Special shout-out goes out to my new buddy convenience93 😉
AAA has always been a fun group for me to listen to, particularly when I’m in a funk. Their music always has a sort of “eurobeat-revival” as I like to describe it. You see, I’m a bit of a pretentious jerk who likes to invent her own terms for describing music in order to sound one step ahead of the crowd. Anyway, Dream After Dream/Aitai Riyuu (please don’t smite me if the latter isn’t spelled correctly. I’ve seen about a dozen different spellings, and I’m helpless since I’m not the biggest AAA buff out there.) is the latest single for the queens and kings of eurobeat-revival cool (there’s my term again!)
When Dream After Dream starts, there’s a strong, spacey techno sound. Then the singers come in, muffled at first so they sound a bit like bleating sheep. The vocals become clearer and the music becomes something I can only describe as “wooo, beach party! YEAH!” It’s a hysterically fun song, a bit lengthy but the song’s so fun that you don’t pay much attention to that. I’ve noticed that a lot of J-pop acts have been putting out a TON of music that have that “kicking off the Summer sound” and I’ve always been a sucker for songs like that.
Aitai Riyuu begins with a more intense and passionate sound. All of the singers sound great as the song picks up tempo. I ADORED the rap portions of this song for some reason. If Dream After Dream is the day, then Aitai Riyuu is definitely the night. It’s a great song on its own merit, performed well and with a slight 80s flair.
We also get remixes of the songs, which are okay. Dream After Dream’s remix’s constant beeping sounds irked me a little, and I hope nobody shoots me in the fact when I say that I preferred Aitai Riyuu’s remix to the original. (ducks and covers)
In Conclusion: This is a great listen because both songs work nicely together. I also noticed that the vocals of all the group members have improved with time, and its wonderful to see them doing so well.