Welcome to my first music feature this year, Monthly Melodies. This feature would be about me sharing a couple of songs to you guys. I used to post a similar music feature like this last 2017, which I discontinued. Why did I discontinue?? Well, I released that feature weekly, which was a huge hassle on my part.
Good thing I had other plans for this new music feature of mine as I won’t only post about japanese or korean music only but everything I listen to. I will also share some themes too (if I feel like it). Rather than hassling myself in making this feature weekly, I will be sharing music to you monthly instead. Heh.
I won’t prolong much anymore and share some good music to you guys.
For this first ever Monthly Melodies, I will be sharing some songs that had helped me during my review last year. These are not really new songs as I wasn’t able to update my music very much because I was too focused on my studies. Still, these songs were there for me and I still listen to them intensively.
First up is a ballad of Goosehoose called, VOICE. This was one of the first ever songs of GH that I really liked. The blending of the 2 voices were very heartwarming and full of feels. The lyrics hit me hard too.
It was its lyrics that comforted me during my down times while I was reviewing. Well, it wasn’t just during my review, but my daily dose of depression. And yes, I cry everytime I listen to this song during my down time. Lol. I just can’t help it. This song is that powerful.
Another painful song I listened to was an idol song that I didn’t expect that would slap me with feels. That song would be juice=Juice’s It’s Okay to Cry.
Me liking this song is really unexpected. Last year, I proclaimed this song as my least favorite Hello!Project song because i find it boring and meh. But after few weeks, I found myself crying to this song. LOL.
It was around the time I was having a hard time on my studies and myself when I heard this song again and cried. The lyrics resonated with me hard and I can’t help but just cry. I now love the song. Even until now, I still feel alot of feels listening to this song.
From sad songs , let’s go on to some hopeful ones.
I want to share is a hopeful song, Bokutachi no Mirai by Leo Ieiri. I first discovered this song while watching a music show from Japan and Leo Ieiri was singing this song alongside her “nakamas” C-ute’s Suzuki Airi and Momoiro Clover’s Kanako Momota. Their rendition of the song blew me away and ever since then I had been a fan of the song.
This song is like an energizer to me. From Leo’s vocals to the hopeful lyrics and music arrangement, they motivate me to stand up again and reach my dreams. It moves me everytime I listen to this song. Its that powerful.
If Goosehouse’s song comforts me when I am down, it’s this song that helps me stand up again and believe for my tomorrow.
I don’t think I would completely share my collection for today until I share some feel good songs that I enjoyed listening last year.
I want to share this simple ED song from an anime I love, Zetsuen no Tempest, called Bokutachi no Uta by Sakou Tomohisa. I really love this song.
Well, my reasoning as to why I love this song my sound really cheesy and I really don’t want to grind cheese here. But yeah, my reason would be because I feel like a main character of a slice-of-life romance anime while listening to this song. LOL. I mean, whenever I listen to this song, my imagination goes overdrive and it makes me imagine alot of anime cliche stuff that I also want to experience irl. Heh. Me and my cheesy imagination.
Next on my feel good song to share is AAA’s Hallelujah. It was because of this song that I discovered the amazing group, AAA, years ago.
I continue to listen to this song until now cuz it has this amazing force that energizes me. The song had a positive vibe that get me going. I listened to alot of AAA music during my review, but it was this song that continues to support me.
Lastly, is a recent song I discovered while watching the animated movie, Flavors of Youth, last year. The title of the song is WALK by Vickeblanka.
I had been listening to this song nonstop since I had seen the movie lastly. This was even on repeat during and after my exams, this song was that powerful to me. There was something about this song that comforts me. From the calming vocals of the singer to the simple melody of the song, it feels like this song summarized my whole life or something. It’s carefree and hopeful lyrics motivates me to move forward and live everyday. Damn this song is really good.
It seemed I only shared Jpop music this time. Well, it can’t be helped as it was the only thing I was listening the whole time last year. Lol.
I also didn’t put much idol music because I wasn’t listening to any during my review, as I was also refraining myself into exposing my mind into other stuff other than my studies. Though, there were some exceptions. Lel.
Hello, Everyone!!! Music Feature is back!! Woohhhoooooo!!!
It’s been months since my last music review. Heh. I know, compared to my anime content, most of my other features are lackluster when it comes to views and receptions but I don’t care. I just wanna share my thoughts about music and my other interests.
Anyway, let’s start off with the newly released single of one of my favorite Japanese Idol groups, ANGERME.
Tade Kuu Mushi mo Like it! / 46okunen LOVE
Tade Kuu Mushi mo Like it!
Tade Kuu Mushi mo Like it! (Instrumental)
46okunen LOVE (Instrumental)
This is ANGERME’s 25th single, released last week, October 31, 2018. It had 5 editions: 2 regulars and 3 limited editions.
Tade Kuu Mushi mo Like it! (Every man to his taste. (Like it!))
OMG! I love the song.
