Tokyo Girls’ Style: Get The Star/Last Forever

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Get The Star 5/5

This song is so refreshing! It’s a very mild and laid back rock-ish sort of song, and nothing is really special about it, however, Tokyo Girls’ Style hasn’t really released a song of this type of genre. They usually stick to their funky sort of sound. This is new, and I love it! The chorus is really catchy, and I’m glad they added that built up towards the chorus of this song might have been bland.

Last Forever 4.5/5

When I heard the opening to the song, I was like “UGH”. because It’s a ballad, and Idol ballads usually suck. This is a higher paced ballad, and it’s done right! The song is pretty catchy, especially the verses. The girls vocals are amazing as always! Last Forever is a really pleasant song to listen to.

 

This single was such a nice refresher from TGS usual style! Great job girls.

Tokyo Girls’ Style: Killing Me Softly

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Killing Me Softly 5/5

The title track is supposed to be the best song on the album. Does this song live up to that…? Yes it does! Killing Me Softly is such an amazing song! I always listen to it at least once a day! It has that typical Tokyo Girls’ Style of music, yet, it incorporates interesting sounds to make the instrumental interesting. I love the versus as well as the chorus, but the verses are especially amazing. I absolutely love the instrumental part after the chorus. The vocals seem evenly split, and they’re strong. Killing Me Softly is a pretty killer song. One of my new favorite TGS songs!

Pain 4/5

My thoughts when i first heard the opening: is this Discord? Did the manufactures make a mistake? Nope. It is indeed Pain. Despite the very unoriginal opening that we’ve heard from TGS a million times. The chorus is okay for me, but the verses are solid, especially the lines “Yasashii koe” “Yasashii uso”. There’s nothing really new here, but Pain is a decent song.

Unmei 4.5/5

At first, this sounds like the typical TGS song. But it sounds way more funkier than what they usually release. It’s pretty catchy, especially at the chorus when they sing naze naze naze. It’s not their best song or my favorite, but it’s solid and I like it! Over the past year, this song has really grown on me!

Partion Love 5/5

Another spin on TGS typical style! Partion Love is really a treat. It reminds me of AKB’s in their better days, when they always sung about high school, and forbidden love with teachers. I love how the verses are sung, kind of how it’s in a hushed/whispered tone. The chorus is amazing as well, especially the hook of Nee Sensei. This should have been made an offical single instead of just a digital one, because it’s really amazing.

Chiisana Kiseki 3.5/5

I think I’ve listened to this song the whole way through maybe twice…? It’s one of TGS’s weaker singles in my opinion, and feels like it should have been released when Ganbatte Itsudatte Shinjiteru and Onnaji Kimochi were. At least the vocals are nice, and the chorus is okay.

Renai Etdude 5/5

Another song I didn’t think I’d love that much. Renai Etude was a nice surprise! It’s a perfectly upbeat and happy song without sounding generic and boring like Chiisana Kiseki. Best of all, the instrumental is something different from their normal stuff. Next to the title track, this is one of my favorites.

Zutto Wasurenai 4/5

Another typical TGS sounding song… It’s right up there with Mine for being bland, and it sounds like Kitto Waurenai 2.0. But it isn’t that horrible that I can’t listen to it.

Jujika 3.5/5

Apparently this is a cover song? I haven’t listened to this song that much, but it doesn’t really impress me much. I like the chorus quite a lot. It has this dark vibe going on, and the girls sound really great singing in the chorus together. Other than that, not one of my faves.

Mine 4/5

Another very typical sounding TGS song, except, this song’s fast pace puts it a step above Zutto Wasurenai and Pain. This song isn’t really memorable for me. It sounds like a b-side song, not album material. I do like the verses a lot and the instrumental however.

Tsuki no Kimagure 4/5

Is this really TGS??! Is what I thought when I heard this song. It sounds like a soundtrack from a magical princess game. Everything sounds light and fluffy in this song. I don’t hate it, but the Lu’s and La’s are extremely annoying. It’s good to hear a different sound from TGS, though this is really weird.

Chim Chim Cheree 5/5

This is an amazing cover of this song! TGS takes the song, slows it down, and gives it a more rock-ish and dark tone. Along with Renai Etude and the title song, this is another song I love from this album. Hitomi’s (I think it’s her) “Saa Asa Minna de Utaimashoo” near the end is magical. She sounds amazing.

From the new songs, I really liked Chim Chim Cheree, Renai Etude, and Killing Me Softly. The other three songs are just okay. I think TGS definitely experimented more with sound in some of the songs, yet at the same time, they kind of stuck to their default sound for some as well. I wouldn’t say that Killing Me Softly is an awful album, but other albums definitely had better original songs on it.

