This Week in Music 08.22.2012

Apparently I didn’t love the new AKB album enough last week so I’ll make up for it this week by loving the hell out of the new offerings from Hello!Project. Cheap points scoring aside, we have some great music coming out this week. Perhaps you might like to read my thoughts on it? If so, please feel free to read on.


Buono! – “Sherbet”

Let’s kick things off with Buono! and their new mini-album “Sherbet”. This is the group’s second mini-album and it features a variety of new songs along with an “album version” of their last single “Hatsukoi Cider”. Another of the tracks on the album is “Never Gonna Stop!” and you can read Dae and Malcolm’s impressions of the PV here. At the time of writing this I’ve only heard one other song preview and it was for “FEVER” and I have to say, it’s absolutely fantastic. I seriously recommend that you drop whatever Hello!Project stigma you might have and check out this release. You’ll be missing out otherwise.

Nogizaka46 – “Hashire! Bicycle”

Moving right along, we have Nogizaka46 and their third single “Hashire! Bicycle”. I don’t know if I can go as far as to say that third time is a charm but I think progress is being made. “Hashire! Bicycle” is easily the best single that Nogizaka46 have put out so far but honestly, it’s not like the bar was set all that high. Still, the song shows some pep which for me was rather lacking in previous releases and the choreography isn’t overly weird this time around either. I wouldn’t be in any real rush to check out this release but it’s solid enough. I’m looking forward to seeing if they continue to improve with their next single.

S/mileage – “Suki yo, Junjou Hankouki”

Last up for this week we have S/mileage with their newest single “Suki yo, Junjou Hankouki”. After a run of less than impressive singles; culminating with the awful “Dot Bikini”, I honestly thought that there was no way back for this group. At least as far as I was concerned. Lo and behold, this single is actually really damn good. The lyrics, the instrumentals, just the overall composition is pretty spot on. If you’re into idol songs that make heavy use of synths and dance beats then this is something that will interest you. I’d highly recommend checking this out this week, along with Buono!

That’s all we have this week folks. Come back next week when I’ll dare to critique the almighty AKB48 and also take a look at the latest offering from Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku.

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