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Up Up Girls – Da Dan Dance!/Heat Beat Island/5 to the 5th Power September 7, 2019

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dadandance

Track Listing

  1. Da Dan Dance!
  2. Heat Beat Island
  3. 5 to the 5th Power
  4. Da Dan Dance! (Instrumental)
  5. Heat Beat Island (Instrumental)
  6. 5 to the 5th Power (Instrumental)

1. Da Dan Dance!

As the leading A-side, Da Dan Dance! kicks the single off with a nice energetic arrangement with horns and some funk that gives the song a bit of a Summery vibe.  It’s no surprise that Akari and Konatsu get the leads here as they’re all over the track while the remaining three are secondaries to the tune.  Not a bad song and it’s another track that they don’t sound insanes lol.  Not bad!

2. Heat Beat Island

Seems the summery vibes continue with Heat Beat Island which has more of a latin-ish vibe to it in comparison to “Da Dan Dance!”.  I’m already liking that al 5 members have solos in the verses and choruses here and they all sound particularly great!  There was better connection with this song and the passionate fire with the tune really stuck out!

3. 5 to the 5th Power

As for the 3rd A-side, to me definitely comes off as more of an ENCORE song as it’s kind of upbeat and has a lot of chanting involved and the song is pretty much an info dump about all 5 members which is interesting in the way that each verse sounds different between the members.  Morisaki is dance while Azusa is slow and so on and so forth.  It’s a pretty bizarre song, but I think they needed something like this.

 

 

With the group showing no signs of slowing down, they’re 3rd single in this album era is interesting.  Da Dan Dance! and Heat Beat Island are surprisingly good strong songs from them an I’m really like how the quintet is growing vocally nowadays.  5 to the 5th Power is an oddball song since it is rather short and the topic only stays on each member for a short period of time so it sounds better like an intro theme to a live tour.  I wonder when the 6th album will be announced.

 

Up Up Girls – Agenomics!!/Kimi Loss/Upper Ranbu March 25, 2019

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Agenomics

Track Listing

  1. Agenomics!!
  2. Kimi Loss
  3. Upper Ranbu
  4. Agenomics!! (Instrumental)
  5. Kimi Loss (Instrumental)
  6. Upper Ranbu (Instrumental)

1. Agenomics!!

As the first A-side of the single, Agenomics!! sure kicks off like it’s some kind of epic track and I think I liked that instantly especially since it grows into a heavy dance track in tandem with many of their previous songs!  I’m enjoying the rave-like feels of the song bit I will say I’m not sure if I’m too much a fan of the group’s more gravely vocal style.  At least the chorus fixes things up and hearing Akari and Manami getting solos is nice, but then the other 3 get theirs in the 2nd verse.  Energetic and bouncy, not bad…although am I hearing a dog howl in the background of the arrangement?  Regardless…decent A-side.

2. Kimi Loss

The 2nd of the two songs, Kimi Loss opens up softer than “Agenomics!!” and it kind of follows this Tropical House beat that’s been kind of popular in the East in recent times. I really do like the amount of solos here with the rapping going to Azusa, Manami, and Saki and I’m suddenly given a little bit of a K-Pop vibe from this song with the beats and cooler tone.  Hearing Akari & Konatsu is pretty awesome as they take most of the vocal lines.  It’s a definite surprise on the single and I kind of really dug it!

3. Upper Ranbu

Of course UUG would have another “Upper ____” in their discography and no surprise it’d be as upbeat, but it’s not quite as in your face like “Agenomics!!” either.  It seems to me a middle of the road kind of song as it features a lot of what I’m used to hear from the group.  The chorus does open up into a sparkly bump of a song.  It does have a little bit of an Ondo taste to it which is cool, but of the 3 songs, I tend to forget it.

