Lyrical School Date Course

Release Date: September 18, 2013

Track Listing

  1. Drive
  2. Sorya Natsu da
  3. Wow
  4. Ribbon no Kyutto
  5. Nagareru Toki no You ni
  6. Parade
  7. Turn
  8. Demo
  9. P.S.
  10. Hitori Bocchi no Labyrinth
  11. Taxi
  12. Oide yo
  13. My Kawaii Nichiijoutachi

Review

Idols and Hip-Hop. An impossible probably ridiculous combination right? I mean, who would expect the stereotypical cutesy members of these groups to be rhyme spitting machines? Well in recent years there seems to be this movement into territory one would not expect idols to be a part of.

Formed in 2010 Lyrical School (formerly Tengal6) fit within the wave idol MC’s waxing poetic over phat beats. Others involved in this movement’s are former Usa Usa Shoujo Club sub-group Rhymeberry who debuted a year after Lyrical School.  But you can probably also include members of the “bandol” SCANDAL as part of the club as well I guess if you want. Although they rarely really do this kind of thing seriously. At least Mami and Tomomi have a decent flow, even if they are just goofing off.

Anyway, forget Lyrical School’s past affiliation with Tenga. You’re not going to hear any rhymes about eggs, lube and sexual innuendo. Think of this as a reboot of the group without the unfortunate corporate sponsorship.

If you’re a fan of Japanese Hip-Hop you’re probably going to laugh at this release. And if you expect something on the level of say Heartsdales, Miss Monday, A.I. or COMA-CHI you’re really in for some disappointment. That’s not to say that Lyrical School are horrible MC’s, the members tend to stay on point and in the pocket when it comes to their rhymes. They are easily above other idol groups who try to add a bit of street to their sugary pop.

Where this group tends to fail is actual singing. Sure they’re competent at rocking the mic but divas these girls certainly are not. I won’t go as far as to say they are horrible when they attempt to harmonize or pull a solo. That would be mean. I’ll just say that they are a little rough around the edges in when it comes to expressing themselves in a non-rapping manner.

Of course if you don’t like anything in regards to the vocals you can always take comfort that the music these girls are doing their thing over is pretty damn good. It’s not typical idol pop, and that should be refreshing for most listeners of this genre of Japanese music.

Those who like female Japanese idols as pure sweet squeak machines may not appreciate the world of Hip-Hop invading such holy territory and may turn away at the idea of any of this being any good without giving it a chance.

I suggest giving this album a listen even if you are not a fan of Hip-Hop or (heaven forbid) idols. What makes idol pop so catchy is still present and the lacklustre singing can be forgiven for the most part. Definitely give this a go if you’re interested in a unique twist on two well worn genres of music.

Links:

Lyrical School official web site

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