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LADYBABY – ONE YEAR BEST 2015-2016 October 9, 2016

Filed under: LADYBABY — solarblade @ 2:45 am

oneyearbest

Track Listing

  1. OVERTURE OVERSEA
  2. Nippon Manju
  3. Renge Chance!
  4. C’est si bon Kibun
  5. ULTRA☆LUCKY
  6. Beard-chan Robot
  7. SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS
  8. Age-Age Money ~Ochingin Daisakusen~

1. OVERTURE OVERSEA

Opening this mini-album, we have an introductory track!  I really do like that it opens like some traditional Japanese folk track, but it sounds like it could lead into a battle or something.  It is a bit random to say the least considering the trio are heavier as a unit in sound.  Interesting way to kick the album off…

2. Nippon Manju

As majority of the release is older releases, it’s no shock that the first full track is LADYBABY’s debut song!  As I said. LADYBABY is quite well-known for their mesh of metal and idol pop so Nippon Manju is a prime example of the general style they were going.  Both Rei and Rie sound cute and had a lot of shouting, but the focus was purely placed on Ladybeard who is quite aggressive and a bit scary with his death growls and power in his vocals.  I do like the song a lot (it’s what got me to review them in the first place) and a good song to really get this album going.

3. Renge Chance!

Then we move into their 3rd single (and last before this release), Renge Chance! was a strange A-side to have come out due to its strange lyrics (although their songs have been odd lyrically as it is).  Of the three A-sides though, Renge Chance! seems to be the heaviest of them with the emphasis on the metal arrangement.  Though stripping that back, it does come off a bit like the previous track with the two girls yelling lyrics and Ladybeard doing his death growls.  I was surprised by the short pre-chorus as it changes to a ballad for a couple seconds.  Like I said, it’s unique, but it does fit the sound LADYBABY were going for.

4. C’est si bon Kibun

The next 3 tracks were actually B-sides to their three singles they released!  This one, from “Renge Chance!” was definitely the more interesting of the two tracks as it focused a little more of the idol side of things and the two girls aren’t yelling out their lyrics.  Ladybeard does have his moments to say the least, but I actually liked Rie/Rei a bit more from their performance here.  Pretty decent B-side overall!

5. ULTRALUCKY

Then we move to the B-side from their debut and I remembered this one due to Ladybeard actually singing with the girls.  For once it felt like a cohesive unit (and slightly less of a gimmick of a group).  It definitely is the poppiest of the songs here, but it stuck out on ONE YEAR BEST as the idol track that brought the group into a cohesive unit (even if Ladybeard himself was a little strange singing).

6. Beard-chan Robot

Then we get into the B-side from “Age-Age Money” and it’s back to the more darker and edgier atmosphere.  Actually it is the darkest of the tracks which favors more for Ladybeard as he takes a lot of the lines and the chorus (while lighter than majority of the song).  I actually dug the song being more metal than what I was expecting, but didn’t have the catchy factor than most of their songs do.

7. SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS

We did get ONE actual new track in this release (despite them having a lot more unreleased stuff >.>).  It does start of nice and sweet with Rei & Rie with a lighthearted arrangement, but then the song switches gears and Ladybeard fires away with his normal shtick.  The song’s arrangement isn’t quite as metal as one might hope and actually makes me think of Red Hot Chili Peppers for some strange reason.  It’s an OK song, but there could be much more to it.

8. Age-Age Money ~Ochingin Daisakusen~

Ending the album is the group’s second A-side funny enough.  I do think it may be the group’s best single as it has the best of both worlds and just is a memorable song since it took “Nippon Manju” and amped it up by quite a margin from catchy Ladybeard parts and both Rei & Rie sounds so much more confident!  It’s a very decent way to close the album!

 

 

Huh?  A best-of mini-album of just a span of a year?  That’s a bit absurd in normal standards but there’s a reason why this is coming out and that’s because Ladybeard is leaving the group (focusing on other things).  Since the lifeblood and sheer reason why LADYBABY grew a fanbase as fast as it did was because of the gimmick that there were a two-girl unit with a bulky male screamer.  Now with the screamer gone, I’m not sure where the girls will end up, though currently they’re going by “The artist formerly known as LADYBABY”…hopefully that’s a temporary name…As for the album?  It’s a good collection of their songs so far, but maybe a bit unusual to release this…

 

LADYBABY – Renge Chance! May 26, 2016

Filed under: LADYBABY — solarblade @ 6:09 am

rengechance

Track Listing

  1. Renge Chance!
  2. C’est si bon Kibun

1. Renge Chance!

That guitar intro is pretty badass to say the least!  When the song is about ramen and the spoons, you know this was going to be a strange experience.  Actually of the 3 A-sides they’ve released so far, this is definitely the strangest of them going from weird explanations of ramen and connecting it to demons and all that.  Add that Rei and Rie kick the idol side of things into high gear and even the music does come off a slight bit cuter even while Ladybeard does his crazy things.  I liked it, but “Nippon Manju” is a hard song to beat!