Believe me its not the most original out there. The song sounds like a ripoff of most of Kobushi Factory’s music, old music of H!P and some beats from modern funky JPOP songs out there. But bruh, it’s a fun song. It never fail to make me smile. The vocals of the members adds alot of flavor the song, especially the fact that this song is mostly sang in unison. Cuz all the members in this group are good and reliable singers, their vocals made this song great.
I might’ve liked the song but that doesn’t mean I’m happy that this is the main song of this single. It’s too mainstream and tame to be the flagship of the single. It’s a great song, no doubt, but I don’t think it deserves it’s position as the main song. Well, a factor of this is the fact that this song was chosen as the theme song of an anime documentary starring a huge star, Aoi Yuu, who is a huge fan of the group and this song was laso chosen as the new ending song of a radio show. So, I’m going to let this one slide.
For the MV, it represents the song really well. I really like the part when it showcased the individual likes of the members: Ayaka with art, Kassa with bubble tea, Rikako with panada stuff toy, Rina with fashion, Akari with baseball, Murotan with uuhhhmm crocodiles (wut??), Kawamu with apples, Musume with make up and Kananan with playing cards. By the lyrics, the song meant about people having different tastes and not caring about what others would say. There costumes looks really good and not in uniform which is a nice touch. The cosnsistency is really there.
Of course, my favorite part of the MV would be the part where the members line up in a white background, wearing only white shirts and blue jeans. With glasses on, they have fun in a very ANGERME way. Seeing them having fun makes me, the viewer, smile too. It made the MV alot more fun and bright.
Now for the choreography, ANGERME slays. For a group consists mostly of dancers, their dance lived up to my expectations. It made me want to see their live performance of the song. Oooohohohoho!!
Overall, the song is great in my opinion. It fits well with ANGERME. The MV didn’t disappoint too. With that slick choreo and nice costumes, it made the MV aesthetically fun to watch. Definitely, check this one out.
2. 46okunen LOVE (4.6 Billion Years LOVE)
Now this is what I’m talking about.
Such a fun song to listen too. When I first heard it, I thought the song was weak compared to the main song above. But 46okunen LOVE, grew on me immediately, especially after seeing the MV.
The song is alot more mainstream and very H!P cuz of its distinct disco music. I mean, there are some parts of the song that made me think of Utakata Saturday Night and other old disco songs of Morning Musume. The melody in the verses and chorus is quite familiar, as if its been reused alot of times. Still, this song is really fun to listen to. Even though its very typical and common, it has a hook and a melody that is easy to listen to.
Just like the previous song, the vocals of ANGERME continues to amaze as they slay this song. I really like how the singing parts were divided and given to members. The division was so nice compared to other H!P groups. At first, I was abit skeptical with the chosen members for the solo parts but now, I think all of them fits their assign parts really well. The producers definitely knows who fits the part and let them shine in their own way.
THE MV IS AMAZING!!!!
Compared to the other song, 46okunen LOVE got the short end of the stick by only having an indoor studio music video backdrop. Still, with the amazing effects and bright set-up, it made the MV looks alot better than the previous song. The aesthetics is top notch. I couldn’t stop smiling and feel really happy cuz of the MV. Yes, the lyrics is pretty much about love and the earth, which resonates positivity. But also the performance of ANGERME that made me feel happy inside.
I’m abit not impressed by the costumes, but the color of it seemed to represent the earth so I’ll let it slide. Each member btw, looks drop dead gorgeous. I mean, each of them were already amazing visually, but they look too good in this MV.
The choreography was not as amazing compared to the previous song, but its still really good. It fits well with the disco vibe of the song and it also had some classic disco moves from years ago. It brought quite the nostalgia. I can clearly see that the members were enjoying performing to the song, which adds alot.
Overall, I prefer this song over Tada Kuu mushi mo like it. Why? Well, its really engaging, fun to listen to, and the MV is aesthetically alot better than the main song.
Well, that’s just me.
Wow! I already liked the previous single of ANGERME very much, I didn’t expect they would wow me the 2nd time. They are really on the roll now.
It’s nice to see some funky disco music from ANGERME. After all, almost all the groups under Hello! Project (except the new bebe groups) have disco funk music in their discography. ANGERME is now baptized by the H!P disco music. Heh!
Few months ago, a news broke out about Bang Dream! receiving a 2nd & 3rd season. When I saw that news, I was a bit shocked. I mean, an unknown all girl band anime gets a new season, while some of my favorite animes will never get the same treatment…it was a bummer.
Still, the news sparked my interest about the series. I got curious as to why it got a new season. Maybe the anime itself might be good, or there must be some external forces that made this anime popular in Japan.
So I watched the series…and here’s my thoughts:
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 21, 2017 to Apr 22, 2017
Premiered: Winter 2017
Studios: Xebec, Issen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Synopsis: Since she was very young, Kasumi Toyama has always been searching for the “Star Beat”, a sparkling and exciting sound she heard while looking up at the night sky. Just after getting into high school, Kasumi comes across a “star-shaped guitar” in the storage area of an old pawn shop. Feeling a rush and excitement she has never felt before, Kasumi teams up with four other girls and embarks on a journey to seek out the shiny place. We promise to perform a live here! (MAL)
Dunno if you guys remember, but K-On was one of my all time favorite animes. I cherish that anime very deeply. Seeing an anime that’s abit the same (face validity, everyone) with my fav anime, of course, my interest went through the roof.
