Juice=Juice: Wonderful World/ Ça va? Ça va?

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Wonderful World 4.5/5

This song is my JAM. I wouldn’t normally like songs like this. It’s just so cutesy; even more cuter than are kore shitai. It’s so generic, and there’s nothing special about it, but it makes me feel so light and airy. No one likes this song, and I can completely understand why, but once you listen to it, it’s quite infectious and grows on you. I like the part with the English and the “la la la” parts, though Sayubee and Karin’s vocals get out of hand a bit…

Ça va? Ça va? 4.5/5

I want to rate this 4.25, but I don’t do quarter ratings, so I went with the higher rating because this isn’t the worst I’ve heard from them. This is a rather unique sounding song. It has a sort of European flair to it, which fits the group perfectly. It’s also the complete 180 from the cutesy Wonderful World. I think it’s an odd song, but It’s something different for the group. The “dabada” parts are really annoying, but I’m in love with the low vocals, and the chorus. Not too bad.

While I like at least one song from their past 3 singles, it feels like this group is in sort of a slump after HADAKA was released? I don’t know, their singles have been good, but not amazing. Their upcoming album has really really amazing songs on them, from what I hear. I think they’ll get out of their slump after that album is released.

 

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Bitter & Sweet: Renai Wars/ Koigokoro

Bitter & Sweet 2Renai Wars 5/5

This song has a different sound than the group has done, it’s way more upbeat. Again, it sounds like an anime opening. The group sounds a lot like Yui & Kaori, with the duo having contrasting voice types (Yui=Asahi the cute voice. Kaori=Moemi the mature voice). I absolutely love the verses because the duo takes turn singing certain lines, and they sound amazing together. I love how the girls each take on roles in this song and are rivals. Asahi takes on the younger, more cute type, while Moemi is the older girl and more mature. This song is cute, fun, and definitely the best I’ve heard from them!

Koigokoro 5/5

Here’s the duo’s first ballad. This is a very well done ballad! The chorus is catchy with the repetition of “suki de”, plus the versus aren’t boring. In addition, the vocals are outstanding. Not only can you hear the emotion of the lyrics in the song, but the harmonization skills of the girls just leaves me speechless. I love how they take turns singing the higher harmony in the chorus. Was really impressed by Moemi’s part.

Not like their last indie single was bad, but this is definitely a huge step up! Renai Wars is catchy and fun, while Koigokoro is emotional and touching. The group hasn’t released anything since February, but I can’t wait for their fourth indie single.

Bitter & Sweet: Dare ni mo Naishou/ Gesshoku

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Dare ni mo Naishou 4.5/5

This song is calm, like their debut single. I am loving the synths in the instrumental, especially at the beginning. It reminds me of Perfume. The speaking parts were also unexpected, but added a really nice touch to the song. The only thing that I’m annoyed with in this song is the parts at the ending of the chorus. It has some sort of voice over filter or something on their voices, which I don’t think sounds good in the song.

Gesshoku 4/5

This song is again sort of anime-ish. I really like the chorus of this song. Again, it shows the duo’s vocals off really well. Also, the instrumental has some interesting sounds in it. Despite this, it feels like there’s something missing.

Bitter & Sweet’s second indie single. I definitely feel as if their debut was better. It had the perfect blend of sweet and strong. On this single, while I liked the songs, nothing screamed out “I love this.” Not to say it wasn’t good. I still enjoyed the songs.

Bitter & Sweet: Bitter & Sweet/ Install

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Bitter & Sweet 5/5

This song is nice and laid back. The instrumental is gorgeous with its piano! (Courtesy of Asahi). This duo puts so much personality into their singing. It’s not dull and boring at all. The chorus is explosive and strong. The harmonization in this song is flawless. Moemi takes a lot of the higher melodies in this song, and combined with Asahi, they sound amazing. Overall, this song makes me feel all warm and cozy. I love the lyrics, and how they related it to their group name.

Install 4.5/5

Their second a-side is a completely opposite from the first one. Install is more upbeat, and sounds like an anime opening. Again, the harmonizing in the song is great. I love the chorus because their voices sound really powerful. It makes an impact on you. I like the more cozy bitter & sweet more, but this shows that the group has impact in their songs.

UFA has produced a really great duo! As a soloist, I wasn’t really too interested in Asahi, but teamed with Moemi, the duo is fantastic. Their debut single shows two sides of them: Sweet and Strong. Although they have a lot to improve in vocal wise, and they sound unpolished, I can tell in a year or two that they’ll be stronger!

