• SHARE

Idol group E-Girls have a knack for covers. On last year’s “Colorful Pop,” they opened with a song borrowing the main synthesizer line from Yellow Magic Orchestra’s “Rydeen” before later transforming Japanese disco tunes and Bananarama singles into tightly crafted blasts of electro-pop. It made for one of 2014’s biggest J-pop surprises, but didn’t assert anything about the group beyond their name being attached to some catchy tracks.

Their third album, “E.G. Time,” strives to be all about E-Girls — just as the title implies. They still fit in some covers — a hyper take on an early Dreams Come True single and the theme song to the cartoon “Chibi Maruko-chan,” which sounds like it has been reworked by the Vengaboys — but the focus is on carving out a spot in the contemporary scene. And it works. “E.G. Time” is 2015’s first great J-pop album, and a welcome alternative to the infantile idols also capable of topping music charts.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

PHOTO GALLERY (CLICK TO ENLARGE)