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Juice=Juice – “Hitori de Ikirare Sou” tte Sore tte Nee, Homete Iru no?/25sai Eien Setsu May 25, 2019

Filed under: Juice=Juice — solarblade @ 1:16 am

hitorideikiraresou

Track Listing

  1. “Hitori de Ikirare Sou” tte Sore tte Nee, Homete Iru no?
  2. 25sai Eien Setsu
  3. “Hitori de Ikirare Sou” tte Sore tte Nee, Homete Iru no? (Instrumental)
  4. 25sai Eien Setsu (Instrumental)

1. “Hitori de Ikirare Sou” tte Sore tte Nee, Homete Iru no?

Long title aside, Karin opens the main A-side in a pretty strong way into a fusion of pop & rock.  I kind of found myself enjoying a good portion of the song despite the verses feeling slightly mechanical here to me.  Though once I come into the prechorus, things get much better and I’m surprised by the vocals here and that all the members sound really good singing in a lower range especially members like Tomoko, Ruru, and Manaka!  Of course the other members sound really good (slightly surprised at how little of Yuka there was compared to all the members).  Honestly, it’s a good song from them, I’ll give it that.

2. 25sai Eien Setsu

The other A-side was used as Yuka’s goodbye song (which could explain why there’s little of her to be found in the previous track).  While not as upbeat as Yanamin’s goodbye song, it’s just as sentimental and poppy as it.  Though I can’t help but feel like it’s somewhat formulaic and familiar to other H!P songs too.  Not quite as intriguing at the other A-side, but it did its job at the end of the day and sent Yuka off on a nice note, plus the fact she’s the only one with solos is great!

 

 

I don’t know why but I felt this single was missing something to it (maybe “Borderline” perhaps?).  The single coming only under 4 months after their previous single (which also was a graduating single) comparatively felt much weaker than I thought.  While I don’t think “Hitori de Ikirare Sou” tte Sore tte Nee, Homete Iru no? is a bad song, it feels kind of like an album track and 25sai Eien Setsu was cute but definitely leave much of an impression behind despite being the last track to include original member, Yuka Miyazaki.  I don’t know, it’s just a middle-of-the-road kind of single for me.

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Juice=Juice – Bitansan/Potsurito/Good bye & Good luck! February 1, 2019

Filed under: Juice=Juice — solarblade @ 5:20 pm

bitansan

Track Listing

  1. Bitansan
  2. Potsurito
  3. Good bye & Good luck!
  4. Bitansan (Instrumental)
  5. Potsurito (Instrumental)
  6. Good bye & Good luck! (Instrumental)

1. Bitansan

As the leading A-side, Bitansan opens up with a sparkly intro and we enter an EDM song for the group!  I’m not sure why but it kind of reminds me of something like the veins of “Next is you!” and “Kaze ni Fukarete” in the way it moves which I kind of enjoy it!  The beat is pretty cool and hearing all the members getting solos is always nice to hear as well.  Plus hearing, Ruru, Nanami, and Manaka more is a treat!  Overall, I was satisfied with the song, but it doesn’t quite reach the highs of some of their more memorable songs.

2. Potsurito

Next up, Potsurito calms things a bit down with what I thought was going to be a slightly sadder song with the piano being the main thing on top of the more depressing lyrics.  Since it’s the ballad of the song, I was kind of surprised at the chorus which kind of explodes with sound and takes it to a more dramatic place.  I will say, at least this beats out any of the ballads that were found on their last album, but that chorus kind of just comes outta nowhere for me as well as the bridge (the latter feels odd I guess with the electronics and whatnot).  It’s ok though, it’s at least not a total snoozefest of a song.

3. Good bye & Good luck!

The last song on the single is meant to be a sendoff song for Nanami (who is graduating in March).  Of course it begins with a solo from her (and I’m a little bothered by the whole ~good bye and a good luck~…Like please…  I do enjoy once again that members get solos all over.  The tune sounds like a C-ute song or “Arekore Shitai!”.  I did find myself smiling at this one and while this kind of sentimental sugary song was what I expect from graduations, this one felt right.  I liked it!

 

 

As the group’s seemingly first and last single to have 8-nin and the first H!P release of 2019, I thought this single was pretty good for Juice=Juice.  They covered quite a bit within the 3 tracks from Bitansan’s more EDM structure, to the ballad-like Potsurito, and closing it with a sentimental upbeat tune in Good bye & Good luck!, they covered all their tracks here and I appreciate it.  While I can’t say too much about Yanamin (as she was only in 3 singles and an album, and she had more notice in Country Girls), I can enjoy what she added for the group (which, I mean is not much, but her leading in “SEXY SEXY” was awesome right?)  Overall, a good single!

