Release Date: December 5, 2012

Track List

  1. Eien Pressure
  2. Totteoki Christmas (AKB48)
  3. Tsuyogari Tokei (SKE48)
  4. HA! (NMB48)
  5. Hatsukoi Butterfly (HKT48)
  6. Eien Yori Tsuzuku You ni (OKL48)

Review

AKB48’s final single of 2012 is a bit of a bland bag of sweets for me, and has turned out to be more of a disappointment in sound than I had originally expected it to be. That said, I do enjoy the single, but that’s only because I enjoy these generic sugar-coated songs to the max, and because I clearly have no taste for anything better.

With the knowledge that Eien Pressure would be a generic, over-milked type of song, I was actually expecting the rest of these songs to be good, especially HA! by NMB48 who seem to have a more unique and individual sound right now when compared to its sister groups. So when I was finally able to sit down and fully listen to this single, hoping to appreciate every single song for a new and different sound, I was quite disappointed with what I was given as a listener.

Every single song sounds like a rehash of nearly every generic AKB48 song available (meaning almost all the A-sides out there), with no originality or individual flare that could make me like AKB48 more as a group.

I have heard all of these before; Eien Pressure sounds a lot like Ue Kara Mariko and Pera Pera Perao, Totteoki Christmas is your token Christmas song that has no ounce of personality, and reminds me of an earlier AKB48 Christmas song that they have already done.

Tsuyogari Tokei sounds quite a lot like Gingham Check mixed in with one of their older songs, HA!, which is undeniably the best song out of all the ones we have been given, sounds like something I have heard before as well, but still sounds like one of the more original songs from this single, and Hatsukoi Butterfly is clearly another AKB48 rehash, sounding a lot like past singles such as Everyday Kachuusha!, but with a different group singing it. Eien Yori Tsuzuku You ni is no better, as it sounds a lot like Eien Pressure, which greatly disappointed me because I was expecting so much more from this single.

But it’s basically a pile of fail, though I do admittedly enjoy it, because again, I have no taste and I know it.

When it comes to this single, I find that the only shining ray of light has to be NMB48’s song, because it’s very cool in sound but really fun to listen to. I do find all of the songs enjoyable to listen to, but when it comes down to it, this single is pretty terrible because it’s so generic and over-used in terms of its sound. There is no originality or individuality here; all the songs basically sound the same, or like something that sounded okay at best once-upon a time.

It’s getting to the point where I just think that the only decent thing about AKB48 is their PV’s, because when it comes to the sound of their music, there is nothing really great about them. Everything’s boring, it’s far too similar for its own good, and the familiarity is really wearing off on me. I was hugely disappointed with Eien Pressure to begin with, but the rest of the single is like a huge slap in the face. I really do think that management no longer give two hoots about AKB48 or the sister groups in terms of sound now that they have sold millions.

As I have said, this single is a huge disappointment (especially concerning HKT’s first *cough* original *cough* song); I expected so much more out of the coupling songs, but even then I was handed a platter expecting something nicer, only to be given scraps. I may like the songs themselves, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t know how bland and terrible this single really is.

And that’s all I have to say when it comes to this single. Peace out, guys.

Eien Pressure (Type A)

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Eien Pressure (Type B)

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Eien Pressure (Type C)

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Eien Pressure (Type D)

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