Tokyo Girls’ Style: Unmei/Wonderful Smile

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Unmei 4.5/5

TGS has gotten a complete image change for this single, and I. love. it. Nobody saw this coming. I sure didn’t! They’ve always looked mature, and way beyond their years for girls aged 14-16. But here, they look even more mature! The PV is amazing. The girls look gorgeous. A huge effort was made here and it looks flawless. The song is nothing special. At first It sounds like the typical TGS song. But it sounds way more funkier than what they usually release. It’s pretty catchy, especially at the chorus when they sing naze naze naze. It’s not their best song or my favorite, but it’s solid and I like it!

Wonderful Smile 5/5

This is a song sung by Hitomi and Matsushima Wanko for a TV show. I usually hate cutesy songs like this. And coming from TGS too! When I first heard this I was like “Is this a mistake???” Even Ganbatte Itsudatte Shinjiteru and Onnaji Kimochi, which are considered cutesy sings don’t go this far. Despite the fact, this song is pretty catchy and cute! Hitomi sounds great, although I would have liked Yuri, Mei, or Miyu to sing instead since Hitomi get’s so much attention as it is. This song shows that It’s okay to be Idoly once and a while.

 

Bad Flower is still my favorite from them, but this s pretty good too! The change in image and the slight change in music was nice. Their hard work is paying off. Bad Flower sold around 26k copies, while this single sold a littler lower. They are rising to the top. I can’t wait to see what they do next!

Tokyo Girls’ Style: Yakusoku

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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.

Discord 4/5

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!

Maboroshi 5/5

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.

Yakusoku 5/5

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.

Tokyo Girls’ Style: Road to Budokan 2012 ~BAD Flower~

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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!

LolitA☆ Strawberry in Summer TGS ver. 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.

Discord 4.5/5

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!

 

This is the best single TGS has ever put out! Bad Flower is amazing, It surpasses Rock You! and Tsuikou for me. People have been commenting that TGS is starting to sound the same, which, with Limited Addiction, and a song like Liar right after, it kind of did. But with this single, we get a new kind of sound. A new single is planned soon, so I wonder what kind of song they’ll produce…?

Tokyo Girls’ Style: Kodou no Himitsu

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Love Like Candy Floss TGS ver. 4/5

I was a SweetS fan before a TGS fan. So, I am really biased. This isn’t a bad cover at all. The vocals are strong. Except for new synthesis, and sounds, a whole lot hasn’t been changed. However, this versions overall feeling isn’t the same. SweetS version was really sweet, it made your heart sort of ache when you listened to it. TGS version is more jazzy. It’s not all that bad, but it has lost that heartbreaking feeling I get while listening to it.

Himawari to Hoshikuzu 5/5

This is the single that marked the point where TGS songs tarted getting really good. I love this song! After the disappointing third single that is Ganbatte Istudatte Shinjiteru, TGS came back with a really strong song. The vocals are good, especially the solos. The chorus and versus are good. I love the overall instrumental.

Ganbatte Itsudatte Shinjiteru 3.5/5

If you look at all that TGS has released so far, it’s weird that they released a song like this.  Not only does it tread into typical idol territory, it’s really bland sounding. At least the bridge is really catchy. This is the most idol-like TGS has ever sounded. It’s not my favorite.

Sayonara, Arigatou 4.5/5

This song sounds really christmasy and wintery. It’s the other a-side to Koudou no Himitsu. I think this song is definitely a-side material. It may be slow, and a bit boring at first, but it actually sound really deep and meaningful. The solos are beautiful, and the versus and chorus is catchy.

Attack Hyper Beat POP 3.5/5

I’m pretty sure this is my least liked TGS songs. It’s so fast paced and all over the place. The vocals are also a bit weak. Not bad, but I’m not a fan of this that much.

Onnaji Kimochi 4.5/5

This used to be one of my favorite TGS songs. But then I listened to it a bit too much… I still love it. The chorus is catchy. It’s one of the most idol-ish songs they’ve produced. But after a while, it gets really repetitive!

Yuu Yake Hanabi 5/5

Probably one of my favorite TGS on this album. I love all of the du du du’s at the start of the song. I really like the shared lines, there’s a lot of nice harmonizing. I also love all of the yeah‘s. I love the whole laid back feeling of the song.

Kitto Wasurenai… 5/5

This is the other a-side to Himawari. One of my favorite TGS songs! Yuri did amazing on her solos! The harmonizing in this song is amazing! it reminds me a lot of Kirari.

Kodoku no Hate… ~Tsuki ga naiteru~ 4.5/5

I really love the background music in the beginning. It reminds me of a cafe or elevator music. This song reminds me of attack hyper beat POP, they’re both pretty crazy songs. However, I like this song better. The vocals are amazing, and the versus and chorus is catchy. I love all of the high notes. This song is a little weird, but it’s nice.

Kirari Album mix 4.5/5

TGS is famous for it’s remixes. So It’s not surprising that there’s a remix of their first single. I really love kirari. At first, It’s really hard to tell the difference between this version, and the original. But this version’s vocals sound different. And the music is also definitely different. It has more of that avex beat to it. (People who listen to avex artists know what I’m talking about!) Not bad, but I like the original better!

