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°C-ute – To Tomorrow/Final Squall/The Curtain Rises March 20, 2017

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totomorrow

Track Listing

  1. To Tomorrow
  2. Final Squall
  3. The Curtain Rises
  4. To Tomorrow (Instrumental)
  5. Final Squall (Instrumental)
  6. The Curtain Rises (Instrumental)

1. To Tomorrow

Opening the single up is To Tomorrow and I assumed this song would’ve been a ballad, but it’s actually not so much, but more of a sentimental upbeat poppy track for the group in a similar vein as to a mix of “EVERYDAY Zekkouchou!!” and “Ai wa Maru de Seidenki”.  Though I feel like I’m a little disappointed in the use of synth horns and the track comes off a bit cheesy sounding, especially in the chorus.  It’s really not my favorite A-side here…

2. Final Squall

The first track to be revealed for the single, Final Squall is basically “Tsugi no Kado wo Magare” from the mix of rock and flowing strings to the tempo and beat.  While I’ll always like the aforementioned song, Final Squall seems to really only pickup in its chorus which is actually kind of cool to listen to.  I think it’ll grow on me with more listens, but I can say it’s at least a stronger song than “To Tomorrow” was.

3. The Curtain Rises

At least we have an upbeat dance track to close the single out with The Curtain Rises and just like all of their other synth-driven tracks, this one is quite cool and the members really stick out and they just have a lot of power in their performance in this track (I could’ve lived without the rap break though).  Overall, the best track the single has to offer here!

Coming into this single knowing it’s °C-ute’s final single is quite sad since I’ve been following them for quite a long time and like Berryz before, this group has always seemed to surprise me with their power in both vocals & dance so it’s sad that they’re disbanding in the wake of all the other new H!P acts starting to find their niche.

The single itself to me (disregarding that it’s their final) is actually kind of subpar to slightly mediocre to me.  I feel like we were spoiled with the previous two singles (though their last one “Mugen Climax/Ai wa Maru de Seidenki/Singing ~Ano Koro no You ni~” was only really epic due to just Mugen Climax) I feel like this single is rather safe.  To Tomorrow was cheesy as hell and bored me, Final Squall is essentially “Tsugi no Kado wo Magare part deux, and The Curtain Rises while good on its own, seems to be slightly out of place and doesn’t really come close to the group’s best work…so overall…it’s a meh single for me…but with the rumor of a best album (like what Berryz did for their final release), I’m hoping for something truly interesting.

 

°C-ute – Mugen Climax / Ai wa Maru de Seidenki / Singing ~Ano Koro no You ni~ October 22, 2016

Filed under: C-ute — solarblade @ 4:27 am

mugenclimax

Track Listing

  1. Mugen Climax
  2. Ai wa Maru de Seidenki
  3. Singing ~Ano Koro no You ni~
  4. Mugen Climax (Instrumental)
  5. Ai wa Maru de Seidenki (Instrumental)
  6. Singing ~Ano Koro no You ni~ (Instrumental)

1. Mugen Climax

Opening with a bit from Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata following with a ~destruction~, Mugen Climax is a wild neo-classical track that really shows off the dramatics and cool side of the 5-nin.  It’s just a really awesome song and I really love hearing the girls even if it is just Airi, Maimi, and Chisato.  Aggressive and something other H!P groups aren’t currently doing, it really is a standout song for the group and I’m loving it!

2. Ai wa Maru de Seidenki

Next up, we have Ai wa Maru de Seidenki and I couldn’t (like many others) help but think of Mario Kart with its arrangement as it’s rather sparkly and upbeat and reminds me of some of their earlier cutesy songs.  While I did think that the group was moving more towards mature sounding tracks (like their last single & “Mugen Climax”) it was nice to see them switching it back to something like “Bagel ni Ham & Cheese” & “Tokai no Hitorigurashi”.  However, I think the song might be a bit too sugary for my interests, it’s not a terrible song.

3. Singing ~Ano Koro no You ni~

Finally we have the 3rd A-side which was done by Tsunku and I was wondering where’d we end up.  Unlike the upbeat feels of the previous two tracks, Singing is presented more as a ballad for the group.  I do like the buildup to the chorus and the chorus is pretty as well…but the random laughing bits was a bit out of place IMO.  Still, majority of the song is pretty pleasant and the marching bits is neat.

