Album: “Kaerimichi wa Toomawari Shitaku Naru”
Label: Sony Music Records
After becoming a fan of Nogizaka46 by way of the single “Itsuka Dekiru kara Kyo Dekiru” during a trip to Japan, I wanted to check out more of their music which now brings us to their late 2018 release, “Kaerimichi wa Toomawari Shitaku Naru”.
Outside of the lead single, the track that I really enjoyed was “Kokuhakuno Junban” because it has the classic idol sound with some heavy disco influences. “Shiritaikoto” is the other song I liked, and it has a slight touch of 70’s-80’s new wave. “Caravanwa Nemuranai” is one of the songs that really feels like vintage Nogizaka46.
If we’re going on a first initial listen, I didn’t like it. Actually, it took me several listens until I actually warmed up to it. Pretty much the entire EP is a creeper where it takes some time until you start liking the songs more and more. There isn’t a bad song, but no one particular song is considered amazing, but it’s pretty consistent in how decent each song is.
It took me like maybe ten listens until I started loving the album. The songs individually don’t hold weight, but the entire EP serves as an entire body of work. I think I tried to compare this EP to the one that got me hooked to this group, but I just wasn’t getting that kind of newfound enjoyment, but in the end, I liked this one after each listen.
Overall rating: 3.5/5
Reviewed by: Timtastic