Hangry and Angry suddenly announced just a couple of days ago that they were going to be releasing their first single (Sadistic Dance the song doesn't count because it's considered just a digital single), entitled 'Reconquista'; the date for the physical release is 8/10, but all of a sudden the PV and the digital release came out! So now I HAVE to review it.
Song: This is actually a lot poppier sounding than their other efforts. This is IMO the song that most shows their idol roots. It's not a bad thing (though I know a lot of people preferred their more "serious" rock sound. Still, it's a good/catchy song that's definitely worth checking out. My only beef is that there's a lot of cosmetic autotune, which is a bit annoying from someone who loves these girls voices. However, it does fit the song fairly well, so it's not too obtrusive (like, for example, the autotune in Morning Musume's Only You was). Of the voices, I think that even though Yossy's voice is usually seen as better, I think that Rika's voice really fits the song a lot more, and was the most pleasant to listen to. I liked Yossy a lot, but Rika made me wonder how this would be if it was a solo project, which I do think would be a good choice.
All in all, it's a good song; different from before, but that's not really a bad thing here!
PV: Yarn + Hangry & Angry is pretty much my dream, as a knitter. The one thing that's immediately noticeable is that this IS way low budget. There's not much in the way of backgrounds and props like their earlier effort of Top Secret had. This is really the quintessential PV on a budget; all inside, minimal props, minimal changes. However, the concept they used of H&A being marionettes strung up by yarn and eventually cut off ended up being a pretty solid/interesting concept, and even though it's obviously cheap the setting is visually pretty interesting.
The one thing that really does carry the PV into rewatchability territory for me is the real talent of both Yossy and Rika. These girls have over TEN YEARS of experience, which is a lot in Jpop idol time, or even in terms of female artists in Japan. These girls are charismatic, know what they're doing and are enjoying what they're doing, which clearly shows. The real strength of Hangry & Angry is that they're Yoshizawa Hitomi and Ishikawa Rika, not new girls with no experience. JPop idols without too much experience really can be great, but so much has come from their Morning Musume experience, to make Hangry & Angry all the better.
Overall: While I certainly think that earlier efforts such as the Top Secret song/PV were better, but this is still a great release from a very consistently great group. I can only hope they start consistently releasing singles and that they keep themselves active!! So I definitely encourage a buy; it's only 99 cents on iTunes, and the more people who support these girls now, the more chances we'll have for more singles!