Do you know what gives me a hard time? End-of-the year lists. For someone like me, who likes and tries to find value in the littlest of things, every decision involves a heart wrenching choice. Regardless, my idol friends on Twitter (you know who you are) provided me with enough motivation to attempt an end of the year list of idol releases. I agreed to this undertaking for a couple of reasons. Firstly, this undertaking provides me the motivation to look and listen at a wide cross-section of idol music. Lots of idol groups have been popping up of late, and without this project I feel like I was missing many groups that I would love.
You know that I’m not on the AKS payroll by now. I only write about the group when I feel like it. And, for some reason I feel like talking about the new AKB48 release “Mae Shika Mukanee”. The song makes a stab at a straight-forward rock instrumentation. Electric guitars are layered thickly on the arrangement, and the girls often break into air guitar dances throughout the PV. The girls spend a good amount of time swinging mike stands around like they were Steven Tyler. Even with an energetic performance, is the song worth a listen?