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Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 – Shounen yo Uso wo Tsuke! May 31, 2012

Filed under: Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 — solarblade @ 6:59 am

Track Listing

  1. Shounen yo Uso wo Tsuke!
  2. Kimi wa Kangaeru
  3. Heso ga Magaru (Regular only)
  4. Shimai Donburi (Limited A only)
  5. Ren’ai Heavy Kyu Champion (Limited B only)
  6. Nante Suteki na Ahiru no Boat (Limited C only)
  7. Shounen yo Uso wo Tsuke! (Instrumental)
  8. Kimi wa Kangaeru (Instrumental)
  9. Heso ga Magaru (Instrumental)
  10. Shimai Donburi (Instrumental)
  11. Ren’ai Heavy Kyu Champion (Instrumental)
  12. Nante Suteki na Ahiru no Boat (Instrumental)

1. Shounen yo Uso wo Tsuke!

I found it interesting that they chose Shounen yo Uso wo Tsuke! as the A-side because it was released as a digital single (though the song was a theater edition) back in April.  The song is pretty cute and upbeat but there’s a lot of Mayuyu present which I kind of just bleh at this point.  I think “Kibou Sanmyaku” is a lot better. 

2. Kimi wa Kangaeru

The B-side found on all editions (except the Regular), Kimi wa Kangaeru kinds of runs the curse of the ___48 groups with a song that just sounds bland and very cheesy.  I hear more girls singing which is pretty awesome but this song sounds like some summer-themed song (“Ponytail to Chouchou” runs this first).  Just very uneventful of a song tbh.

3. Heso ga Magaru

The regular edition of the single gets one B-side and it’s a solo from Aika Oota.  The intro of Heso ga Magaru kind of reminded me of RAINBOW’s “A” with the brass and kind of push.  Aika’s vocals aren’t very strong and probably auto-tuned (a little bit) but the song is kind of cool but lacking that oomph. 

4. Shimai Donburi

The rest of the singles (minus regular) contains a second B-side but the group is split up into smaller ones for them (but Mayuyu is in all three groupings >.>).  Shimai Donburi has Mayuyu and Kazumi Urano (the new member since Natsumi got kicked out after a scandal).  Their song is riding more along the lines of cute like the A-side but a little more friendly towards an anime sound.  Mayu’s vocals are cute but I’m not sure how to feel about Kazumi’s…the song though feels so anticlimatic with the chorus…it’s just like a boner kill XD.  Just like “Heso ga Magaru”, it’s missing oomph as well.

5. Ren’ai Heavy Kyu Champion

The next track (split between Mayuyu, Haruka, Misaki, and Ayaka) it’s also cute, but this one has a little something going for it and the song isn’t missing anything from being bad.  These four sound great together even though I hear a lot of Mayu once again.  I do love the splashes of ethnic color in the song, but still retains that AKB sound…not bad.

6. Nante Suteki na Ahiru no Boat

Finally, Mayuyu joins with Aika and Mika and at first, I was enjoying the intro because I thought it was going to be a synth-fest, but not in the way that it turned out.  It has a certain 80’s flair that I enjoyed about it and it seems line distribution is a bit more open.  I wish there was more bass behind it but this wasn’t bad either.

 

 

WH7 went through some changes in between this single and their last, “Kibou Sanmyaku”.  Well notice that Natsumi Hirajima had to leave the group because of a scandal (she left the whole AKB family too!).  Then it was announced that Kazumi Urano replaced her but she’s a temporary member it seems.  To the single at hand, Shounen yo Uso wo Tsuke! isn’t that great.  Most of the single’s problems are they lack punch and there’s just too much Mayuyu…She’s got a solo career, so let the other members shine DAMNIT!!!!

