The year may be drawing to a close but we still have a few new releases to get to before we bid farewell to 2012. Let’s just get right into it and take a look at what this week has to offer.
Berryz Koubou – “WANT!”
We’re kicking things off with Berryz Koubou and their new single “WANT!”. I wasn’t the biggest fan of their last release but I have to say that I find this song to be a more enjoyable listen for the most part. The song, perhaps unsurprisingly features the same electronic synth-pop that all of the Hello!Project groups seem to be doing right now. I guess when Tsunku finds something that he likes, he just copy and pastes the formula and applies it to all of the other groups that he produces. Still, “WANT!” is a catchy number and it’s certainly not the worst thing to come out of Hello!Project this year. You could do a lot worse than checking out this single.
Nogizaka46 – “Seifuku no Mannequin”
Finally, the single that I knew Nogizaka46 had in them from the start. No more of the wishy-washy songs with weak vocal arrangements please. “Seifuku no Mannequin” sees the group taking what is in my mind a very large step in the right direction. It’s nice to finally get an a-side from Nogizaka46 that has a bit of pep and personality to it. Let’s hope this is trend and not a one off. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s a fantastic b-side on the Regular edition of this single called “Shibuya Blues” which is sung by Shiraishi Mai and Takayama Kazumi. That alone would be enough for me to tell you all to check out this single but when it’s also coupled with a great a-side, you really have no excuses.
That’s your lot for this week. Make sure to join me again next week when Kasai Tomomi and Ono Erena will be bringing down the curtain on a year that was packed full of fantastic releases.