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Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku – Go! Go! Here We Go! Rock Lee/Otona wa Wakatte Kurenai January 19, 2013

Filed under: Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku — solarblade @ 6:12 am

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Track Listing

  1. Go! Go! Here We Go! Rock Lee
  2. Otona wa Wakatte Kurenai
  3. Hobo Brazil (Brazil edition only)
  4. Stardust Light (Rock Lee edition only)
  5. Shin•Seishun Sonomono (Subculture edition only)
  6. Go! Go! Here We Go! Rock Lee (Less Vocal)
  7. Otona wa Wakatte Kurenai (Less Vocal)
  8. Hobo Brazil (Less Vocal)
  9. Stardust Light (Less Vocal)
  10. Shin•Seishun Sonomono (Less Vocal)

1. Go! Go! Here We Go! Rock Lee

I’ve reviewed themes for NARUTO, but I have not come across a song that IS tied to the series and is about Rock Lee (who’s not even a main character as more as side main).  Listening to this though fits Rock so well because it’s feisty, quick, and fun to listen to.  I actually found myself enjoying every minute of this and definitely is leagues better than “Karikeiyaku no Cinderella” by a long shot.

2. Otona wa Wakatte Kurenai

As it’s the group’s first double A-side, I was curious how this track would do.  I love how sung first in the song because she had a rockin’ tone and would’ve been amazing if she lead the entire time.  It is nice, but some of the melodies between the girls hurt my ears a lot (especially the end of the choruses).  Definitely their worst A-side after becoming major for sure.

3. Hobo Brazil

What a funky song this one is!  Hobo Brazil kind of revs away from the atypical idol sound for something a bit more groovy and synthy.  I kind of like the nature of the song a lot and despite the song having some of the group’s worst singers at the forefront, I can’t help but enjoy it nonetheless.  Not bad!

4. Stardust Light

If there was one song that kind of follows the current trends of idol pop, Stardust Light might be Ebichu’s representation because this is kind of a dance track, but still set in the standards of the idol world.  For being a synth-pop track it’s got a pretty catchy arrangement…but the vocals while all together for the most part, sounds a little lifeless.  I’m on the fence, but it’s not a bad song in anyway.

5. Shin•Seishun Sonomono

Fanfares for the next song?  Shin•Seishun Sonomono kind of gives me that nostalgic 70’s pop which might be something they were going for, but it also seems familiar to me for some other reason.  I guess it’s nice for what it is, but after the other tracks, this is kind of on the weaker side of things.

 

 

As the second single of the group’s major debut, I have to say that this actually did better than “Karikeiyaku no Cinderella” in the way that both Go! Go! Here We Go! Rock Lee and Hobo Brazil were pretty fun songs to listen to as well as Stardust Light (even if the vocals were a little boring).  Shin•Seishin Sonomono is alright for those nostalgic feels, but beyond that it’s kind of forgettable.  Last, but not least, Otona wa Wakatte Kurenai is probably the worst offender with some pretty harsh melodies in it…still a nice step up after the last single!

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Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku – Ume

Filed under: Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku — solarblade @ 5:01 am

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Track Listing

  1. Ume
  2. Ganbatteru Tochuu
  3. Odoru Gariben Chuugakusei (Regular only)
  4. Pakuchi (Limited A only)
  5. Daisuki da yo (Limited B only)
  6. Ume (Less Vocal)
  7. Ganbatteru Tochuu (Less Vocal)
  8. Odoru Gariben Chuugakusei (Less Vocal)
  9. Pakuchi (Less Vocal)
  10. Daisuki da yo (Less Vocal)

1. Ume

After the excitement of their last single, Ebichu returns with Ume and I’m kind of surprised that they slightly toned things down for this.  It’s still quick-paced for the group but they also tackled the cute genre quite nicely.  It still has a lot of randomness to be found which shows they’re consistent.  It’s a bit safe, but I still enjoyed this more than “Karikeiyaku no Cinderella” and a bit less than “Go! Go! Here We Go! Rock Lee”. 

2. Ganbatteru Tochuu

The B-side found on all editions, Ganbatteru Tochuu sounds kind of like the normal idol-sound to me because it’s that whole sentimental mid-tempo track.  I’m starting to notice certain voices in the group and there’s some pretty good ones, but there’s some pretty bad ones as well as heard through the song.  I don’t know…I feel as if this was just generally tacked onto the single because it needed to be there.  It just wasn’t up to snuff.

3. Odoru Gariben Chuugakusei

I’m curious to why this single so far has been nothing but the group kind of playing it safe x.x  On the regular edition, we get Odoru Gariben Chuugakusei and even though this is a lot more cuter than the previous tracks, the distance between the good vocalists and the squeaky young’n’s are pretty wide and creates a riff of where I love the deeper vocals by a BIG shot.  I do like the synths solo but I have to get to it after such high and sharp vocals from the poor singers…ugh…not my kind of song!