 

Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 – Kibou Sanmyaku December 2, 2011

Filed under: Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 — solarblade @ 7:38 am

Track Listing

  1. Kibou Sanmyaku
  2. Inugo wo Hanaseru Otoko no Ko
  3. Saru no Cymbal (Type A only)
  4. Omoide wa Tooi Hodo… (Type B only)
  5. Hi-Dokkiri de Ikou (Type C only)
  6. Koi wa Shinpaishou (Regular Edition only)
  7. Kibou Sanmyaku (Instrumental)
  8. Inugo wo Hanaseru Otoko no Ko (Instrumental)
  9. Saru no Cymbal (Instrumental)
  10. Omoide wa Tooi Hodo… (Instrumental)
  11. Hi-Dokkiri de Ikou (Instrumental)
  12. Koi wa Shinpashou (Instrumental)

1. Kibou Sanmyaku

I almost got Indian vibes from the intro of Kibou Sanmyaku and kind of keeps with a lighter take on it for majority of it which is something interesting for the 7-nin group.  I’m not gonna lie but despite the various parts where they repeat a word three times, this song is surprisingly catchy and and probably their best A-side yet!  As for the girls, I couldn’t tell who was who but it wasn’t poor which is a good sign right?  Yeah solid song here!

2. Inugo wo Hanaseru Otoko no Ko

Found on all editions of the single, Inugo wo Hanaseru Otoko no Ko is kind of pushing it for me since the members are singing in a higher, much cuter pitch but fewer solo lines than in “Kibou Sanmyaku”.  It’s weird but this song kind of sends me back to their first single with it’s pop/rock-based arrangement.  I’m not much into the song unfortunately because of the whole cutesy-vibe. 

3. Saru no Cymbal

On versions A, B, and C the group is split into three smaller groups with all of the including Mayuyu…>.>  The first one, Saru no Cymbal is between Mika, Haruka, and Mayuyu and it seems they’re showing their cute vocals for this song which isn’t surprising to me.  Together, they sound actually quite good but alone it’s clear that Mayuyu is the better singer of the three in this song.  Seriously, this song sounds like something YuiKaori would pull off (better is the main question LOL).  It’s funny that I hear a dog barking in the song…then again…Dog’s Cymbal?  Just unusual…

4. Omoide wa Tooi Hodo…

Aika and Ayaka join Mayuyu for our next track and it’s funny that after such an odd song we get a song that kind of fits the wintry season without being that LOL.  Now here in this song, I actually enjoyed the girls vocals a bit more since Aika and Ayaka kind of have less of a cute tone (Mayu actually covers that well).  It’s a fun little tune and my favorite of the small group songs.

5. Hi-Dokkiri de Ikou

Last but not least, Misaki and Natsumi get their song with Mayu with Hi-Dokkiri de Ikou.  Just like “Inugo wo Hanaseru Otoko no Ko”, the song presents us with more of a nostalgic run by being a little more rockin’ track.  Likewise, I also feel like I heard this somewhere before but it’s an interesting song since the three members kind of fall in between the cute and deep vocals.  Ehhh, it’s alright but kind of forgetful…

6. Koi wa Shinpaishou

Of course Mayu gets her own solo song on the Regular edition with Koi wa Shinpaishou.  I was impressed with her on her last couple of solo songs and was wondering she’d hit it again with this one.  While I do think it’s more cuter than previous solos, she scores another one.  Her voice might be squeaky cute but they aren’t annoying as they once used to be.  As for the song, some people might think it’s very uninspired and sounds like some typical idol track (which is true, not gonna lie).  However, there’s a certain charm to it that caught me off guard and I ended up liking it.

 

 

Why does it feel that there was three singles before this (in reality only two).  Kibou Sanmyaku might be the group’s best A-side of the era so far but the rest of the single kind of was disappointing in a way when compared to “Hetappi Wink”.  Inugo wo Hanaseru Otoko no Ko and Hi-Dokkiri de Ikou harken back to when Watarirouka were just four members remember?? XD and they were alright.  Saru no Cymbal and Omoide wa Tooi Hodo… were more of the cuter songs and they were kind of bleh and Mayu’s Koi wa Shinpaishou was a little bland.  Hope the next single will be better altogether!