 

 

After the kind of passable, but not memorable “Ai Ai Fire!! / Watashitachi (with friend)” single, I was curious to see where the group was going to head and with this one it’s a pretty decent single to be quite fair.  Agenomics!! and Kimi Loss are surprisingly good and I’m more surprised that it took the latter song (something that sounds K-pop) to come to the group (especially if you know the group’s history as UFZS).  Upper Ranbu is kind of the typical tune I’d expect coming from UUG, but it’s OK.  I’m curious with the group being so far in their discography, when is a best album due?

 

Up Up Girls – Ai Ai Fire!!/Watashitachi (with friend) January 13, 2019

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aiaifire

Track Listing

  1. Ai Ai Fire!!
  2. Watashitachi (with friend)
  3. Ai Ai Fire!! (Instrumental)
  4. Watashitachi (with friend) (Instrumental)

1. Ai Ai Fire!!

As the leading A-side, Ai Ai Fire!! I thought would be edgy and rockin’ and while it’s got electric guitars in its arrangement, the song is upbeat and has a strong party atmosphere.  It’s bouncy and has a pretty nice chant-line to it which is nice for lives that’s for sure!  Considering this is the 3rd A-side to have the group at 5-nin, I was pretty sure that the loss of Sengoku & Satou didn’t leave a big mark because it gave the remaining four (that weren’t Saho) a LOT more presence in the song and they’ve grown to be great performers!  A fun song for the group!

2. Watashitachi (with friend)

Now if you don’t remember, Watashitachi was actually the final track off their latest album “5th Album (Kakko Kari)”.  Likewise, when I reviewed that earlier in 2018, that song was probably the one that flew over my head real easily because it was the only non-EDM track off that album and it kind of was an odd way to finish it out (even if it was otherwise appropriate).  I was surprised that it was brought back as an A-side, but it was slightly edited more of a natural sound with band instruments and harmonica as the recognizable changes on top of their backing band providing group vocals too.  The song still kind does nothing for me, but it’s nice they do have a track like this among that multitude of crazy dance tracks.

 

 

UUG kicks off their 6th era with an alright single, a little small considering the last couple of singles they’ve dropped but simple regardless.  Ai Ai Fire!! is another song of theirs that’ll definitely be played a lot from me as it’s exciting and fun to listen to while the updated version of Watashitachi is cute and sentimental for them so its fair that it got a nice touch up.  Interesting to see where this era goes!

 

Up Up Girls – 5th Album (Kakko Kari) July 22, 2018

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5thalbum

Track Listing

  1. Overture (Kakko Kari) NEO
  2. Kuchibiru wa Knife
  3. KOMEDIUM
  4. Be a Girl
  5. Saikou Shy Girl
  6. Lady→GO!
  7. Fighting Girls
  8. Night Flight
  9. Joujou do Konjou
  10. PROMISE TRAIN
  11. Nevermind!
  12. Katteta Iin da yo
  13. Watashitachi

1. Overture (Kakko Kari) NEO

Opening the album is a short intro to the album and it kind of made me look at the title and wonder if its connected to the original “Overture” from their first album.  Either way, this intro is a banger with an aggressive dance arrangement and powerful beats!  Of course the intro is basically sounding the members off so it really just is there as such to kind of tell who’s in the group.  Interesting way to kick things off.

2. Kuchibiru wa Knife

The electronics continue onto our first new track on the album, Kuchibiru wa Knife and it sounds pretty neat to hear!  I really like the quickly-paced sound and I love whenever UUG does EDM music as it feels right with them and likewise, this song just sounds different from what I’ve known from them before!  I also was surprised how powerful the quintet’s vocals were…very cool song to kick the album off with!

3. KOMEDIUM

Is EDM the theme for the album?  It continues with KOMEDIUM, but unlike “Kuchibiru wa Knife” the song has a more quirkier side to it with by mixing with some slight dubstep properties and maybe a smidge of a trap-like feel?  It’s definitely an oddball song with all the places it goes to within the track, but I feel like maybe with some past tracks, it sort of fits them as well.  I kind of dug it though even if it doesn’t surpass the previous track.