Country Girls: Ittoshikute Gomen Ne, Koi no Dorobu

Ittoshikute Gomen ne 5/5

This song has such a classic H!P sound, heck, it has a very classic old school idol sound. I usually don’t like really idol songs like this, but this is great! I love the toy sound effect at the beginning, plus the English parts. The versus are a little painful at times, but it picks up in the chorus! The chorus has great harmonization, and is really catchy. The vocals aren’t perfect, but that’s what makes this song great. Momoko’s vocals though… they’re sometimes overpowering. The dance is really freaking cute, and the MV is perfect. Overall, this is a very old school sounding idol song that still sounds modern.

Koi no Dorobu 5/5

The group’s other a-side is more upbeat, and has a more idol sound that’s common, Still, it sounds “H!.” The versus of this song is definitely more interesting, also the line distribution is more fair to Risa and Manaka, who didn’t get much lines in IGM. The part where every member sings one line is really innovative. The chorus of course with its repetition of “zettai” makes the song super cute and sugary sweet. The “Love me do” part at the end of the chorus is just too adorable for words! The best part of the song is at the end where they scream “Oh my God.” I just thought that was super cute and unexpected. This is my favorite out of the two songs.

 

When it was revealed that CG was getting a reboot, with Momoko as the sort of supervisor, everyone panicked and thought it was a bad idea. But Country Girls debut single was a hit. It’s amazing. It’s regular old idol type music, but it is amazing and cute. Why do I ever doubt H!P? They never fail. Usually. It’s too bad Uta has left the group. I’m worried because it was clear that h!p set her up to be the face and center of the group. Yet I’m not worried because it’s pretentious to say that all of Country Girls fans were Uta fans, and the group’s remaining members are seriously all awesome. So here’s to hoping CG has a bright future!

News #4

Hi everyone, I can’t believe it’s June already! I’m again making some changes to my list.

I will be adding a few artists!

Bitter & Sweet

I have been following this lovely indie duo. They are under UFA, and I love their music so far. Here’s to hoping UFA really promotes this group!

Country Girls

Of course I have to add the new H!P unit. Their two debut singles are so adorable, I’m really loving this group. Review will be coming soon!

Kobushi Factory

Another H!P unit I have to add! Since they’re pretty much Berryz replacement, it’ll be interesting to see what they produce. I’ve heard their 2 new indie singles, and I’m blown away.

4TE

The new US-based idol group has caught my attention! Their first debut single is amazing, so keeping my eye on these girls.

 

I will be getting rid of the artists:

Buono!

I said i wanted to review them further, but berryz is disbanding. There was an announcement that Buono will remain active, but with Miyabi retiring from the entertainment business, I don’t think they’ll release new material.  I don’t even have all of their discography, so it only makes sense to drop them.

bump.y

Sadly, this group disbanded in 2014… It’s sad because I never got a chance to get into their music.

Mano Erina

Like Buono! I wanted to continue to review her songs. But she’s been inactive for a while, and it just doesn’t make any sense. Plus, I have reviewed most of her stuff to date.

Idoling!!!

They have announced their disbandment… : (  Since I have pretty much reviewed all of their stuff, after their new album, I will be finished.

E-girls: E.G Time

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E.G Anthem ~We are Venus~ 4.5/5

This is the perfect way to start off the album! E.G Anthem is an upbeat pop song, with plenty of shouting. Love the solo’s in the versus. We get to hear from a lot of members who don’t sing a lot. The chorus is great with the repetition of the words. In addition, I like how they incorporated the separate groups of E-girls in the song. It’s nice that E-girls finally gets an official theme.

Mr. Snowman 4.5/5

This song takes a long time to get used to. At first, it comes off as kind of plain and typical sounding, but it isn’t bad. The instrumental in the beginning of the song, that runs through the song is catchy. I don’t think this is even close to their best single, but it isn’t the worst.

Music Flyer 5/5

This song is very techno-like, with monotone vocals. I love that the group experimented with a different sound. It’s a breath of fresh air. Music Flyer reminds me of a lighter, more pop-ier Perfume or Capsule. I love the static “whoas” and the instrumental music is out of this world! I highly recommend.

Move it! 5/5

This song is sung by DREAM. I don’t understand why they say “Dream and E-girls” in the song, when it’s just DREAM singing, but whatever. This song was Snowman’s b-side. This song should have been the a-side. It’s a very fierce song, and I love the half rapping. It’s very catchy, and very E-girls!