 

 

With the group having announced their disbandment for 2017 during the summer, I was wondering when the group would have another single release and here we are towards the end of October with this.  Honestly, after their last single I was surprised I wasn’t more into this one.  The exception though was Mugen Climax which was beyond amazing for them and really left a mark on me!  Ai wa Maru de Seidenki & Singing were just not my type of songs, though the former was cute enough to at least be memorable.  Singing felt more like one of the early goodbyes…with no signs that this is their final single, I wonder if they’ll make their final release a big one!

 

°C-ute – Naze Hito wa Arasoun Darou?/Summer Wind/Jinsei wa STEP! April 13, 2016

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nazehitowaaisenaidarou

Track Listing

  1. Naze Hito wa Arasoun Darou?
  2. Summer Wind
  3. Jinsei wa STEP!
  4. Jinsei wa STEP! (Lil’Yukichi Remix feat. Cherry Brown) (Vinyl edition only)
  5. Naze Hito wa Arasoun Darou? (Instrumental)
  6. Summer Wind (Instrumental)
  7. Jinsei wa STEP! (Instrumental)

1. Naze Hito wa Arasoun Darou?

I wasn’t expecting °C-ute to go for something Motown/gospel/soul for their leading A-side, but with the group going through their mature changes, it was a nice change to say the least.  I do enjoy the throwback sound of the track, but I feel the whole ~oh happy days~ lines are oddly corny for a song like this.  Either way, the song is pretty good and the upbeat rhythms are just catchy…also Airi had nice solos, but she always does it seems xD.

2. Summer Wind

However, I feel like the standout track from the single is Summer Wind which I initially thought it was going to be like your standard summer song, but °C-ute decided to surprise with a rather sad track.  The arrangement while still under a form of EDM, is pulled back to a more deeper sound and it really makes the song sound mysterious, yet cool.  Then the chorus opens the song up with a pretty somber but slightly upbeat tune.  Honestly, it was what I was hoping for from the group at some point and it really worked out!

3. Jinsei wa STEP!

The final track on the single, Jinsei wa STEP! I felt like should’ve been after “Naze Hito wa Arasoun Darou?” because they both fit the throwback style like a pair should.  It’s bouncy jazzy style is quite unique and I’m loving the girls hitting more of the lower ranges because let’s be honest Chisato and Maimi needed it lol.  I also loved Airi’s lines too.  Also that there’s a tap dancing solo…what even? lol.  It’s a fun and upbeat track that’s for sure!

4. Jinsei wa STEP! (Lil’Yukichi Remix feat. Cherry Brown)

So with recent happenings and like their previous single, the group released a vinyl edition of the single and this time it’s an actual remix.  At first I thought the song being muddled made it sound cooler, though the track morphs into this weird R&B hybrid which is accented by this Cherry Brown who is rapping in the track.  I don’t think the styles really suited each other and just turned a decent song to something meh.

 

 

°C-ute’s first single of the year and first after their last album, “°Cmaj9″, Naze Hito wa Arasoun Darou?/Summer Wind/Jinsei wa STEP!” is a great single for the group who are moving to more mature songs for their releases.  The throwback A-sides were unique and quite a breath of fresh air for the group and even better to showcase them more vocally than normal which is impressive while Summer Wind was just mystical and beautiful at the same time (makes me think it’s their “Koi wa Magnet”).  Definitely my favorite single in a while from them!  Oh, but pass on the vinyl…just not worth the time for the bonus remix.

