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YAZIMA Beauty Salon feat. Princess Seiko – Idol Mitai ni Utawasete April 20, 2010

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Track Listing

  1. Idol Mitai ni Utawasete
  2. Idol Mitai ni Utawasete (KARAOKE)
  3. Idol Mitai ni Utawasete (Princess Seiko de Utaou! ver.)
  4. Idol Mitai ni Utawasete (Margaret de Utaou! ver.)
  5. Idol Mitai ni Utawasete (Strawberry de Utaou! ver.)
  6. Idol Mitai ni Utawasete (Naomi de Utaou! ver.)
  7. Idol Mitai ni Utawasete (YAZIMA Beauty Salon de Utaou! ver.)

1. Idol Mitai ni Utawasete

I thought the group was actually finished after “Okayui Tokoro wa Gozaimasen ka?”.  I guess not because we have this song.  As it is the opening theme for the movie for the group, I loved this since it was fun, exciting and just feelgood.  As it is a collaboration with Seiko Matsuda, it’s great to hear her voice in the song since it actually works.  Sometimes she does cover up the guys, but whatever lol.  I think it might be their best A-side!

 

 

The other tracks off the singles represent what part is missing in that version so that’s why I’m not gonna go through them.  While now I feel that Idol Mitai ni Utawasete is their final single since it is promoting the movie and soundtrack, I thought this song was great and to collaborate with someone who’s pretty popular also helped.  I really do wanna see more of them, but I know it’s more of a gimmick group than anything.

 

YAZIMA Beauty Salon – Okayui Tokoro wa Gozaimasen ka? March 5, 2010

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Track Listing

  1. Nihon no Mikata -Nevada Kara Kimashita-
  2. Megami no Chikara
  3. YAZIMA Tamashii -Okayui Tokoro wa Gozaimasen ka-
  4. mama ni Zettai Koishiteru
  5. Ichigo Tsubutsubu ROCK’N’ROLL
  6. Naomi no Yume
  7. Tsume no Saki Made Anata Datta
  8. Hamaguri Bomber
  9. SAKURA -Haru wo Uta wa Nevada-
  10. Nihonjin ni Naritai
  11. MURI -Jitsu wa Eigo ga Hanasenai-

1. Nihon no Mikata -Nevada Kara Kimashita-

Hey, it’s very appropriate to begin this light-hearted album with the group’s first single.  Nihon no Mikata definitely kicked off the group in a very shocking and hilarious way.  I mean damn, it was pretty big in Japan because you get 3 hilarious people together and make them crossdress and make them do disco music and with Nihon no Mikata they pulled it off and did it amazingly.  Nihon no Mikata is a great way to start things off since it’s so damn catchy! 

2. Megami no Chikara

I guess to make things weird, we go straight from their debut single into their most recent single.  To be quite honest, while it is still pretty good and such it doesn’t have that same spark the previous 3 singles had, but I do commend on getting vocally better and I’m finding myself enjoying the song’s fun and more interesting arrangement.  It doesn’t really lean on a hook so that’s another thing that pulled the song away from the previous 3 singles.

3. YAZIMA Tamashii -Okayui Tokoro wa Gozaimasen ka-

We get into our first new song off the album, YAZIMA Tamashii seems to be there theme song of sorts and I think I’ve heard this used in the CM for the group’s movie which is coming out soon!  Once again I’m sort of impressed by Noritake and OZMA’s vocals in the song and I’m kind of noticing that Takaaki wasn’t heard fully until the 2nd verse.  Compared to the 4 songs heard previously, I thought this was pretty awesome of a song and really gave the guy’s such a nice song to sound good….well maybe not for OZMA, his vocals cracks up somewhat in some parts.

