No, Aika! That’s the wrong beef! But it sure looks good…
After the debut of the new AKB single, I started reading comments on 2ch. They were mostly negative, though the thread I was reading was something like “Hahah this song sucks” so of course, it would be negative. Anyway, there were a couple of comments saying something about how releases this year were pretty crappy among all the other groups but Nogizaka’s were particularly good.
I decided to update my tired old playlist and put the new single on it as well as some other stuff. (AAA is always nice and reliable. What a great group!)
I found this song I really liked called Nanimo Dekizu Soba ni Iru. The instrumental arrangement was great, it has a good melody, the lyrics were awesome and really touching… but there was something about the vocals that kind of bothered me. It all made sense when I watched the performance.
When I listened to it, in my mind I envisioned a band playing and a soloist singing. You know, like if you showed up to a bar and they were playing music, it could be that song. It was that kind of sweet song. What I got instead was that. The reason why the vocal performance bothered me is because it used the infamous AKS technique of having everyone sing at once, making a good live performance practically impossible even though the song is screaming for it.
Even the older AKB songs had distinct groups of members singing, with Oogoe Diamond being the classic one because of how prominent Kojima Haruna’s voice is. But now it just seems like they want to lump everyone in together and create this muddy, artificial track, robbing any hope of musical identity that they could hope to have.
And I’m sure they could pull it off in the way I envision it too. I don’t know anything about Nogizaka but I bet there are some really talented girls in it. I can totally imagine Sayanee doing an acoustic cover of this song and slaying, but I have to use Sayanee as the example because I only know NMB members.
The dance adds nothing either. It just looks like typical idol dancing.
I’ve read some background around the song too, some members are calling it Meikyoku (which I suppose is one level under Kamikyoku?) and I can totally see why, because it is a great song. If only it had that final push to make it legendary.