 

°C-ute – °Cmaj9 January 1, 2016

Filed under: C-ute — solarblade @ 4:37 pm

cmaj9

Track Listing

  1. °Cmaj9
  2. Iron Heart
  3. Otoko to Onna to Forever
  4. Jounetsu Ecstasy
  5. Digitalic→0 (LOVE)
  6. Urayanjau
  7. Yokaze no Message
  8. Tokai no Hitorigurashi
  9. Aitte Motto Zanshin
  10. Kokoro no Sakebi wo Uta ni Shitemita
  11. Love take it all
  12. The Power
  13. Kanashiki Heaven (Single Version)
  14. I miss you
  15. THE FUTURE
  16. The Middle Management ~Josei Chuukan Kanrishoku~
  17. Tsugi no Kado wo Magare
  18. GamushaLIFE
  19. °Cmaj9 (reprise)
  20. Arigatou ~Mugen no Yell~ (tofubeats remix) (Regular only)

1. °Cmaj9

I love that the group opened the album with a unique introductory piece.  As an a cappella piece set under the slight doo-wop style, the title track focuses on the said chord from the album title too which is pretty damn cool for the group to pull off, though the fact that maybe they took the name a little too far with the only lyrics being ~we are °C-ute, C major #9~ is a bit trite (on top of the Engrish getting in the way too).

2. Iron Heart

As the leading promotional song for the album, Iron Heart is the only non-member focused new track which might disappoint some, but this song pretty much makes up for it!  Taking a page of previous songs that had the crowd in mind: (“JUMP”, “Seishun Song”, “Dare ni mo Naishou no Koishite Iru no”, “Seishun! Mugen Power”, and “Iza, Susume! Steady Go!”), this one might not cut the originality line, but it’s still a song to excite the crowd and fire them up.  Though it does sound like some Buono! too!  I quite enjoyed this song, though it could’ve had a better PV than a lazy live performance >.>

3. Otoko to Onna to Forever

The rest of the new songs takes a page from “8 Queen of J-POP” as in each member gets a song that focuses on a member (but not strictly being a solo track).  The first song focuses on Chisato and I love the intro to this song because it reminds me of some classy James Bond arrangement (big band, kind of sexy, yet mysterious).  I’m liking the verses more than the chorus, but that’s because there’s not a lot going on in it to make it pop besids Chisa’s sexy drop off in the chorus.  It’s nice, but definitely not better than “Abiru Hodo Ai wo Kudasai”.

4. Jounetsu Ecstasy

Next up is Nakky’s song and this song was familiar because it was in the competition earlier in the year deciding what would be the group’s 10th anniversary song (the winner was “GamushaLIFE” BTW).  Now this was the song that stuck to me back then and was so sad that it wasn’t chosen, but later came in the album!  Utilizing Marty Friedman (a familiar name in idols/anison world) as the guitarist, Jounetsu Ecstasy is actually pretty edgy and badass for an album song and I’m loving it a bit more than “Iron Heart”!

5. Digitalic→0 (LOVE)

Next up is Maimai’s song and funny enough it’s an electro song like her last track “Namida mo Denai Kanashiku mo Nai Nanni mo Shitakunai”…yeah, the long-ass title!  Throw in some heavy dub-step in the intro, I was definitely curious to see what would come from this and once again, I’m falling in love with Maimai being under filters (it’s working like it did for Sayu).  While I do think the chorus is a bit messy in presentation, I think it’s cool and stands out on the album :D.

6. Urayanjau

So Airi is up next and she described this song as a bit of a mix of R&B and K-pop and I see a lot more of the latter than the former and ironically slightly reminds me of a lighter Red Velvet, but the chorus takes things in a lighter vibe, but I’m really liking the various sections.  H!P hasn’t done anything like this quite yet, so I’m enjoying this step outside of the box!

7. Yokaze no Message

Finally, we have Maimi’s track and I figured one had to be the ballad of the 5, so it’s not coming off as a surprise to see this.  I will say that I wasn’t expecting this song to sound like an ending theme to an anime (especially that opening and how Maimi sings the chorus).  I do enjoy that it doesn’t adhere to the typical H!P formula when it comes to ballads and the quintet sound pleasant and they don’t overdo things.  Pretty cool!

8. Tokai no Hitorigurashi

I will say that I’m mildly disappointed that here on out, the album is essentially a best album because the rest of the album (with the exception of the outro and remix) are chronologically placed A-sides that the group released after “8 Queen of J-POP”.  I suppose I have to dive into it though.  I like the upbeat nature of the song and the funky guitar licks is pretty neat too :D.  I still love the chorus for some reason, it’s just so bouncy and lively and the members had some good traction, definitely grew heavily on me with time passing!

