I didn’t intentionally not do anything with the latest video from The Idol Formerly Known as Ladybaby yesterday; one only has so much time, and priorities and juggling and whatnot, but I enjoyed having the bonus of perspective from people’s reactions to this one:
【MV公開】『LADY BABY BLUE 』MusicClipを公開！金子理江の監督、メンバー自身の撮影による自主制作Lyric Video。https://t.co/67UH2NwvkN
— LADYBABY (@ladybaby2015) April 17, 2017
The first thing, obviously, is that it doesn’t really sound like a regular Ladybaby song, you know?
So I knew that going in (I was also reminded that this was written by Seiko Oomori); I also knew that some folks were disappointed, which can be said of just about any musical release ever, but Ladybaby fans are usually pretty supportive of what the group does, I’ve found (like when I got called out for liking last spring’s single, for instance), so for there to be a negative reaction from among self-identified fans, that was a new one.
I listened, then, with fairly low expectations, and I’ll go ahead and admit it: This is fine! It’s definitely not loud, per se, but it is a little rock ballad of the type that’s increasingly common among idols of all stripes. Like, it doesn’t sound like something that your Yanamyus would do, but tell me that you can’t hear similar elements to something that Current BiS might put out, or immediately post-POP GANG PARADE.
It’s not setting the world on fire, and it’s repetitive to a fault, but it’s fine. It’s fine! And if, as some have suggested, it’s a direction that TIFKAL ultimately takes in a post-Beard world, then doing so is just following a little bit of trend and no big deal.