Rock n Roll Widow 4/5

Like Dream Flyer, I appreciate the  group trying new things! I hated this song when I first heard it. The opening was just too loud and annoying. I still think the instrumental is too loud. But after a few listens, it’s a pretty nice song. It somehow combines country and rock?? Love the “Gakko” parts, and SHIZUKA’s solo right after. The members with lower vocals sing, which I appreciate. Overall, I think this song was nice because it’s different from the norm, but it’s a little weird…

High School Love 5/5

One of the group’s better singles! High School Love is still very pop-ish, and very e-girls, but it has a different sound than most of their songs. The bridge is really good with the build up to the harmonization. In addition, the chorus is solid and catchy with the repetition.This was used for the GTO drama theme. It fits perfectly. Overall, definitely in my top 15 songs from them.

Odoru Ponpokorin 4.5/5

Again, love the experimentation from the group. It’s still very pop-ish, but it’s more childish due to it being used for Chibi Maruko-chan anime. Although it can get annoying fast, this song is very fun, with its over the top sound effects, and random speech and screams throughout the song. Everyone hates this song, saying “Why did they release this?” but I think it has great energy and fits well with the anime.

Jiyou no Megami ~Yuvuraia~ 3.5/5

Even reading a translation of this song, I still I do not understand what this is about. The title translates to “Statue of Liverty, Yuvuraia” What does Yuvuraia mean? I tried to look it up but nothing came up. It’s just a very weird song that doesn’t make much sense to me. I admit that the chorus is very catchy, but it feels like that designated weird b-side that shows up on idol singles.

Ureshii!! Tanoshii! Daisuki!! 5/5

This song is a cover of a DCT song. No wonder I like it so much! I heard the original already, and it’s not too different from the original. I love the instrumental of this song. The versus, chorus, everything is just awesome in this. As expected from DCT. E-girls sounds good in their version of it. Letting the members with lower vocals sing was a great idea for this song.

Again 5/5

As soon as I heard the first 10 seconds of this song, I loved it. Mainly because the background music is gorgeous, especially the piano in the beginning. This whole song just has a very calming feeling. It’s very light, and airy. It reminds me of a summer day. It reminds me of SNSD’s older songs. The vocals really fit with this song. It’s definitely good enough to be an a-side!

Chocolat 5/5

Another really great b-side from the group. Chocolat has that same sweet and airy feeling as Again, but in a different way. The chorus in this song is really great, with the overlapping of the vocals. Ami’s opening solo made me cringe inside a little bit.

Kibou no Hikari ~Mirai wo Shinjite~ 3.5/5

I keep forgetting that this song is on this album. Every idol girl group of course must have a ballad on it. I was surprised that there wasn’t more than one ballad. Anyway, this song isn’t the best ballad ever. But it’s not the best. It’s definitely not the group’s best. The versus are as boring as every other idol ballad, but the chorus is interesting. It’s very progressive, and each member adds a level of progressiveness. Not my cup of tea, but not bad to end the album.

So this is E-girls third album. One of the things that people complain about with this group is that their music is all the same. I agree. Their A-sides are all very pop-ish and are sometimes too similar, but with b-sides and album songs, the group makes up for it. This is probably my favorite E-girls album. It’s jam packed with really awesome b-sides, a cool cover, and cool original album songs are. Overall, I’m impressed by the experimentation, and hope that the group’s a-side songs improve!

 

 

E-girls: COLORFUL POP

 

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RYDEEN ~Dance All Night~ 3/5

I’ve only ever listened to the first 20 seconds of this song because the music is annoying and gives me a headache. Now listening for the first time, this song gives me kpop vibes. It has a very flat, central melody that’s sort of boring. However, the song get’s really interesting midway at the versus. It’s this sort of whispery/talking thing. I would have loved if the chorus was different, maybe I would have enjoyed this song more.

Gomennasai no Kissing You 5/5

This is the groups most successful song. I think they have better singles out there, but this one is still one of their better one’s. It’s straight pop, like most of their songs, however, I think the success of this song lies in it’s repetition of words, great versus, and the slow singing part of the last part of the chorus. The “SOSOSO” part is pretty awesome too.

Diamond Only 4/5

Not one of the groups best singles, but still pretty decent. The versus are a little bland, but the chorus makes up for it. Like many of their other songs, they have a lot of electronic effects which work towards their advantage. In addition, the instrumental has some nice sounds. Along with SHIZUKA’s deep vocals, this song is pretty decent.