4. Be a Girl

I’m still pretty surprised that the album only had one single before it (typically UUG would release a butt ton of singles and would leave the album with not many new tracks.  Anyways as the secondary A-side from their single, Be a Girl was the song I liked more and wasn’t surprised that it would be close to the other electronic tracks.  Like I’ve said on the single, it still does remind me of an older track of theirs, “Kimi Iu to Kasetsu”, but the relaxing dance beat make it straightforward and a pleasant listen.  Happy to see this make the cut though!

5. Saikou Shy Girl

Moving onto the next batch of new tracks, Saikou Shy Girl starts off strong with a cooler sound and the girls in different variants of filters which is pretty surprising, but then the chorus hits and it clears up into another powerful dance track!  I think this is another winner for the album and the vocal filtering adds a lot of energy and sass to an already booming song!

6. Lady→GO!

Ugh symbols though right?  Anyways, not sure why I keep thinking of Koda Kumi’s song of the same name here, but there’s definitely a difference!  I’m not sure how or why, but it seems Up Up Girls are really bringing it on this album!  At first I thought it was going to be cutesy from the 8-bit-like & sawtooth synths, but they offer little as they’re replaced by guitars and an overall rockin’ sound!  It’s just an energetic romp and I’m loving the girls vocals here as well!  Yeah, keep rolling these good tracks out!

7. Fighting Girls

It feels like the group is slowly switching their sound over to rock elements and Fighting Girls seems to kind of get there (even if some of the grittiness is still from the synths).  The song might be the first misstep but not a totally big one because there’s things to enjoy about it, but I do feel like the vocals are a bit too robotic in the track (verses & chorses basically).  Maybe a little more energy in the vocals too perhaps for some of the girls?

8. Night Flight

At least there’s a break from the dance/rock tracks with Night Flight and I’m a bit happy that this song is a bit more poppier than previous tracks but it also has a cool funky groove about it.  Not quite tropical house, but there’s slight elements that grey the line a bit.  The song actually gives me a little bit of a Kpop vibe (funny because UFZS was a thing).  Night Flight is a pretty decent track and a small break from the more upbeat stuff!

9. Joujou do Konjou

Moving onto the other A-side released for the album, Joujou do Konjou is probably the wildest song on the album and that’s saying a lot because of the energetic ska arrangement here!  It’s pretty much a fun track and hearing the group having a good time with it is always awesome!  I still definitely have a laugh whenever I watch the PV so like “!!!!!!!”, this song is just loud and silly!

10. PROMISE TRAIN

OK, so I had thought “Joujou do Konjou” was the loudest track, but PROMISE TRAIN knocks it out of the park by being entirely a rockin’ track group, reminding me of “Ichiban Girls!” with the loud guitar riffs but there’s also a synth melody that boost the sound in the chorus!  Really hits you in the face with an explosive amount of sound.  Not bad, but doesn’t quite really do much for me.

11. Nevermind!

I was wondering what was up with this track because it’s such a short track (2:30).  It’s not an interlude (or it doesn’t quite feel like one).  It’s pretty poppy for a track and it has a certain idol pop/rock sound that isn’t like what we just got with “PROMISE TRAIN”.  I don’t know, it’s slightly catchy, but it doesn’t quite live long enough for me to truly leave an impression on me, but I could also see how it could get annoying if stretched longer.

12. Katteta Iin da yo

I assume that with “Nevermind!” the final stretch are the more cuter songs on the album?  Yeah, Katteta Iin da yo is probably the cutest song off the album with its poppy sound and the chorus has a summery feel to it and I think I quite enjoyed the bounciness of the track.  The guitar solo was pretty cool in the bridge too and the final run through the chorus is just ahhhh.  Yeah this was pretty cool!

13. Watashitachi

As the promotional song for the album and tune to close things out, I was kind of expecting a ballad, but the song came off cute in a more kiddy-like way unlike the previous track.  Something about the sing-along structure of the song kind of bored me though, but the sound is nice and fulfilling…little odd as the final track but fitting, I think lol.

