Dear J / Tomomi Itano

Type A

Dear J / Tomomi Itano

Type B

Dear J / Tomomi Itano

Type C

Release Date: January 26, 2011

Track Listing Type A

  1. Dear J
  2. Tunnel
  3. Dear J OFF VOCAL VER.
  4. Tunnel OFF VOCAL VER.

DVD Type A

  1. Dear J MUSIC CLIP
  2. Tomomi Itano Collection – Special Movie –

Track Listing Type B

  1. Dear J
  2. Stay By My Side
  3. Dear J OFF VOCAL VER.
  4. Stay By My Side OFF VOCAL VER.

DVD Type B

  1. Dear J MUSIC CLIP
  2. Tomomi Itano Interview – Special Movie –

Track Listing Type C

  1. Dear J
  2. Thank You
  3. Dear J OFF VOCAL VER.
  4. Thank You OFF VOCAL VER.

DVD Type C

  1. Dear J MUSIC CLIP
  2. Making of Itano Tomomi – Special Movie –

Review

2011 for AKB48 starts with one of its most popular members releasing a solo single. This has been anticipated by many fans since it was announced late last year and it partially lives up to the hype.

The main track Dear J is a catchy bit of electronic pop that will satisfy those who may be on the fence about AKB or are pure noobs like me. While Itano may not have the greatest vocal range she still does a great job on this song. There’s a breathy, kind of sultry quality to her voice that is quite appealing.

As you can see above there is a different b-side for each version and the one worth listening to is from Type C. (Thank You) It has a sugar sweet R&B/Pop vibe that seems to mesh well with her voice.

The other b-sides are Tunnel and Stay By My Side. Neither lives up to the joy of the a-side or the Type C b-side and the latter is just downright awful. Itano’s voice is not one for chest thumping ballads.

I can already sense that some are thinking that I’m playing the AKB hate card. That is not the case. I hate all things equally and I call things as I hear them. If there were more appropriate song choices for her vocals I think this would have been a better series of singles.

Overall, Dear J is awesome & Thank You is decent so pick up Type C and ignore the others since everything else falls flat.

Dear J Type A

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Dear J Type B

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Dear J Type C

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