This Week in Music 02.15.2012

We’re back with another “This Week in Music”, featuring the big releases for February 15th 2012. A slightly more interesting week than last that’s for sure although I’m sure most of us were more than content with getting “Junjou U-19” from NMB48 last week. Many congratulations to those girls by the way, for selling over 300k copies in their first week of sales. Hopefully their consistent gains in numbers continue through future releases.

I’d  also like to thank our readers for the feedback and just overall nice comments we received on last week’s post. Please feel free to leave more of those on any of the posts we make on the site, your comments are always appreciated.

With all of that said, read on after the break to find out what CDs are in stores this week.

AKB48 – “Give Me Five!”

We’re kicking things off with a bang this week with the highly anticipated “Give Me Five!” from AKB48. There are a couple of things to note with this release, one of these things being that it isn’t the usual “Sakura song” that we’ve come to expect at this time of year from AKB. The other thing is that those instruments on the cover aren’t just for show, the girls do actually play them in the PV and during performances. Anyone who knows me or follows the site knows that I gave AKB so much heat in my end of year awards article and that I was pretty close to just giving up on them due to their stale release formula. Well, I’m excited for this release which isn’t something I thought I’d say this year and while I’m not completely back on the AKB bandwagon this does go a long way to rekindle my interest. If you started to lose interest in AKB like I did, give this single a shot. It may just be the breath of fresh air you were looking for.

 

Dream Morning Musume – “Shining Butterfly”

Next on the list we have “Shining Butterfly”, the first original single by Dream Morning Musume. For those of you who don’t know, Dream Morning Musume is made up of the various former Morning Musume members still contracted to Up-Front Agency. The song itself is a lot more mature sounding than current Morning Musume which I suppose is to be expected, given the age differences and changing face of the Japanese entertainment industry. I’m almost reminded of Morning Musume songs of old when listening to this song so if current Morning Musume isn’t doing it for you then this release might be something that you want to check out. Sadly while this is Dream Morning Musume’s first single, it’s also being billed as their last too. This is Japan though and strange things happen in this industry all the time but if you want the nostalgia hit that this group and release provide you better make the most of it just in case.

 

Sakura Gakuin – “Tabidachi no Hi ni”

Last up this week is Sakura Gakuin with “Tabidachi no Hi ni”. Sakura Gakuin are a group with a pretty traditional school theme, their sub-units even going as far as referring to themselves as fictional school clubs. Yes, this is the group that spawned BABYMETAL who act as the school’s “Heavy Music club” but we’re not here to talk about BABYMETAL…….this week. “Tabidachi no Hi ni” is about as traditional as graduation themed songs come. However in this case 3 of the group are actually graduating so it fits in with their school theme and is appropriate for the occasion. Yes, that does mean it gets a pass from me, the hater of graduation and sakura themed songs. That being said, it’s not really the best place for potential new fans to jump on the Sakura Gakuin bandwagon. For that I would suggest checking out Sakura Gakuin’s album “Sakura Gakuin 2010 ~message~” which is just a fantastic piece of work.

 

That’s it for this week folks, let us know what you’re going to be listening to this week and what you enjoyed and didn’t enjoy. Also, please show some support for Sakura Gakuin and help them grow their fanbase because they really do deserve to be a lot bigger than they are currently.

Join us again next week for Berryz Koubou, Mano Erina and the long awaited debut of AKB48’s rivals, Nogizaka46.

Garry

 

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7 comments

  1. Thanks for the article Garry.

    I checked out Sakura Gakuin 2010 ~message~, it has some really great songs but I can’t help but feel it would have been better off without that BABYMETAL track (I’ll save my opinion on them for later).

    • o.0 I’d like to hear your reasoning.

      • I would have to write a pretty boring preamble on the history of my musical tastes to explain why I personally don’t like BABYMETAL, as opposed to just being disinterested in them, but I can totally see their appeal.

        As for ~message~ being better off without that particular song; honestly I’m new to idols so I don’t know how to view their album releases. If they are to be viewed as single tracks packaged together then I’m ok with ~message~ as is. However, when listening to it straight through the BABYMETAL track struck me as super gimmicky and misplaced when compared to the rest of the album.

        I don’t mean to be overly critical, especially of an idol album, but it was just the feeling I got when listening to it.

        Also, HAPPY VALENTINES DAY woooo!

        • I’m awaiting your preamble.

          as for ~message~ consider it more like a school talent festival, and the various clubs performing, you have Scoopers (Newspaper), TwinkleStar (Gymnastics? not sure how else to put their baton twirling, Cheerleaders maybe) BabyMetal (Music)

          • Yeah, the album is a collection of clubs so you can’t look at it as one group doing all of those songs. I can see your point though, MiddleIn. It does stick out to me but in a good way. Although the album in its entirety is fantastic from beginning to finish. But I’m not excited about this graduation single. Can’t wait for BABYMETALxKIBA OF AKIBA though.

  2. thanks for the clarification guys it does make more sense in that context. I went back and listened to the different “club” songs and they do each have their own distinct sounds that I must have missed the first time around, and don’t get me wrong I still think this is a great album.

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