9. Aitte Motto Zanshin

Though the other A-side was what caught my attention because it was more of the cooler style that °C-ute were striving for at the time.  It’s a little more grittier with the synths and high-hat usage mixed in with guitar riffs.  If there was anything that bothered me about this track was that the chorus felt like a totally different song and didn’t really work with the more aggressive and angsty verses.  I still do enjoy it though, but “Tokai no Hitorigurashi” has usurped its place!

10. Kokoro no Sakebi wo Uta ni Shitemita

I pretty much bombed the single when it came out and it was because the next two tracks sounded almsot like repeats of the previous two tracks.  I mean this song sounds a bit like “Tokai no Hitorigurashi”, but I’ve actually warmed up to this one a lot because while it takes up a lot of the cutesy upbeat sound, I think vocally it was more interesting (mesmerized by Chisato’s performance here).  Still, slightly underwhelming being the A-side after the aforementioned song.

11. Love take it all

After the energizing year that was 2013, °C-ute was a force to be had when it came to dance tracks.  While I said it was a generic “Aitte Motto Zanshin”, I do think it did turn out a bit better than when I heard it back in early 2014.  Once again, the star of the song was between Airi and Chisato and I quite enjoyed hearing both singing so strongly.  I don’t think the song stuck out to me until Kaede Kaga (Kenshuusei) performed this earlier this year…she just held the song as her own.  BTW, still think the title is bad English at its worst!

12. The Power

I wasn’t sure what they could have pulled off for a song called The Power, but it wasn’t something electronic mixed with bhangra elements.  I thought it was pretty nifty and there was just a lot of cool parts (like Mai & Nakky’s filtered parts) and the verses themselves, even the chorus sounded cool and mystical in its own rights.  It another song that really sticks out on this album because it just sounds unique!

13. Kanashiki Heaven (Single Version)

This single was just so split because I didn’t feel like it was necessary to give us another version of Kanashiki Heaven that only changed in arrangement (slightly) and added Nakky, Maimi, and Maimai as background singers, which I must say is very minimal.  It’s still 90% Airi and Chisa, but I suppose it’s different enough to warrant a new version.  I do like the new opening and the arrangement otherwise is cleaner, but like I said, not something that needed to happen.

14. I miss you

Shaking off the strangeness of the last single, °C-ute came back strong for the last single they released in 2014, starting with I miss you and it was another song that was different from previous releases..  Taking a melody and splitting it into three parts sounds like it’d make the song sound like a hot mess, and in some cases it did, but I quite enjoyed hearing the split parts (and Maimi taking lead).  It might be a bit short, but the magic of the song was in how complex things were and it was a quick favorite of mine!

15. THE FUTURE

I was kind of thinking this song was going to tie-in with “The Power” because of how themed the titles were to one another.  However, THE FUTURE wasn’t the case and brought back the dance-friendly °C-ute to the front.  I loved how much punch there was to this song and yet familiar it was to previous songs the group has released.  I was a bit perplexed at the meshing of words in the song (i.e. the chorus).  Still, like “I miss you”, this was another winner and made the single just SOOOO GOOD!

16. The Middle Management ~Josei Chuukan Kanrishoku~

Then we come into the last full single represented starting with The Middle Management, and like “THE FUTURE”, it’s got a cool, driving beat and I really like the vocal effects happening (once again to Mai and Nakky).  It might not have as much firepower as the previous song, but there’s classy about it.  I find it to be something familiar but giving us that more mature °C-ute too!

17. Tsugi no Kado wo Magare

Well, I do find it humorous that the only track moved in chronological choice is between these next two tracks (I can only assume it’s because “GamushaLIFE” makes for a better closing).  The only cover song on the album (technically speaking), Tsugi no Kado wo Magare for fans reminded them of an anime opening and I can’t blame them because it seriously does (hmmm…this song and “Yokaze no Message” could work in tandem heh).  Overall, it’s a bit more dramatic of a song (not as much as “Kanashiki Heaven” and “I miss you”) but it’s a cool song!

