Hello, Arama! Japan readers and welcome to this week’s installment of #1 Song Review! Last week saw Nogizaka46 defeat MISIA and DA PUMP. MISIA and DA PUMP are back this week, facing off against a newcomer. Find out what Ronald thought of the songs that topped the singles charts this week and share your thoughts on them too!
Oricon #1 / Billboard Hot 100 #1 / Billboard Download Songs #1: Keyakizaka46 – Ambivalent (Oricon Digital Singles #3 / Billboard Streaming Songs #5)
This song is an utter mess. It’s like they threw everything at the wall to see if something would stick. One minute it’s a filtered disco song, and then the next it’s a messier version of a Gesu no Kiwami Otome. song. The vocals are draining for the most part. I’m not a fan of the rapping or the choral sections. And why is there canned guitar? 2/10
Oricon Digital Singles #1: MISIA – Ai no Katachi feat.HIDE (GReeeeN) (not released physically / Billboard Hot 100 #7 / Billboard Download Songs #2 / not available for streaming)
Same review as before: From the begining, I knew that this was going to be a heartwarming song that I would like. It gives me a wintry feel, even thought it is summer. MISIA’s vocals are superb, as usual. I do feel the influence of GReeeeN in the song. It’s nice to have a song of theirs, but without their usual horrible shouting. 7/10
Billboard Streaming Songs #1: DA PUMP – U.S.A. (Oricon #20 / Billboard Hot 100 #4 / Oricon Digital Singles #2 / Billboard Download Songs #3)
Same review as before: The eurobeat, the eurobeat, the eurobeat… I’m a bit of a sucker for it. It’s just so fun and nostalgic. It doesn’t take itself too seriously. It is what it is. 6.5/10
1. Oricon Digital Singles #1: MISIA – Ai no Katachi feat.HIDE (GReeeeN)
2. Billboard Streaming Songs #1: DA PUMP – U.S.A.
3. Oricon #1 / Billboard Hot 100 #1 / Billboard Download Songs #1: Keyakizaka46 – Ambivalent