Before I start with this review, I want to say the following:  There are a few AKB48 songs I really like.  But there are a few I don’t.  This one falls into the latter category.

This song was the third in their discography, and if not the most popular, certainly one of the most popular.  It was used as the theme song for their variety show, AKBingo (which I may review separately).  And I don’t think one could argue seriously that it’s not catchy.  It’s a pop song, of course it’s catchy.

But I can’t say I like it all that much.

The music is not only cookie cutter, it seems a bit thrown together.  It has a structure to it, yes, but it feels like they just threw in some musical devices just for the heck of it (the secondary dominant near the chorus doesn’t really seem to fit), and musically it’s just all over the place.  The chorus just basically feels like shouting, and the only truly fun thing about this song is the “pyon pyon pyon” after they shout “YES!” in the chorus.

There’s just little about it that makes me say anything but “it’s a popular pop song.”

AKB48 is also known for somewhat deep lyrics.  I’ve mentioned that that is one of the main reasons I love Sakura no Hanabiratachi, and there are a few other songs in the discography I love for the depth of their lyrics.  But even the lyrics are kind of phoned in on this one.

In conclusion, this particular song is carried entirely by the cuteness of the performers.  And to be clear, they’re cute.  But cute doesn’t a good song make.  Unless, I guess, you’re a JPop group.

I guess you can probably guess the Lone Star ratings for this one.  Cheer up, though , there are a few coming up that I think are really fun.  And I know this was early in the girls’ career, so they had plenty of time to find themselves.

Music

2.0 out of 5.0 stars

Completely uninteresting

Performance

 

2.0 out of 5.0 stars

Well, they did a performance, I guess.

Lyrics

1.0 out of 5.0 stars

Maybe teen girls would like them.

Video

3.0 out of 5.0 stars

I guess they were cute

Total Lone Stars

2.0 out of 5.0 stars

It wasn’t the worst.  Just totally uninteresting.

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