Bang Dream! is definitely different from K-On. The band aspects and the good music were in a way similar, but that’s the end of it. Bang Dream! shines on its own. The story is actually generic, its the usual plot that you see in any slice-of-life animes starring only high school girls. But what separates them from the bunch would be the characters and the progression of their story. The pacing was quite slow compared to the usual pacing of a slice-of-life high school girls anime, but very compact and solid as they were able to showcase everything. Their setting was also quite interesting. Yes, you don’t see much guys/men in the series, but the thought of having a studio cafe for girl bands sounds really BADASS. Even though it was unrealistic, it was still fun to watch it.
I do want to point out the use of episodic introduction/focused arcs of the lead characters. It is the usual trope that we see on SoL, but I am getting tired of it. It would have been great if they layered each of their arcs since the beginning, then slowly their arcs would unfold. Just like how they handled Saaya’s arc. That’s the ideal way of storytelling, showing subtle moments of her struggle and background in every episode to get that right Bang! (pun intended) at the exact episode where her arc is focused. That way the viewers watching would appreciate each member/lead character of the series.
Cuz I am talking about the some of the characters anyway, gonna start sharing my thoughts about them.
Like the story, the characters were generic but still, really likeable. The main character, Kasumi, is your typical genki MC. She’s noisy, sociable, friendly and optimistic. I’ll be honest, I’m not too fond of her. Out of all the main girls, she’s my least favorite. Still, her role in getting everyone together is quite vital and she is pretty much the foundation of their group. The moment she collapsed, everything else fall as well. Even though I’m not too fond of her, I do empathize and understand her struggles. Her development wasn’t that large, but dang, it resonates hard. Her struggles near the end reminded me alot of my own hardships. So seeing her stand up again, with the help of her bandmates/friends, was really heartwarming.
Now, for the other members of Poppin’ Party, my most favorite character would be Arisa. She’s the tsundere one, and she is very precious. After seeing her in the very first episode, I know there was something with her that was different. Not only that she is smart, she’s also innocent when it comes to friendship. Like I said, she’s precious. I also like that she’s pretty much the voice of reason in the group, and I totally get her. Oh! oh! Oh! Her friendship with Kasumi is so cute and precious. It’s very genuine. Though compared to the early episodes of the series, their display of friendship lessen. Still, you can easily tell that both of them cares for each other and are pretty much besties status. I am a bit disappointed though, her background wasn’t tackled much. It would be nice that she would get a proper arc in the next seasons. After all, I wanted to know more about her.
Saaya, the one who got the most development, she’s okay. Her first encounter with Kasumi was weird, but in a way, realistic. I like that she interacts well with Kasumi even though the latter is crazy. Like I said above, she got the ideal character arc, and that definitely helped us, viewers, know more about her and her struggles. Her struggles were really relatable and her confrontation scene with Kasumi was one of the best I had seen in awhile. (kudos to the writers!)
Rimi also got a decent amount of development. She’s really shy and timid, but I liked that she was able to overcome her fears and be able to shine like her own sister. She’s really cute too. Also, her being the bass player and the one composing their music….definitely a PLUS to me.
Lastly, Tae. She’s peculiar. Tae’s someone who loves music and in a way…kinda dumb. She resonates well with Kasumi and goes along well with the other members. I can’t really say much about her, cuz she’s forgettable and the least developed member of the group.
As a group, the lead characters play well with each other. Even though they are different in terms of personality, they still have the right amount of cohesiveness to make they group work.
I don’t much opinion about the other supporting characters. Most of them are there only cuz of the story, though I do wanna point out that there’s actually parents involve in this series. It makes this series more grounded and realistic.
Now, for the art and animation. Bruh, they actually used CG correctly. I had seen alot of failed attempts in using CG in idol animes. I always wished for it to improve. Seeing this series to have a decent CG, especially during the performances, it made the series more fun to watch and enjoyable. The character designs looked generic, but they are actually not bad. The overall art was pretty decent. Even the lighting and color scheme of the series wasn’t painful in the eyes. It was also consistent. Definitely alot better than I expected.
Of course, I won’t move on until I discuss its music.
Infairness, they actually have good music. They are fun and easy to listen to. I can’t really compare them to the awesome K-On discography, but Bang Dream!’s music are pretty decent. I’ll definitely check their music out.
Overall, Bang Dream! was what I expected it to be, a simple slice-of-life anime about girls getting into music and form a band. In some ways, this anime is quite similar to some of the idol animes out there and I am not complaining. Bang Dream! actually delivers. I had fun watching the series.
I would definitely recommend this to everyone who likes idol animes or the current plot-trend of slice-of-life, you guys would definitely like this series. If you are not part of that niche, I think you can still enjoy watching this one.
