Single Review: BANANALEMON – GIRLS GONE WILD

Bananalemon

Release Date: November 15, 2017

Tracklist:

  1. GIRLS GONE WILD (Explicit)

Total Runtime:  00:03:46

Recommended for: those who enjoy EDM, Trap, or Hip-Hop music such as FOREVER YOUNG.

NOT recommended for: those looking for a pop/EDM song such as DIAMONDS or those used to the Japanese idol side of J-pop.

BANANALEMON, a four member Japanese girl group, released their 6th digital single ‘GIRLS GONE WILD.’ This is the first single that both Mizuki and Rino are singing along with Nadia and Saarah. It’s usually Nadia and Saarah as vocalists while Mizuki and Rino are dancers. BANANALEMON have been releasing bops after bops and they haven’t even made their major debut yet! Can’t wait to see what the future holds for them but lets get into this review~

Track Review:

Track 1 – GIRLS GONE WILD

I feel like this single was pretty much all the genres they’ve done so far into one song. It has EDM, Trap, and Hip-Hop all in one with a R&B surprise at the end. The song starts off with a hype chant and the first verse showcases Saarah’s strong vocals and attitude. Nadia, as well, brought in some great vocals in this track. Mizuki and Rino, for the first time, were also singing/rapping in the track. They were dancers only for the most part prior to this. I think it will take a while to get used to their vocals but they did a great job and had a fair amount of lines.

The lyrics for this track are explicit, they give off a self love, woman empowerment vibe. Especially with Saarah’s verse talking about that they were ‘born like this’ and ‘ain’t no changing us’. I think the lyrics really bring the track to life as they match each other so well. One thing I don’t like in lyrics, in general, is when they make reference to celebrities or famous locations. They come off as a cringe to me, which is what they did in this track referencing Tokyo landmarks. Other than that, it was a pretty solid track. I am hoping for more R&B songs from BANANALEMON just like their song ‘Girls’ since their vocals seem to match that the most compared to EDM.

Comment your thoughts on BANANALEMON’s latest single down below.

Review overview
Summary The track itself is original in J-pop but not in the western music industry, it's very replayable due to it's catchy lyrics and beats. The R&B breakdown at the end was pretty random but was a nice way to slow down since the track is mainly upbeat.
4.5
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Sakura Harano

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