- Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui
- Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui (Konomi Suzuki Bocchi ver.)
- Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui (Kiba of Akiba Bocchi ver.)
- Tears BREAKER
1. Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui
After three taps of the drumstick, the track roars to life with a primal scream from one of the Kiba of Akiba vocalists. They start the verse with a singing/growling combination, as metal guitars play fierce riffs in the rhythm section. Although the male part isn’t particularly hard, he does have better tone than I’ve heard in other songs of theirs. Konomi then comes in with her higher vocals providing a refreshing change. A quiet passage with jazzy piano makes a brief appearance, a respite from the furious energy of the rest of the song. This reminds me of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which have a kinda similar style to Kiba of Akiba, and often incorporate many different styles into their songs. Following this there’s a short break with shouts from both the male and female vocals, and then the chorus comes in full of power. It’s packed to the brim with energy, with interplay between Konomi and the male singer. The bridge is out of place though, an off-time combo if chugging guitars and electronic effects. Next is another chorus and a good guitar solo, and then the final chorus. In this chorus, there’s an extended note by Konomi over the growls, which sounds cool, but out of place at the same time. Also, this song is really short at only 3:18. This reeks of laziness. They only had one verse – surely it wouldn’t be that hard to have another? It’s still an awesome song, just could have been better.
2. Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui (Konomi Suzuki Bocchi ver.)
The second track is the same song, but just Konomi Suzuki singing. Usually on singles when I see “Konomi Suzuki only” or something similar, I expect they’ve just been lazy and taken out the other vocalist’s parts. But this time Konomi has actually re-sung the other vocal parts. So basically, it’s the same arrangement as the lead track, but Konomi is shouting or talking in the screamo bits, and providing a few other vocal parts. The new backing vocal parts are good, and the screaming replacements have got energy but I can’t help but feel that the impact is missing compared to the original. To be expected, I suppose. Well, it’s still pretty good anyway.
3. Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui (Kiba of Akiba Bocchi ver.)
This time is the Kiba of Akiba only version, which means the growls are back and Kiba of Akiba are singing Konomi’s parts too. Now, the original Kiba of Akiba vocals are fine, but the Konomi replacement parts are very ehhhhh. Because she’s a girl, her vocal range is higher compared to the male range, and as the male vocalist doesn’t have a large range, he must sing an octave down. Also his energy singing those parts is a big fat zero and he’s putting on a really weird voice. The chorus feels empty, and the second half of it lacking some vocal parts doesn’t help. And when he says “Watashi ga motenai no wa dou kangaete mo omaera ga warui!” it sounds like he’s embarrassed. And seriously WTF was with the second chorus, it was one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I can’t believe they had the nerve to record something that bad. The last words spoken in the song are actually “GOD DAMMIT!”. Couldn’t have put it better myself.
4. Tears BREAKER
I was hoping for another metal track as the second A-side, but instead we get anison. Tears BREAKER begins with the odd combination of acoustic guitar and organ to Konomi’s expressive vocals, and then strings fill the arrangement as a fast digital beat is introduced. All these strings amp up the awesome factor, and make it much more memorable than any typical anison piece. The sometimes fervent, sometimes flowing melodies of the violins makes me think me think of music from a fantasy world. The vocals in the song are heavenly, and I think overall Tears BREAKER is a much better constructed song than Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui.
Excuse me while I vomit at the album art.
That aside, this was a very good single that was unfortunately brought down by the third track. Both A-sides were done well, and while track two and three weren’t as good, it doesn’t detract too much from the experience as a whole. While I won’t be following Kiba of Akiba, expect to see more of Konomi Suzuki around here. She’s a very promising young anison singer, and I’m hoping for an album from her soon! Don’t be put off by the average score, that’s just the marvellous third track making its contribution.