This Week In Music 11.27.2013

This week’s featured releases come from Cheeky Parade and Nogizaka46.


Cheeky Parade – “Cheeky Parade I


The first of our two featured releases this week comes from Cheeky Parade. They’re releasing their debut album and I find myself with just one question; why? Call me old fashioned but do we really need an album from a group with only three major label singles to their name and who only made their major debut but ten months ago? I’m not a producer or record label though so what do I know. Anyway, if you’re already a Cheeky Parade fan you get a new song or two to enjoy so there’s that I guess. If you’re completely unfamiliar with Cheeky Parade, well their whole discography is pretty much here so you might as well give it at least one play through. Who knows, maybe you’ll find something you like.


Nogizaka46 – “Barrette


This week’s other featured release comes from AKB48’s rival group (have we dropped this yet or is it still a thing?) Nogizaka46. This time they’re rocking a fresh faced center in Hori Miona as they try to figure out who exactly should be center now that Ikoma Rina appears to have fallen out of favor. The song itself isn’t particularly interesting to me. It’s one of those songs that you wouldn’t go out of your way to listen to but you wouldn’t skip it if it came up on your playlist either. Not the best qualities to have in an a-side but this fits with Nogizaka’s musical style and for better or worse, it’s here to stay. At least their television show remains both interesting and enjoyable to watch.



Body Rockabilly” by Hime Carat
Samu Wa Fuyui!” by Houkago Princess
“Last Summer EP” by Izukoneko
Eden No Sono De” by Jewel Kiss
Nanairo” by Mary Angel
Ojuken Rock’n’Roll” by Otome Shinto
Vanilla Na Sora” by Tsuribit
Junjou Marionette” by Yumemiru Adolescence

Releases of interest from this week’s other offerings for me would be Hime Carat, Houkago Princess and Otome Shinto. That’s just my opinion though, you really should just take the thirty or so minutes to check everything out and see for yourself. My opinions should only be used as a very rough guide, if you even choose to use them at all. Until next week.


4 thoughts on “This Week In Music 11.27.2013”

  1. I too wonder about a Cheeky Parade album this early in but it seems to becoming a bit more normal to do this early in idol groups careers, seems odd to be but I suppose it does give people a base to go through all their songs to date, oddly perhaps this is more for people who think they might give Cheeky Parade a listen too, rather than fans they already have……

    Nogizaka come out with another song in the “will listen to but will not specifically look for it” category I mean there are no real problems with it it’s just a song you kinda forget about after you have listened to it….. Still it does have Sonna Baka na in this release and I had a lot of fun with that song and PV.

    1. The thing with your Cheeky Parade point is that the album is something like 3000 yen. That’s a fairly substantial layout, relatively speaking anyway for something that you only think you might be interested in. It’s a weird one, that’s for sure.

      Agree 100% on the Nogizaka point. The b-sides seem pretty interesting at least so it’s not a complete blowout.

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