18. GamushaLIFE

Yup, no surprise that this song would be the last full song on the album.  Known to many as the group’s 10th anniversary song, it really is an upbeat song that shows the group’s longevity and sisterly love.  If I had the choice, I would have kept this song away from “Tokai no Hitorigurashi” and “Kokoro no Sakebi wo Uta ni Shitemita” because it would just flow too much into one another.  I do remember the pseudo-rap in the bridge the most about this song, but otherwise it’s another cutesy happy song.

19. °Cmaj9 (reprise)

Interesing that we get an outro to the album too!  Taking from the opening and spinning it upside down, the reprise descends the notes and the a cappella itself is actually slower too!  I thought it was just a clever way to end the album the same way it opened up and then they end it with a ~thank you~.  Pleasant!

20. Arigatou ~Mugen no Yell~ (tofubeats remix)

I find it weird that the single released before the album isn’t represented here, but we do get a remix of at least one of them to close the Regular editions of the album.  I was worried that remixing a ballad would make things awkward, but I kind of dug what tofubeats did with the song by adding a nice laidback beat and a feel of R&B to suit the melody a smidge better.  It may not sound dramatic and grandiose as the original,  but this was a pretty decent remix otherwise!

Tracks Recommended

  • I miss you
  • The Middle Management ~Josei Chuukan Kanrishoku~
  • Tokai no Hitorigurashi
  • Jounetsu Ecstasy
  • THE FUTURE

Song of Avoidance

  • Kanashiki Heaven (Single Version)

*will review the remix once it leaks* After two years, we finally get °C-ute’s 9th album and for the most part it actually turned out pretty decent.  None of the songs were really bad persay, but looking at the tracklist alone, it might have well been a best album with 6 new tracks and a remix and an intro/outro (looked more like ANGERME’s best that they released in November.  °Cmaj9 does catch us up and the new songs are pretty decent, but why set the rest of the tracklist with A-sides by chronological release?  Just baffles me…

 

 

°C-ute – Arigatou ~Mugen no Yell~/Arashi wo Okosunda Exciting Fight! October 26, 2015

Filed under: C-ute — solarblade @ 6:18 pm

arashiwookosunda

Track Listing

  1. Arigatou ~Mugen no Yell~
  2. Arashi wo Okosunda Exciting Fight!
  3. GamushaLIFE (Acoustic Ver.) (Vinyl only)
  4. Arigatou ~Mugen no Yell~ (Instrumental)
  5. Arashi wo Okosunda Exciting Fight! (Instrumental)
  6. GamushaLIFE (Acoustic Ver.) (Instrumental)

1. Arigatou ~Mugen no Yell~

As the leading song of the single, Arigatou was used as Japan’s Wrestling Hymn and so it’s no surprise to me that it’s the ballad of the single as well.  Unfortunately, due to that, I already find myself thinking it’s a little much like “Kono Machi” with it’s plain melody and simple instrumentation.  I do like the solos from the girls (especially from our three usual suspects) but this isn’t new to anyone hah.  I will say, it’s been a little while since we’ve gotten a ballad, but this one kind of fell to the wayside for me.

2. Arashi wo Okosunda Exciting Fight!

The other tune is the fight song for the sport and it’s a definite 180 from “Arigatou ~Mugen no Yell~” which is great!  The track is pretty much a rock song for the group and honestly, I’m enjoying this change of pace and genres for the group and this is another example of powerful vocals with an equally powerful arrangement.  They just seemed to match up together and the members sound more exciting (cue the puns).  Great song!

3. GamushaLIFE (Acoustic ver.)

So on the vinyl versions of the single (which came out a month after the single’s initial release), it came with a bonus track in the form of an acoustic take of one of their A-sides of the previous single.  That being said, the original wasn’t really the favorite of the single, but I knew how important the song was for the group.  This new take does give a lighter arrangement, but I was hoping for the song to be resung which it wasn’t so ultimately it came off a bit lazy and unnecessary to purchase just for this.