 

Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 – Hetappi Wink August 7, 2011

Filed under: Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 — solarblade @ 5:00 am

Track Listing

  1. Hetappi Wink
  2. Mamma, Grazie!
  3. Bikini wa Niawanai (Type A only)
  4. Chikatetsu na Teddy boy  (Type B only)
  5. Fuku wo Kita Ousama (Type C only)
  6. Mirai no Koibito (Regular edition only)
  7. Hetappi Wink (off vocal)
  8. Mamma, Grazie! (off vocal)
  9. Bikini wa Niawanai (off vocal)
  10. Chikatetsu no Teddy boy (off vocal)
  11. Fuku wo Kita Ousama (off vocal)
  12. Mirai no Koibito (off vocal)

1. Hetappi Wink

I’m guessing WH7 was really aiming for their summer song with Hetappi Wink and oddly enough I don’t think it’s as annoying as some of their last singles which is a good sign for them.  As an idol song, this is actually quite tame, but at the same time there’s different places where I found it kind of catchy.  This is a direction I liked to see more from them!

2. Mamma, Grazie!

It’s pretty cool they included this song on all editions of the single since this was previously released only as a digital single.  I will admit that this song sounds like something I would’ve expected Buono! or Guardians 4 to release since it has a progressive pop/rock feel mixed the whole genki-idol fest.  I actually found myself enjoying this far more than “Hetappi Wink” which is a surprise since I liked that song too!

3. Bikini wa Niawanai

I guess if “Hetappi Wink” wasn’t the groups summer song, Bikini wa Niawanai is definitely the summer song for the group since it comes off like a beach song with percussion and some guitars.  I like that the solos from the gals sound quite good and they show off a fun and cute personality for the song.  One of the better “summer” songs out there.

4. Chikatetsu no Teddy boy

Of the songs on this release, Chikatetsu no Teddy boy is the oddest one of the bunch.  Unlike the previous three tracks, this feels like cookie-cutter idol pop and struggles to really stand out on its own, at least that’s how I think about this song.  Why do I get “Heavy Rotation” vibes when I listen to this song?!?

5. Fuku wo Kita Ousama

See what I mean, the other songs on the single just seem to outshine “Chikatetsu no Teddy boy” and this one doesn’t even try to stand out.  Unlike “Mamma, Grazie!” this track cools down on the energy even though it’s still pop/rock-ish.  Then we get into the chorus and it’s like a combination of tons of AKB choruses meshed into one…I don’t know where I stand with this track, but I still think it’s better than the last one.

6. Mirai no Koibito

So rounding out the whole “different track on each edition” the regular edition comes with a Mayu Watanabe solo with Mirai no Koibito.  I have to say, after all the genki tracks, this one is a bit of a wild card since it sounds unlike any of the other tracks present.  Almost a little like old J-pop but a little bit of idol pop.  Mayu sounds oddly better than she has been in recent times and that’s a good move on her part.  Song is a little odd, but I like it.

 

 

Second single as WH7 and Hetappi Wink is a definite upgrade after “Valentine Kiss” for sure.  I’m sure it’s because the last single was such a blast into the past and it felt aged while Hetappi Wink brought in some good fun energy to the mix.  I thought all the songs cept Chikatetsu no Teddy boy and Fuku wo Kita Ousama were really good songs for the group (and Mayu since one was a solo song).  I’m still unsure if the seven are permanent but they’re doing better!

 

Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 – Valentine Kiss February 3, 2011

Filed under: Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 — solarblade @ 3:56 pm

Track Listing

  1. Valentine Kiss
  2. So-Mi-So-Mi-La-Si-La
  3. Hatsukoi yo, Konnichiwa
  4. Pajama Drive
  5. Yuuhi no Ijiwaru
  6. Valentine Kiss (Instrumental)
  7. So-Mi-So-Mi-La-Si-La (Instrumental)
  8. Hatsukoi yo, Konnichiwa (Instrumental)
  9. Pajama Drive (Instrumental)
  10. Yuuhi no Ijiwaru (Instrumental)

1. Valentine Kiss

It hasn’t been that long since Ayaka Kikuchi joined WH, but now with Valentine Kiss we bring the member number up to seven with the addition of Mika Komori and Misaki Iwasa.  While I really don’t think this is a permanent deal, the even thought of adding more people is making WH less memorable for me.  Valentime Kiss (a cover of Sayaka Kokusho’s song), the song is definitely sugary and fitting for the holiday.  While there are solos all over the place, I still haven’t figured who’s who and the even added members don’t exactly change things around so it’s just a base of the overall sound and I think it’s better than the last few A-sides.

