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W – Robokiss April 16, 2010

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Track Listing

  1. Robokiss
  2. SEXY SNOW
  3. Robokiss (Instrumental)

1. Robokiss

I definitely was surprised that Robokiss wasn’t as electronic as I initially thought it’d be, but W really caught me with this song.  Both previous A-sides weren’t as idolly like this song is and while I was wondering when we were going to get the cute outta Nono and Aibon, Robokiss filled that space up nicely.  I like the energy of the song itself and while both girls aren’t amazing singers they held their own and sounded cute all the way through.  Good song and ranks at the top favorite W songs.

2. SEXY SNOW

Snow being sexy?  Wow Tsunku…you just want everything around ya seem sexy huh?  Compared to the A-side, SEXY SNOW is a bit more sultry sounding for the girls and since it’s also more danceable it worked a lot more than “Robokiss”.  While I’m not sure it’s a winter song on purpose I have no clue that it would’ve been without a title.  I can actually commend the girls’ singing in the song since they aren’t trying to be idol-like for now. 

 

 

As the 2nd single of the era, Robokiss was definitely a bit more memorable than “Aa Ii na!” was and I was seeing some actual work being done for the duo.  Though the titles are getting a bit more absurd and uhm off…still a great single!

 

w – Aa Ii na! June 7, 2009

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Aaiina

Track Listing

  1. Aa Ii na!
  2. Otome no Keitaidenwa no Himitsu
  3. Aa Ii na! (Instrumental)

1. Aa Ii na!

I really don’t know what was up with the opening to this song.  Luckily it does slow down a bit to gain a pretty catchy beat.  I think they took notes and took some synths along to make it better.  Then they end off the chorus with the passage from the beginning it just doesn’t fit at all.  Aibon and Tsuji sounds alright, but it’s not like amazing or anything, but it’s very passable.

2. Otome no Keitaidenwa no Himitsu

The B-side is just as peppy and fun as well.  Luckily it features better vocals and better harmonization and none of those awkward parts that were in “Aa Ii na!”.  There’s also a lot of bass which is surprising for a w song.  It also features a good amount of strings and synths, not normal for an H!P track.  This definitly topped the A-side.

 

 

I’m so happy they are continuing to get better especially after the terrifying single, “Koi no Vacance”.  Both songs are definitly more synth filled and both tracks are originals which is the first.  Aa Ii na! was alright, but please take that awkward passage out for the love of almighty.  Otome no Keitaidenwa no Himitsu was easily the better of the two because well it just took what Aa Ii na! could’ve been and made it better.

 

w – Duo U&U April 6, 2009

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duo-uu

Track Listing

  1. Koi no Vacance
  2. Southpaw
  3. Nagisa no “……”
  4. Shiroi Iro wa Koibito no Iro
  5. Osaka Rhapsody
  6. Matsu wa
  7. Samashii Nettaigyo
  8. Kakemeguru Seishun
  9. Nagisa no Sinbad
  10. Koi no Indian Ningyou
  11. Suki yo Captain
  12. Sentimental Boy
  13. Oatsuraemuki no Destiny
  14. Give Me Up
  15. Jounetsu no Hana (PASSION FLOWER)

1. Koi no Vacance

The first song off this album is also the only A-side of the era.  Koi no Vacance is still bothersome to me, but I love the whole surf sound it has.  It sounds better since the single review, but I still kind of dislike the girls singing maybe it’ll get better as this album goes on.

2. Southpaw

Southpaw has a pretty hectic opening, but after that we finally get a good song.  I notice that Tsuji and Ai are both singing in a lower tone than they were in “Koi no Vacance” and I was happy with the progress they were doing here.  The speedy song definitly is one of the early favorites of mine.  Though I don’t know why they fail at saying Southpaw…they say it like ~saucepau~  Yea….

3. Nagisa no “……”

Totally different from the later track.  Nagisa no “…….” is something I would’ve expected from H!P.  It’s quite girly and it reminds me of something Koharu would be singing…yea pretty bad assumption right?  Cheesy 90’s track but funny hearing from Aibon and Nono.

4. Shiroi Iro wa Koibito no Iro

Surprisingly, they stick in a ballad early on the album and it actually showcased some pretty great vocals from the gals.  The song is made of strings and a quiet acoustic guitar melody.  It’s so dreamy and the duo made a great stride to sound good together.  Pretty track

5. Osaka Rhapsody

Why does Osaka Rhapsody remind me of Russian music?  It must because of the use of accordion and the music is definitly something Russian.  It’s so random and yet it kind of fits them with the stuff they’ve been pulling off so far.  The girls once again go into a deeper tone and seriously it’s so fun and different for H!P.  Great song!

6. Matsu wa

Matsu wa brings out the return of the icky cute vocals from the girls.  At least they sound together, but I found myself disliking the songs otherwise bouncy sound.  It just seems too laidback to make an impression on me.  Maybe I’ll like it once I give it a listen later.