4. Pakuchi

I hope I’m not the only that thought of Pikachu at first (since you can move the vowels around to spell it!).  This song has a bit more flash going for it because the arrangement is a bit quicker and the members are really trying to rap and throw something new and I have to say that I love the randomness out of this.  It reminds me of “Hobo Brazil” off their last single because the younger members play a bigger role.  Plus the ~pakuchi~ hook is ridiculously cool.  Love it and is probably my favorite from the single!

5. Daisuki da yo

I kind of figured the last song would’ve been a rather softer track.  What I wasn’t expecting though was the song to be one of their simplest tracks yet since it kind of has the basic acoustic guitar/piano/drums arrangement for it.  Kind of basic so it’s not very impressive to me, nor the voices chosen for the song were good (sans a couple)…still kind of plain.

 

 

Wow, after the fun and enjoyable time I had with their last single, Ume comes as a crashing wall for me.  I felt that 4/5 tracks on this single were playing it too safely and with that they became a bit plain and kind of boring in areas.  The only song I can remember clearly was Pakuchi since it had that Ebichu randomness and was surprisingly catchy AND well made…sadly, it wasn’t enough to make the single work for me.

 

Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku – Karikeiyaku no Cinderella October 6, 2012

Filed under: Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku — solarblade @ 1:52 pm

Track Listing

  1. Karikeiyaku no Cinderella
  2. Houkago Getobako Rock ‘n’ Roll MX
  3. Kekka Alright (Regular only)
  4. Agero! Ebifly (Limited A only)
  5. Utae! Odore! Ebiidada (Limited B only)
  6. Karikeiyaku no Cinderella (Less Vocal)
  7. Houkago Getobako Rock ‘n’ Roll MX (Less Vocal)
  8. Kekka Alright (Less Vocal)
  9. Agero! Ebifly (Less Vocal)
  10. Utae! Odore! Ebiidada! (Less Vocal)

1. Karikeiyaku no Cinderella

I was curious to what I was getting into with Ebichu and Karikeiyaku no Cinderella is kind of cute in a way hahah.  It doesn’t seem to be really random like the PV might be and the covers too but this is kind of interesting for a debut.  What I’m noticing though is that their called the sister group for Momoiro Clover Z but I don’t exactly see it quite yet.  Though the groups has weak singers I can tell, but they also have some surprisingly good ones too.  For a debut, the song is pretty good, but standard fare for me.

2. Houkago Getobako Rock ‘n’ Roll MX

Interesting that the main B-side from all editions begin with a pretty slow piano solo before everything kicks and the song gets all hardcore and loud (something that BABYMETAL fans could enjoy oddly enough).  NOW I SEE where the MomocloZ comparisons come in.  For such a heavy song, Houkago Getobako is wild and all over the place and there is some interesting vocals here (especially the deeper and higher ones).  The chorus is awesome though…catchy and melodic too!  Though it throws a wrench with one of the girls singing solo with the paino…before it goes back into the chorus…yeah this is awesome!

3. Kekka Alright!

On the regular editions, Kekka Alright comes next and this oddly fits after “Houkago Getobako” since it has guitars in it as well, but this cakes on the weird just a little more.  Solo lines abound which is hard for me at the moment since I’m still new to the group and all.  It’s kind of creepy though..(not at the level of “Oh My Ghost?” but it has that Halloween kind of feel to it, just not as much.

4. Agero! Ebifly

LE A goes into more of the typical brassy idol sound for Agero! Ebifly which is kind of nice after going through two rock tracks.  This is kind of fun and bright and something I would expect every idol group to do.  The chorus though is a hawt mess though…it just sounds too mushy and crammed together that it just doesn’t work for them here…the verses though is what keeps the song afloat and all the girls seem to be having a lot of fun with this even if the chorus is just bad.

5. Utae! Odore! Ebiidada!

I like that intro for the final song from the LE B of the single.  This goes into more of an electro style and it’s got a good riff to it and the verses are catchy to listen to.  Though some of the girls shouldn’t be singing (then again some of them don’t seem to be singing >.>).  It’s not as intriguing, but it’s lies in the middle of the single.

 

 

As it’s the group’s debut under DefSTAR, Karikeiyaku no Cinderella is kind of that safe zone single to test waters out and it looks like it did them good on ORICON.  The single itself is OK, nothing totally amazing (except Houkago Getobako because that was friggin amazing).  The rest of the songs seem to cater to the normal side of things with Karikeiyaku, Kekka Alright, and Utae! Odore! Ebiidada! being good but like I said rather safe.  Agero! Ebifly though is something I just couldn’t enjoy…that chorus was just not cool and a mess for the group…I’m looking forward to reviewing their next single now hahaha.