Tokyo Girls Style Partition Love

Release Date: February 12, 2014

Type A CD Tracklist

  1. Partition Love
  2. Tsuki no Kimagure (月の気まぐれ; Whim of the Moon)
  3. Yakusoku -Acoustic Ver.- (約束 -Acoustic Ver.-)
  4. Partition Love (Instrumental)
  5. Tsuki no Kimagure (Instrumental)

Type B, D CD Tracklist

  1. Partition Love
  2. Tsuki no Kimagure (月の気まぐれ; Whim of the Moon)
  3. Partition Love (Instrumental)
  4. Tsuki no Kimagure (Instrumental)

Type C CD Tracklist

  1. Partition Love
  2. Tsuki no Kimagure (月の気まぐれ; Whim of the Moon)
  3. Partition Love -Royal Mirrorball Mix-
  4. Partition Love (Instrumental)
  5. Tsuki no Kimagure (Instrumental)

Music Card Tracklist

  1. Partition Love

Type A DVD Tracklist

  1. Partition Love (Music Video)
  2. Making Movie -Jacket Shooting-
  3. Partition Love -Short Movie- (収録時間未定)

Type B DVD Tracklist

  1. Odekake Movie -Nagoya Osu Hen / Tokyo Tsukiji Tsukishima Edition- (おでかけムービー -名古屋・大須編 / 東京・月島築地編-)

Review

Partition Love is Tokyo Girls’ Style’s 15th single. Previously released in September of 2013 as a digital single it makes it way in physical form in 5 different editions.

There really isn’t too much of a difference in regards to track listing between the versions. Types A and C are virtually identical except for the addition of the acoustic version of Yakusoku on Type A as a b-side. Types B and D are the same and the Music Card version only includes the title track.

The title track is typical Tokyo Girls’ Style R&B/Funk that we all know and love. This track has one hell of a sweet synth bass line that is instantly noticeable and drives the entire instrumental. It’s the type of stuff these girls can do in their sleep now and as long as the sound works for them there really isn’t an issue with AVEX milking it until the wheels fall off.

Of the b-sides the most interesting is Tsuki no Kimagure. Where the experiment of pop rock ballads failed, going with something off the beaten track seems to work out. With this song the group sounds a little bit like Vanilla Beans. There’s definitely a different light and fluffy vibe that is not typically associated with Tokyo Girls’ Style that strangely works in their favor. It’s certainly something AVEX could try a little more often with this group.

Sure some discerning listeners may ask when this group will get something more challenging, but go back to Get The Star/Last Forever and ask yourself if that will actually work for them moving forward? Personally I found that single to be the worst of the 15 released so far. It just fell flat. Like it or not, Tokyo Girls’ Style are going to be saddled with the funky 90’s throwback sound for a little while longer. “If it ain’t broke, why fix it?” is the saying I would use.

Partition Love (Type A)

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Partition Love (Type B)

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Partition Love (Type C)

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