- Party People Alien
- Upper Disco
- FOREVER YOUNG
- Seishun no Namida
- Kimi to Iu Kasetsu
- Way of Our Life
- Samuraidol ~Bushi Onnamachi no Ue Yori~
- Darling wa Lost Child
- Megamorii! mavie!!
- My World
- Kimi’iro Sky
- Shortcut ni Kataomoi
1. Party People Alien
I wasn’t surprised that the album would open with the leading A-side that began the era. I do appreciate that it kicks the album off on a pretty strong note towards more of the electro sort and it’s a heavy song that goes back to many more of their older tracks. It’s a very powerful track and while it’s a strange song itself, lyrically, it’s a fun time and a decent way to open things up.
2. Upper Disco
Moving to the last single released prior to the album, Upper Disco is more of a continuation of upbeat songs but focuses more on the funk/disco side of things. Compared to the oddness of the previous track, this one feels a WHOLE LOT safer with its content and surprisingly feels bland I suppose?? It’s still a good song for them, but there’s plenty of other, stronger songs available.
I was hoping that “Ran Ran Ran” was going to make the cut, but it feels like it didn’t. Anyways, the leading A-side of their 2nd single for the album, Ban Ban Ban is a lot more wilder paced than “Upper Disco” ever could be and I really enjoyed the crazy shenanigans this song has over a good portion of the album. I still liked that Akari played a major role here with the intro (which was soft and acoustic) before it turned into this frantic pop/rock ditty. It’s a fun song overall!
4. FOREVER YOUNG
Just like how “Upper Disco” was to “Party People Alien”, I feel like the cooldown from the previous track to this A-side from their 3rd single of the era, is a bit strange. Taking more of a ska route for the track, FOREVER YOUNG once again feels a bit bland, maybe fitting more on their last album than this one. Though I still kind of dig the more idol-like setting here. It’s cute I will say.
Moving to some B-sides they’ve released this era, this one from their first single, was a surprise to see (though all of the B-sides of the single made the cut). Shout!!!!!!! brings us back to the club-heavy beats mixed with their idol voices. I really enjoyed the beat and the underlying guitarwork as well giving it a weird underground feeling. There’s just something edgy and cool here and it’s grown on me immensely since the single’s release!
6. Seishun no Namida
It just seemed that the B-sides of the single really outweighed the leading tracks of that first single. Seishun no Namida is also quite an EDM-heavy song as well, but unlike the previous track where it could be heard during raves, Seishun no Namida is more traditional like something Nakata could pull off. I love the arrangement and it’s heavy assortment of tricks in its sleeves. The group sounds interesting (minus the odd rapping section). The chorus does find itself moving away from the heavy synths for a bit, but it comes back quickly. Great song and my favorite of the B-sides featured on the album.
As a B-side of the 2nd single, Future&Past! is an odd choice (much preferred “Ran Ran Ran”) but here we are. It starts off with potential with ethereal sounds and a light arrangement before it breaks into this hip-hop kind of section and it kind of breaks the song a bit. I’ve gotten used to it, but it does break the mood a bit. I will say this kind of split makes for an interesting listen to though.
Back into more EDM tracks, FLASH was a B-side off the 3rd single and it’s a pretty cool song to hear once again. It definitely makes me think of songs from their first album as the vocals are sounding a bit youthful and the arrangement is loud and in your face. I like that it pumps you up without going too overboard with the electronics…seems like it would’ve fit better after “Seishun no Namida” but I’m not complaining.
Of the A-sides that were released, I think Seven☆Piece was the one that didn’t quite stand out for me but it was hard when most of the other songs they released for the album had a similar feel. As in the tune has a lot of EDM elements involved here. For me, the tune comes off quite repetitive with its chorus and really nothing much else is standing out.
In technicality, Appare was the first release for the album (it was a bonus CD on one of their live DVDs). Of course it does make a reappearance as a B-side on the “Party People Alien/Seven☆Piece” single. The tune gives me similar ska vibes like in “FOREVER YOUNG” but this is a bit more peppy and exciting of a song for me. On the album it stands out a little bit, but I think once again there were better ones here.