Even though I announced before that I’ll refrain from posting anything other than anime-related content, I just can’t help it. I had always dreamed on making this entry even before having a blog. Before when my iPOD was still alive, I make a playlist of all the amazing songs (KPOP, JPOP and Western, respectively) released in the first half then 2nd half of the year. I just love making rankings and top lists, bruh. That’s why right now, I’m going to make one. Heh.
As you can see from the title the list will be composed of the best songs released by Hello! Project this year. Why Hello! project you say? Well, cuz compared to KPOP, Western music & other JPOP acts, I was more updated to Hello! Project music (if you’ve been a follower to my blog, you’ll know XD).
All of the debuted groups of Hello! Project (except the ‘sub-unit’ Country Girls, sigh) released atleast one single in the first half of 2018, so I am going to rank them from worst to best. Oooohohohohoh, this is going to be fun.
15. Shurenka – Tsubaki Factory
Even after months of listening to this, Shurenka is still my least Hello! Project song for this year. The song is not exciting, its also forgettable. Even though my bias, Kiki, got some spotlight in their live performance, it didn’t affect what I feel about this song.
14. Naite Ii yo – Juice=Juice
This song is nice to listen to, but its quite forgettable. I do like the message of the song though.
You might be wondering why this one is included. This song, alongside Hanasaku, were released as a digital singles before the mini-album was released. That’s why both songs are included in this list as singles. Moving on, Morning Coffee (20th Anniversary Ver.) that was sung by the 1st gen and the current members of Morning Musume.’18 was really nice and nostalgic. Its rock and fast beat was refreshing, but its underwhelming and repetitive. I mean, I had listened to the original song for a hundredth time already, listened to the Miso soup version for quite awhile now and now this, its too much.
12. Kimi Dake janai sa…friends (Acoustic version) – ANGERME
I like Kimi dake janai sa…friends (acoustic ver.). The rawness of the vocals and its amazing arrangement soothes my ears. But at the same time, those are also the reasons why they rank low. This version is quite mellow and slow compared to the original version. And I freakin’ love the original version. So rather than listening to this one, I prefer listening to the original.
11. Ashita Tenki ni Naare – Kobushi Factory
Now this one is a surprise. I liked this song over the main song in the single Its because of the amazing vocals and especially the instrumentals. Everything is changed now. The thing that was lacking in this song was the impact of their live performance. The lackluster dance and mic stand didn’t help at all. I wanted more. Cuz their live performance wasn’t that memorable, the song itself became less appealing.
10. I Need You ~ Yozora no Kanransha ~ – Tsubaki Factory
This song is refreshing, no matter how many times I listen to it. Even their performance was refreshing. My only problem of this song would be that punch of awesomeness. i mean, I could listen to this on certain times, but it doesn’t deliver on other times. Just me and my taste and mood swings. Lel.
09. A gonna – Morning Musume.’18
When this MM’s single was released, I really thought that the songs would be on the last place, cuz I couldn’t stand them. But damn, I got hooked after listening to it a couple of times. A gonna was definitely a surprise. The chorus was hella catchy and Sakura’s solo part is uh-mazing. The dance break is also interesting, but the overall song is underwhelming. There’s no climax where I could bang my head or go wild on.
08. Vivid Midnight – Juice=Juice
One word: FUN. The song is really fun to listen o. Listening to it makes me want to dance to random actions I didn’t know I have. LOL. Vivid Midnight was a song I didn’t know I need to brighten up my day.
07. Hana ga Saku Taiyou no Abite – Morning Musume.’18
The intro dance break always hit me. It sounds so amazing. It immediately make me remember the amazing choreography of Morning Musume.’18. It was that memorable. The chorus gets stuck on my head as well. Even though this song is abit simple and lacks climax, its still very memorable cuz of how the members performed it on stage. There performance impacted me greatly.
06. SEXY SEXY – Juice=Juice
I didn’t expect I would like this song this much. I can’t really point out what made me like this one over Vivid Midnight. Maybe cuz the refrain is quite addicting, or the chorus’ amazing melody, or maybe cuz my baby Yanamin is the center (lol). I really don’t know. I…just love this song.
05. Teion Yakedo – Tsubaki Factory
Ooohohohohoho, I think I already shared during my music review of its single how much I love this song. Its so dramatic and my jam. I had also listened to this song since late last year, which is a huge plus. I mean, I had liked this song for a long time ( I even memorize the lyrics…lol). Their live performance of this song is also amazing. Tsubaki Factory is definitely becoming an amazing group.
04. Kore Kara da! – Kobushi Factory
When I first heard this song, I like the song but not as much as the other one, Ashita Tenki ni Naare. But damn, the more I listened to this song, Kore kara da!, the more I feel the passion of the members singing. There was something about this song that made me crave to see it’s live performance. And bruh, the live performance of this song is so AMAZING. It almost made me want to cry watching them perform. It wasn’t just the song’s message, but how the Kobushi Factory delivered the song. I’m so happy to be a fan of this group.
