Sakura Gakuin’s 2nd album

Received this last Friday (two days after the release date), but as I stated earlier I’ve been sick nearly a week, so that’s the reason why I’m a little late with all my blog updates – sorry ’bout that. This album came in a huge box and I was like: what is this?! But to my big surprise it was the Sakura Gakuin album with a poster ^O^ I didn’t expect it to come with a poster, but I’m not complaining~ Also came with a nice little photo card. Got Taguchi Hana, one of the newbies of the group – she’s really cute ♥

This time we get 12 songs (previous album contained 10) so that’s really cool. I can already reveal to you now that I like this album even better than the first one and I’ve only listened to it 4 times! Should we get on with my review? :)

1. Verishuvi (ベリシュビッッ)
I find this song amusing to listen to. It has that sort of German folk dance feel to it sometimes or whatever it is. But apart from that I also think it has good vocals. You clearly get to hear nearly all members sing in this, which is a really good thing! I also think it was a good choice to choose this as an album starter.

2. FRIENDS
A fine song this is! I love the beat and the feel of this song. Sakura Gakuin always know how to make something that fills a person with great spirit and a happy feeling. That’s probably the thing I like most about them. It’s also songs like this you notice the big difference in each member’s individual voices :)

 

3. Please! Please! Please! (プリーズ!プリーズ!プリーズ!)
I love Please! Please! Please! – it’s such a “pleasing” song ;) Jokes aside, this is a fresh, catchy song yet again from Twinklestars and as always it makes me want to dance and swing a baton, lol. No, seriously it really gives me that feeling! xD

4. Rapicamu (ラピカム)
There are two Twinklestars songs on this album (yay) and the other one is really nice as well, but don’t beat their Please!x3 song though. With that said, I find this more original maybe? It has a different sound to it and as I like diversity this is definitely a plus. I just don’t know what the title is meant to mean… If anyone know please tell me ^^;

5. Hashire Shoujiki Mono (走れ正直者)
A sleepiece song which I like better than their last song, it’s more catchy, but still not quite a favorite song either. I don’t have anything against their voices I just can’t listen to this kind of song too many times – it’s too happy-go-lucky I guess ^^; But still better than their previous one!

6. Yokubari Fille (よくばりフィーユ)
Another song about food from Miniparty, this time about sweets I think. This is probably the one song I have to skip on this album – sorry I don’t have anything against both Yui, Moa and Hana – I just can’t stand the midi-like melody xDD Nothing personal.

 

7. Iine! (Vega Mix Ver.) (いいね!)
I’ve already posted my meaning of this epic BABYMETAL song in another blog post, but I guess I don’t mind repeating myself a bit ^^ This song is just wild! It mixes metal, electro, hip hop and idol pop – that alone has already earned them my respect. Apart from that it is seriously catchy, I have listened to it countless times already. Of course I’m kind of biased because Suzuka is my favorite member in Sakura Gakuin and I adore her voice, but no matter what you will have to admit this song has impact on the listener!

8. Otomegokoro (オトメゴコロ)
This is probably one of my favorites of the new album songs. It has a more serious tone than I’m used to hear from Sakura Gakuin and I like it! Some beats in me reminds me a little of AKB-songs, even though it’s vague. This is still a very different kind of song of course. Ayami, Ayaka, Airi and Suzuka have solo lines in this; I just love when they get to sing solo! They really have the best voices in Sakura Gakuin, it’s so weird three of them is leaving – and Suzuka is next ;__; Sigh…

9. Pictogram (ピクトグラム)
This song also has a new sound to it compared with the usual Sakura Gakuin songs in my opinion. The background music has almost a trance feel and the melody is heading more towards this new more serious/moody style than the usual happy one. I think this is a song that grows on one and I’m already starting to like it more and more as I listen to it once again.

10. 3 a.m.
This is a Ayami, Ayaka and Airi-only song and I guess a kind of goodbye gift to the fans? I would like to think of it that way :’3 This is also one of my favorite songs on the album. I like how it sort of mixes three solo songs together in one. First Ayami gets to sing solo and then Airi and then Ayaka. But every member’s part has a different melody and lyrics so it sounds like a medley. Ayami’s part is a sweet bright idol-song with an uplifting emotion, Airi’s is more electro-pop and slow-paced, while Ayaka’s part is upbeat eurobeat style. I think I like Ayaka’s part the most ♥ (sucker for catchy eurobeats :P)

11.  See you…
At first I found this song kind of plain, but with more and more listens this song is really growing on me! It has a catchy background beat and a lot of energy, very addictive stuff – haha. Apart from that I also think the song lyrics have a good message of being grateful for one’s friends and fond memories. Probably also one of my favorite songs of their new album.

12. Tabidachi no Hi ni (旅立ちの日に)
A sweet chorus song, which almost makes one emotional… Beautiful piece of music. This is the perfect song to end the album with. Makes me happy~

All in all a great release from Sakura Gakuin. They also said in an interview they had put a lot of work into this album and know I know why! It contains so many good songs I’m willing to forget about the Minipati song. I’m happy to have this in my idol music collection ♥

DVD「さくら学院  FIRST LIVE & DOCUMENTARY 2010 to 2011 ~ SMILE ~」 Now I’m just really curious about this LIVE DVD release. Did they perform any of the new songs I wonder? I hope they did, I want to see them perform these live ^^

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2 responses

  1. First of all, the album “Sakura Gakuin 2010 ~message~” contained 11 tracks if you bought the Regular Edition, so technically this album only has one more track, not two. The Limited Editions had only ten tracks. Can you tell me if the DVD in the Limited Edition you purchased is Region 2 or All Region? The DVDs in the new album’s Limited Editions are All Region! I wish I could help you with the Japanese titles, but I’m clueless too. LOL I love all the songs myself, except the BABYMETAL song, which is just the most misguided song from the Sakura Gakuin girls right after “Sakura Hyaku Nin Isshu”. That said, I really do like Suzuka, Yui and Moa’s voices, but not when they are singing hip-hop, growling like Cookie Monster from “Sesame Street” or have their voices electronically distorted like Suzuka’s is. The newer Twinklestars song has grown on me, and I have never been disappointed in Minipati at all! Their music is too cute! “3.a.m” is my favorite, of course, as Ayaka sings a solo on it, and her part is is very catchy and the most memorable. Ayami’s part in “3.a.m” is my second favorite. I wish the whole song could have been like Ayami’s section, actually. It’s a more typical idol song sound. Because of the BABYMETAL song, which I have to skip every time I listen to the album, I really stand by my opinion of the first Sakura Gakuin album as the greatest album released in the 21st Century! It shall never be surpassed, especially now that Ayami, Ayaka and Airi are gone.

  2. I knew you would love the album as well ^^ Yes the limited edition DVD of their first album is region 2. Sorry for forgetting the 11th track, but talking about my own version it had 10, so that’s why I wrote 10 ^^; I was actually only wondering about the title “Rapicamu” I can understand the other titles fine. I have a feeling it doesn’t mean anything in particular, but I’m not sure…
    I like the Sakura Gakuin song “Sakura Hyaku Nin Isshu”, I think it’s very cute and original. Then again I don’t mind rap :)

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