11. Kimi to Iu Kasetsu
As the last of the old songs, this A-side from the 2nd single feels like a sentimental track (probably didn’t help the PV made it feel moreso that way). I love that once again, all the members get a good chunk of solos here and the song is just sweet and charming here. I’m a bit surprised it wasn’t the closer but it’s still a pretty cool song for them considering what’s happening.
12. Way of Our Life
The album oddly enough ends with the only NEW track on the first disc and unlike the others on this album, it has the most joyous arrangement of them all. Another song where I feel this belongs maybe on a different album as this feels like it doesn’t suit the album. Though I feel like since this is the 7-nin’s last song together before Minami and Ayano graduated, it makes sense (though “Kimi to Iu Kasetsu” does too). Interesting song to end the first disc on.
1. Samuraidol ~Bushi Onnamichi no Ue Yori~
The 2nd disc though comprises of 7 songs sung solo by each member of the group! The first one is from Sengoku and I swear Morisaki did the monologue before Minami takes over the track. First thought was how this is reminding me of “SAMURAI GIRLS”, but with only one member, the song is rather interesting. The verses were pretty cool and the chorus is genki (but quite compact with those lyrics). Good way to kick this 2nd disc off!
2. Darling wa Lost Child
Konatsu takes the next track and it easily reminds me of similar songs with this middle-of-the-road mid tempo EDM track which the group has done plenty of. There’s some nie things about it, but from Konatsu’s straight-line singing and most of the arrangement sounding a bit bleh…it wasn’t all that great IMO.
3. Megamorii! mavie!!
Next up is Morisaki’s solo and I was expecting something goofy, but what we got feels more like a winter track (in August?). Though it goes on for about a minute and 10 seconds before hell breaks lose and Saki is yelling in the song. The arrangement also switches up to a quick-paced bass heavy beat and Saki is going nuts. Weird song and it goes back and forth so it’s pretty jagged at that too. Though it is interesting to say the least.
Ayano’s track is next and this one gives me anison vibes purely just from its arrangement and the chords it strikes. Add that Ayano’s vocals has this higher squeak and it kind of works together. Sadly, the song just doesn’t resonate with me and feels like a throwaway song more than anything else (which is cruel because it’s a B-side on the group’s upcoming single, which Ayano isn’t a part of due to her graduating between the two releases).
5. My World
I feel like Akari gets so many solo tracks just because she’s the more well-known one of the group. I am surprised the song has a bit of a tropical vibe to it and I think it definitely caught my attention despite Akari not being the best vocally in the group. It’s not quite as epic as “Abyssal Drop” was, but for a solo track this held my attention nicely and the lightness mixed with the bells and beats were pretty cute.
6. Kimi’iro Sky
Sekki’s track comes next and it fits alongside the other heavy EDM tracks from the album and it really does have that strong beat here. Sekki’s voice is pretty much straight too like Ayano’s but the chorus does fix things somewhat. The tune reminds me of something fripSide would pull…sticks out!
7. Shortcut ni Kataomoi
Rounding the 2nd disc off is Maana’s solo and Shortcut ni Kataomoi between the 7 of them feels the most idol-like of them with guitars, brass, and a light ska feel. Of the members it really feels like Manami has gotten better vocally and it shows here with the bright and colorful atmosphere of the track.
- Seishun no Namida
- Kimi’iro Sky
- Kimi to Iu Kasetsu
Song of Avoidance
Finally we get to listen through UUG’s 4th album! I will say that compared to the previous album, it kind of sucks that the main disc only has ONE new song, but balances it out with a separate disc for solo tracks. Overall, the album is OK there could’ve been more to this but considering the timing with the new units in relation to UUG and the fact that Minami Sengoku and Ayano Sato graduated…I suppose this is what they could throw out there. Not bad, but not great either.