Buono! album? I guess I could’ve guessed it from the title because well who would makes an upbeat song with a title like that? It’s a little more like a pop/rock balald which is nice since we get to hear more acoustic guitars. For having a melancholic feel, it wasn’t too bad of a song.
12. We are Buono! ~ Buono! no Theme
Hold the phone!, it took 3 full albums just to get to Buono!’s theme? Wow, shows how much laziness is passed around H!P. I still find it funny that after we calm down, we get a blast of excitement with the final track. I do love the lines ~we love music, we are Buono!~ that fills the chorus up! I’m surprised that the final song ended up so well done and makes a pretty epic closing to their 3rd effort.
Song of Avoidance
Buono!’s 3rd album to me is their best one yet. Most of the songs were actually pretty great with the exception of one or two, but at least the experimental songs were pulled off a little better. Now even then I’m noticing the 3 members getting so much better and with Momoko finally getting the lower notes down pat, she might become my favorite…I just don’t want her to pull off something nasty in the future! Still, great album!