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°C-ute – Kono Machi February 14, 2013

Filed under: C-ute — solarblade @ 6:48 pm


Track Listing

  1. Kono Machi
  2. Ame (Limited A & B only)
  3. Hae Otoko (Limited C & D only)
  4. Kono Machi (Dance Groove Ver.) (Regular only)
  5. Kono Machi (Instrumental)

1. Kono Machi

I don’t know what was with that opening for Kono Machi with the male ad-libbing XD.  If you haven’t guessed the ENTIRE single is covers of three of Chisato Moritaka’s classic songs.  First is Kono Machi and good lord is this song boring as hell.  I mean “Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku” was a bit more engaging than this track for sure.  I was just kind of over this song even though everyone sounds amazing…though I didn’t understand the spoken parts…that felt a lot out of place!  I kind of just wish, this song had more going on…it was pretty bad.

2. Ame

Which continues to disappoint me coming into our next cover which is strangely enough a Maimi solo.  I’m surprised it even got a PV alongside “Kono Machi”.  Though it’s also a ballad and even more bareboned than said song before it.  I really couldn’t believe that I had to withstand another ballad.  It’s just incredibly lifeless of a cover and makes the last track seem like a masterpiece.

3. Hae Otoko

At least with the next cover they kind of escape that ballads for something a bit more interesting.  I mean I do like the fact it’s upbeat and the arrangement is kind of a cross of current and some of their past stuff.  It might have that typical B-side tone, but something about the song just sounds cool and the chorus is quite catchy to listen to.  Plus the synth solos…yay!

4. Kono Machi (Dance Groove Ver.)

So we get a remix of the A-side?  Ok, I’ll work with that.  At least it takes the dreadful bore of the track and give it a much needed dance version which is 100x times better!  It does kind of take some things from “Hae Otoko”, but this is a really awesome version of the song and is a lot more tolerable knowing this was made.  Plus the arrangement kind of has a certain DDR-ish feel…loving it!  I still would’ve like the song more if they took out the spoken dialogue TBH.

Ugh, why they released this single is so beyond me because half of it is terrible and the other half is good.  Kono Machi only works as the Groove version because the original ballad is just so tiring to listen to and blah.  Ame is the same way but worse!.  Hae Otoko though is a fun cover though and surprisingly caught my attention.  With a new single announced, I hope they do something energetic again.


One Response to “°C-ute – Kono Machi”

  1. Spade Says:

    The shame of it is, the “Dance Groove” version of Kono Machi is far closer to the original Chisato Moritaka version (or at least the “HOME MIX” version on her recent Singles collection), so why C-ute went with the unnecessarily drawn-out ballad version is beyond me.

    And the original version of Hae Otoko (literally “Fly Man”) is VASTLY superior to this, in my opinion, with an awesome and fun Beatles “White Album” retro-rock vibe. C-ute’s version is sadly lacking this, preferring to go with a generic electro-pop feel which drains the song of all personality. (And this is from someone who generally enjoys electropop!) You can take a listen to the Chisato Moritaka original on YouTube, as part of her 1993 PV for the song – note that they went with an interesting (and VERY long) Alien-inspired framing storyline, with an appropriately fitting conclusion given the song’s title. (The actual song starts at about 4:15): http://youtube.com/watch?v=pZm8reGw16U

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