- Gyoumu Teikei
- Bijin Hakumei Aegekai
- Irodore! Playground
- Zigzag Non Stop
- Chikutaku Teleport
- Haru ni
SAWA opens up the mini-album with HowToLove and I’m instantly pulled to the funkier vibes back then with the quick-based synth with the heavy lean on bass for the track. I mean I like the arrangement of the song and while SAWA has never been the best vocalist, she’s kind of giving me this cutesy voice that’s almost anison in ways. It’s a nice start at least and makes me curious to see where this mini goes.
Then we get Dokin that turns the cutesy tone way up for this one and I’m not as much quite into this one. I’m not sure where it falters where it’s between the strange arrangement or the vocals as per usual. I do appreciate the kind of space-like atmosphere it’s giving but it’s nowhhere near as impressive as songs like “Stars” or even “Swimming Dancing” was back in the day. Oh wells.
Third track in and I’m a little surprised she reused an asset heard back in the first track, but the song’s tone is a bit between cute and electronic mixed in with future bass in ways which kind of sounds messy when you also include SAWA actually doing some pseudo-rapping in the track. Yeah, no this one way pretty messy and annoyed me to no end.
4. Gyoumu Teikei
At least with the next track, it sounds like things were going in a better direction (at least anything after “BIG” is considered better. Gyoumu Teikei definitely is the album’s electro song at the moment and it feels progressive and not like something that sounds a little too outside of SAWA’s box. I really do like SAWA’s vocals and it worked with the piano and warm-colored dance beats here. Yah, this one stood out for me and might be the album’s gem!
I wasn’t sure where PoisonGirl was taking SAWA and why is she reusing that ~WAHOO~ asset so much on this album, it’s kind of making me dislike the repeated used. Outside of that grievance, PoisonGirl is interesting because it’s like a bit cute, but somewhat darker but SAWA’s idol-like vocals are just kind of splitting the song. This one may take a while for me to get used to.
6. Bijin Hakumei Aegekai
We get to the album’s title track (and promotional track as well) with Bijin Hakumei Aegekai! It kind of follows the same tone that “HowToLove” did with the funky bass slaps , but this has a little more oomph in its arrangement that sounds like SAWA is having a fun time singing the song and it really comes off that way. It’s a ridiculously cute and fun song that’s for sure!
7. Irodore! Playground
Getting into our next track, Irodore! Playground is giving me some unfortunate “BIG” vibes with the weird arrangement and melody on top of SAWA’s nasal vocals that kind of make the song a little more annoying and idol-like in ways and the chorus is a little frantic and pushy. Just not working here…
8. Zigzag Non Stop
Moving on, Zigzag Non Stop starts off simple enough, but the cutesy voice is pretty much on high throughout the song and the verses made it sound worse than it truly should, but once she enters the chorus, the chorus adds more synths and beats to make things a bit more bearable. I still don’t agree with her vocals in the verses, but she sounds decent in the chorus. It’s OK I guess, but nothing I’d come back to.
9. Chikutaku Teleport
Ooooh, a jazzy song pops up with Chikutaku Teleport and it’s just more of the frantic upbeat arrangement that other songs had problems with throughout (sometimes less is better, basically). I do enjoy the verses though because it focuses more on the instrumentation and less the beat. I think I could grow into liking it, but it’s just a meh song at the moment.
10. Haru ni
As the album’s final song, I was surprised that it was SAWA and piano. It actually surprised me a lot that SAWA was actually singing in the song, however she definitely could not really handle the song by herself and her tight and pinched vocals. This was a nice treat, but it just solidified how weak she is as a singer.
As this is SAWA’s 11th mini-album, I was pretty disappointed in this one. I felt like she was showing off more of an idol vibe and was pulling away from the electronic genre with this album, but not straying too far. That said, not many of the songs really clicked with me and she had a LOT of stinkers on this one too. Not sure what she was going for, but I want her back into EDM again and not head where she did in Haru ni. Meh mini-album.