2. C’est si bon Kibun

The B-side though is pretty impressive by being a little more of what I was expecting as their growth expands.  It’s a little pop/punk mixed with Ladybeard and his death growls.  I do like the melodies of the song and Ladybeard is still a strong entity within the track too!  Hell, the PV is pretty neat too!  The chorus is pretty fantastic and really brings together in a wild, but cute too.  Great song!

 

 

It’s sad that LADYBABY announced shortly after the single’s release that they’d be going on a hiatus (really, after 3 singles?).  Though I have to say that Renge Chance! is a little bit of them stepping outside of the box by singling out a little more towards their idol side.  Plus it’s great to see Rei and Rie pushing up more as singers as I felt like they were a little bit second to Beard-chan!  Still, it’s a wonderful single and I hope they do release that album before fully going on hiatus!

 

LADYBABY – Age-Age Money ~Ochingin Daisakusen~ February 3, 2016

Filed under: LADYBABY — solarblade @ 3:30 am

ageagemoney

Track Listing

  1. Age-Age Money ~Ochingin Daisakusen~
  2. Beard-chan Robot

1. Age-Age Money ~Ochinin Daisakusen~

A song about the economy and wanting to be paid more, only LADYBABY could think of something like this for an A-side!  Kind of taken a page from their last A-side, “Nippon Manju”, Age-Age Money isn’t quite as brash and heavy-hitting, but I’m loving the song a lot more for some reason.  I think it’s because Rei and Rie actually sing in the song and they both sound great.  Ladybeard though is up to his shenanigans and he still gives off such a cool devilish side to this Kawaiicore genre.  Plus, that chorus is AMAZING!!!

2. Beard-chan Robot

As for the B-side, Beard-chan Robot is surprisingly darker than any of their previous songs and I appreciate that as it gives Ladybeard a little more time up front but the ladies to take up more in the chorus.  As for the arrangement, it’s a lot more darer and ghoulish in comparison to the rockin’ A-side.  Though the chorus takes things into a more idol-like gravitas which is cool and all, but I think I wanted more of the darker tones more than anything, still not bad for a B-side!

 

 

As LADYBABY’s 2nd single, I definitely think they have something good going on with this trio and their assault to music.  Age-Age Money was surprisingly catchy and suited both areas of genres mixing it up, a perfect blend to say the least while Beard-chan Robot was more experimental and slightly putting a wedge in the genres.  Honestly, this is a nice follow-up to their debut.  Can’t wait for their next single!

 

LADYBABY – Nippon Manju September 16, 2015

Filed under: LADYBABY — solarblade @ 3:26 am

nipponmanju

Track Listing

  1. Nippon Manju
  2. ULTRA☆LUCKY

1. Nippon Manju

For a song that’s roughly about attractions in Japan, Nippon Manju is just ridiculously random and kind of interesting to listen to.  Rei and Rie are the main singers here of course and they sound kind of good for being young idols.  I think what will interest is their 3rd member, Ladybeard who is an interesting member (I mean an Aussie metalhead in an idol group how badass!).  Luckily, the song itself is pretty catchy and I find Ladybeard amusing yet unique…Sweet deal!!!

2. ULTRA☆LUCKY

As for the B-side, ULTRA☆LUCKY was something I wasn’t expecting because the tune has a somewhat anison/cute vibe which is really surprising for anyone listening.  If you thought Ladybeard was nothing but screams and growls, then you’ll be pleasantly proven wrong as he’s singing alongside Rei and Rie (a total surprise, but a great one!).  I think if he hadn’t sung here, I would compare this to something YuiKaori would’ve released.  It’s an interesting song and totally something out of left field.

 

 

Riding on the wave that was first created by BABYMETAL with the mixture of the cutesy idol pop and the soul-crushing heavy metal genres, BABYLADY took it in an interesting route by including a male rocker to kick ass and look pretty in a dress and twintails.  Their debut single, Nippon Manju was very interesting!  The leading song did remind me of BABYMETAL, but at the same time had such a nice, bright energy to it that stuck out to me.  ULTRA☆LUCKY though was cute and took me by surprise by how Ladybeard fit with the other two members.  I can’t wait to see what’s next for the trio!