AKB48 – 言い訳 Maybe [13th Single]

October 14, 2009 at 11:44 pm (AKB48) (, )

Iiwake Maybe

AKB48’s 13th single, entitled 言い訳 Maybe, was released on 08.26.09.

言い訳 Maybe is an upbeat summery track.The song begins with an upbeat summery instrumental that suits the song well. Then comes the first verse and the girls sound very nice here. Despite the upbeat instrumental, a relaxing and calming feeling comes through to soothe the listener. They sound quite when they sing “maybe” but overall, the chorus is a little dry in that nothing amazing comes through to make this section really stand out. It’s nothing fantastic but it’s cute.

飛べないアゲハチョウ is a much stronger song. Opening the song is a cool and funky instrumental that will catch the listener’s attention quickly. On the first verse, the vocals have a mature feel to them that is catchy to the ear and suits the energy of the music perfectly. The chorus keeps the energy from the verses while still sounding slightly different to keep the interest up. The ending of the chorus especially stands out as they break it down by emphasizing the syllables.

In order to promote the single, a PV for 言い訳 Maybe was made. The video basically features the girls dancing on a school lawn and riding bikes. There’s something sweet and natural in its simplicity so it comes across as a successful PV.

Single Ranking: B –

Without a doubt, 飛べないアゲハチョウ should have been the A-side. It has a mature feel that is really pleasing to the eyes and shows off the girls’ cool side perfectly. The A-side is nice as well but it’s nothing that impressive so it sounds kind of typical. Hopefully they will do more songs like 飛べないアゲハチョウ since that is where they shine.

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