Fairies: Soushisouai☆ Destination

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Soushisouai☆Destination 4/5

This is a very powerful song that kind of sounds like a classic anime opening. Sounds like we’re all preparing for a battle. Along with the powerful sound comes some powerful vocals! I’m impressed at how more fair the line distribution is. Whoever sings those high notes at the end of the chorus… (Miki?) They aren’t bad but they do sound a little strained. Overall, this is a sold single showing Fairies more powerful side but don’t think I would rank this in my top 10.

Honey Vacation 4/5

The b-side is also really upbeat. It has a more sweeter sound to it. Instead of individual solo lines, the song is sung together as a chorus and shared lines, which I kind of like. This isn’t one of their best b-sides, but it’s nice to just listen to it. I do really like the instrumental of the song. In fact, I find myself focusing on that rather than the vocals. It has a lot of synth sounds in it. Also, I find the “Love you my Prince” in the beginning of the song really funny, but cute at the same time.

So I think that this single is a little weaker than their past, but it definitely isn’t their worst song ever. I really like how the group showed a more powerful side to them that we haven’t seen sing “Bling Bling Love.”


C-ute: All 2015 Singles Reviewed!

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The Middle Management ~Josei Chuukan Kanrishoku~ 4/5

Here we have a fairly high energy song with pretty fun instrumentals. This song is Mai and Saki heavy thankfully! (They don’t get enough lines). I usually dislike auto tune effects, but this actually isn’t that bad to me. It adds a nice effects to their voices to make the song more dynamic. This isn’t a bad release for the group, but it doesn’t rank high for me.

Gamusha LIFE 5/5

This was the star song for everyone when this trio of songs were released which I can understand why. The song is light and cute, but without being overly cute and generic, similar to Iron heart. I love the chorus the best, but the other nice part of the song is after the second chorus. Instead of doing a music break and ending the song after the repeat of the chorus, the arrangers added this really cool rap part thing that builds up and just generates a lot of energy. This song makes me really happy, and it suits the group well.

Tsugi no Kado wo Magare 5/5

This is my second favorite song from the triple a-side single. Not only is the instrumental absolutely breathtaking and powerful with its touch of classical instruments, but the chorus and versus are pretty bada** This sounds like an epic action packed anime opening. Honestly have nothing to complain about here.

Arigatou ~Mugen no Yell~ 2/5

This is a semi-upbeat ballad. As inspiring as the lyrics are, I do find this song to be a tad bit boring. I find that with ballad’s it takes several listens before the song becomes catchy. I’m sure this song is like that.

Arashi wo Okosunda Exciting Fight! 4/5

This is a high energy song that has more of a rock vibe to it. Reminds me a lot of something Buono would do! I’m conflicted over this song. It’s not completely boring, but at the same time I feel like it isn’t anything special. This song really pumps you up and makes you feel motivated, which is the point of the song! It’s not bad, but definitely not going to make my top 10 c-ute songs.

So I feel like this was a good year for C-ute! I really liked the trio of songs that they released in the beginning of the year. Definitely felt super excited and proud back when these three songs were released. I feel like the last two singles were some of the weakest since 2013-2014, but they did carry very meaningful and touching messages.

News #6

Guys it’s been too long. Almost a year. I don’t think anyone reads this blog. No one really did to begin with. It was mostly me just talking to myself! (lol). Which is fine by me.

Anyway, I really miss writing music reviews, a lot. In my last news post a year ago, I also stated how I wanted to get back into writing again. I was able to keep it up for a few months then fell off the bandwagon.

That was when I was in college and busy most days. As a new struggling graduate, I have a lot of free time! I definitely want to start being more active on this blog.

Like a year ago, my tastes in music have changed a lot.

If anyone has any recommendations for girl groups who focus more on dancing and singing (like Fairies or E-girls), send them my way please! I definitely need to check out more Japanese groups!

I have also become a huge fan of a lot of kpop girl groups. While the focus of this blog will still be jpop, I definitely would like to add the more underrated kpop girl groups.

I also am going to focus on updating a lot of older artists. I know I’m really behind and missing reviews for a lot of groups, so that will be the main focus right now. Then later, I’ll add more artists I’ve been interested in lately! (There are tons of new ones!)

Not Reviewing Anymore:

Crayon Pop: This group is on a hiatus due to Soyul leaving, but I’m not really fooled. I know that there’s little chance that they will ever release anything again. I’m really heartbroken over this because I really liked this group and thought they were really unique. I don’t think they’re going to release any more music so there’s no reason to keep them on here.