2. So-Mi-So-Mi-La-Si-La

As the B-side found on all of the version of the single, I kind of like the brassy arrangement for the song and it sounds quite adorable when listening to it.  Even though there’s still solos where I can’t figure who’s who, it’s a pretty fun tune to listen to.  I don’t think we really need such a title…maybe something more clever and less stupid >.>

3. Hatsukoi yo, Konnichiwa

So the rest of the single splits the 7 up.  Starting with the first one which has the efforts of Mayu, Aika, Natsumi, and Misaki, Hatsukoi yo, Konnichiwa has a little more of a serious tone than the previous two tracks, but it also has this slight 80’s J-pop sound going which fits since “Valentine Kiss” is about that old as well.  I actually like the speedy synthy sound of this song and the four members here sound good together to be honest.

4. Pajama Drive

The other song consisting of Haruka, Ayaka, and Mika and of course once again Mayu has a more rockin’ arrangement in comparison to “Hatsukoi yo, Konnichiwa” and also has different sounding vocals between the 4 gals.  I will say, I actually enjoyed the previous song quite a bit more since that had more “drive” than this one. 

5. Yuuhi no Ijiwaru

Give Mayu a damn solo career damnit!!!  If Tomomi can do it, hell Mayu should since she always gets solos in group singles.  Anyways, the song is the slowest of the 5 and while it seems Mayu has worked on her vocals since her last one, I’d say with the 80’s sound, it works and the song is pretty nice to listen to. 

This possible one-time deal was a nice flashback to the 80’s since all 5 songs just has that oldies sound to it and all that.  Valentine Kiss is an interesting way to begin an era, but with Misaki and Mika being temporary, I can wonder what release is next.  The main B-side is ok but a lil annoying after a while and the two split songs and Mayu’s solo were quite good.  I’d say it’s a pretty good start wouldn’t ya say?

 

Watarirouka Hashiritai – Rouka wa Hashiru na! October 17, 2010

Filed under: Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 — solarblade @ 4:13 pm

Track Listing

  1. Neko Damashi
  2. Hatsukoi Dash
  3. Kanpeki Gu~none
  4. Doji
  5. Aoi Mirai
  6. AkKanbe Bashi
  7. Kossetsu Romance
  8. Mayu no Tame ni
  9. Gyu
  10. Yaruki Hanabi
  11. Hiiragi no Tsuugakuro
  12. Seishun no Flag

1. Neko Damashi

I like the fact that each member has a quick saying to begin the album.  Unlikely that the song was going to turn into a piano fest that’s a whole lot of genki.  Since I still have the hardest time trying to figure who’s who besides Mayu Watanabe who has the highest and babyish vocals, Neko Damashi kind of isn’t a good song to really begin the album, but who’s to worry.  Just seems typical to release so it’s nothing really special.

2. Hatsukoi Dash

Then we get into the girls (albeit 4-nin WH) debut song.  I did find this song to be more easier to listen to since it was pretty catchy.  I still find that it does sound a lot different from what they’re releasing now and I kind of missed this nostalgic pop/rock style.  I knew they weren’t gonna stay in it since they’re idols and all the like.  Still, for a debut, this isn’t half bad.

3. Kanpeki Gu~none

After the initial fangasm for Kanpeki Gu~none, I still consider this and “Aoi Mirai” the best A-sides for the group in this entire era (Once again ironic since Ayaka Kikuchi isn’t present).  This song has a whole lot of energy going on and it’s sparkly arrangement really fit the mood (especially after “Hatsukoi Dash”.)  I do think that Mayu is still somewhat lacking in the vocal department, Natsumi’s vocals though for me really won me over and she sing pretty strongly.  The other two did as well…makes me wonder…did WH re-record the vocals so that Ayaka was a part of it…or just left off….

