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Hello! Pro Kenshuusei – Rainbow×2 May 16, 2018

Filed under: Hello! Pro Kenshuusei — solarblade @ 5:31 am

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Track Listing

  1. Rainbow
  2. Yacchae! GO! GO!
  3. 43do
  4. Tadashii Seishun tte Nan Darou
  5. Medatte Do Dance
  6. Arigata-Meiwaku Monogatari
  7. Hello! Massara no Jibun
  8. Gobaku ~We Can’t Go Back~
  9. Isshakudama de Buppanase!
  10. Mirai e Tsunagu Yakusoku
  11. RealLittleGirl

1. Rainbow

Opening the album, we get a lot of new tracks to listen to.  Well, technically not really because a couple of them were performed live.  Anyways, Rainbow kicks things off in a nice pleasant way that feels like an intro song with some fluttery synths and a dance beat.  Considering it is only 5 of the Kenshuusei singing, it feels really nice to hear how well they sound together.  At points some of the song sounds like an anison theme, but the song is bright and pleasant as a whole!

2. Yacchae! GO! GO!

One of those songs that were performed prior to the album, Yacchae! GO! GO! takes the more cutesy pop/rock feel this time!  It’s an energetic song and it features many of the members (most from the recent generations), but it feels so concrete and well done.  Especially for how the tune weaves its lyrics in and around each other.  It reminds me of an early S/mileage song for some reason like “Suki-chan” or “Ganbaranakutemo Eenende!!”.

3. 43do

I’m really loving that the song opens with an acoustic guitar before adding synths and synth horns to add spice.  Choosing in 6 members, I was also pretty surprised at how energetic and cool they sounded together.  Then again they’re decent singers (some of them being the favored members).  It’s definitely the “Onna no Sono” of the album and really kicked ass here…very cool track!

4. Tadashii Seishun tte Nan Darou

Another song performed prior to the album, Tadashii Seishun tte Nan Darou definitely reminds me of another song that’s on this album actually, “Real☆Little☆Girl” because of the similar instrumentations and energy behind it.  Not quite sure if that’s a good sign or not, but there’s quite a number of members involved here, but it’s OK.  It’s cute and whatnot but it’s like “Table Seki Aitetemo Counter Seki”…it’s just kind of here.

5. Medatte Do Dance

I had thought last year that this would’ve been released digitally (like the next couple of tracks were) but for some reason it was held back until now.  It was something I was looking forward to because the tune has such a cool intro and heavy sound that felt right with most of the other digital songs that were released.  The chorus is catchy and the tune is cute but not hardcore genki.  Hell, I think I hear Rin Hachisako a LOT (even a solo!).  Fun song!

6. Arigata-Meiwaku Monogatari

So we get into digital singles and this one was so awesome because it was darker and rockin’ and it’s a sucker for me because it’s just as catchy as it was last year.  It’s also like “Onna no Sono” but this is more for the energetic performance and beats.  Surprised that only 5 of the Kenshuusei took part in it.  Great to see it make the cut honestly.

7. Hello! Massara no Jibun

On the flipside of the coin, I wasn’t as much interested in seeing this make the cut besides the fact that it’s the oldest on the album.  It even shows by including Mizuho Ono (who is currently in Tsubaki Factory, after this recording).  It’s her and 3 others here and I’m just surprised that its just them here.  The song itself is a bit chintzy and forgettable for me for some reason.  Yeah, probably my least favorite song off the album…maybe?

8. Gobaku ~We Can’t Go Back~

Now this was a total surprise because it felt like it wasn’t connected to the Kenshuusei in anyway by how it was represented.  Considering all 5 members are currently H!P members in some fashion (Ichioka, Takase, and Kiyono are still waiting for their groups while Dambara and Kawamura are in Juice=Juice & ANGERME respectively).  Gobaku itself though is such a bop and its got this glossy 80s vibe to it and the members sound SOOO good here.  Yeah, what a surprise, but an awesome one to have got!

9. Isshakudama de Buppanase!

The last of the digital songs that were released, Isshakudama de Buppanase! surprised me by having Kaede Kaga & Mizuho Ono here (both in H!P currently).  The song itself feels pretty in the middle for me on this album.  It’s like a toned down “Yacchae! GO! GO!” with deeper vocals which is always decent to hear.  Though I still kind of dug it, even if there’s better.

10. Mirai e Tsunagu Yakusoku

As the last of the new tracks, I had figured one of them was going to be a ballad and boy it’s a boring one at that.  Being a simple piano ballad (with strings that come in later), this song should’ve had all the Kenshuusei singing but it doesn’t.  Yeah and its all sung in unison so it really doesn’t move me in anyway.  Pretty disappointed here.

11. Real☆Little☆Girl

I’m pretty surprised they slipped in a Hokkaido KSS track at the end of the album (and somehow disappointed they omitted both “Hankouki!” and “Ice day Party”.  Anyways, Real☆Little☆Girl definitely still reminds me of a Country Girls song, but its an oddly catchy song at that and hearing the Hokkaido girls is always nice right?  Definitely a cute way to end the album.

Tracks Recommended

  • 43do
  • Arigata-Meiwaku Monogatari
  • Gobaku ~We Can’t Go Back~
  • Rainbow

Song of Avoidance

  • Mirai e Tsunagu Yakusoku

Wow, it’s just something when about 90% of the girls involved from the first Kenshuusei are gone when we get to their sophomore effort.  I have to say, Rainbow×2 is kind of on the same level, maybe a bit here because the songs were a lot stronger and left more of an impact here.  There are still some stinkers here, but I feel like the fact H!P kind of put the girls in groupings was interesting (but couldn’t we have one that had all the KSS in it?).  Also could’ve used more Hokkaido presence here to be honest besides their first A-side.  Otherwise, solid album!