Idoling!!!: Was going to do their last album they released before their disbandment, but I kind of lost the motivation to do it, especially since the album before that wasn’t that great.



PASSPO☆: Beef or Chicken?

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Honey Dish 5/5

Starting off the album is a high energy pop rock song. It’s a classic Passpo song, except it seems more cute somehow. I thought this was pretty generic before, but it is a really cute and catchy song once you listen to it more than once. The versus and chorus are pretty rockin. I love the English phrases throughout the song. Great way to open the album!

Itazura Rock’ n Roll 4.5/5

Another high energy pop rock song, though this leans more on the rock side! This clearly takes inspiration from American rock. The chorus get’s kind of repetitive in my opinion after a while, but I’m in love with versus: Mio sounds really cute at the beginning of the song.

Not in Theory 5/5

I love that passpo fully embraces rock, not just sticks with pop rock . This song is more darker than the group usually does; reminds me of songs like Wing and Baby Jump. My favorite part is at the end of the chorus where there’s that overlay of voices and the fade out, then Shiori’s part! I thought it was a great showcase of both her vocals and the songs’s innovation. Definitely impressed with this one.

Himawari 3.5/5

The song is classic passpo pop-rock. As much as I want to like this song, I feel as if it’s a tad too weak to be a single. It has a nice sound to it, but I feel as if the song is repetitive. I definitely don’t think this is their worse song, but it just isn’t as strong as their past singles.

Shiny Road 4/5

The beginning of this song is classic idol music. I almost thought I had the wrong group, but then the rock hits. I find this song weird because the group sounds like a regular idol group, but then there’s this hard rock background! It works, I’m digging this song. It’s cute, but the rock arrangement separates this song from being generic sounding. For some reason, the song sounds like a Momoiro Clover song, like some of the members sound like Ayaka and Kanako. This is goof for a b-side

Heaven’s Burger 5/5

The energy picks up again for this amazing number. Again, this song is a tad more cute and more “idol” than the group usually does, but again it works for them. I find the overall theme for this song super cute.

High Tension Emotion 4/5

Another pop rock song, but stronger on the guitar. I don’t have much to say about this song. I think it’s fun, and the “suki kirai?” “kirai suki?” parts are cute. Not my favorite song from the album but not bad either.

FAKE 5/5

Another more dark rocky song from the group! I like this better than Not in Theory, the chorus is stronger, though both are great. I love Shiori’s part near the end: “I’m Faking.” The buildup is great. This should have been Wing’s b-side!

Perfect Sky 4/5

This was released as a single. I think it’s a little weak to be a single. It sounds more like a b-side to me. I think the chorus sounds like something I’ve heard before, but the versus are good. This was the first song the group played as Band Passpo, so it’s nice hearing them play their instruments as a band to this.

You 5/5

We get back into the upbeat classic passpo pop-rock style. I don’t know why, but I absolutely adore this song. I find it super sweet due to the lyrics. The chorus is also really catchy with the repetition of the “Hey You”‘s. Near the end, I also really love Ai and Shiori’s solo lines. This song just has really cute nice touches to it, like the slowing down of Shiori’s line near the end.

Fairy Tale 4/5

Ending the album is this mid-tempo b-side. I quite like the versus of the song. The member that sings first, I think Nachuu, also has a really unique tone to her voice. The laid back instrumentals and the wind/air effects give this song a relaxing feeling. It’s fitting to end the album with this song, though I felt “I” did better to end the album in JET!JET!JET!

I’m pretty blown away by this album from the group! While Jet x3 had more of a hard, intense rock sound, passpo went more pop on this album, though still incorporating some hard songs. The group honestly continues to surprise me, and they are getting better and better with each release. Members even wrote the lyrics to many of the songs on the album, and they seem to be serious about their band thing as well.











Country Girls: Boogie Woogie LOVE / Ran Ra Run ~Anata ni Michuu~ / Koi no Magnet

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Boogie Woogie LOVE 5/5

When I heard this song, I was pretty much blown away from the start. Incorporating old styled American music is something new for the group that I never expected them to do.  This song reminds me of classic American swing music. It’s upbeat, jazzy, and the new members show that they really belong in the group!

Ran Ra Run ~Anata ni Michuu~ 5/5

This song is a cover song, but I never heard the original. This song goes back to the traditional Country Girls style of “cute” idol music. This song is so laid back and cute, I love the vocals of all of the girls, especially Manaka. The repetition of “Ra Ra Run” is what keeps me coming back.

