This Week In Music 11.13.2013

This week’s featured releases come from Afilia Saga, Idoling!!! and Idoling!!! NEO.

 

Afilia Saga – “S.M.L☆

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Afilia Saga provide our first featured release of the week. “S.M.L☆” is another anime tie-in song, much like how their last single “Neptune☆Sagashite” was. I have to admit, I wasn’t the biggest fan of “Neptune☆Sagashite”; it was decent but a bit too stereotypically anisong sounding and nowhere near Afilia Saga’s best work. “S.M.L☆” has a lot more going for it, the vocal arrangement is a lot less flat and more interesting and the instrumentals are pretty catchy in places. I’m a bit iffy on groups having a lot of singles tie in to anime releases (it tends to demand a certain sound) but I guess in Afilia Saga’s case it fits their image and there are certainly worse ways to promote yourself. If you’ve never checked out Afilia Saga before, give this single a try then check out their “Archism” album if you enjoyed this.

 

Idoling!!! – “Shout!!!

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Next up we have Idoling!!! who release their latest single “Shout!!!” this week. They’re going head to head with Idoling!!! NEO but more on that later. “Shout!!!” is a pretty rocking little number and something a bit different than what we usually get from Idoling!!!. It’s your kind of familiar idol rock song; heavy guitar and drum instrumentals sung over in the typical idol vocals. That’s not a knock on the song by the way, it’s actually really good. I just had to explain it in a way everyone would understand. If you’re into your less traditional sounding idol music then I’m not sure what more you could ask for; it’s catchy, packs a bit of a punch, all that good stuff. If you don’t at least check this song out then I’m not sure why you’re reading this article in the first place.

 

Idoling!!! NEO – “mero mero

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Our last featured release for this week comes from the aforementioned Idoling!!! NEO, or 6th generation Idoling!!! plus Ito Yuna and Goto Kaoru. They’re having a little sales competition with Idoling!!! proper this week and the losing group gets a nice little punishment game. Should be fun times. Anyway, as you might have expected this single is a bit of a contrast to “Shout!!!”. It’s an electro-pop number and it’s actually a really good electro-pop number. It’s kinda crazy how Idoling!!! have put out two really great songs that honestly don’t deserve to lose to the eventual winner. I personally prefer NEO but I’m not going to say you’re wrong if you disagree. They’re both fantastic singles that you should be listening to this week.

 

ALSO THIS WEEK:

Ring Dong” by Dancing Dolls
Tsuki Koi Regret” by Fleur*
“Tenjou Yuuen” by nanoCUNE
Love Carnival” by SiAM&POPTUNe

 
As for this week’s other releases, nothing really stands out that much. We talked about Dancing Dolls on a recent NSK podcast and it was alright so maybe check that out I guess. Otherwise, you’re on your own until next week. Thanks for reading.
 

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