7. Samashii Nettaigyo

Oh hey, there’s synth in this track.  Honestly, this is another great track even though their vocals are kinda icky.  I can see their are trying to act sexy in the song and in some parts it worked, but other times it felt wrong and unneeded.  I do love the brass in the song giving the track some excitement. 

8. Kakemeguru Seishun

Then we get IMO the worst song off the album because the girls sound terribly off from each other and one of them is overpowering the other in a bad way.  The guitar solos were a nice touch, but it didn’t save the song from being half-assed and rep

9. Nagisa no Sinbad

Wait, didn’t I review this on MoMosu’s album, “COVER YOU?”  Well, either way, this song also tried to portray the gals as sexii, but this time I just felt it was tacked on and their vocals were also just as bad as it was in the last track.  What’s up with that ~SEKUSHIIII~ I mean that was funny.  Luckily it’s a pretty short track.

10. Koi no Indian Ningyou

Of course they were stereotyping here.  The song has some stuff that actually sound like Native American music, but then shaved it off for the rocking chorus.  The verses is what kept me into the song because it just sounded nice, but when they get into the chorus…the girls yelling/singing was annoying to no end.  Good try though.

12. Suki yo Captain

Why is the album getting worse?  Suki yo Captain once again starts out with pretty horrid vocals…Y’know what this is the same thing I thought of “Koi no Indian Ningyou”, bad chorus vocals but really catchy verses.  Sadly the music is the failing part as well because it’s just too light and laidback.  WTH…

12. Sentimental Boy

At least we return to something more upbeat…Luckily I enjoyed the whole 80’s New Wave sound this song had.  I actually consider this a J-tek track because there’s so much synth and a lot of good things about that.  The girls aren’t under vocoder which does make it stand out to me.  Even this track stands out from the album as well.  Awesome track.

14. Oatsuraemuki no Destiny

They tried again for a little bit with this 80’s style synth but this one kind of lacked interest for me.  There’s a lot of interesting things other than the arrangement, like whistles, and guitar chords.   It’s a little random, but with the girl’s off vocals the song kind of failed for me.

14. Give Me Up

Unlike, Nami Tamaki’s take.  w’s is more faithful to the original.  Now I think the former’s is more exciting, but Aibon and Nono’s take is pretty good as well because they actually made the song sound fun and cute with the whole song.  Even the arrangement is pretty nice and funky.  Another awesome fun song.

15. Jounetsu no Hana (PASSION FLOWER)

Ending the album off is Jounetsu no Hana which is surprisingly poppy and definitly catchy.  What I notice is the song’s different tempo speeds they were going at and the cool guitar riffs.  The BKGD vocals were a surprise and they didn’t detract from the song ending the album in a fun way.

Tracks Recommended

  •  Sentimental Boy
  • Shiroi Iro wo Koibito no Iro
  • Give Me Up
  • Southpaw
  • Osaka Rhapsody

Song of Avoidance

  • Kakemeguru Seishun

w’s first album is actually a cover album surprise, surprise.  The first half of the album had pretty great tracks that do feature the best vocals of Aibon and Nono.  As we went towards the middle things started to get pretty bad vocally and musically.  At least they redeemed themselves toward the end with the fun songs…Now, I hope their final album is better than this!

 

w – Koi no Vacance March 3, 2009

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koi-no-vacence

Track Listing

  1. Koi no Vacance
  2. Tsukikage no Napoli
  3. Kanashiki 16sai
  4. Koi no Vacance (Instrumental)

1. Koi no Vacance

First thing Koi no Vacance reminds me of is Scooby Doo.  The song just has this 60’s mysterious pop song vibe and having Tsuji and Kago singing along gives this aura a evident assumption.  Problem lies that, it is just two really young girls singing along so the song comes off as a bit harsh to the ears.  I do like Tsunku’s arrangement here so it’s passable.

2. Tsukikage no Napoli

At first, I thought this would be a ballad because of the piano-only start.  Then it becomes this gooey girl fest put with a diner kind of sound.  Then they cut into this slow part where the girls do show off more of their vocals, but still it’s pretty bad and the transitioning back into the original tempo, it just really bothers me a lot.  Meh, not my track.

3. Kanashiki 16sai

I guess you can say this was the cutest thing the single had.  It had the typical usuals for a H!P song.  There’s a lot of giddy sounds and the synths are just as sugary.  I can’t tell if the girls have solo parts, but I can tell the single is connected because of the guitar in all of them.  It’s not much to say, but this is the best track off the single.

 

 

w really struck a bad chord for their first release as a duo.  I can tell they were going for a retro sound here, but it didn’t work with me because of the girls’s inexperienced vocals and it turned me off for sure.  I do think Kanashiki 16sai is the best, but that’s not saying much for what else on the single..Prolly best forgotten.