03. Uraha=Lover – ANGERME
When the ANGERME’s latest single was released, this song became my favorite. Not only that this song got a really aesthetic MV, but because the song itself is really good. Listening to the song feels like I’m watching a drama or something. Its melody is so easy to listen to and the arrangement of the song is really remarkable. The vocals of the members were really on point too. I had seen only one live of this song, and I desparately want to see more.
02. Are you Happy? – Morning Musume.’18
Oooohohohoho Surprise Surprise. Didn’t expect Are you happy? would be 2nd place, I didn’t expect it too. LOL. When I first heard this song, I didn’t like this one at all. But shocks, the live performance saved this song. I mean, I knew that this song would do well in lives, but I didn’t expect the impact of their live performance. This really pumps the crowd, even me, who was just watching the performance. I am so sorry for doubting this song. I’m so sorry Tsunku-sama for doubting you. This song is UH-MAAZZZIIINNNNGGG.
01. Nakenai ze・・・Kyoukan Sagi – ANGERME
Ooohohohohoho, another surprise here. I didn’t expect to love this song and even declare it as the best Hello! project song released in the first half of 2018. Nakenai ze…Kyoukan Sagi is a fun, upbeat song with a “I don’t give a f*ck” type of lyrics. I LOVE IT. ANGERME’s live performance of this song wowed me on so many levels, which prompt me to love this song more and more. Their performance is full of energy and you can tell the members are having fun with the slick choreography. I never knew I would make this sentence but bruh, this song is definitely better than their other EDM songs. IT’S THAT GOOOOOOOODDDDDD. Eargasms overload!!! oooohohohohoh!!
Now that was interesting. XD
This year is Hello! Project’s 20th Anniversary so there’s definitely more amazing releases later this year. Ooohohohohohooh.
This is just the Hello! Project song rankings, it would be nice if I could make for KPOP, Western or OPM too. But due to time constraint and lack of resources, I’m gonna put that idea aside for awhile.
I’m still not sure if I’m going to make more non-anime related content in the future. It will just depends my mood, motivation, and time.
Ever since I started this blog, I always wanted to review different kinds of music. Hence, I started the weekly music feature last year. I featured a variety of music, from western to jpop to kpop. I was even planning on sharing some OPM too. But due to some unforeseen circumstances, I wasn’t able to do it. Since then, I just stuck on the music I had already been sharing, Hello! Project. But now, its going to be different.
I am going to share my thoughts about the latest mini-album release of BLACKPINK, “SQUARE UP”. This will be my first ever KPOP music review. Wooohhooo!!
To be honest, I am kinda scared to do this, especially KPOP has become huge. For sure, there would be so many people who would disagree to my sentiments, but that’s okay. As long as its not bashing and too personal, I’m cool with it.
Anyway, I won’t prolong the intro no more, here’s my thoughts:
This is BLACKPINK’s first ever mini-album. A long time coming. This was released last June 15, 2018, in 2 different versions, pink & black.
Ddu-Du Ddu-Du (뚜두뚜두)
See U Later
Ever since they debuted, they had been on my radar. Being the new girl group of YG after 2NE1, they sure were quite hyped. I used to listen to their music casually, but “As If It’s Your Last” made me a fan of them. The song was one of the best I had heard that was released last year. Cuz of it, I have high expectations for this album. Ooohohohoho.
Ddu-Du Ddu-Du (뚜두뚜두)
Hhhmmmm… I didn’t expect this one. Do I like it? Yeah. Was it better than their previous release? Nope.
The overall song is enjoyable to listen. Its very modern and now. No wonder so many people enjoy this song. I really like the melody of the refrain, The vocals were on point and amazing. The rap sections didn’t disappoint too. Its full of swag and confidence. Though I do wanna say the chorus and the coda section were a downer. It lacked punch. Still, everything in the song flowed really well. I like it.
I think my problem with the song would be the fact that its not on par or even better than their previous release, “As if It’s your last”. For a summer song, this one is less upbeat and more on swag. When it comes to summer songs, its better if its upbeat, lively, and lighthearted. But this one is….nope. If this was released on a different season, like Fall, I think I would appreciate this more.
Woah, this one is…AMAZING. The intro already got me. Its so good. It definitely left quite an impression to me. I can hear the sincerity of Jennie’s vocals, she really meant every word she said. It was that powerful. The following verses didn’t disappoint too. I really like the melody. I really like that I could also hear the rapper’s sing too. Really nice.
That drop though. I didn’t expect that at all. Dropping after the coda section….Damn. The next section of the song felt and sound different but at the same time, it goes really well with the whole song.
For some point, this song felt more for summer compared to the main single. I mean, it has alot of potential. Listening to it amplified my imagination. I could see this song getting an MV with an outside setting and the members having fun, then during the drop, they go all out dancing. Well, that’s just me.
To be honest, I really like this better than Ddu-Du Ddu-Du. ohooh.
My sister first heard the whole album before me. When she heard this song, she kept on telling me that this is too similar to WINNER’s “Really Really”. This got me curious. I really liked WINNER’s song, so I do hope its as good.