4. mama ni Zettai Koishiteru

There’s a little backstory with this tune.  See Takaaki’s character has an obsession on the father, but I’m not sure what the reason entirely is, but I think it’s one of those songs is like sentimental and stuff.  That being said, it’s prolly one of the more serious songs and mid-tempo tunes as well.  It’s got this feeling of just being happy and swaying with the song.  Hmmm, I might be liking this song quite a bit

5. Ichigo Tsubutsubu ROCK’N’ROLL

On the album the 3 members get their own solo tune starting with Takaaki’s solo.  It begins with Takaaki talking a little bit before getting into this 60’s pop/rock diner sound that’s pretty fast and depends on fastly sung lyrics and other such abnormalities.  I found it funny that they slowed the song immensely for this slow passage before speeding back up.  While I’ll admit Takaaki is definitly not a singer, I do give him credit for trying.

6. Naomi no Yume

Next we get OZMA’s solo and since he’s the only that has had singing experience pre-YAZIMA, it was interesting how this was actually going to turn out.  Actually Naomi’s song reminds me of those psychedelico songs because it sounds ripped from something that could’ve been used in Scooby Doo.  While once again, he’s not that amazing of a singer, it sounded a lot more cleaner and was actually fun to listen to.  I liked it quite alot!

7. Tsume no Saki Made Anata Datta

So we run into Noritake’s solo track and I was surprised that Naomi’s song wasn’t an actual ballad unlike this song which is a typical movie theme ballad.  Get the drums, strings, and piano and it’s basically what you got it.  It’s strange that I really like Noritake’s vocals because they always stand out in YAZIMA’s songs for being so deep and actually in tune.  That being said, he pulled this song off quite nicely and even though the guitar solo sounds uber weird, I still think it’s pretty good.

8. Hamaguri Bomber

Back into full group songs now, we also go back and finish the previous songs that were released starting with single 3: Hamaguri Bomber.  I think the thing that made the song stand out was the mix of latin, jazz, and disco rolled into one and the fact the chorus is one of the most catchiest lines they’ve had.  Oddly enough, I think they might’ve let themselves go since at places it becomes muddled and too much from them.  It might be my least favorite of the era, but it’s still pretty good nonetheless.

9. SAKURA -Haru wo Uta wa Nevada-

Oh yeah the SAKURA song!  This was actually the first song that I listened to, even before “Nihon no Mikata”.  While it’s still overdrowning in disco awesomeness, it’s pretty catchy and has some of the best clapping parts and solos that none of the other songs have…well, “YAZIMA Tamashii” can argue about the solos.  Still my favorite single of the era so nothing can really kick this song’s ass XD  I still think the jazz part towards the end was just the awesomeness this song needed and made it such a blast.

10. Nihonjin ni Naritai

The longest song off the album, I didn’t expect Nihonjin ni Naritai to be so, Supremes-ish even though the group is a parody off those kind of groups.  OZMA does have a bigger role in the song and he sounds rather nasally for someone in this song.  Takaaki though sounds better than his solo song which is a plus and to we even need to question Noritake.  The song is a tad slower than previous songs so that should tell you something. 

11. MURI -Jitsu wa Eigo ga Hanasenai-

Ending off this rollercoaster of a ride, MURI is hilariously is something that was so last minute and gave this 70’s feel that shouldn’t be surprising.  I kind of lol’ed at the members actually trying  to rap across the song.  It’s kind of the oddball of the album since it’s hard to really remember much from the song, but at least it’s hit right?

Tracks Recommended

  • SAKURA -Haru wo Uta wa Nevada-
  • YAZIMA Tamashii -Okayui Tokoro wa Gozaimasen ka-
  • Naomi no Yume
  • Nihon no Mikata -Nevada Kara Kimashita-
  • Tsume Saki Made Anata Datta

Song of Avoidance

  • Ichigo Tsubutsubu ROCK’N’ROLL

Wow, maybe the 2nd album of the year to impress me (unless La Vita Romantica doesn’t count since it is a best-of_ then it’s my first album of the year to truly impress me.  YAZIMA Beauty Salon’s first album surprised me at how it could keep me going.  While solo songs aren’t their strong points the group work is what brought the album together and it’s great for that rather “nostalgic” feel since their music goes all over the eras like wildfire.  It’s definitely an album that came out of nowhere and I loved it *RECOMMENDED*

 

YAZIMA Beauty Salon – Megami no Chikara February 11, 2010

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Track Listing

  1. Megami no Chikara
  2. Megami no Chikara (KARAOKE)

1. Megami no Chikara

Is it surprising that I get excited for every release this group releases?  To be honest, Megami no Chikara might be the best thing they’ve released so far because Noritake, DJ OZMA, and Takaaki are vocally sounding exciting and the disco arrangement of the song just works for me and it usually has with all the previous singles.  Though it doesn’t have a major hook like “Nihon no Mikata”, Megami no Chikara might be better off without one to be honest.