Tracks Recommended

  • Kuchibiru wa Knife
  • Night Flight
  • Be a Girl
  • Katteta Iin da yo
  • Lady→GO!

Song of Avoidance

  • Fighting Girls

I have to say as a whole package, UUG’s 5th album is my favorite by far!  There was something really nice going on and the album was pretty consistent in sound and flow that it really didn’t bother me that they didn’t even include a ballad here.  I was quite surprised when they announced this only after one single but it was for the best and they released a very cohesive and decent album, even their worst had some good things about it too! *RECOMMENDED*

 

Up Up Girls – Joujou do Konjou/Be a Girl June 25, 2018

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joujoudokonjou

Track Listing

  1. Joujou do Konjou
  2. Be a Girl
  3. Startline (Regular A only)
  4. Ichiban Girls! 2017 (Regular B only)
  5. Be a Girl (Dr. Usui remix) (Regular C only)
  6. Joujou do Konjou (Instrumental)
  7. Be a Girl (Instrumetnal)

1. Joujou do Konjou

As the leading A-side, Joujou do Konjou starts off cool and with Japanese instruments alongside Maana!  Though the song definitely gives me a mix of ska and the traditional Japanese instruments which is pretty awesomes!  I definitely get the feeling of fun and excitement with this one and hearing Morisaki and Sekki’s rap is quite something too!  Otherwise, it’s pretty straightforward for an idol song but I dug it.  Hell, Azusa’s slow line in the 2nd verse was so impressive and Manami is coming up as a singer too!  Yeah, decent track!

2. Be a Girl

The other A-side featured, Be a Girl sounds more like the stuff the group have been releasing in recent times bringing more of a electropop style to the single and like “Joujou do Konjou” feels straightforward of a song like “Kimi to Iu Kasetsu” before it, but it sounds clean and the beats are catchy.  Nice song overall and one that will stick out for me.

3. Startline

So each of the 3 editions have their own B-side and starting with this one, the song actually isn’t even new really.  This track actually was originally a solo track for Ayano Sato before she graduated so the song itself was just purely given to the group for the single.  A song that I really wasn’t too into originally just slightly gets better with the variation of the line distribution.  It’s OK, but nothing too spectacular.

4. Ichiban Girls! 2017

Regular B also got a song that got updated and it’s a self-cover of one of their A-sides off their 7th single.  Like “Startline” though, the song wasn’t updated arrangement-wise just the fact the line distribution was changed around because Sengoku & Sato are gone.  The tune itself is still loud with a HEAVY amount of percussion and the tune is more for the live performances (because it’s a great crowd pleaser).

5. Be a Girl (Dr. Usui remix)

Why does the melody of the remix at the beginning sound exactly like Lee Brotherton’s “Dreams of an Absolution”?  Anyways, the last track on the single is a remix for Be a Girl and it takes the song into more of an electronic track and has a bit more oomph about it compared to the original’s arrangement which means I kind of dug it more.  It doesn’t do anything too out of the ordinary.  Decent remix!

 

 

So Up Up Girls are only releasing one single prior to their 5th album huh?  I guess so, but I have to say the single is mostly OK, nothing too grandworthy to fully stand out amongst their big catalogue of songs.  Joujou do Konjou feels standard, but in a good way while Be a Girl is a safer track when compared to their other electro tracks.  The B-sides are eh…just some updated songs and a remix so it’s nothing big here.  Will say that I’m happy that this album will have mostly new songs on it though!

 

Up Up Girls – 4th Album (Kakko Kari) December 6, 2017

Filed under: Up Up Girls — solarblade @ 7:38 am

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Track Listing

  1. Party People Alien
  2. Upper Disco
  3. !!!!!!!!
  4. FOREVER YOUNG
  5. Shout!!!!!!!
  6. Seishun no Namida
  7. Future&Past!
  8. FLASH
  9. Seven☆Piece
  10. Appare
  11. Kimi to Iu Kasetsu
  12. Way of Our Life

Disc 2

  1. Samuraidol ~Bushi Onnamachi no Ue Yori~
  2. Darling wa Lost Child
  3. Megamorii! mavie!!
  4. Startline
  5. My World
  6. Kimi’iro Sky
  7. 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.