°C-ute to me seems to have been on the backburner once again this year when it comes to Hello! Project, but they finally release their 2nd single of the year.  Arigatou is kind of forgetful in the long run and it’s hard to remember the melody (even “Kono Machi” had a recognizable melody, though it was a cover).  Arashi wo Okosunda Exciting Fight! was the better song by a long shot because of its hard rock sound and powerful vocals and the bonus track was only for completionists and huge fans as the song didn’t really impress or transform it much.  With their 9th studio album set to release in December, I really wonder what singles will be on it (15 A-sides that have released since “⑧ Queen of J-POP”, I wonder if it’ll be like Juice=Juice’s first album if that’s the case.

 

°C-ute – Cutie Queen VOL. 1 September 21, 2015

Filed under: C-ute — solarblade @ 5:21 am

cutiequeen

Track Listing

  1. Massara Blue Jeans
  2. Wakkyanai (Z)
  3. Soku Dakishimete
  4. Ookina Ai de Motenashite
  5. Time Capsule
  6. EVERYDAY YEAH! Kataomoi
  7. As ONE
  8. YES! Shiawase
  9. ENDLESS LOVE ~I Love You More~

1. Massara Blue Jeans

Like Berryz, it’s no surprise that the album would begin with their debut single.  Great because Kanna has the opening line of the track hahah!  I still do think this is definitely one of the best debuts within Hello! Project from the slap bass and the speedy yet exciting arrangement.  Even though Maimi leads a good portion of the song there’s solos for just about everyone except Maimai, Nakky, and Chisato.  It’s a pretty exciting song though and one of the coolest ways to open an album up!

2. Wakkyanai (Z)

Strange to see that they’d make the next track be the 4th A-side (notably known as the PV-less single).  While the previous three A-sides had a lot going for them and they managed to really stick to me, Wakkyanai (Z) was the one that took the longest time.  For a song that’s mostly led by Megumi and Airi (with a solo line for Kanna and Chisato), this song is kind of just cute but not as heavily like “Ookina Ai de Motenashite”.  While it is my least favorite of the A-sides, it’s a decent track and really shows off Airi’s skills a lot (I’d say the same for Megumi, but…)

3. Soku Dakishimete

Going back, we hit the group’s 2nd single Soku Dakishimete and I still wasn’t sure what Tsunku was leading this group towards.  The song tries to be a cool song (and the PV even moreso), but the song itself sounds a whole lot cuter than I remembered.  With Maimi, Airi, and Megumi having all the solo lines, it was a rather concerning song and it showed who was really going to be promoted in the group.  I still do enjoy the song and really showcased Megumi a lot more which is really nice for fans who wanted to know who she was.

4. Ookina Ai de Motenashite

3rd single is next up and it’s definitely the cutest of the 4 (no pun intended xD).  As the uber sugary cute song it is, I was kind surprised at how vocally daft it was once you kick things off.  The rather higher pitched vocals from Airi, Maimi, and Megumi didn’t exactly sound right, but with the sparkly sounds and girly arrangement, I suppose I could give it a pass.  I do love that chorus though and it’s just a catchy song overal even if the vocals are a little more squeaky.

5. Time Capsule

As the rest of the album is new tracks, it’s nice to see some new material pop up.  Time Capsule is up first and after the bouncy and fun nature of the singles, this song does slightly tone things down if only a little bit.  Of course our usual suspects have lead parts including Erika which is pretty awesome to see her lead alongside.  The track itself doesn’t exactly do much for me as the arrangement kind of stays flat as well as the vocals unfortunately.  Though Megumi did try to add some accents which is a nice try but still didn’t help the song much.

6. EVERYDAY YEAH! Kataomoi

Something about this song had a weird nostalgic sound before the group comes in and well squeaks things up.  Well, sort-of since Maimai has a lot of the hook lines in the song and her voice was just ear-piercingly hard on my ears.  The rest of the song is pretty catchy though and it’s also the first song where every member has a solo line (surprising IMO).  I do think this track is pretty much reserved for live performances because of the whole call and response chorus.  This song is pretty good though and one of the better album songs out there.

7. As ONE

Though it could be questioned that maybe the next song, As ONE could be even better because it’s got a nice dance sound to it.  There’s not a lot of solo lines to be had here (one solo line each for Maimai, Maimi, Erika, and Megumi) though a lot of the song has a strong amount of English too which surprised me a whole lot, a little more frequent than in “Massara Blue Jeans”.  It’s a pretty solid song though and might be my favorite of the new songs hahaha!