Koi no Magnent 5/5

This song also surprised me! One, because it takes on a more serious tone, two because it sounds very 80’s inspired, and three because it has a slight electro feel to it with the instrumentals. I absolutely love the whispered “Shall We Love?” etc parts. I hear Chisaki heavily in these parts, and she sounds great. This is such a great song that never gets boring!

This is the group’s third single, and I continue to be blown away by this group. This single showed us that Country Girls is more than just a “cutesy” girl group. They explored two different genres of music while still staying true to their themselves. The two new members are a nice addition to the group, especially Funaki who is I can see becoming one of H!P’s vocal powerhouses like Airi, Sakura, and Sayubee.








Crayon Pop: Evolution Pop


Vroom Vroom 3.5/5

This is one of the songs that had to really grow on me. When I first heard this song, I was kind of disappointed. It seems too linear, and not exciting enough. The chorus and after chorus are very catchy, but the rest of the song is kind of bland. This song reminds me of a song that would have been released in the Saturday Night era of crayon pop.

Too Much 5/5

Things pick up a bit with this song. My first impression of this was that it doesn’t sound like a crayon pop song, but like any other group’s song. Even if this song has less of crayon pop’s quirkiness, it’s still really catchy! I love the chorus as well as the rapping at the end of the second chorus. This song is really cute and reminds me of something Girls’ Day would have released in their early days.

Doo Doom Chit 5/5

This is the 2nd song the group used to promote this album, the song they promoted the most, and rightly so! Doo Doom Chit is filled with energy and character. Right off from the bat, you get an explosive sax solo, with the girls chanting their group name. And the energy never goes down throughout the whole song. My favorite part is the “Baby Baby I’m so Fantastic Girl” sung at the end of each chorus. The dance, while simple, is really cute and matches the song well. This song is very “crayon pop” while still creating a new sound for the group.

Boogie Woogie 5/5

This song is the song that made me want to listen to this album in the first place in the sense that it was the first song that immediately caught my eye (ears?). The chorus is really the best part of the song with the repetition of “Boogie Woogie Baby.” The “Hey Hey leggo go” parts are really cute as well. Once again, this song could have been just a generic cute kpop song, but it’s the little added features that crayon pop adds that makes this song more than that. Unlike Too Much, this song feels more “crayon pop” to me due to its more disco instrumental.

Tonight 4/5

We get away from the more cutesy stuff for something more dark. Tonight is more serious, yet still keeps the signature playfulness of the group. It’s a pretty straight forward song that repeats the versus and chorus without change, but I like the “peek a boo” parts at the end of the chorus. Also, the screams and weird haunty noises are really cool. This song sounds a Halloween song, but yet it still fits the album nicely

Get it Here 5/5

This song is more dance and less disco, and it’s definitely one of my favorites off of the album! It combines classic k-pop with Crayon Pop’s unique sound. The chorus is so catchy with the repetition, and the raps in the song are my favorites from any crayon pop song.

Sketch Book 5/5

Things slow down even more with this song. Sketch book is the typical sweet kpop song. I could see Oh My Girl or Lovelyz singing this, even Apink. But again, it’s the vocals and delivery of the song that makes it stand out. My favorite part is at the end of the chorus where ChoA sings “Everything is Spring. Everyone’s all good. Everything all right.” In addition, when all of the girls names are mentioned near the end is also really cool. Overall, I think this song is super sweet and I was expecting something like this from this group.

Love Couple 4/5

I wasn’t expecting a song like this either. This sounds like it came straight off of a drama OST. The formula is the same! Random guy rapping + girl sings the chorus = every drama ost ever. It kind of makes me mad that this wasn’t used in a drama because it’s so perfect. Ignoring all of that, this song is pretty nice. It’s semi-up beat and pretty catchy.

Bar Bar Bar 4.5/5

Ah, the song that got the group famous (for a while). It’s not even worth debating if this song is catchy or not. Everything about it is extremely catchy and addicting! I’ve listened to this song too much to the point where it has gotten old, but I feel like this song really represents Crayon Pop’s style and image the best even if it isn’t their best song (In my own opinion of course). I love the “Hey, You Guys” part the best. It’s just so random.

Uh-ee 3.5/5

What kind of kpop group releases a trot song? Only Crayon Pop of course! Trot is seen as something only older Korean women sing, but the group pulls it off. The instrumental for this song is great, but I don’t 100% love this song. Maybe because I just don’t like the trot sound. Even if I’m not a huge fan, I think the vocals and personalities of the girls really come out in this song due to its silliness.

