May 15th, 2012
Release Date: May 2, 2012
AKB48’s Sashihara Rino’s debut solo single is the theme song for the drama Muse no Kagami. The song sounds much more like golden age Hello! Project than AKB. Whether this was done on purpose or not is debatable. But it sure is one hell of a slice of idol pop that will drill its way into your brain with its sugary sweetness.
What is most surprising about Soredemo Suki da yo is Sashihara’s singing voice. It’s pretty close to idol squeak on 3 of the 4 songs on this single package. (The exception being Itoshiki Natasha.) This is a big difference from her speaking voice which is deeper than what you would expect from an idol.
Speaking of the b-sides you get a different secondary one with each version of this single that couples with the primary b-side Hastukoi Hills. The Type A secondary track (Renai Sousenkyo) is about as close as you’re going to get to the frantic pace of the a-side. While not as memorable, it is a nice song.
The Type B & C secondary tracks are much stronger with Itoshiki Natasha taking more aggressive Rock edge approach to the idol pop formula. The cover of Matsuura Aya’s Yeah! Meccha Holiday is an updated take on the classic from Hello! Project’s glory days.
Obviously it’s nice to hear a different interpretation of the song. If you listen carefully you can hear some of the Tsunku styled male ad-libs in the background. They are quite low and panned in the mix so it does take some effort to make them out.
This was a pretty good debut by Sashihara Rino. It sounded like the producers kept her music fun and lighthearted and stayed away from making her stretch vocally by singing some age inappropriate boring ass ballad the first time at bat. I guess that will be on her second or third single right?
Soredemo Suki da yo (Type A)
Soredemo Suki da yo (Type B)
Soredemo Suki da yo (Type C)