8. YES! Shiawase

The final two tracks are actually cover songs though it’s odd on H!P history because this is a T&C Bomber song and the next one is a Taiyou to Ciscomoon cover (the two are the same group, just rebranded).  That being said, I was highly expecting to not enjoy it because the original songs were sung by mature singers so having kids tackling them was a cause for worry. Sadly, it came to be since the younger voices didn’t exactly fit the arrangement very well and I wasn’t a big fan of the original regardless of the difference of vocals either…

9. ENDLESS LOVE ~I Love You More~

So the other cover though I thought was handled a little better.  Adding that kind of urban-pop sound to the group was a pretty interesting twist and I enjoyed °C-ute’s version maybe not as much as Taiyou to Ciscomoon’s but this is much better than how “YES! Shiawase” turned out.  Despite the leads are just Maimi, Airi, Megumi, and Erika again it’s still a cool song overall and interesting decision to be the closer.

Tracks Recommended

  • Massara Blue Jeans
  • As ONE
  • Soku Dakishimete
  • EVERYDAY YEAH! Kataomoi
  • Ookina Ai de Motenashite

Song of Avoidance

  • YES! Shiawase

Unlike Berryz’ debut, I thought °C-ute’s debut album was better by a nice margin!  Cutie Queen VOL. 1 did a nice job showing off a much more cooler group in comparison and despite that we already know who were going to be the obvious leads here (Airi & Maimi) this still was a good album with a lot of memorable songs.  Though it is fair to remind you all that this was the only album that Megumi took part in because after this release she’d suddenly announce her graduation…sad because I think Tsunku was making her out to be a main singer alongside Airi and Maimi too…Oh well at least they have Erika to maybe pick up the slack? Maybe???

 

°C-ute – The Middle Management ~Josei Chuukan Kanrishoku~/GamushaLIFE/Tsugi no Kado wo Magare March 31, 2015

Filed under: C-ute — solarblade @ 7:17 pm

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Track Listing

  1. The Middle Management ~Josei Chuukan Kanrishoku~
  2. GamushaLIFE
  3. Tsugi no Kado wo Magare
  4. The Middle Management ~Josei Chuukan Kanrishoku~ (Instrumental)
  5. GamushaLIFE (Instrumental)
  6. Tsugi no Kado wo Magare (Instrumental)

1. The Middle Management ~Josei Chuukan Kanrishoku~

Kicking off this single, we get The Middle Management (funny title aside), this is their dance-centric song and it’s in the same vein as with a lot of H!P songs of recent.  I was surprised that Maimai got a lot of presence in the song (well, she and Nakky).  Still, the song is pretty cool and the sudden triplets thrown into the track gives the song more pep.  It’s pretty standard fare, but I still came out of it, enjoying this song.

2. GamushaLIFE

The next song, GamushaLIFE has an interesting backstory as it’s roughly a song that was created by a contest winner, SHOCK-EYE.  When the finalized song came out, I was less than interested in this song even though it’s kind of like how Berryz started to poke at their indefinite hiatus.  The song is bright and has some nice vocals too!  Though the chorus is a bit jarring, still it’s a nice song…but it makes me worried lol.

3. Tsugi no Kado wo Magare

So the 3rd A-side is a lot like ANGERME’s “Taikibansei” because it was made by the same guy, Takui Nakajima (who is releasing his version on his album a week after this single comes out).  When I first heard this track, all I could think of is how ANISON it sounds.  That’s not bad because, I’m loving the vocals and energy with the track too.  It’s a nice mature song for the quintet and definitely sticks out on the single.

 

 

As °C-ute releases their 10th anniversary single, one can only imagine how long until they go on a “indefinite hiatus” because Berryz released theirs and a single and a best album later, they were gone.  I’m loving how mature the group is looking nowadays and songs like The Middle Management and Tsugi no Kado wo Magare really showcases their talents.  GamushaLIFE is OK…maybe a bit off on this single, but overall, this single was quite nice!