 

Hello Pro All Stars – YEAH YEAH YEAH/Akogare no Stress-free/Hana, Takenawa no Toki September 18, 2018

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Track Listing

  1. YEAH YEAH YEAH
  2. Akogare no Stress-free
  3. Hana, Takenawa no Toki
  4. Hello! History
  5. YEAH YEAH YEAH (Morning Musume ’18 Ver.) (Regular A only)
  6. YEAH YEAH YEAH (ANGERME Ver.) (Regular B only)
  7. YEAH YEAH YEAH (Juice=Juice Ver.) (Regular C only)
  8. YEAH YEAH YEAH (Country Girls Ver.) (Regular D only)
  9. YEAH YEAH YEAH (Kobushi Factory Ver.) (Regular E only)
  10. YEAH YEAH YEAH (Tsubaki Factory Ver.) (Regular F only)
  11. YEAH YEAH YEAH (Instrumental)
  12. Akogare no Stress-free (Instrumental)
  13. Hana, Takenawa no Toki (Instrumental)
  14. Hello! History (Instrumental)

1. YEAH YEAH YEAH

As the leading A-side of the single, I was kind of expecting a bombastic dance track with such a title, but instead it’s quite the opposite taking more of a mid-tempo piano ballad that actually is structured a bit more as a dance number.  I mean the song sounds a little bit like previous Hello! Project songs and it just doesn’t really put a spark in me (doesn’t help there’s no solos either).  Even the dance breakdown is eerily similar to Momusu’s “Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi” & “The Vision”. I don’t know, but the song comes off generic and forgettable.

2. Akogare no Stress-free

At least the 2nd A-side kind of fixes that mess with more of an interesting sound and it’s actually upbeat!  I like the surfers rock sound I get from it and the song just has a bit more oomph to it since it is a bit more of a cooler song for them.  Though the only solos here are actually between Ayacho & Fukuchan (leader and sub-leader of H!P).  It’s a pretty cool song, probably the favorite of the single though.

3. Hana, Takenawa no Toki

I was surprised we were getting this song on the single considering I thought it was more of an Up-Front song than anything (because it was performed first at HinaFest earlier in the year).  That said, seeing the H!P girls get this song is kind of interesting.  The song is a full chorale of a song to a simple piano arrangement.  While I like the togetherness of the track, didn’t we technically get that in “YEAH YEAH YEAH”?  I don’t know, this one is pretty much eh as well, but I suppose it’s clean and simple.

4. Hello! History

Honestly, this should’ve EASILY been the lead song as it really showcases H!P up to date!  It’s funky and the singing is pretty upbeat and kind of quite unique because it mentions a lot of big songs that involve the current groups.  Hell, the leaders of H!P get a solo too (even Reina Ichioka!).  Might look like a bigger “Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari” but I dig this quite a bit, why is it a B-side???

5. YEAH YEAH YEAH (Morning Musume ’18 Ver.) (Regular A only)
6. YEAH YEAH YEAH (ANGERME Ver.) (Regular B only)
7. YEAH YEAH YEAH (Juice=Juice Ver.) (Regular C only)
8. YEAH YEAH YEAH (Country Girls Ver.) (Regular D only)
9. YEAH YEAH YEAH (Kobushi Factory Ver.) (Regular E only)
10. YEAH YEAH YEAH (Tsubaki Factory Ver.) (Regular F only)

Each Regular version of the single does come with a 5th track depending on which version you get (obvious which group you want).  Though I kind of wish it wasn’t YEAH YEAH YEAH as the chosen track though.  Really not much to say here sadly because I’m still not that much of a fan of the song.  Though I guess one good thing that sets these apart from the original is the fact there’s solo lines through each group’s version so I suppose there’s a plus right?

 

 

Compared to “ALL FOR ONE & ONE FOR ALL!” and “Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku”, this is by far the weakest (get all of H!P together) single to date.  I don’t who thought YEAH YEAH YEAH would make for a decent showing of the company because it kind of brought the generic stuff that H!P has done together in one song.  Probably would’ve better had Akogare no Stress-free or Hello! History as the leading songs because both those tracks are great!  Hana, Takenawa no Toki is simple and nice, but maybe not for this single.  I don’t know this 20th anniversary thing hasn’t really celebrated a lot music-wise IMO…disappointing…

 

 

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

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

unamas

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.

 

Juice=Juice – SEXY SEXY/Naite Ii yo/Vivid Midnight April 5, 2018

Filed under: Juice=Juice — solarblade @ 8:51 pm

sexysexy

Track Listing

  1. SEXY SEXY
  2. Naite Ii yo
  3. Vivid Midnight
  4. SEXY SEXY (Instrumental)
  5. Naite Ii yo (Instrumental)
  6. Vivid Midnight (Instrumental)

1. SEXY SEXY

Kicking the single off, we get SEXY SEXY and boy does it seem to give a new side to Juice=Juice that we haven’t seen since “Black Butterfly” and “Hadaka no Hadaka no Hadaka no KISS”.  It’s also an interesting sight to see Yanamin actually lead the song considering that she’s the furthest of being considered sexy in Juice=Juice.  Granted, we get to hear a lot from the other members especially Sayuki, Ruru, and Tomoko who gave powerful performances here.  I definitely dug this track and really shows the level this group has (especially after adding Nanami & Ruru)

2. Naite Ii yo

Of course, I wasn’t surprised that one of the A-sides would’ve been a ballad here and that’s where Naite Ii yo and it seems pretty Kanatomo centered, but it’s nice to see Aarii and Yukanyan get some extra spotlight as well. Unfortunately, the song for me kind of goes nowhere for me and it sounds pretty standard otherwise.