After listening to it, hhhmmmmm…. the whole melody of the song is not like WINNER’s song. But I think what made her say its similar would be the chorus. Having a title “Really” and repeating it quite alot during the chorus, my sis’ sentiments were quite understandable.
Really is easy to listen. Out of all the songs here in the mini-album, this one is the ‘slowest’. The arrangement of the song reminds me alot of 2NE1’s music. Especially the verses parts, though the rap parts were quite distinct. Overall, the song is okay, not really much going on.
See U Later
Nice way to end the mini-album. I really like the melody in the intro and in the verses and rap parts. The verses were neatly done, it flowed well with the rap parts. The chorus though, didn’t expect that. It sounded like a different song, but it fits well. Compared to the first 2 songs above, this lacked climax. Even though theirs coda section, it was lacking alot.
Overall, I’m not really into this album. I will casually listen to this, thats a fact, but heavily??…nope. This type of music is not my jam. The lack of real instruments involved made the songs boring to listen if on repeat. Through this album, I understand now so clearly the type of music YG produces. They have this kind of hip-hop sound and way of singing, just like in JYP. I’m okay with it, but if this continues on and no growth, it would be very boring for me.
Also, I wanna rant about the lackluster chorus. The repeating words in the chorus in all the songs are getting on my nerves. Yes, the verses and the rap parts are rich of lyrics, but with a lackluster chorus, everything felt incomplete.
So yeah, the album was a disappointment, but its still enjoyable to listen. I don’t hate it. Maybe my expectations were to high, or the reason would be my different taste in music. Out of all the songs here, it was only Forever Young were I felt genuine connection. It would be nice if that song would get atleast an MV soon.
Today is special day! Ooohohohohoh. It’s my birthday!! I thought of doing something special or a special entry…but nah. Instead, I want to review this album that was recently released, “Do me a Favor” by Suzuki Airi.
Ever since the disbandment of her groups, C-ute & Buono, I wanted Airi to pursue solo. She’s my favorite member in both of her groups (I love all the members, but Airi is special), and I wanted to see more of her. I had always been a fan of her ever since I discovered Buono’s and C-ute music. I would even consider her as my ultimate number 1 idol in JPOP, but I’ll gush more about her in a future entry. For now, let’s focus on her debut album.
DO ME A FAVOR
This is Suzuki Airi’s first solo album as a solo singer. This was released last June 6, 2018 in two editions, regular & limited.
Mikansei Girl (未完成ガール; Incomplete Girl)
Hikari no Hou e (光の方へ; Towards the Light) – Suzuki Airi × Akai Ko-en
Be Your Love
STORY – Suzuki Airi × SCANDAL
Kimi no Suki na Hito (君の好きなひと; Your Favorite Person)
Tabun ne, (たぶんね、; Maybe)
Iin ja nai (いいんじゃない; Isn’t It Fine?)
Watashi no Soba de (私のそばで; By My Side)
#DMAF – Suzuki Airi × SPICY CHOCOLATE
When this album first announced last year, I got really excited. Getting a Suzuki Airi album so soon is definitely a treat to us, fans. I was expecting them to release some series singles first to test if the ‘solo’ path would be a success, but it seems the company believed in her popularity and her fans. Bruh, we push through.
I always like Airi’s voice, its very friendly, light-hearted and unique. Her voice might be comforting, but it doesn’t stand out much compared to her peers like C-ute’s Chisato or Buono’s Momoko. Still, its very sure her voice is easy to listen. Now that she released an album we get to hear more of her voice and her vocal range.
From my initial listen to her album, I notice that her album is heavily influenced by the type of music she usually listens to. Also, her album ranges from dance songs to band songs, in a way its inspired by her time in C-ute & Buono. Its very refreshing and nostalgic at the same time.
The title track of this album, a dance pop song. This song alongside start again got an early release through digital. This song definitely gave me a glimpse or an idea of what kind of music Airi wants to pursue. Her vocals were on point and it fits well with the song. For some point this song reminds me of some jpop songs that was released in the 2000’s, at the same time, its fits well with the current trend.
I really like the refrain and the chorus of the song, especially the chorus, its very catchy. The verses were okay, it balanced well with the refrain and the chorus. I’m not much of a fan of the dance break portion, but I got used to it. It does build up well to the coda. The coda though, it started off well but it didn’t climaxed enough to be more exciting. It would have been nice if the last spurt in the end wasn’t only 1 chorus but 2. It would be more dramatic and more worthwhile. But that’s just me.
I do like the song, but I got a bit disappointed cuz it lacked alot of power to declare to everyone that Airi is back. At least, the song is easy to listen to.
Mikansei Girl (未完成ガール; Incomplete Girl)
Oh boiii… this song is so Buono. From the arrangement to the melody, its so Buono. I LOVE IT. I LOVE IT. I LOVE IT!!!
Airi first performed this song at the 2017-2018 Hello! Project COUNTDOWN Concert. Even though its a new song, the fans immediately got hyped and liked this song. I mean, who wouldn’t?? This song is fun and up-beat band song that hypes the fans. With the light-hearted tone of Airi’s voice and Buono-like melody, this song is definitely a worthwhile to listen to.
