It’s Monday, that means it’s the start of the work week but more importantly it also means that it’s time for “This Week in Music” here on New School Kaidan. We have a few releases to talk about this week, some I’m sure you’ll be more excited about than others (that’s how I usually feel anyway) but hopefully everyone can find something to check out this week.
On the topic of last week’s album releases; SDN48 and SKE48’s Team KII both ranked well with Oricon, which is something that I think we all expected to happen. However Tokyo Girls’ Style’s chart woes continue with their album “Limited Addiction” entering the chart at 15th position before eventually falling out of the top 30 in the following days. This is a shame because it’s a really solid album, one that I can’t recommend highly enough if you haven’t given it a spin yet.
This is all old news though, you’re all here to read about what’s coming out this week. Read on after the break for your weekly preview.
Berryz Koubou “Be Genki <Naseba naru!>”
We kick things off this week with Berryz Koubou and their 28th single “Be Genki <Naseba naru!>”. The PV for this song features the members dressed up as superheroes in an urban setting. Sadly we never see the girls doing anything superhero-esque although I guess disappointment is to be expected with Hello!Project PVs at this point. Still, I’d say it’s worth a look even if only to see the part where they’re dancing around in a circle flapping each other’s capes. As for the song itself, it’s a pretty traditional Hello!Project sounding idol song. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not the biggest fan of recent Hello!Project songs but I have to say that “Be Genki <Naseba naru!>” is rather catchy and well put together. If you haven’t been much of a fan of the past few Berryz Koubou releases you should check this one out. In my opinion it’s easily their best release in the past year or so.
DiVA – “Lost the way”
AKB48 sub-unit DiVA are up next with their 3rd single “Lost the way”. The 10 member group features AKB48 members Akimoto Sayaka, Miyazawa Sae, Umeda Ayaka and Masuda Yuka as well as 6 other members who perform the roll of backing dancers. They are known for their mature sounding J-pop songs and their K-pop influenced PVs and dance formations. It should come as no surprise then that “Lost the way” is more of the same from the group, very much in keeping with their previous two singles released last year. I must admit that I’m not the biggest fan of DiVA; not because I think that their songs are technically bad or anything like that. They’re actually really well performed and produced, I’m just not a fan of this style of music in general. Fans of K-pop might want to check this release out, DiVA fans don’t have to be told twice and if you don’t fall into these two categories you should still take a look. It’s a pretty slow release week after all.
Sakura Gakuin – “Sakura Gakuin 2011 Nendo ~FRIENDS~”
Last up this week we have Sakura Gakuin and their new album “Sakura Gakuin 2011 Nendo ~FRIENDS~”. Quite the mouthful I’m sure you’ll all agree. As for the actual album, it features a variety of songs, most coming from the group’s school club themed sub-units (Twinklestars, sleepiece, Miniparty and BABYMETAL) along with previous two singles “Verishuvi” and “Tabidachi no Hi ni”. I only recently got into Sakura Gakuin a few months ago after having their 2010 album “Sakura Gakuin 2010 Nendo ~message~” recommended to me by members of our community. I wasn’t expecting much but what I heard was a fantastic album and I have no doubt that this one will be just as good if not better. It’s easy to lose smaller groups in the 48 rush and I don’t really do a pick of the week in these articles but if you can only check out one release from this week then please make it this one. You won’t be disappointed.
That’s all we have for this week, come back next week if you want to hear about SDN48’s stage album or Mano Erina’s new album. As always leave some comments if that’s your thing; talk about the new releases, give us feedback on this feature, all that good jazz. Apart from that we’ll see you same time, same place next week.