3. Vivid Midnight

The last track, Vivid Midnight is an odd track for them, but it seems really intriguing (primarily due to the fact that a lot of people involved in the track’s creation has made music in K-pop) which gives this song a slight K-popish feel to it which is nice, but also kind of unusual for the single.  I do like that Karin and Ruru dominate a lot of the song, but what kind of kills it for me is this high-pitched arpeggio synth that happens in the choruses.

 

 

As the actual first physical single to include Juice=Juice’s newest members, Nanami Yanagawa & Ruru Danbara, I thought this single was OK.  I think the biggest win here was SEXY SEXY because it’s true to its form and it sounds hypnotic a lot of the times giving a nice sensual feel.  Then comes Vivid Midnight which is fun and bright but it doesn’t seem to connect with me personally (plus that arpeggio is annoying af!).  Finally there’s boring Naite Ii yo…just there and blah.  I hope an album comes from them soon though (especially with 5 unreleased songs in their repertoire).

 

Juice=Juice – Fiesta! Fiesta! August 24, 2017

Filed under: Juice=Juice — solarblade @ 4:04 am

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Track Listing

  1. Fiesta! Fiesta!
  2. Wonderful World (English Ver.)
  3. Fiesta! Fiesta! (Instrumental)

1. Fiesta! Fiesta!

Huh, I wasn’t expecting Juice=Juice to explode onto the single with a latin-esque party song!  If anything after “KEEP ON Joshou Shikou!!”, I was ready for the group to bring more energy to their songs and have good a time.  Though what’s bigger is that the group grew two members further in Ruru Danbara and Country Girls’ Nanami Yanagawa!  Right from the start it seems Ruru is gonna charge in headfirst with powerful vocals!  Yanamin does have her score as well and she sounds more or less the same as she does in CG…I’m also quite surprised that Aarii had so many lines too!  Honestly, this song is really catchy and stands out!

2. Wonderful World (English Ver.)

Though I was dreading seeing the coupling song was going to be an English take on one of my least favorite Juice=Juice songs.  It doesn’t help that their accents are a LOT more heavier than Momusu doing “One and Only”, but I feel like I can understand some of what they’re saying.  Actually I don’t think I hear Yanamin or Ruru here so it might just be the original 5 singing this again.  Still not a fan and the whole last half is a bit of a vocal trainwreck to my ears, but it is what it is.

 

 

With H!P going through some big changes, some of the releases have been relegated to digital releases as is the case for Juice=Juice’s Fiesta! Fiesta! (“Goal” and “Jouro” did release, but I skipped them up as they were just the track).  As the first single with new members Ruru and Nanami, they did pretty well and the group gave us a fun song to cherish while the Summer season starts to close shop.  I only think Wonderful World got its new version because they’re set to go on a World Tour soon, so it makes sense, but I still don’t like the song much.  Either way, not bad…makes me wonder how the 7-nin will do for future releases!

 

Juice=Juice – Jidanda Dance/Feel! Kanjiru yo April 19, 2017

Filed under: Juice=Juice — solarblade @ 2:35 pm

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Track Listing

  1. Jidanda Dance
  2. Feel! Kanjiru yo
  3. Jidanda Dance (Instrumental)
  4. Feel! Kanjiru yo (Instrumental)

1. Jidanda Dance

It’s been a while since Juice=Juice has really done a goofy song so when I begun listening to Jidanda Dance, I was happily surprised at how funky and funny the song came off (especially the hooks it was passiong off).  I was also impressed with how much more Yuka and Akari have been pushed as vocalists.  Throw in a random section for Ondo-styled music and it’s a bit bizarre but it definitely stuck out to me a LOT!  Great A-side for the group!

2. Feel! Kanjiru yo

Though I can’t quite say the same for the other A-side for the single.  Unlike the bizarre upbeat and fun style of the previous track, Feel! Kanjiru yo is the opposite, a slow-paced ballad with a lot of synth horns *sigh*.  I don’t know, this just feels plain and slightly generic but considering that Juice=Juice hasn’t done a ballad since “Tsuzuiteiku STORY” and that was just a blah (even when there’s a sitar thrown in the arrangement).

Juice=Juice return with a new single and I’m half & half with it.  I really did enjoy Jidanda Dance a whole lot and seeing Juice=Juice with their hair down and having immense fun (like they did in “KEEP ON Joshou Shikou!!”) is always a treat to hear from the quintet.  Plus the music was off the wall and just left a smile on me.  Feel! Kanjiru yo though is just bland all over and really doesn’t do any favors for them as a ballad (couldn’t we have gotten “Giniro no Telepathy” instead?…or any of the other 4 unreleased songs they have…