Maeda Atsuko Seventh Chord

Release Date: March 5, 2015

Track Listing

Type A

  1. Seventh Chord
  2. Contact Lens
  3. Hitorijime
  4. Seventh Code (Off Vocal)
  5. Contact Lens (Off Vocal)
  6. Hitorijime (Off Vocal)

Type B

  1. Seventh Chord
  2. Contact Lens
  3. Natsukashii Hajimete
  4. Seventh Chord (Off Vocal)
  5. Contact Lens (Off Vocal)
  6. Natsukashii Hajimete

Type C

  1. Seventh Chord
  2. Contact Lens
  3. Dandelion Itsu Saita?
  4. Seventh Chord (Off Vocal)
  5. Contact Lens (Off Vocal)
  6. Dandelion Itsu Saita? (Off Vocal)

Special Edition CD

  1. Seventh Chord
  2. Contact Lens
  3. Zuburokka to Half Moon
  4. Seventh Chord (Off Vocal)
  5. Contact Lens (Off Vocal)
  6. Zuburokka to Half Moon (Off Vocal)

Review

Maeda Atsuko, she who was formerly the face of the three-lettered beast called AKB released her 4th single Seventh Chord back in March. The song is featured in the trailer for the movie Seventh Code that happens to star whom? You guessed it, Maeda Atsuko.

Soloists who have emerged from the AKB camp seem to be mostly placed in the Adult Contemporary genre. Itano Tomomi seems to be exempt from this since she is heading into a Amuro Namie type of career trajectory music-wise.  With that said, there really isn’t much deviation from that pattern when it comes to this single package.

This latest offering is actually pretty decent. Well the a-side is at least. It kind of reminds me of something similar to early Do As Infinity for some reason. Granted Maeda isn’t a vocal powerhouse so there’s no hardcore rocking out going on; but she does sound pretty good here.

The b-sides tend to fall somewhere around middle of the road lite radio fare and make for nice, pleasant listening. Not exactly the most exciting prospects for those with lower attention spans.

But if you’re willing to take a deeper look, Hitorijime and Dandelion Itsu Saita are the most logical songs to go for as far as follow-ups are concerned. They manage to maintain the momentum created by the a-side quite nicely.

Maeda Atsuko fans are the most likely to scoop up every version without blinking an eye. For the picky go with types A and C for the most value.

Seventh Chord (Type A)

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Seventh Chord (Type B)

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Seventh Chord (Type C)

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Seventh Chord (Special Edition)

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