[REVIEW] Star Shine single

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Yuidoku’s Star Shine single was released today! Here’s my review of it (keep in mind that I am holding any work here up to SweetS standards; if I was going to rate this against only other Yuidoku singles it would be a solid 5/5).

This is Yuidoku’s first release, not including the previous two digital releases. I would say this is definitely the first release by them that I will take seriously (beyond the Mai nostalgia factor). The work here proves that they are getting more funding and can grow as a group.

1. Star Shine  ★★★☆☆

This song is really cute and has some nice electro elements to it! It has the space-sound to it that a song related to stars would be expected to have. Overall, the vocals here are really smooth and stable. It’s much better produced than their former songs. Mai has proven herself as a lead vocalist, which never ceases to amaze me. Their voices blend really well in harmonies. Yuho and Sakura just aren’t strong vocalists and their parts make this song less of a contender than it could be – they sound really strained during their parts. This song is an easy listen and I don’t want to skip it, but there’s no real catch to get it stuck in my head so far. All of my critiques aside, this is the kind of direction that I hope Yuidoku continues going in. If Mai and Nonami have grown so much as vocalists, I have faith that Sakura and Yuho can get to this point as well. Side note: the instrumental is so pretty!

 

2. Anata no naka ni nemuru anata no kanousei o anata ga shinjiro  ★★★☆☆

I was surprised listening to this. It’s more on the rock side and a lot of the vocals sound really mature in comparison to Yuidoku. The chorus sounds very pop/rock girl group. This song yet again shows their potential and growth in a short amount of time. I wish it had a more mellow sound throughout it (there are awesome slower parts) but the girls stay strong despite the energy tempo (I remember Mai’s voice used to get shaky during up-tempo beats and certain notes). Overall, there’s good energy and this is a good listen. My only complaint is the idol-y elements of the song, but that’s probably unavoidable.

Overall, this single gets ★★★☆☆ (3/5 stars). This single is their most solid and I can see more potential with Yuidoku than I originally assumed. I’m really proud of the girls for a strong release like this – they really could be contenders if they keep improving like this. I’m excited to see what they do next. Looks like I’ll be keeping a closer look on this group than I thought.

Please find a way to purchase this single! The digital copies are really easy to get via Amazon Japan or Recochoku. I do have it available at Jpopsuki as well. Yuigadokuson is also on Spotify! Give it a listen.

Yuidoku’s 『Wow,ラララ!~ユイガドクソンのテーマ~』MV

It’s so awesome that Yuidoku has enough budgeting for a music video now! I’m really proud of Mai for following her goals. She’s become a very strong singer. Nozomi also provides nice vocals. It’s very idol-y for sure.

Also, this single and their Run!!! single are both available for digital purchase. This is the complete list of places to buy their music:
iTunes
レコチョク
その他配信ストア
Apple Music
amazon music
music.jp
オリコンミュージックストア
Spotify
kkbox
mora
LINE MUSIC
Google play music
dミュージック
OTORAKU
ひかりTVミュージック
Lismo store
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Yuidoku Performances!

Hey there SweetSians. This is a bulky update so bear with me here.

There is finally some more footage of Mai’s new group, Yuidoku! They’ve gotten quite a setlist of songs. Yuigadokuson is very within the idol indie genre, so remember that as you go to listen to them.

【OFFICIAL】ユイガドクソン『Wow,ラララ!〜ユイガドクソンのテーマ〜』(TIF2015)


This is a nice quality video from Tokyo Idol Festival over the summer! The girls perform Wow,LaLaLa! ~Yuigadokuson no TEEMA~. I don’t think this is their best performance (the girls all sound kind of out of breath and shaky) but the clearer video/audio quality is nice to have.

ユイガドクソン 2015.9.8.mp4


This s a pretty good performance from September 8 that lasts about 25 minutes, so listen if you have time! Remember that Mai was posting about having a Grow into shinin’ stars cover…? It’s here. It’s actually sort of touching to watch Mai perform it, because you can see what a blast she’s having and how much the song means to her. It actually kind makes me emotional hearing her sound so happy while singing! I really like Mirai wa kuru kara, but for some reason their two weakest singers are the primary vocalists… Such a shame. The set list is as follows:
00:18 Run!!!!
04:30 未来は来るから (Mirai wa kuru kara)
08:48 grow into shinin’ stars
15:03 泡夏!!!! (Awanatsu!!!!)
19:13 Wow,ラララ!〜ユイガドクソンのテーマ〜

This next performance has 2 parts:
10_12 ユイガドクソン LIVE映像



This performance is from October 12 and has a little easter egg… Yuidoku performing Mienai Tsubasa!! Since this website used to be under the name of Mienai Tsubasa, you can all imagine how much I love that song. The setlist:
First video –
00:00 RUN!!!!
04:10 MC
05:10 泡夏!!!! (Awanatsu!!!!)
Second video –
00:00 ミエナイツバサ
04:40 MC
05:27 Wow,ラララ!〜ユイガドクソンのテーマ〜

So overall, Yuidoku continues to not be my cup of tea, but that’s just me. :) I am really happy to see Mai so happy and following her dreams. I’ll probably keep following them more than I intend to because she was always my favorite back in the SweetS days! Mai’s vocals are so much stronger now, too. It is clear she has really worked hard to get back into performing. Nonami is also a pretty good vocalist! Sakura and Yuho are the two weaker ones. I hope they get training to improve to make Yuidoku a really powerful group.