FM 5/5

If we’re just talking about singles (not album songs) FM is definitely the group’s strongest single ever! FM is this melancholic power ranger-esque song that still keeps the groups dance theme. I love the build up to the chorus, which is amazing. People may view the slightly monotonic vocals as boring, but it fits the song so well. The group seriously outdone themselves with this epic song.

Saturday Night 3/5

I believe this was the groups debut song, as in it was the first to have an official MV. Unfortunately, I’m just not a big fan of this song at all. I think it rightly set the tone for the groups image, as it sounds very disco and dance themed. I just feel like the vocals and the rapping are a little flat. This was not the best song to debut with because it just didn’t stand out enough.

Hello 4/5

A piano is something you never hear in Crayon Pop’s song. Oh wait. This is Strawberry Milk. The sub unit of the group made up of twins ChoA and Way! I haven’t checked out their mini album, I only know their other song OK, so I’m not sure what kind of image Strawberry Milk has. But this song is pretty nice. It’s a typical ballad in it’s structure. As stated before, the piano sounds really nice. It’s the vocals that really give this song it’s character. Way is definitely the best singer of the group. She’s proved that in lives and in other songs. But ChoA blew me away because she usually sings very “cute” so to hear her belt her lines was amazing.


As a jpop lover, I understand why some jpop fans do not like kpop. I feel as if kpop can sometimes be repetitive and generic (so can jpop), so I try to highlight groups that are doing something different and Crayon Pop is definitely one of those groups that aren’t choosing to conform to the generic kpop group.

Evolution Pop is probably one of my favorite kpop albums ever, even rivaling f(x)’s Pink Tape. Crayon Pop is such a diverse group full of quirky, talented members, and this album showed that they can do it all, from trot, to disco, to dance, to standard Korean pop. They are so underrated that it hurts to see how many people are sleeping on this group. I’m excited to see what the group releases for their next comeback!

Country Girls: Wakatte iru no ni Gomen ne / Tamerai Summer Time

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Wakatte iru no ni gomen ne 5/5

People often compare this song to itoshikutte. In my opinion, wakatte surpass itoshikutte for me! Wakatte is more upbeat and less repetitive. I like how the song tells a story with its speaking parts. When I first heard this song and it ended, I cried because the story was so cute and touching.  It’s refreshing. The play on “Gomen ne” from their first single is really cute as well. They even incorporate the hand movements from it. Chisaki still isn’t that good of a singer, but she’s cute and tries her best. Overall, probably one of my favorite Country Girl songs so far.

Tamerai Summer Time 5/5

Tamerai Summer is a sugary sweet song, but with a more laid back sound. This is a perfect blend of the old and new Country Girls style. The chorus is really nice . The girls sound so good singing together as one. My favorite part is at the end of the song when Chisaki sings “Darin Kamo ne?” Overall, this song reminds me of a relaxing spring day. It’s very pleasant.

Country Girls debut single was so amazing, it blew everyone out of the water. Due to this, I think that there was a lot of pressure for their 2nd single to be just as amazing. In addition, Uta left Country Girls. She was the most popular member after Momoko, so a lot of people were wondering how the group would function. This is definitely an amazing 2nd single for Country Girls. I like it slightly better than their first, and Uta’s absence isn’t really noticed. I think Country Girls future is bright, and they seem to be doing really well with their cute concept.

News #5

Hi guys!!! It has been foreeever since I’ve logged in/looked at/posted on this blog. I definitely want to get back to reviewing music again. It’s a new year with new goals. Plus, my tastes in music has definitely changed a little, so it’d be interesting to see how that compares with my old interests. With being gone so long, I have gotten interested in a lot of new artists and lost interests in others.

Artists to Add:

Tsubaki Factory

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Since I added their sister group, kobushi factory, why not add Tsubaki as well? I admit, they don’t impress me as much as kobushi does. Kobushi just has better personalities, vocals, music, etc, but I admit that tsubaki has been improving a lot so they are worth giving a try at least!

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Crayon Pop

I KNOW. What is a kpop group doing on this blog? The HORROR. I have been increasningly enjoying a lot of kpop girl groups lately, but even before this new craze, crayon pop has always been one of my favorite groups. They’re silly and a little quirky. Due to that, they don’t get a lt of attention and are often labeled “weird.” Despite this, I am a huge fan of theirs and think they should be added.

