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Berryz Koubou – 7 Berryz Times March 31, 2011

Filed under: Berryz Koubou — solarblade @ 12:00 am

Track Listing

  1. Icchoume Rock!
  2. Heroine ni Narou ka!
  3. BOMB BOMB JUMP
  4. Masshiroi Ano Kumo
  5. Maji Bomber!!
  6. Joshikai The Night
  7. Girls Times
  8. Onna no Pride
  9. Shining Power!
  10. Magical Future!

1. Icchoume Rock!

Opening up the album, Icchoume Rock! is definitely true to its title in where it’s rockin’ up a storm.  I know I’ve said this a lot on the era’s singles for the most part but damn this could easily have been mistaken as a Buono! song more or less A-side ready.  I can clearly hear a lot of Miyabi and Momoko…and Risako I think?  It’s loud and would sound great performed live to be honest.

2. Heroine ni Narou ka!

As the era’s 3rd A-side, Heroine ni Narou ka! is a total switch of sounds from the more rockin’ “Icchoume Rock!” to the more synth-based arrangement found in this song.  It does sound there’s a lot more of a leverage between the members so lines are spread evenly.  I like the song and to me it’s the best of the three A-sides.  I still can’t believe they pulled a Lady Gaga homage in the song’s PV…

3. BOMB BOMB JUMP

Oh the opening reminded me a whole lot of “Ryuusei Boy” which wasn’t that long ago hahah.  It’s a little more genki sounding than the previous two tracks and I feel the higher-pitched vocalists have more focus this time around.  It’s an alright track, but the ~bomb bomb bomb~ does kind of ride on your nerves after a while.  I guess it depends if you like Berryz’ more cuter stuff I guess.

4. Masshiroi Ano Kumo

Berryz usually doesn’t have many strong ballads and that’s mostly because they are just so bland and slow to really give them anything interesting to hold on.  Masshiroi Ano Kumo doesn’t do any better as it’s still kind of too slow for some reason and Momoko sounds so out of place in the song for some reason.  The aged keyboards and strings doesn’t add up as well kind of giving it a weird feeling like it should be old but it isn’t…oh well…

5. Maji Bomber!!

As we get to the midway point of the album, we get pulled back into the group’s first A-side for the era and Maji Bomber!! is exciting and full of energy.  I love the equality spread through all seven members as well since all of them bring power and fun vocals for this track.  If it wasn’t for “Heroine ni Narou ka!”, I think I would’ve made this a favorite pretty quickly.

6. Joshikai The Night

While we’re talking about “Heroine ni Narou ka!” we get another synthed up song from Berryz, but the song has a darker tinge to it with lower synths and a lot more spread lines for the members.  I don’t know why but when I listen to the song, I feel like it reminds me of C-ute’s “Tokkaiko Junjou” for some reason.  It’s probably the most interesting new track off the album yet.

7. Girls Times

I swear H!P has a song that sounds exactly like this somewhere in their catalogue.  It must be the rhythm of the song that sounds so familiar and such.  Just like “BOMB BOMB JUMP”, the cuter voices stick out a whole lot more than the more deeper vocals so Yurina and Risako aren’t gonna be of much use here XD.  Otherwise, the song isn’t much to me and it kind of gets annoying a bit after.

8. Onna no Pride

Another one of those songs that would sound interesting to hear live, Onna no Pride’s more acoustic sound is definitely sweet and at the tempo it’s at, it’s something to sway with.  It’s nice and relaxing, but it’s lacking something to make it that memorable.

9. Shining Power

I loved that Yurina took lead vocals for the 2nd A-side of the era.  I mean there’s still quite a bit of Risako, Miyabi, and Momoko…but Yurina has the most lines and while she’s not vocally that great (point in case, some of the verses in the song sound so weird with her), she’s got power and balls and really stood out.  While it is my least favorite of the singles, it’s not bad and it’s kind of catchy after a while.

10. Magical Future!

Wow, only 10 songs?  Magical Future! actually closes the album quite nicely since it’s got a synth base but it kind of reminds me in overall sound with “Dakishimete Dakishimete” and something else…I swear that synth instrumental sounds similar to Mizca’s “1925” for some reason…coincedence I bet.  It’s a good song and it’s better to hear some of the lower known members get more attention…but either way good closing.

Tracks Recommended

  • Heroine ni Narou ka!
  • Joshikai The Night
  • Maji Bomber!!
  • Icchoume Rock!

Song of Avoidance

  • Masshiroi Ano Kumo

It’s natural that after a rather good album with “6th Otakebi Album”, they’d slip up with 7 Berryz Times.  However, I didn’t think it would be this disappointing especially with how well the singles of the era turned out.  I mean there were two new songs that impressed me, but the rest felt so bland and I’ve heard the melodies somewhere else before…really? I mean “Shocking 5” from sister group C-ute is still worse…but this is pushing it.