This week’s featured releases come from Idoling!!!, NMB48 and Super Girls.
Let’s start this week off with Idoling!!!…kinda. Hip Attack is a new subunit from the group consisting of Tachibana Yurika, Okawa Ai and Hashimoto Kaede. The less we dwell on the name of the unit the better I think, so let’s just keep moving and focus on the song. I’m just going to be completely straight with you guys and say that I really hate this song. The vocals are horrendously bad which is incredibly perplexing because last I checked none of the girls involved were awful singers. All I can assume is the producer of the song wanted a certain sound and didn’t really take into consideration any of the girls’ strengths. Thus we are presented with a song that would require a very cold day in hell for me to ever recommend it to anyone.
NMB48 – “Sekai no Chuushin wa Osaka ya -Nanba Jichiku-“
Next up we have NMB48 with their “Ibiza Girl” single turned “Sekai no Chuushin wa Osaka ya -Nanba Jichiku-” album. Still pretty confused as to why that change was made but that’s probably why I’m not managing a national idol group. As for the album, it’s pretty much the same story as always. A bunch of singles and b-sides with a couple new songs so people actually have to care. The “Team songs” are really nothing more than throwaway b-sides which isn’t unexpected and I can’t say I’m very fond of that “Peak” song that a lot of people were losing their shit over. For me the best songs on the album are Yamamoto Sayaka’s “Dakishimetai Kedo” and Kashiwagi Yuki and Watanabe Miyuki’s “Heart no Dokusenken”. The songs themselves aren’t anything special but at least you can hear some personality in them. Something that the rest of the new songs are sorely lacking.
Last up we have Super Girls with their annual summer single. I’m already pretty disappointed because there isn’t a disgusting bikini PV this year but that doesn’t really impact on the quality of the music, does it? Speaking of the music, they’ve kinda done something different I guess. They’ve gone for a more traditional sounding, “Doesn’t this just make you think of a summer festival?” style instead of their usual summer pop song. Although at this point I’m not really sure how different you can consider an idol song that uses traditional Japanese instruments. Don’t get me wrong, this is easily one of the better singles that Super Girls have released but I can’t help but feel that there has been a bandwagon that has been jumped on somewhere along the line.
ALSO THIS WEEK:
I can’t really say I care much for this week’s other releases. E-Girls are doing a cover of some song or other and Hashimoto Kanna and friends are serving up more Kool-Aid that people seem to really enjoy drinking. If I had to pick one release to recommend, it would be Merci Coco because their song is probably the most interesting of the bunch to me.
If you missed any of the last few weeks’ worth of new music you can check out past editions of This Week in Music here.
What new music are you looking forward to this week? Leave a comment and let us know!