SweetS reunion + mini updates

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For those of you who have followed the girls on instagram, you’ll already know that SweetS had a mini reunion. Aki is recently married and is pregnant. At her wedding reception in Tokyo, she and the other girls performed some SweetS songs. As it was a private event, I don’t know that we can hope to see the performance. Honestly, this picture of all of the girls together and the videos that were posted of them is enough for me. It’s clear that while life has gone on since SweetS, 2003-2006 really did mean so much to these girls. They’re still clearly all best friends. I love seeing this!

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Also, Miori made an instagram post about the event. While the other girls have been very vocal about their past (minus perhaps Haruna), Miori has been very quiet about her time in SweetS. I’m not sure if it was a contract issue, or if she just wanted to simply make a name for herself without SweetS. Perhaps both, or perhaps it was just difficult to mention those precious times in her life. Either way, it was oddly touching to see her post about being reunited on stage with her friends.

SweetS will always have a special place in my heart. It’s touching to see that it has such a place in theirs as well. Five hearts that beat as one!

Below are videos that were posted on instagram of the girls as they rehearsed for the performance. It’s too darn touching to watch them goof around and be silly in a studio. It’s like things never changed or ended.

 

Outside of SweetS:
Aki: Married and expecting a child! So very exciting. I’m very happy for her.

Aya: Still is maintaining a private life, so I’m not sure what she’s up to. She doesn’t really remain active on social media (that I know of).

Haruna: Also remaining private. She looks happy an healthy and that’s all that matters. Also, she styled the girls’ hair for the performance, so I can only hope she’s still a hair stylist like she wants.

Mai: Yuigadokuson is still very strong! They seem to be sticking with the idol sound and persona. That’s not my style, but it seems to work for Mai. She remains very active with her other group members. She also does modeling and promotes honda bikes.

Miori: Sadly, LAGOON has disbanded. I’m not sure what’s next for her music career. She still remains active as an actress.

[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.