Orange Caramel

Release Date: March 13, 2013

Track Listing

  1. AING (アイン♡)(Japanese Version)
  2. Magic Girl (魔法少女)(Japanese Version)
  3. Cookies, Cream & Mint (クッキークリーム&ミン)
  4. Bangkok City (Japanese Version)
  5. LIPSTICK (Japanese Version)
  6. The Angel’s Wink (天使のウィンク)
  7. Lamu no Love Song (ラムのラブソング)
  8. My Sweet Devil (やさしい悪魔)
  9. Shanghai Romance (上海ロマンス)(Japanese version)
  10. Red Shoes (赤いくつ)
  11. Sleeping Forest (眠れる森)(Nana Solo) [Bonus Track – Type C]
  12. Sour Grapes (すっぱい葡萄)(Lizzy Solo) [Bonus Track – Type C]
  13. Meteor and Piercing (流星とピアス)(Raina Solo) [Bonus Track – Type C]

Review

Orange Caramel are a sub unit of the popular South Korean girl group After School consisting of Raina, Nana and Lizzy. This self-titled album is their first Japanese full length album featuring their cover of Candies Yasashii Akuma, a re-make of their Korean song Lipstick, a cover of Urusei Yatsua theme Lamu no love song and their latest Japanese single Cookies, Cream & Milk.

For those not familiar with this group, their concept is one that has to do with Candy Culture. So there’s a lot of cuteness and colorful style when it comes to anything related to them. In other words, perfect for the Japanese idol market right?

Even though their concept may border on annoying and over the top, their music somehow manages to rein them in just enough to make overload of cute bearable. Thankfully Orange Caramel do not subscribe to the typical cutesy J-Pop formula. This is still K-Pop at its heart.

With that said there are plenty of remakes of their Korean material mixed in with their original Japanese releases. Long time followers will instantly recognize AING, Bangkok City, Lipstick and Shanghai Romance.

Unfortunately they don’t follow the KARA formula and re-arrange the songs and instead just sing in Japanese over the original backing tracks.

Disgruntled Hello! Project fans will know Magic Girl simply because of its similarity to C-ute’s Hare no Platinum Dori. I’ll admit that the two sound alike and will guess that perhaps there is a bit of sampling going on.

If that is the case, H!P is making some dimes off K-Pop, which is not necessarily a bad thing. If sampling is not the case then maybe it’s just pure coincidence that the songs sound the same.

The original Japanese tracks that are not covers don’t really stand well against the established Korean remakes which makes the entire album as a whole feel less cohesive. The three solo bonus tracks do sort of make up for that mishap just a little.

Overall this is much like any other current Hallyu foray into Japan. If you have Orange Caramel’s Korean discography this isn’t necessarily going to be a must have due to a lack of significant new content. But if you’re a completest or prefer hearing their songs in Japanese, give this a go.

Orange Caramel (Type A)

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Orange Caramel (Type B)

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Orange Caramel (Type C)

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