After years of listening to J-Pop, you think I would have become more resilient against the onslaught on cuteness it produces on a daily basis. And yet, I found that this all girl band (yes, a band that really plays instruments) produced a song so cute, so unbearably adorable that even I had to concede to its pull. It’s the first time I’ll be covering a group of this kind, so it’s going to be quite an adventure. But is this a song favored by lady fortune, or is it going to be just another forgettable single on the discount rack?
Let’s listen to Lucky Girl by Silent Siren.
Here’s the full music video, with a translation here:
The lyrics are pretty simple overall, but thankfully they aren’t about love. The subject in question, the “Lucky Girl,” is encouraged by the singer to run, jump, fall in love through the sweat and pain for a chance at real happiness. I call these songs the “ganbatte” or “do your best” songs meant to encourage people to do their absolute best in the face of hardship. It is one of the cutest I’ve heard but it ultimately says nothing in particular. Still, the catchiest parts are the “Heys” and “Lucky Girls” so the somewhat generic lyrics are more or less lost in the beat.
The video itself is also pretty bare bones. It alternates between shots of the girls standing in front of colored walls facing each other while making object explode into confetti with shots of them on a field in gym clothes running and jumping. It matches the very bare bones lyrics and yet, the editing, with basic special effects and filters, is so well done it doesn’t feel like there’s anything really lacking from the video. The colors are bright, there’s a lot of motion from all the members of the group, and even the cheesy confetti explosions are endearing. There is no dance since they’re too busy playing their instruments to do anymore than swaying and head bopping, with occasional arm waving and clapping. Still the excitement and sincerity on their faces was makes the entertaining enough.
Since these girls play real instruments (guitar, bass, keyboard, and drums, the perfect 80s quad), I can directly comment on all aspects of song without the excuse of “Well the producer made the beat so it’s his fault it sounds weird.” Honestly, as a group they sound really good together on their instruments, even when performing live. They might be and idol band made up of amateur models, but they are an actual band at the end of day. The melody is old school with 80s style synth keyboard (it really is all about the keyboard in this song) and high energy beat that I dare you not to dance to. It may not be very different from the typical fare but it feels better put together and the fact that the actual musicians are performing it makes it even more enjoyable. Lead vocals, performed solely by Sumire Yoshida sound like every other high-pitched pop star but it works for this cutesy song.
All in all, Lucky Girl steals hearts by being ferociously adorable and understanding that you really shouldn’t need more than your idols to make a great video. The simplicity lets the song stand on its own, which is the perfect move. I look forward to hearing more from this spirited all girl band, even if it is that sweet, sweet old school pop.
– Great song.
– Cute video.
– Band works well as a group.
– Vague, bland lyrics.
– Very much like other J-Pop classics.