I’ve decided that for whatever bands/groups I review, with only a few exceptions, I’m going to go in order of discography. So, I present to you, “Skirt, Hirari”. The second single that AKB48 released after their debut, Sakura no Hanabiratachi. Hirari means, I think, “lightly”.
Even though I am familiar with a few of AKB48’s songs, I’d never heard this one. So I just listened to it a few minutes ago. I perused the lyrics as well. My first impression is that it’s of a similar musical quality as “Sakura no Hanabiratachi”. Kind of a cookie-cutter pop song, but this one has a little bit of a mediterranean flair. I was hearing hints of a samba or Spanish influence. So that was pretty cool. Not quite as catchy, IMO, but then again, sometimes a song takes a few hearings to firmly implant its way into one’s head, so no biggie there. I do love it when groups try to include other influences – that’s one of the reasons I enjoy Babymetal so much (look for Babymetal reviews at some point!)
The lyrics, though, are a different story. I’m actually having a bit of a difficult time understanding them – not language wise, but meaning wise. I think I like them, though. They seem to be expressing a sentiment of “you’re only young once, so if there’s someone you like, seize the moment and explore your youth”. Maybe another title for this song could be “take youth”, or some such.
So, without further ado, let’s do a Lone Star rating.
Run of the mill, but had a nice European flair
Still early in their career, a bit bland.
No real punch, but very sweet and innocent
Total Lone Stars
A solidly fun, but bland, song.