French Kiss

Release Date: October 14, 2015

French Kiss Type A

Type A (play list by Kashiwagi Yuki)

  1. Zutto Mae Kara
  2. If
  3. Saisho no Mail
  4. Chinmoku
  5. Kazanbai
  6. Rainy Day
  7. Omoidasenai Hana
  8. Dragon Fruit no Tobegoro
  9. Kakkowarui I Love You!
  10. Romance Privacy
  11. Aruaki no Hi no Koto
  12. Sayonara wo Ato Nankai…

French Kiss Type B

Type B (play list by Takajo Aki)

  1. Sekai no Namida
  2. Kakkowarui I Love You!
  3. Romance Privacy
  4. Omodasenai Hana
  5. Saisho no Mail
  6. If
  7. Kimi Nara Daijoubu
  8. Aruaki no Hi no Koto
  9. Zutto Mare Kara
  10. 2ri Dake no Kioku
  11. Amanojaku
  12. Sayonara wo Ato Nankai…

French Kiss Type C

Type C (play list by Kuramochi Asuka)

  1. Omoidasenai Hana
  2. Zutto Mae Kara
  3. Rainy Day
  4. Kakkowarui I Love You!
  5. Romance Privacy
  6. Saisho no Mail
  7. Aruaki no Hi no Koto
  8. Amanojaku
  9. Candle no Shin
  10. Kokoro no Kagi
  11. If
  12. Sayonara wo Ato Nankai…

Review

French Kiss’ self-titled album is the group’s first and last as a unit. Continuing the trend of such albums from AKB48 sub units due to the dreaded “g” word. That’s right. Graduation.

In the case of French Kiss, it is the departure of Kuramochi Asuka.

This album contains all 8 of French Kiss’ single releases, a few select b-sides and some new material. This is spread out through 3 editions of the album featuring slightly different track listings and track order depending on which one you pick up.

That means that if you are one who wants the complete album you have no choice but to buy all the editions. Unless you find other methods of just getting the additional tracks you’re missing from each one. So how you manage to accomplish this feat is up to you.

Anyway, those who are familiar with this group or are fans of the members in it will most likely gladly scoop up whatever version(s) suit them the most.

For the more casual of listeners I suggest you purchase Type A just to make your life easier. You can easily get an idea of the type of sometimes easy listening, sometimes conventional idol music that French Kiss does from that version and decide whether it’s for you or not.

Type A also has 2 of the stronger solo songs in this set of albums with the cover of Taiyou to Ciscomoon’s Chinmoku and Romance Privacy’s b-side Kazanbai. Kashiwagi Yuki performs both of these songs so that may be a bonus if you are a fan of her solo work.

Should you decide to explore further then move on to Type B which has the largest number of track changes at 4. Adding in Sekai no Namida, Kimi Nara Daijoubu, Amanojaku and the Takajo Aki solo 2ri Dake no Kioku.

Type C has the least number of changes to the track listing with only 2. The Kuramochi Asuka solo Kokoro no Kagi and Saisho no Mail’s b-side Candle no Shin.

Of the new tracks the most interesting is the heavily auto-tuned dance song Dragon Fruit no Tobegoro. Normally I detest the auto-tune effect but for this song it actually useful and adds to the song instead of acting as a distraction. The ballad Sayonara wo Ato Nankai is also worth giving a listen if you’re in the mood for some soothing or calming.

As a whole this can be considered a great debut/final album that encompasses the 5-year career of this sub unit. In a way it’s almost structured more like a greatest hits package but however you see it is going to be subjective.

Of course French Kiss certainly won’t be for everyone. Much of their material is very middle of the road and safe. If that doesn’t bother you then by all means, give this a go.

French Kiss (Regular Edition Type A)

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French Kiss (Regular Edition Type B)

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French Kiss (Regular Edition Type C)

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French Kiss (Limited Edition Type A)

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French Kiss (Limited Edition Type B)

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French Kiss (Limited Edition Type C)

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