I really like this song. The intro section of the song sure is very misleading. I though this song would be a jazz ballad, but no, its just a fun dance song. This song reminds me alot of Juice=Juice’s song, Vivid Midnight. It has the same beat and melody on some parts, especially in the verses. I have no problem with it, it fits well with Airi’s voice and its really fun to listen to.
Overall, this song is really fun and nice to listen when you just want to listen to light-hearted upbeat songs.
Hikari no Hou e (光の方へ; Towards the Light)
Now this one…this one is new. Its the type of music I currently listen in JPOP. Those amazing guitar rifts, brilliant bass play and melodic drums. Uuuggghhhh, so good. Eargasms!!!! I didn’t expect I would hear this alongside with Airi’s voice. The way Airi sings is like an innocent and pure kid who just want to have fun. Airi’s cute voice fits so well. The instrumental version sound abit messy at first listen, but the more I listen to it, its actually well made.
I love it.
Be your Love
Oooohohhooh, this song reminds me alot of BoA, especially the intro, refrain and chorus parts. I know Airi is and forever a die-hard fan of BoA, and bruh, this song is so old school BoA sound. I love it. Another bop dance song. Oooohohohohoh.
Though I do wanna point out, that Airi’s voice doesn’t really delivers well enough power, especially on the verse parts. Its a bit bland and boring. But her vocal prowess in the refrain and chorus definitely make up for it. I still love it.
Oooohohohohoh. A collaboration between SCANDAL and Suzuki Airi. YAS!!!
SCANDAL is one of my favorite bands and knowing that they are close to Airi made me happy. Last year, Airi shared she’s having a hard time coping that she’s moving forward alone in music industry. The SCANDAL members, especially Rina who is a close friend of Airi, came to her aid and help her in transitioning. This song is the evidence of their friendship. Rina wrote the lyrics, while Mami did the composition and arrangement. The song is so SCANDAL but at the same time, its reminds me of Buono’s music too. The melody is easy to listen to, especially if you are a fan of SCANDAL or Buono music already. Its definitely a new feeling hearing Haruna’s vocal in the background while Airi is singing main vocal. Its really fun to listen to.
Oh boi, THIS SONG IS REALLY GOOD. Wow.
I never knew this kind of song would be here in her album. I mean, this song is so JPOP. Its the type of music that made me a fan of JPOP. H!P has an eccentric sound in their music, so this type of songs are rare in their discography (they like to be different). Hearing Airi’s voice singing a very generic JPOP song is very refreshing and definitely a new experience. The song fits so well with her vocals. She delivered it well. Though, I do have a problem with the arrangement in the coda part and climax of the song. I find it abit lacking and not high enough, but I digress. Don’t mind me.
Overall, the song is generic yet really soothing to listen. This might sound like a filler to other people, but as fans of H!P music, this sure is refreshing. I want more of it.
Kimi no Suki na Hito (君の好きなひと; Your Favorite Person)
Now this one reminds me of C-ute’s mid-tempo songs, but less eccentric. Airi sounds really good with this type of songs. Its her forte. Its laid back and the melody is easy to listen to. I want to hear more of this type of songs in her next releases.
Tabun ne, (たぶんね、; Maybe)
Ooohhhohohoh. Now we are back to dance type of songs. Its a nice transition from the previous song. Along with Moment, these mid-tempo dance songs fits well with her voice and energy. It sounds generic but trendy. Another easy to listen song.
Iin ja nai (いいんじゃない; Isn’t It Fine?)
Woah, I didn’t expect this type of music would be part of Airi’s debut album. There’s already a couple of songs from C-ute and Buono that has the same flow and feel with this song. Airi really wants to cover everything she learnt all through her 10+ years as an idol, huh.
The song is sexy and also jazzy. With Airi’s needy laid back voice, it fits. The instrumentals sections of the song has rock elements though, its cuz of the electric guitar. Though the feel of the song is well controlled by the piano and acoustic guitar. Oh boi, this song must be nice to see when its live. Damn.
After the sexy jazz song, we proceed to a mid-tempo dance song which exudes sexiness and appeal. Airi also excels in this type of songs. The chorus melody is quite generic but it works. It goes well with the verse and overall song. Bruh, the coda….NOW THAT’S A PROPER CODA. So good. The melody and music drop, Damn. I love it. So good.
Another Buono inspired song. Oooohohohohoh.
I wasn’t much of a fan of the intro, but the verses save me. Its so Buono!!! The chorus is so fun to listen to. Why so Buono?? Well, its cuz of the instrumentals, the melody and how its arranged is quite similar to Buono’s music. Over the years of listening to it, Airi’s cute voice fits well with it I can’t unhear it anymore.
Watashi no Soba de (私のそばで; By My Side)
This one is new. Its another mid-tempo, a mix of synth and some band elements, I like. The melody in the verses are really nice, it flowed well to the chorus. Wow, the chorus is refreshing and really good. The curve in tone was weird at first, but damn it fits. I NOW LOVE IT. And Shocks, the coda. Yas, another proper coda section. It slowed down then build-up for the climax, which was the last chorus with heavy-rich instrumentals. I LOVE IT.