4. Doji

I see that there’s a pattern to this album dealing with the new songs against the pre-released tunes.  While I still have issues with Ayaka Kikuchi being in the group, this song actually isn’t so bad.  It does lack a certain spark and energetic response like the previous songs, but I found this mid-tempo string based idol tune is kind of good if a little bit plain.

5. Aoi Mirai

I’m so happy they included the secondary A-side from their debut single because Aoi Mirai is pretty damn catchy.  I mean of all the songs released afterwards this sounds like their most serious sounding A-side, but this still has a light vibe, but there’s brass too!  However, just like “Doji” it lacks a certain spark that could be caused by the girls singing in a lower pitch.  Also all four girls sound great singing along together and on their own as well…should tell you something huh?

6. AkKanbe Bashi

Since this is Ayaka Kikuchi’s debut single with Watarirouka Hashiritai, it was a terrible place to start off.  After such a great song like “Aoi Mirai”, AkKanbe Bashi just seems like the biggest middle finger to the fans because this song really sucks.  I mean the arrangement is pretty light and almost like a circus-y theme…but like I said before, it’s pretty bad transition wise and all the girls just don’t sound right…it’s a turnoff…Just worst song on the album.

7. Kossetsu Romance

I know that the 5-nin WH has been more cute as of lately and while I’m disappointed in the direction they’re taking, Kossetsu Romance for me seems like it’s trying to be “Kanpeki Gu~none” pt. 2 since there’s just a good amount of pep and cuteness…Ok, so it’s more like “Gyu” but is that really a bad thing?  It’s alright, but nothing overly special.

8. Mayu no Tame ni

I kind of looked at the title for our next song, but I instantly thought this was going to wholly a Mayu Watanabe solo and in a way it kind of happened because she does sing by herself until the chorus where she isn’t alone…not sure who that is….Aika maybe?  Still, it’s kind of weird for Mayu to get a solo song, but the other girls don’t…whatever.  Song is overall cute for being mid-tempo and it moves along quite nicely…actually it reminds me of their earlier songs.

9. Gyu

Of the singles released, I think Gyu still holds for the most genkiest parts, but it definitely is sharing that role with “AkKanbe Bashi”.  While I’m not much of a fan of this song (6th single does tire you out) I can see they kept the fun atmosphere going and I can’t hate them for that now can I? 

10. Yaruki Hanabi

Since Yaruki Hanabi was actually my first song from the group that I listened to…it makes me wonder if they were the same group because they sound entirely different from “Gyu” and they’re singing in a more respectable tone.  Once again, lacking spark brings the song down some, but the music is great and is one of the stronger arrangements found on the album.

11. Hiiragi no Tsuugakuro

As the last new song found on the album, Hiiragi no Tsuugakuro is the closest thing on the album to be considered a ballad and it’s nice enough that it sounds just a smidge different from other songs because of the fact there’s acoustic guitar thrown in with the typical sparkly idol tones.  It’s a nice change, but it still keeps the package tightknit.

12. Seishun no Flag

Of the Ayaka Kikuchi-WH singles, Seishun no Flag for me was the best released of the three.  Maybe it was me, but I don’t remember Seishun no Flag being so light and sparkly and so cute.  I’m still kind of unimpressed that it’s just like various songs on the album, but vocally it’s a bit stronger than a good portion.  Though there’s one girl (that isn’t Mayu, I know right?) that really sounds off in the song…Haruka maybe?  I don’t know besides that small problem, it’s still not bad of a song, maybe a bit forgettable.

Tracks Recommended

  • Aoi Mirai
  • Kanpeki Gu~none
  • Mayu no Tame ni
  • Yaruki Hanabi

Song of Avoidance

  • AkKanbe Bashi

So we’re finally passed Watarirouka Hashiritai’s debut album.  While I am disappointed that there was only 5 new songs (most were really plain songs) WH has a good thing going, but I’m quickly finding myself bored with their music since they haven’t fully tried to move around stylistically.  If they go back to what they sounded like pre-Ayaka addition then I think I’ll fall back into em.

