This Week in Music 10.16.2013

This week’s featured releases come from Passpo☆ and Kashiwagi Yuki.


Passpo☆ – “Growing Up


Our first featured release for this week is “Growing Up” by Passpo☆. At this point I’m not even sure how many singles they’ve released in 2013 so I’m going to guess that this is their fifth or sixth effort on the year. In any case, long time readers of this feature will know that I haven’t exactly been a fan of the music Passpo☆ have released lately. That being said, “Growing Up” is actually quite good. I wouldn’t say it compares that favorably to the Passpo☆ of 2012 but it’s a solid effort and I enjoyed it. I still think Passpo☆ could do with releasing fewer singles than they have been but if the quality starts improving like this then I might just change my mind.


Kashiwagi Yuki – “Birthday Wedding


Our second and final featured release for this week comes from AKB48’s Kashiwagi Yuki. “Birthday Wedding” is her second solo single and she will be looking to match the impressive sales numbers that her debut offering “Shortcake” managed to attain. I’ll be frank, I did not like “Shortcake” at all. It’s the epitome of idol ballads which you all know I hate. Sadly, this release is very much more of the same. Don’t get me wrong, “Birthday Wedding” is an objectively fine song but it feels really safe. There isn’t that much range and it’s all very low tempo and easy on the vocal chords. If this is the only kind of thing Kashiwagi can sing well then maybe they should rethink packaging her as a solo artist.



Kimi No Koto Mamoritai” by Doll Elements
Asian Stone” by Dorothy Little Happy
“Please Me Darling” by Vanilla Beans

As for the other stuff coming out this week, I really wish I could sit here and tell you that the new Vanilla Beans is awesome and that you should go check it out. Sadly I haven’t even heard the song yet at the time of writing this (Saturday morning in Scotland) so I don’t know what to tell you. Doll Elements are doing this kinda denpa influenced song that’s pretty cool and is probably worth your time to check out. Then we have Dorothy Little Happy rocking a pretty abrupt image and sound change that I still haven’t quite managed to get my head around. Reception seems to be generally positive though so that’s good I guess.

Let me know what you’re checking out this week in the comment section below.

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