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Another kpop group! Stellar is a small 4 unit girl group, and like Crayon Pop, they are seriously underrated. When their cute concept wasn’t working, they turned to a more mature style to gain attention. This came with extreme backlash from the public and now this group is kind of hated a bit. Despite Stellar’s mature themes, their music is actually very good. They have an interesting and unique sort of synthpop style.

Thinking About Adding

Predia: This group was requested, and I have taken a peek at their music. They all seem to have good vocals and I love that they embrace a more mature image instead of going for the typical youthful idol thing

Gfriend: This is a kpop group again. Although I’m not blown away by Gfriend’s music, their dances and concepts are always really cool

WJSN (Cosmic Girls): This large kpop group is very cutsey which I normally don’t go for, but they have a very “cosmic” or “spacey” quality to their music which I like

Not Reviewing Anymore

Dream5: They are disbanding soon and my interest over the years has gone down

Momoiro Clover Z: My interest with momoclo also dwindled down. I think them doing blackface was the last straw for me honestly…

Sakura Gakuin: Once all of my favorites graduated, I lost interest in this group which is such as shame. They were just a generic idol group, but their songs were so lively and the members had spirit

Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku: See Sakura Gakuin

Weather Girls: I really liked this taiwanese-japanese group but it seems that are not active anymore : (



ANGERME: Nanakorobi Yaoki / Gashinsoutan / Mahoutsukai Sally

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Narakorobi Yaoki 5/5

When I first heard this song, I was blown away. This song is probably the group’s most epic, bad*** song to date. Everything about this song just screams “power.” The vocals are powerful and passionate, the instrumental is bursting with powerful sounds.  I love the repetition of the English translation of the song : Ups and Down, especially the end when they sing: “Life is full of ups and downs.” Even the MV is pretty epic! It’s dark tone matches the song well, and the choreography is smart. Overall, this is a pretty strong song for the group.

Gashin Shoutan 5/5

This is the more playful side of the single. Gashinshoutan is more upbeat and a little playful. It has a nice beat to it, keeping the song engaging the whole time. This songs reminds of a song kobushi factory might do because it has a lot of character to it, but ANGERME does quite well in this song on their own, especially with the vocals. The MV is a little weird because it seems dark and a weird contrast with the pastel color scheme, but the choreography is really fun and innovative.

Mahoutsukai Sally 3.5/5

This is a cover of a song, so you can’t really critique it too much. I’ve listened to the original and I think ANGERME does a really good job of making the song their own. I don’t hate this song, but It’s not something I would actively listen to. It’s like when MM did “Koko kara hajimaru” it was really cute and the song was catchy, but it lost its appeal not too shortly after. I guess I just don’t like anime tie-in songs??


After the masterpiece that was Taiki Bansei, I wondered what the group would release next. Nanaokrobiyaoki showed that the new members have great powerful vocals while Gashinshoutan was sillier and included more character. I think this was the perfect single to release after Taiki Bansei.

[On a side note, I hope to get back to reviewing music again! I haven’t been active on this blog, and since my taste’s have changed, I think its time to get back into it. hopefully I can still post often despite school and the busyness of life *sigh*]



4TE: Leave a Message

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Leave a Message 5/5

US based jpop group 4TE is back with their second single, and boy did they start 2016 with a bang!

Leave a Message reminds me a lot of MORE, except it’s edgier, heavier, and more mainstream. The instrumental is fantastic, filled with interesting sounds to keep your feet taping and your head bobbing. I love the phone sounds at the start of the song. Chii sings the first line of the song, and her vocals are powerful and velvety. The chorus is amazing with the “ring ring ring” parts and the repetition of “Leave a message at the ring.”

The most impressive part of the song is Jenny and Chii’s raping. It’s explosive, it adds so much energy to the song. I love the sassyness of the girls performance during the rap part, as well as the mix of English and Japanese. Seriously, Jenny and Chii remind me of CL (From 2NE1) when they are raping their parts. Then Mei follows up with her amazing deep and smooth vocals in her solo after the raping part, and it sounds amazing. Micchi is also killing it with her lines, and I especially noticed that she was the best at facial expressions and performance.

Overall, this song is just so amazing, and it sounds like a whole other group. I could see this song being played in a dance club and enjoyed I’d sing this with my friends at karaoke.

These girls are seriously slaying, and I can’t wait to see what they do for the rest of the year

Please support 4TE!


Watch the MV here