ASAP 5/5

This is a nice, upbeat song. Somehow, It feels like it could be speed up just a tad bit to sound better. I absolutely love all of the random English lyrics in the song. The chorus with the spelling of the “ASAP” parts is definitely the best part.

Fancy baby 5/5

The b-side to Gomennasai no Kissing You. This song is more serious and mature. The instrumental is pretty cool. Along with the versus being catchy with the repetition of the “nee” parts, the chorus, as well as the end of the chorus is really good. I love the whispering vocals as well. This is such a good song for a b-side.

Sayonara 5/5

B-side to Kuru Kuru. This song isn’t quite a ballad, but the tone is more slow and serious. While the song is amazing, I think what really makes this song is the outstanding vocals! The members with deeper voices sing in this song (Aka Reina and Shizuka), and the duet just sounds right together. I especially like the “konna konna ni mo…” parts at the end of the chorus.

Mirai e 5/5

Here’s the real ballad of the song. Of course its slow paced and quiet, but unlike most ballads, it doesn’t drag. The versus are slow, but in the chorus, it definitely picks up the pace! The singers in here are Shizuka, Reina, and Ami, and I feel like Ami’s voice kind of stands out in a bad way. It’s not really suited for ballads (In my opinion) but she does sound nice in her “juu nen..” solo part near the end. Overall, this is a very heartfelt ballad, perfectly suited for this album.

CHEWING GUM 5/5

Here, we pick of the pace with this next song. This is a super super cute song sung by Ami, Ichika, and Yuzuna. The instrumental is adorable, and really makes me think of chewing gum. I love the “Chew Chew Chew” part. In addition, Ami sounds great here, as her voice fits the song nice. The other two girls did good as well in their solo songs, and they all sound great together as a group. This is a great album song!

Kuru kuru 4/5

I think this is one’s of the group’s weakest singles… The opening music is very nice with the music and everything. It sounds very light and upbeat. It reminds me of MM’s Seishun Collection. However, I just think somethings missing. It sound very boring, and there’s nothing really in it that makes me want to listen more.

I heard a rumor ~uwasa wassap~ 4.5/5

This song has some cool sythns in it’s instrumental! The versus are a little bland, but the chorus with everyone singing “I Heard a Rumor” sounds really good. There’s good line distribution. Overall, this is a nice b-side to kurukuru, but they definitely have better one’s out there.

Boogie Woogie Train 5/5

Another one of the group’s “cooler” b-side’s. I absolutely love this song! While the solo’s in the versus, and the shouting parts after every line are good, what really rocks in this song is the slow part after the chorus, the “Nandemo, Odoreru, Konna mo…” part that Shizuka (I think) sings. She sounds flawless!

Winter Love ~Ai no Okurimono~ 3.5/5

This b-side comes from kuru kuru. This songs starts off really good with Shizuka’s solo line. However, the bridge and chorus is just kind of bad in my opinion. It rises in tone, and just doesn’t seem to fit with the rest of the song. It kind of ruins the song.

Yakusoku no Basho 5/5

Another great album song from the group! I love the slow pace of the song.  The song has great vocals in the versus. Even the chorus is good. The “la la la” parts are the best part of the song because it kind of ties the melody together, and makes the transition from chorus to versus effortless.

So here’s E-girls 2nd album! In terms of experimentation, there didn’t seem to be much, but there are definitely less cutesy-pop songs on here compared to the last album. This album had more original songs (Aka non single or b-side) on here that I liked compared to the last album. Overall, I think this album and their previous album are about the same in terms of quality. In the future, I’d like to see this group try out new things!

E-girls : Lesson 1

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Follow Me 5/5

This is the first E-girls song I ever heard. Essentially, this is what got me into the group! I love the colorful MV for this. This song is just straight up simple idol pop music, but it’s so catchy and enjoyable to listen to. Love the repetition in the chorus, as well as the random English words. Definitely my favorite E-girl’s song!

CANDY SMILE 5/5

After Follow Me, this song comes as my second favorite E-girls song! It’s just another idol pop song, but again, it’s so catchy! The chorus has a really nice rhythm (lyrics wise) and the “Shiny Day Love, Shiny Day Girl” part is really cute. The instrumental sounds like a song from DDR. SHIZUKA from DREAM’s voice sounds amazing since her deep voice clashes with the song.

Loving Bell 4.5/5

This song get’s past off as kind of boring and annoying at first. That’s what I thought. But If you listen to it more, it’s actually a really nice song. I like the repetition of  the “nee doushiyou” parts because it sort of pulls the song together. I fear that the song would have been a bit painfully boring if that wasn’t in there.

