Yamamoto Sayaka – Rainbow Review


Release Date: October 26, 2016

Track Listing

  1. Rainbow Rose
  2. Yukikoi
  4. Kanojo ni Naritai
  5. Ai no Baton
  7. Tsukikage
  8. SMILE
  9. Kokoro no Tate
  10. Hitoiki Tsukinagara
  11. Gimonfu
  12. Shiawase wa Kakera
  13. Melody


Rainbow is the first solo album for NMB48 member Yamamoto Sayaka. The album includes songs written and composed by her and songs provided by other artists such as TAKURO of GLAY and Shikao Suga.

Her solo album is one that is highly anticipated by NMB48/AKB48 fans. But I guess you could say that for just about any member from an idol group who gets an opportunity at solo work. In this case the hype is more warranted than others who might be shortlisted for such chances given that Yamamoto is NMB48’s center.

So what can one expect from her first foray into the world of a solo artist? Thankfully there is no going to the well of NMB48 or AKB48 covers for Rainbow and you are treated with all new songs to showcase the artist Yamamoto is outside of the confines of the idol world and its associated productions.

The majority of the songs on Rainbow are pop with a strong rock influence. The lead single Yukikoi was only a peek at this album. The more straightforward tracks such as Rainbow Rose, BAD DAYS, SMILE and Melody seem to be indicative of the direction Yamamoto is heading in for her solo career than what the lead single presented.

If you are looking for something slower Yukikoi, Ai no Baton, Tsukikage and Hitoiki Tsukinagara fit the bill. Although some may find these songs less exciting to listen to compared to other material on Rainbow.

While listening to this album a bunch of comparable artists who have similar sounding material came to mind. Do As Infinity, Ikimono Gakari, and YUI were a few who immediately jumped out. Should that be the type of music you appreciate then you will be pleased with what Rainbow has to offer.

Whether you are a fan of Yamamoto (and/or idols) or not, Rainbow is worth checking out if you are in the mood for some solid pop music.

Rainbow (Regular Edition)


Rainbow (Limited Edition)


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