 

 

I’m still waiting for their first album to announced at least but in the meantime, Megami no Chikara will fill the missing spot for quite awhile.  It definitely makes up for “Hamaguri Bomber”.  I think they might be finished as a group since this is promoting their movie (strange right?).  I think it’s a good single but I want a B-side…

 

YAZIMA Beauty Salon – Hamaguri Bomber July 7, 2009

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hamaguribomber

Track Listing

  1. Hamaguri Bomber
  2. Hamaguri Bomber (KARAOKE)

1. Hamaguri Bomber

Unlike the surprising sound of their last single “SAKURA”.  Hamaguri Bomber is actually a nice summer track with some latin flavor going on.  I love how this is actually quite cool and I love the chorus to the song because there like ~BOMBAAAAAAA~.  It’s explosive and fun and OZMA, Takaaki, and Noritake sound just as funny still.  There’s even a guitar solo thrown in there for the kicks. 

 

 

I wonder if an album is nearby since this is the 3rd single in the era and they show no signs of weakening from them since this song shows of more of their vibrant stylings…and even though they aren’t supposed to be taken seriously, the music is otherwise pretty strong.  Hamaguri Bomber is like going to another one of those tracks that’ll get stuck in my head for weeks to come since “SAKURA” is still is.  Another good single from the 3 guys/girls/whatever?!?

 

YAZIMA Beauty Salon – SAKURA ~Haru wo Uta wa Nevada~ April 10, 2009

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SAKURA

Track Listing

  1. SAKURA ~Haru wo Uta wa Nevada~
  2. SAKURA ~Haru wo Uta wa Nevada~ (Original Karaoke)

1. SAKURA ~Haru wo Uta wa Nevada~

I love DJ OZMA’s opening lines to SAKURA.  At first it sounds like a pretty track, but when the surprising brass comes in the song becomes one of the most guiltiest pleasures I’ve had in a while.  Not only is everyone sounding more exciting than in “Nihon no Mikata” I found this to be a fun song about cherry blossons and it’s their best track yet…(out of two…)  DJ OZMA and Noritake sound fine representing their female counterparts, but Takaaki is just so hilarious here and he still wins in my heart. 

 

 

Still not containing a B-side eh?  Well, YAZIMA’s 2nd single is based on the month of the Cherry Blossoms and it’s pretty exciting and a lot more catchier than their debut.  Now I don’t know how permanent they are, but seriously if they get an album out, I’ll be so elated to hear it.  *RECOMMENDED*

 

YAZIMA Beauty Salon – Nihon no Mikata ~Nevada Kara Kimashita~ March 26, 2009

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nihonnomikata

Track Listing

  1. Nihon no Mikata ~Nevada Kara Kimashita~
  2. Nihon no Mikata ~Nevada Kara Kimashita~ (Original Karaoke)

1. Nihon no Mikata ~Nevada Kara Kimashita~

I really don’t know how to go on with reviewing this.  I mean the music is so loud and explosive.  I mean you can obviously tell they’re guys singing in drag of course, oddly the song is really catchy and kind of peppy.  I have to admire such a feat for them, but then again they were pretty high on Oricon, if you don’t believe it.  I have to love this song even the video is a little odd…

 

 

Ok, so after looking around it seems that the group is also of avex love.  Anyways knowing that DJ OZMA started this group isn’t surprising but seeing Takaaki from Utaban being part of this group just made me laugh so hard, because he would do such a thing.  I heart Takaaki though <3…Single was pretty interesting to say the least.