One Two Three 4/5

Ah, the group’s second song. I definitely don’t think that this is their strongest or best song. Compared to Celebration, it’s a little bit of a step down. The versus are just okay; the English in them makes it more fun. And the chorus isn’t the best either. They all sound… strained or something? And then the transitions back into the “Ima I wanna be with you” part just does not flow.

READY GO 5/5

One of my favorite songs on the album! This song is just so upbeat and positive. It makes me smile. My favorite parts are definitely the solos throughout the song. The members have some really good vocals!

Shiny Girls! 4.5/5

Another great song from the group. very upbeat and happy, reminds me a song DREAM would sing.

Take it Easy! 4.5/5

This song is a lot edgier than the previous songs. Not much to say about it. The chorus is pretty catchy, as well as the instrumental. Also, the electronic (auto-tune?) effects aren’t annoying and work in this song.

Love Letter 3.5/5

Here we have an R&B style ballad. This reminds me a lot of what BRIGHT used to release. Truthfully, this song is a little painful, mainly the chorus. Their voices sound so strained! It hurts to listen. However, I like the chorus with the half rapping, half singing style.

Suki desu ka? 4.5/5

Here’s another semi-ballad from the group. This is a pretty catchy song, mainly because of all of the members with low-sounding vocals who sing here. The beginning is okay, the chorus is where the song picks up.

JUST IN LOVE 4.5/5

Here we have a techno-party type of song from the group. I’m not a big fan of the versus, but the chorus rocks, especially the repeated “I’m Just In Love” parts. Their modified voices actually sound good here.

Celebration 4.5/5

The groups debut single. For a debut single, it’s a pretty okay song! The opening beat is really cool, and it’s a common sound I hear in party music. I like the repetition of the “Celebration! My Super Star” part.

Himawari 5/5

Probably my favorite E-girls single ever! (Excluding singles). I don’t know what’s so great about this song, but it get’s me pumped and it’s so happy sounding. This song is originally a DREAM cover. E-girls version definitely sounds more modern and “pop-ish”, which isn’t a bad thing of course.

Tadaima! 5/5

This song, like most E-girl songs, takes a while to catch on. This song was really boring when I first heard it, but now I love it. The piano intro is beautiful, and the solos sound amazing here due to the quality of vocals. Especially near the end of the song where the four members sing their solos; it sounds amazing! The only think is the chorus once again sounds a little strained-sounding.

THE NEVER ENDING STORY ~kimi to himitsu wo oshieyou~ 4/5

This song is a cover of a very famous song. I’m surprised that the groups covered it! Originally, the song is catchy, so I really don’t know how to rate this. I think the group does a good job of adapting the Japanese language to this song. Of course they keep the “Never ending Story” part in English as it’s the best part of the song.

 

So, I’m really impressed with E-girls first album. They are not considered Idols, but the songs on here were pretty “idol-ish” to me. Oh well. This album proves that the group can sing more than pop idol songs (Which is 95% of their singles). The album really had some nice ballads and R&B type songs. People say E-girls music sucks. Well… I sort of agree! It took me a while for me to like most of their songs, despite the number one rule in song making is to have a “catch factor” that’s big enough for a person to like the song the first time they hear it. But even If their songs aren’t the best and take a long time to like, at least the members vocals are amazing, so I guess that the fact that 99% of E-girl members have awesome vocals is what sets them a part as artists.

Fairies: BLING BLING LOVE

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BLING BLING LOVE 4.5/5

This song was really special to the group because the MV was filmed in California and it’s supposed to be an American-style song. I love this song, it’s super catchy, especially the chorus, but I don’t see how it’s “American-style.” It sounds similar to other Fairies songs. Sounds more Kpop than American to me, especially the speaking parts in the beginning. Anyway, I love the fast, upbeat pace of this song. But Momoka sings mostly the whole versus and the chorus, while the other members only get the backups. WTF Fairies?? Why?? She’s not the only person who can sing!! This is not Fairies feat Momoka. The choreography is beyond impressive though. And there’s a ton of English mixed into it.

Don’t You Wanna Dance 5/5

This song is great, I kind of wish it was a single and not a b-side, as it’s probably one of my favorite b-sides from the group. The chorus with the “Don’t you wanna dance” part is super catchy, and the group sounds great singing together. Though once again, besides Sora’s rap part, momoka get’s the solo lines. Why? Even in the b-side, they don’t let other members sing.

 

Another solid single from the girls. BBL is cool, (besides Momoka singing basically everything) and features gorgeous shots of California!