- Hatsukoi Sunrise
- Just Try!
- Uruwashi no Camellia
- Hatsukoi Sunrise (Instrumental)
- Just Try! (Instrumental)
- Uruwashi no Camellia (Instrumental)
1. Hatsukoi Sunrise
Ah, opening the single up, we have Hatsukoi Sunrise (which ironically was the last of the 3 songs revealed, yet first to have its PV released hm..). I will say of the three songs on the single, this one actually impressed me the most because it was a strong song and the fire of the arrangement and power of some of the vocalists was more impressive. While it does show that Kiki is a prominent member here in the track we got to hear a lot of the other members and the three newbies (Mao, Saori, and Mizuho) definitely joined with a punch as well especially Mizuho who had a pretty awesome solo! Though Saorin and Maopin also had strong lines too. If you like some high-speed EDM dance tracks, I’d say this is one of the better ones out there!
2. Just Try!
Moving to the first A-side revealed back in November, Just Try! is a little more of what we’ve been getting from the group during their indies run. Though as the song is from Tsunku, the EDM is a bit more contrived and simple though at the same time, it does struggle with some other songs by sounding like 3-4 songs pasted together in random ala songs like “Brainstorming” and “Aitte Motto Zanshin” from the other H!P groups. I thought we had moved on from that, but seems not. I do like the opening sections with the focus on the beat, but the robotic verses to the kind of chintzy chorus just made it feel a bit sloppy. It’s my least favorite from the single, but there’s been worse.
3. Uruwashi no Camellia
Last, but not least, Uruwashi no Camellia closes the single out in a rather unique and new style for the group to try out. I wasn’t expecting ragtime to be the style of one of their A-sides, but hey it’s a thing. I do like how cute and upbeat the track is, but I definitely was thrown off by the song being filtered to sound like it was being played via a phonograph. Though once the chorus kicks in, the filter drops and the tune clears up and it sounds playful and adorable. Add in that the solos in the 2nd set of verses is cute and happy to see Riko, Ami, Kisora, and Risa get them lines is awesome (actually all 9 members get a decent line so that’s great!). Though it’s strange that because of the filtered part in the first verse of the song, the rest of the track feels oddly short…am I the only one who feels this way?
Long time coming, but we finally have a major label debut from Tsubaki Factory! Though since the last review (“Hitorijime/Watashi ga Obasan ni Nattemo”), the group had added three new members into the mix. What I can say is that I feel like Saori & Mizuho will be more fortification to the vocals as both members seem to have lower tones than majority of the rest of the group while Mao is more for visuals (she accels at dancing, but her voice isn’t quite at the levels that other members like Yumeno, Risa, and Kiki have). As for the single, I liked Hatsukoi Sunrise the most as it’s powerful and just showcases a lot of cool from the girls like “Kedakaku Sakihokore!” did. Uruwashi no Camellia is a unique song for the group and it’s cute, but I think the filtered section could’ve been lessened or personally left out. As for Just Try!, it’s a messy song…feels like a 2013-15 song from Tsunku and just felt like it was a shelved song from then brought back to life. Overall, great major debut and I pretty excited to see where things go for the group!