Yet more new stuff from AKS, along with a new single from Passpo for those of us who like a little variety in our lives.
Read on to find out what new music you should be listening to this week.
We kick things off this week with the much anticipated new album from AKB48. Featuring 34 tracks spanning two discs, you’re certainly getting a lot of songs for your money. It should be pointed out however that the majority of the first disc is comprised of singles and b-sides with the odd new song thrown into the mix. The second disc by comparison is made up of almost entirely new material. As someone who has listened to the entire album already I couldn’t help but feel somewhat disappointed by what is on offer. While I can’t deny that a handful of songs are fantastic, many are just more of what you’ve come to expect from AKB48 over the past few years. If you like those kind of songs then you’ll adore this album.
The other big release this week comes from Passpo☆ and is much more to my liking than the majority of the AKB album. As it happens, we’ve already reviewed the song and the PV on the site and you can read that here. Basically if you like guitar driven idol songs then you’ll probably like “Natsuzora HANABI”. I’m personally a big fan of Passpo☆’s sound and how it has been developing over their past couple of releases. If you’re looking for something a bit different that packs some kick then I can’t recommend this one enough.
Another light week on the new music front. Check back next week when Nogizaka46 make their latest attempt at catching up with AKB, and I’ll also talk a bit about new releases from Buono! and S/mileage.