As TGS first album, they nailed it! Koudou no Himitsu is filled with old favorites, but also new, unique songs. However, I think I like their second album, Limited Addiction a bit better. I can’t wait to see how awesome their third album, Yakusoku will be!

Tokyo Girls’ Style: Limited Addiction

Sparkle– 5/5

It’s kind of hard to describe this sound. The song sounds like something you would hear back then, but I like it because it’s kind of weird, yet simple. I was really impressed with Miyu, Yuri, and Mei, because they never get much lines

W.M.A.D– 5/5

This b-side came off of th eLiar single, and it’s one of TGS best b-sides! When I first heard the song, I thought Himawari to Hoshikuzu #2?? But no, the opening just sounds like it, the rest of the song reminds me of Liar and Limited Addiction. I love the A~ parts all throughout the song, though it sounds like nee to me. Anyway, a good edition to the album.

Regret– 4.5/5

The beginning reminds me of a lot of Kirari. But the best thing is that Mei starts the song out, which is a first!! This song is also TGS’s longest, it’s almost 7 minutes! But I don’t really find myself bored of it. I love Mei and Yuri’s duet line Zenbu hitorijime de dare ni mo watashitakunai keredo. And once again, Hitomi really sounds amazing.

Boku no Tegami– 4/5

This song is more laid back, and kind of stays the same throughout the song. My favorite thing about this song is the instrumentals, their really interesting. Also, Yuri really get’s a lot of lines. I like Yuri and Mei’s solo towards the end. Not bad, it’s catchy near the versus.

Don’t be Cruel– 5/5

Another Limited Addiction b-side! This is also one of my favorite b-sides. This song also really features the girls vocals. Well, only Hitomi and Ayano’s since their the only one’s who get real solos. Anyway, this song is really catchy. I like the TERE TERE’s, which is one way you can say shy.

Liar-4/5

This song sounds a lot like Limited Addiction, W.M.A.D, Don’t be cruel, etc. I mean, it’s still really good for a single, but I think this would have been better as a b-side. I think after they released this single, the fans started getting tired of TGS sound. Good thing they released Rock You! and Tsuioku after this for a refreshing change. Anyway, this isn’t a bad song it just sounds too much alike with some of their other songs.

Rock you!– 5/5

I felt that this single wasn’t really well received or that popular, but despite other people’s opinions, I absolutely love it! It moves away form their mature sound that we’ve been seeing lately, to a more upbeat tune. This song really pumps me up when they said one and two. Also Mei get’s tons of solo lines, even more than Ayano!

Meimai (feat.Vanilla Beans)– 5/5

This song starts out with a guitar, and keeps the same pace throughout the whole song. Many people would think this song is boring, but I like it because it’s so laid back with the vocals and the music. Plus, I really like Rena and Risa’s voices. They really go well with the TGS crew. I just wish they split up the solo’s between the members instead of just giving them to Hitomi and Ayano. Anyway, after hearing this collaboration, I’d love to get to know Vanilla beans better because I’ve always noticed them, but have never heard any of their music.

Limited Addiction- 5/5

One of my favorite TGS A-sides! After this came out, and with the edition of the previous single before this, Koudou no Himitsu, we officially started to see a really good change in TGS’s music. I’d say this is where their music really started to become good, and where I really started to like them. Everything about this single is awesome; the song, the vocals, the outfits, but one of the downfalls is the long instrumental part before the song starts. Other than that, I’d say that this song is flawless!

Tsuioku (album ver.)-5/5

I really like how this songs starts off with all of the noises, and the piano. TGS doesn’t really seem to do much ballads, and idol ballads downright suck 95% of the time, so I really liked that when they did do one, it turned out to be really good! The song is filled with emotion. Hitomi sounds really nice here. The other three girls who never get any lines also impressed me too, particularly Yuri (my favorite member!!) her lines: Atarashii kistesu wa meguri kuru keredo just blew me away. She has an amazing voice, it’s kind of deep, and they need to let her sing more. Anyway, I don’t think they should have released this song as a single, it sounds so much better as a ballad. To me, this is the highlight of the album.

We will win! Kokoro no Baton de Po Pon no Po~n- 5/5

Pretty Cure’s ending theme song, and a b-side to Limited Addiction. I’m so surprised that they put it on here, but I’m so glad that they did. This song, besides Ganbatte Itsudatte is really as close as TGS get’s to the traditional idol sound. It’s really upbeat and cheerful. I love all of the Say Go! Say Fight!’s. The perfect way to end an album.

As TGS second album, I’d say that they nailed it. This was definitely a step up from Koudou no Himitsu. It’s rare that a whole album get’s close to all 5 stars. I’m so excited for their next release!