Airi’s vocal prowess didn’t disappoint. There wasn’t any dull moment, and the song is so nice to listen to.
I WANT MORE OF THIS!!!!!
Airi’s voice is so soothing. I heard that Airi co-wrote this song. Damn. No wonder its so heartfelt. The blending of the instruments in the background is well done, it fits well with Airi’s voice. The melody in the verse seemed generic but it goes well with the heartwarming chorus. And bruh, the coda section, I felt it. Its so good. Then the last chorus was dramatic, I love it.
The last track of the album. When DISTANCE was released early, start again again and #DMAF went along with it. Out of the 3, this song made me speechless and cry. From the start to finish. the message of the song hit me right into my heart. I need this kind of songs to get me going. Its uplifting and it gives me hope to not give up and try again. It wasn’t just the message, its also the moving melody of the chorus. It was powerful, it moved me. The verses didn’t disappoint. Even though it was simple it contrasts well to the powerful chorus. The refrain connected the simple verses and the chorus, its build up was phenomenal. And uuugggghhhh….the heartwretching coda, shocks. It was in this part where I break down. I have no words to describe it. ITS SO SO SO GOOD.
You might think that this song seems familiar, yeah, I notice that too. Its generic, many artists sang this kind of songs before. But what makes it different is if the songs delivers or not. Airi’s delivered the song really well. She delivered the message of the song. I freakin’ cried, its that powerful. I maybe biased, but its the truth. Its effect is quite similar to Taeyeon’s I. These type of songs needs a really good artists to pull it off. I think Everyone knows who and how amazing Taeyeon is. I’m not saying Airi is on the same level as Taeyeon, nope, but Airi is getting there. She’s on the right path.
Such a nice way to end an album.
Well, I think you guys know already. This album, I LOVE IT VERY MUCH. Its really good, and it definitely exceeded my expectations. Even thought there were some setbacks, overall, the album is really solid. Suzuki Airi didn’t disappoint. I do hope her future release would be better than this one. 😀
Last week, I gave my thoughts about the other MV of Morning Musume.’18. Now, I am going to review the latest and main side of the latest single of Morning Musume.’18, “Are You Happy?”
Ooohhh. Okay….the ending just…left me speechless….in a weird way.
The music video is not bad, but its not that good either. There were parts that made me open my mouth, cuz of shock, and made me raise my eyebrows, still out of shock and wonder. This…is not what I was expecting.
I admit, I love the fact that the location of the MV is not in a studio. Its refreshing, after all, Hello! Project are quite known to have “cheap” MV’s and limited to studio setting. Their costumes definitely fit well with the background, even though I the costumes looked recycled (I had seen tones of H!P costumes close to their latest). The cinematography of the MV is not bad too. Its similar to their previous MV, but with a different filter and lighting. In “A gonna”, the MV was warm and full of vibrant colors, while this latest MV has cold colors and mostly white. That’s a great contrast. I’m not sure if its because of the theme of the MV or the lyrics, I haven’t checked them out yet. Lel.
Now, for the dance. Simple, its weird. I won’t deny it, its so fuckin’ weird and WEIRD. But knowing that this is an H!P group, I’m not surprised. Yes, there was a bit of a shock on my part. It can’t be helped bruh, its been awhile since Morning Musume had this so many weird movements in one choreography before. Compared to “A gonna”, “Are you Happy?” choreo lacked in so many areas. Though I did like some parts of the choreo, the weird movements outweigh the good ones. Its disappointing, this is the main song, and yet, the dance is lacking.
For the song, I won’t give much details about it but I do wanna say “Are You Happy” is a bit better compared to “A gonna”. But, I’m not a fan. I do like the beat in the intro and the chorus, but hook was meh.
Hands down, Maa-chan’s visual is outstanding in this MV. She sported a different hair style which looks so good on her (she looks so grown up T_T ). 2nd to her is Sakura. Damn gurl, she knows how to grab some attention. With her voice and the way she looks at the camera, surely her fans have died watching this MV. Maria is beautiful as always. Her and her fellow 12th generation members seemed to be the center of the song, though she is clearly the “main” center of the song. This irked alot of fans (a part of me too), cuz this single was supposed to be Haachin’s (12 gen member) last single, and yet Maria gets to be center. Its not Maria’s fault though, it can’t be helped that she is so eye-catching compared to Haachin. Anyway, for my biases, I am so happy that Ayumi & Chiichan could show off their dance abilities. I really like that they are in front when needed. I am a bit sad that both my biases got shoved at the side and won’t get much attention, but this is just the MV. I know they’ll destroy this song when they perform it live. Overall, everyone looks good. The director made sure to make everyone look good, even though the choreo looks really weird.
In conclusion, this MV was another disappointment on my part. I was expecting this to be good, cuz of the preview and the recommendation of my friend. But it turns out to be a bit of a downer, atleast its MV is better than “A gonna”.
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