3. !!!!!!!!

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.

5. Shout!!!!!!!

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.

7. Future&Past!

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.

8. FLASH

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.

9. Seven☆Piece

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.

10. Appare

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.

CD2

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.

4. Startline

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.

Tracks Recommended

  • Seishun no Namida
  • Shout!!!!!!!
  • Kimi’iro Sky
  • !!!!!!!!
  • Kimi to Iu Kasetsu

Song of Avoidance

  • Startline

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.

 

Up Up Girls – Upper Disco/FOREVER YOUNG June 24, 2017

Filed under: Up Up Girls — solarblade @ 5:11 pm

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Track Listing

  1. Upper Disco
  2. YOUNG FOREVER
  3. FLASH (Reg A only)
  4. Show Time (Reg B only)
  5. FOREVER YOUNG (Up Up Girls (2) Ver.) (Reg C only)
  6. Upper Disco (Instrumental)
  7. FOREVER YOUNG (Instrumental)

1. Upper Disco

I feel like the group could get tired of calling everything Upper ____ eventually right?  Anyways, Upper Disco is definitely set in its upbeat style and I think after their last couple of singles, this straightforward song is pretty nice and the girls aren’t quite as bombastic and loud as something like “Party People Alien” and “!!!!!!!!” were.  The song does remind me of a couple H!P songs, but I’m not terribly complaining as I really like this fun and catchy songs.  Decent A-side overall!

2. FOREVER YOUNG

The other A-side, FOREVER YOUNG takes the group in a somewhat ska direction and I also liked the energy behind it and it goes back to some of their previous efforts from their first album.  The solo lines are nice and it really showed the girls are improving and they come together for the chorus and it’s just great to listen to.  Definitely an idol song to its core!

3. FLASH

Of course it isn’t a UUG single without edition specific songs!  FLASH was funny enough the first song the group performed before the single’s announcement so many thought it was going to be an A-side (didn’t we learn from “YOLO” that it wasn’t the case?).  Unlike the previous two tracks, FLASH has more of a electronic vibe in comparison and it’s quite heavy and honestly would’ve suited on their last single more than here, but it’s a cool track still.

4. Show Time

I think the one that stuck out to me is Show Time because once again, I hear only one girl singing throughout the track and I wonder who could it be.  Well, I’m not surprised that I was correct on the assumption because it’s another Akari Saho solo.  Her voice has gotten quite nice (versus her Shugo Chara Egg! days) and she can handle this nicely.  The beat is a lot lighter and spaced out, but it has this sort of R&B groove going.  Decent song overall.

5. FOREVER YOUNG (Up Up Girls (2) Ver.)

Though I think most UUG fans were curious about this track in particular.  Though it’s FOREVER YOUNG again, it’s sung by 5 new girls that were introduced earlier in the year; Riko Hashimura, Aya Kajishima, Mayu Yoshikawa, Chinatsu Takahagi, and Rin Nakaoki to become a secondary group to UUG.  I don’t have much to say on their appearance other than it’s apparent the voices are a smidge younger sounding in comparison.  Though I do have to say, Aya’s deep voice is a nice change of pace with the other 4 having more higher idol-like voices.

 

 

I’m starting to think T-Palette is just slowing down on releases to get more songs out in one package (good idea).  Either way, I thought Upper Disco/FOREVER YOUNG was a pretty good single for the most part.  No complaints on either of the leading tracks, FLASH was a little more of what we saw off their previous single and Show Time was another decent offering from Akari!  We also got a nice sample of what’s to come with this new UUG (2) group as well.

Though I’m not sure yet if this is the case but Minami Sengoku & Ayano Sato are graduating in the summer, so I can’t tell if this is their final single or if there’ll be one more by then…but I’m curious to see what 5-nin UUG will be like.