Release Date: 20th March, 2013
- Tabidachi no Haru ga Kita
- Tabidachi no Haru ga Kita (instrumental)
With the theme of graduation behind it, Tabidachi no Haru ga Kita is S/mileage’s 13th single and the first to earn a number 1 daily ranking on the Oricon charts. The song itself is extremely tame for the usual S/mileage affair, but is still quite nice to listen to, though also easily forgettable once it has finished. That said, I do like listening to it, but it won’t ever become one of my favourite songs because of how easily forgettable it is.
The A-side song from this single is extremely cute and pretty catchy if you listen to it enough, though I try not to listen to it too often because there are certain aspects of it that can annoy me, such as the voices of the members singing it. Not to say that they are all terrible singers (okay, that’s a downright lie there), but much like Morning Musume, it seems that Tsunku writes songs in a key higher than most members can manage, and in this case, it is half of S/mileage who cannot handle this song; Dawa, Nyon and Rina being those who cannot sing right here, but that’s my personal opinion.
Listening to this song can be pretty painful actually, especially when Dawa and Nyon share a good chunk of the lines. Luckily Meimi saved the day with this single for me, because she can sing well here, and whilst Akari manages well she is also pretty forgettable if I tune out when listening to the A-side. Kana is also pretty darn good because she can sing in a low key, but sadly her lines are far and few between the horrors of both Dawa and Nyon, but that’s pretty normal for S/mileage. However the weird thing was that Rina was also one of those who failed at this song, and that was… well, weird. Usually Rina sounds pretty good in S/mileage songs, but this time around it really did not work out for her. Poor Rina…
But it’s an alright song. It isn’t S/mileage’s best, but it also isn’t their worst. However, for S/mileage, it is really tame, but if it fits the theme of Spring then I guess that’s all that matters really.
The second song on this single is Doushiyou, which when it opens up sounds like something out of a Morning Musume concert before it begins to sound like something C-ute would sing. The song is upbeat and catchy, and sounds pretty cool. Again, this is like something you would expect from Morning Musume or C-ute in terms of how the song is structured.
The song is, yet again, dominated by Dawa, Nyon, Meimi and Akari, but luckily nearly everyone sounds good in this song, with Dawa sounding terrible every now and again in the song, but it seems to fit everyone pretty well (thank goodness). Meimi and Akari sound especially delightful here, and Nyon sounds bearable to pretty good. Kana and Rina sound good as well in this, though it seems that the composers and mixers are going back down that Morning Musume route with this song and electroing up Kana’s voice, though thankfully it does not last too long, but it was surprising to hear that effect used in a S/mileage single. Usually they tend to use the girls’ raw vocals (as demonstrated by how bad Dawa sounds all the time) so to see them use an effect on one of the girls who can actually sing as opposed to one who can’t was surprising here.
All that said, it’s a pretty good song, but it screams Morning Musume and C-ute more than it does S/mileage. I know that currently they are going through a phase where they don’t know who or what they are or what their audience is, so this ‘cool’ song fits well with their current ‘image’, though the image they are going for now is beyond me…
Bottom line though, this single is pretty good. The b-side song dominates the A-side because it’s a lot more memorable, but that’s probably only because it sounds like Morning Musume and C-ute’s songs, but I think that both songs are pretty good. Not the best single by S/mileage, but it isn’t the worst either.
Then again I really don’t pay enough attention to S/mileage any more to know what is good or bad about their releases… Oh well!
Tabidachi no Haru ga Kita
Tabidachi no Haru ga Kita (Type A)
Tabidachi no Haru ga Kita (Type B)
Tabidachi no Haru ga Kita (Type C)