 

Watarirouka Hashiritai – Gyu August 31, 2010

Filed under: Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 — solarblade @ 5:54 pm

Track Listing

  1. Gyu
  2. Tenohira
  3. Gomennasai
  4. Gyu (Instrumental)
  5. Tenohira (Instrumental)
  6. Gomennasai (Instrumental)

1. Gyu

This whole era with Hashiritai has been one wacky era for sure.  Gyu is by far their song with the most amount of genki found throughout.  Is it bad that I think the singing in this tune is kind of headache-inducing?  It’s like all of the gals are trying to be uber cute and it just comes off as amazingly nasally than normal.  It still is better than “AkKanbe Bashi” for sure, but only slightly because some of the lyrics are catchy to listen to, but it’s still bad on a vocal standby.

2. Tenohira

I guess it was fitting that Tenohira was to tone things down after “Gyu” and it’s definitely a whole lot better in the vocal department because the better sounding girls show off more.  I still think Ayaka and Mayu are the weakest of the singers and unfortunately they get important lines as well.  Even so, the slower tempo and smoother vocals made this a better listen overall.

3. Gomennasai

I guess landing in between the two songs is Gomennasai which is good because it does go back to their first single when their songs sound like they’d be good anime tie-ins.  It’s still high on the genki levels, but it’s not sick like “Gyu” was.  It also has a good live feel that would make the crowd sing along.  It’s a good tune.

 

 

Wow, they got to their 6th single!  Ok, I’ll be honest, while it’s the last of the era, Gyu kind of frustrated me with the lead track because it’s just too much sugar like “AkKanbe Bashi” was if not moreso.  The B-sides however were great and we yet we don’t see a Mayu solo this time around as well!  It’s not my favorite of the era, but at least they’re still going strong.

 

Watarirouka Hashiritai – Seishun no Flag June 30, 2010

Filed under: Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 — solarblade @ 2:00 am

Track Listing

  1. Seishun no Flag
  2. Hashiritai GO! GO! GO!
  3. Nantai Renai Kuroge Musume
  4. Seishun no Flag (Instrumental)
  5. Hashiritai GO! GO! GO! (Instrumental)
  6. Nantai Renai Kuroge Musume (Instrumental)

1. Seishun no Flag

After having such a terrible A-side with “AkKanbe Bashi”, WH returns quite nicely with Seishun no Flag which lightly lifts off from the uber cuteness found on that last single.  At least there’s some brass and some twinkly stuff present in the song.  So there’s also solos from the girls which is pretty awesome to hear, but they still can’t really hold a note and there’s one girl that just sounds offkey (she’s in the bridge before the chorus).  Otherwise it’s a pretty catchy tune, just filled with not-so-good vocals.

2. Hashiritai GO! GO! GO!

It’s been quite awhile since we’ve heard something close to pop/rock and with Hashiritai GO! GO! GO!, it’s actually much better than “Seishun no Flag” with once again with some poorly tuned vocals which I know is not their fault because they are underage and all that.  Still, I do love the arrangement and energy of the song a lot more, so that’s its saving grace. 

3. Nantai Renai Kurage Musume

It seems every single since “Kanpeki Gu~none” has had a Mayu Watanabe solo as the third track.  If this continues, I’m going to start bitching at the company for not just giving the damn girl a solo career.  Nantai Renai Kurage Musume is probably her best song yet since it doesn’t ask too much from her vocals and I don’t have to shoot a bitch.  That is when we get into the verses because she’s once again sounding too nasally and just yikes.  Though the whole background vocals was different for a song for Mayu, but I kind of like it.

 

 

So 5th single in and no album in sight huh?  Jerks!  Anyways, I will admit that Seishun no Flag is a good redemption after that terrible A-side in “AkKanbe Bashi”.  I still think the five girls vocally aren’t sound great together, but at least they’re trying.  Hashiritai GO! GO! GO! is definitely the best of the two group tracks and Mayu’s solo was actually nice…otherwise…I’m still not convinced that they’ll sound any better.