I have finally re-listened through all (okay, most of) the new single songs!
I'm even surprised myself, I actually rather like the non-Tsunku songs. The Country Girls songs are really simple and cutesy and they're not the kind I would openly listen to, but darnit if I didn't have a smile on my face as I was listening to them (and watching the videos)!
I'm also really liking ANGERME's cool tracks. And Kobushi Factory had really good songs.
C-ute's Tsugi no kado wo magare was emotional to me the first few times I heard it, but boy did I get tired of it quickly, and I didn't even bother listening to it again for this 'project'. T_T The other songs were also rather 'safe'.
Juice=Juice single... I really, really don't like Wonderful World. I think the chorus sounds super forced and ugh I cringe whenever I hear it.
Ca va? Ca va? had potential, but I feel like nobody involved really got this song. This was the perfect song for some fun and craziness, and instead they are all serious in the video and... I don't get it! If this was a Melon Kinenbi song, can't you just imagine how differently it would be performed? In the MV, everything I was seeing made no sense together with what I was hearing. Super odd and kinda ruins the song for me.
The MM singles - because they actually still have Tsunku's touch, huhum, they were actually least surprising, perhaps. You can hear that it's Tsunku. I think if you get into the lyrics the songs are a lot more powerful, but musically they are kind of stable, aside from Seishun (which I liked). And I liked Sukatto My Heart, especially the bridge + chorus. The December single is still too new for me to compare it to other singles. It tends to take several months for them to sink in for me ha ha.
Overall, I'd say these were my favs, and will likely enjoy also in the future:
KF: Dosukoi! Kenkyo ni Daitan
A: Nanakorobi Yaoki
MM: Sukatto My Heart
MM: Seishun Kozo ga naiteiru
KF: Nen ni wa nen
CG: Wakatteiru no ni gomen ne