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Hello! Pro Kenshuusei – ① Let’s say “Hello!” February 24, 2015

Filed under: Hello! Pro Kenshuusei — solarblade @ 9:42 pm

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Track Listing

  1. Say! Hello!
  2. Onna no Sono
  3. Crying
  4. Seishun Beat wa 16
  5. Table Seki Aitetemo Counter Seki
  6. “Koishitai Shinto”
  7. “Idol wa Robot” tte Showa no Hanashi ne
  8. Oheso no Kuni Kara Konnichiwa
  9. Kanojo ni Naritai!!!
  10. Ten Made Nobore! feat. Juice=Juice

1. Say! Hello!

Opening up the album, Say! Hello! instantly gave me a trip going back a couple of years when H!P was oversaturating the brass with songs like “Shining Power”, “Waratte YOU!”, and “Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku”, even “The Matenrou Show” so I was initially worried that this song would’ve been a giant fail, but for some reason this song is refreshing.  It could be the 8bit melody that’s in the chorus (made me think of Katamari XD).  It’s a funky tune and all sorts of solos to be had (as of the review no one knows who sings those yet).  Although Manaka Inaba’s epic solo at the end of the first chorus was downright amazing!  There’s just something about this song that really pops out and I love every moment, makes me feel happy and upbeat…good way to begin the album!

2. Onna no Sono

I was waiting for the KSS to do another EDM song and they bring it with Onna no Sono.  It’s another heavy song like “Oheso no Kuni Kara Konnichiwa” but has a lot more oomph and it isn’t as goofy as the aforementioned song.  I was happy to see Minami Nomura and Mizuki Murota get the two solos especially the former because she sounds really good through it.  Add on that awesome mid8 section with the fluttery piano and strings punch…so good.  Definitely a song that stands out within the EDM mold of H!P.

3. Crying

It seems like Tsunku is hitting the main sounds that H!P has been known for.  Crying strives to be a lot like the stuff you would hear from Buono!  A lot of guitars and drums but still quite idol-ish.  Now a lot of songs from the album were performed during 2014 (except maybe “Say! Hello!” and “Idol wa Robot”).  Crying has had gone through some vocal changes but it seems like the solos here were from Ruru Danbara, Kisora Niinuma, and Ayano Hamaura.  I wasn’t fully into this song much and just didn’t stick much for me…definitely an album song.

4. Seishun Beat wa 16

Our next song is a bit more upbeat and funny enough kind of reminds me of the days when H!P was into anime like Shugo Chara! and Kirarin Revolution.  This song sounds a lot like something you would hear as an anime introduction.  I do like the synths of course and of course the three soloists, Ayano Hamaura, Risa Yamaki, and Natsumi Taguchi sound too cute for their solos.  It’s definitely the cute tune and I enjoyed it for the most part.

5. Table Seki Aitetemo Counter Seki

Back to something more EDM-ish, Table Seki Aitetemo Counter Seki has a strong beat and melody and yet the vocal melodies has a certain S/mileage sound to it.  Considering this is one of the two songs that are sung entirely in unison, this song actually left nothing for me to enjoy.  I just couldn’t get past the song being so repetitive and cumbersome to sit through.

6. “Koishitai Shinto”

The next track kind of reminds me of the B-side Morning Musume had in 2013 where one of the girls would rap lol.  “Koishitai Shinto” has a pretty cool opening and the random MCs are interesting touches, but once the squeaky voices throw me off xD.  I do think the transitions into the chorus is a bit jarring, but some of the choices like the ~throw your hands in the aiiiir~ is fitting for some reason.  Overall, this song is good, strange but I like it.

7. “Idol wa Robot” tte Showa no Hanashi ne

The last of the new songs, “Idol wa Robot” is really strange for Tsunku…well it doesn’t sound like something Tsunku has done before and I’m happy for that.  I love the arrangement and goofy lyrics.  There’s so many solo lines here that even I don’t know who’s who.  It’s kind of synthy but also a bit cutesy as well.  Sometimes, it feels like it’s going on a bit too long for its good because the main hook of the song gets repetitive pretty quickly.  Still, it’s a catchy tune!

8. Oheso no Kuni Kara Konnichiwa

Though the goofy song on the album is definitely this one.  As we enter the older songs, Oheso no Kuni Kara Konnichiwa is still a pretty bangin’ song and a damn funny one at that.  Though I am curious why they didn’t edit any of the older songs considering a lot of girls that were in the KSS are either promoted in the company or left it altogether.  Either way, it’s a pretty great song still and shows off the girls in such a fun, energetic way…plus I still get a kick in Hamachan’s intro!

9. Kanojo ni Naritai!!!

Then we get to the debut of the KSS (well that’s in the grey area, but whatever).  Now this one I would’ve expected some kind of album version, but it isn’t…it’s the original when it was sung by the 5 girls.  On the album, this song is pretty energetic and fast and the synths are just all over the place.  Not much else to say, but I think we could’ve had more girls involved here.

10. Ten Made Nobore! feat. Juice=Juice

I would’ve figured that this would’ve end the album because of it’s meaning and feeling.  It’s a light and happy song and the girls sound good singing in unison here.  Now Juice=Juice is here because they were still considered KSS after the group was made at the time.  Still it’s a nice ending to the album and a sweet and calming one at that.

Tracks Recommended

  • Onna no Sono
  • Oheso no Kuni Kara Konnichiwa
  • Say! Hello!
  • “Idol wa Robot” tte Showa no Hanashi ne

Song of Avoidance

  • Table Seki Aitetemo Counter Seki

Wow, to think the Kenshuusei got an album before Juice=Juice did :0.  ① Let’s say “Hello!” is surprisingly not that bad of an album, since it’s the first studio album released in 2015.  The Kenshuusei last year were definitely picking up speed on releases and was surprised they got an album and it turned out better than I thought.  Some of the songs are a bit meh, but most of it was good.  Wished they edited the last three tracks to actually fit the group of current girls, but that’s a small issue.  Hope that means more music is going to come from the trainees after this!

 

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