Kasai Tomomi Kietaikurai

Release Date: January 15, 2014

Type-A CD Tracklist

  1. キエタイクライ
  2. Touch Me!
  3. Lovely days
  4. Kietaikurai (off vocal)
  5. Touch Me! (off vocal)
  6. Lovely days (off vocal)

Type-B CD Tracklist

  1. キエタイクライ
  2. Touch Me!
  3. Blue…
  4. Kietaikurai (off vocal)
  5. Touch Me! (off vocal)
  6. Blue… (off vocal)

Type-C Tracklist

  1. キエタイクライ
  2. Touch Me!
  3. Lovely days
  4. Blue…
  5. Kietaikurai (off vocal)
  6. Touch Me! (off vocal)
  7. Lovely days (off vocal)
  8. Blue… (off vocal)

Review

Kasai Tomomi, she who is of young child hand bra and listed amongst the growing list of AKB48 graduates has released her third single Kietaikurai.

One has to wonder whether this single will actually sell given that Kasai is no longer part of the AKB collective. Let’s be honest, she’ll never be considered an idol that will blow your mind with her incredible diva vocals.

Her producers have wisely made the decision to give her songs that fit her limited vocal range. Much like her fellow AKB48 graduate Itano Tomomi, she’s given songs that just work for what she does.

The a-side Kietaikurai is a mid-tempo song that has some light dance music influences. It’s a rather soothing listen despite Kasai’s vocal limitations. It’s a passable enough track for background listening but it isn’t exactly the best of what is offered on the 3 versions of the single.

Of the group of b-sides available Lovely Days is probably the most interesting. It does sound a lot like an up-tempo Maeda Atsuko song. I won’t go as far as to say Maeda Atsuko reject, but the track hits pretty close to her material and that isn’t necessarily bad. Lovely Days does surpass the a-side when you think about it in this regard.

An honorable mention must also go to Touch Me! The title is rather deceptive. Sadly there’s not a trace of a dirty, slutty Maki Goto Some Boys! Touch feeling. That probably hurts the loins of many a male (and some females) out there.

What is on this group of singles may be considered rather safe and vanilla, but to expect more is probably asking a little too much. Overall it’s satisfying enough and perhaps shows that Kasai may have a decent (and likely somewhat bland) post-AKB musical career.

Kietaikurai (Type A)

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Kietaikurai (Type B)

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Kietaikurai (Type C)

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