Bad Flower 5/5
Even though the song is still in the same genre with past TGS songs, this song sounds completely different! The intro, for one, is amazing. It sort of randomly comes on dramatically. TGS’s instrumental is always pretty catchy, but I find myself liking this one a lot. I really love how Yuri plays a big role in this song. She’s my favorite member, and her Sou yatte Itsumo part just before the chorus sounds amazing. Miyu is the only one who didn’t get her own solo line, that’s sad… I love the chorus! Everything just flows in this song, and its amazing! Great way to start an album!
Tsuioku -Single Version- 4/5
It’s weird that they included this song on an album, than made this a single. It’s like they were too lazy to write another song… When I heard two versions of the same song, I tend to like the version I hear first the most. That’s what happened in this case. I like the album version of this song better. Simply because the music is simple, and it’s pretty. This song has a more upbeat instrumental. The beginning music is pretty as well. The vocals actually sound better here, I’m wondering if they recorded it? Anyway, I love this song, but this version, not so much.
This is the typical TGS b-side. It has a nice catchy rhythm. I like what was done with to the voices in the beginning. The best part is that the lines are super distributed! Every member pretty much gets equal singing time. Why can’t every song be like this? Mei, Yuri, and Miyu can sing! Anyway, I like the chorus of this, and the broken glass sound before the second chorus. This isn’t my favorite b-side, but it’s nice! Weird that they choose this b-side.
Sore de ii Jan 5/5
This is a pretty upbeat, and happy song for TGS. I love when they do songs like this. I love the positivity in the song. The title translates to “It’s Fine like this” I love the versus, especially the Kaze ni fukare…deshou part and the Kyou asa…chotto matter part. The versus overshadow the chorus for me, but that’s fine.
Taisetsu na Kotoba 5/5
This is the b-side to Tsuioku. I really love the beginning music. It’s pretty, and reminds me of those feel good movies. Like Sore de ii Jan, this is an up beat song. I love the Mou ichido utau yo Daisuki da yo in the beginning. Also, I love how all of the lines are shared, and there are no solo lines. It gives the song a new feeling. This song is simple, but it has a great chorus.
Tsuki to Sayonara 5/5
So now we’re away from the happy songs! This song starts off more serious and slow. The instrumental for this song is amazing! It has all of these weird funky sounds and syths. It’s a little weird, but I like it! It has a siren sounding thing that goes off throughout the song in sme parts, and that makes me think of Silent Hill (And it scares me lol). The vocals are of course amazing, as is the vocals and the chorus, but the main highlight of this song is the awesome instrumental!
This is a more upbeat song. And like Tsuki to Sayonara, it also has pretty awesome instrumental music! This is pretty crazy to say, but it sounds kind of ghoulish. It’s the perfect sound to represent this song (which means illusion). The chorus is weird in the sense that it sounds like the versus. But I actually like that! Also, the part after Akai Kizu at the end of the chorus is weird. I don’t even know how to describe the sound, but it sounds really cool. The mou ichido part is also really cool, and reminds me of Momoiro Clover’s Lost Child song. The song ends rather abrupt, which is cool too.
Overnight Sensation ~Jidai wa Anata ni Yudanteru~ 4/5
This song is more slower paced than the other songs. I like how nice and even the line distribution is, for the most part. I love the woo overnight woo sensation part after the chorus! I like this song for the most part, but it doesn’t have a lot going on in it.
Futari Kiri 4/5
Someone said that this sounds like Onnaji Kimochi. How? I don’t see it. I like the chorus of this song. The I I I you you you with the yeah’s part is the highlight of the song! Other than that, this song kind of sounds a little blah compared to some of the other songs on the album…
LolitA Strawberry in Summer 4/5
Another sweetS cover huh? It’s not surprising after they did Love like Candy Floss. I don’t lie the beginning of this song. The guitar is really pretty, but it doesn’t really fit. sweetS’s version is more like general idol music, on a serious note, and TGS ver is more dramatic. I do love how Mei gets a heap load of lines! Her umareta koto no imi wo line was really nice. It’s a nice change from hearing Hitomi and Ayano’s voices. I quite like this cover. It’s not bad after a few listens. But as I said for Love like Candy Floss, TGS covers tend to take away the simplicity that the original sweetS’s songs had.
The title song is supposed to be the best song on the album. For TGS, that’s usually true. Yakusoku is no exception! I can see why they choose this song to promote the album, it’s awesome! I love the instrumental for this song, it’s beautiful, especially the sparking sound effects. The chorus is also really nice! I’m really digging the vocals in this song as well. The members who sing less get some lines in here, and they sound amazing! This could have been a single!
Himawari to Hoshikuzu -English version- 4/5
When I saw that this song would be in English, I was really surprised! This song is one of my favorites. Sadly, you can’t really hear what the girls are saying… the problem is that they aren’t enunciating. If they had sung a slower song in English, like say tsuioku, I think that they would have done a better job. This song get’s a 4 because I love this song, and the translation sticks pretty close to the Japanese lyrics. But it’s a minus for the pronunciation.
Tokyo girls’ style is working! Here we are with their third album. Yakusoku is definitely up there with Koudou no Himitsu and Limited Addiction, which were both great albums as well. In this album, I saw a lot more experimentation; not with genres, but with different sounds. I think Yakosoku might replace Limited Addiction as my favorite album.