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Hello Pro All Stars – YEAH YEAH YEAH/Akogare no Stress-free/Hana, Takenawa no Toki September 18, 2018

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Track Listing

  1. YEAH YEAH YEAH
  2. Akogare no Stress-free
  3. Hana, Takenawa no Toki
  4. Hello! History
  5. YEAH YEAH YEAH (Morning Musume ’18 Ver.) (Regular A only)
  6. YEAH YEAH YEAH (ANGERME Ver.) (Regular B only)
  7. YEAH YEAH YEAH (Juice=Juice Ver.) (Regular C only)
  8. YEAH YEAH YEAH (Country Girls Ver.) (Regular D only)
  9. YEAH YEAH YEAH (Kobushi Factory Ver.) (Regular E only)
  10. YEAH YEAH YEAH (Tsubaki Factory Ver.) (Regular F only)
  11. YEAH YEAH YEAH (Instrumental)
  12. Akogare no Stress-free (Instrumental)
  13. Hana, Takenawa no Toki (Instrumental)
  14. Hello! History (Instrumental)

1. YEAH YEAH YEAH

As the leading A-side of the single, I was kind of expecting a bombastic dance track with such a title, but instead it’s quite the opposite taking more of a mid-tempo piano ballad that actually is structured a bit more as a dance number.  I mean the song sounds a little bit like previous Hello! Project songs and it just doesn’t really put a spark in me (doesn’t help there’s no solos either).  Even the dance breakdown is eerily similar to Momusu’s “Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi” & “The Vision”. I don’t know, but the song comes off generic and forgettable.

2. Akogare no Stress-free

At least the 2nd A-side kind of fixes that mess with more of an interesting sound and it’s actually upbeat!  I like the surfers rock sound I get from it and the song just has a bit more oomph to it since it is a bit more of a cooler song for them.  Though the only solos here are actually between Ayacho & Fukuchan (leader and sub-leader of H!P).  It’s a pretty cool song, probably the favorite of the single though.

3. Hana, Takenawa no Toki

I was surprised we were getting this song on the single considering I thought it was more of an Up-Front song than anything (because it was performed first at HinaFest earlier in the year).  That said, seeing the H!P girls get this song is kind of interesting.  The song is a full chorale of a song to a simple piano arrangement.  While I like the togetherness of the track, didn’t we technically get that in “YEAH YEAH YEAH”?  I don’t know, this one is pretty much eh as well, but I suppose it’s clean and simple.

4. Hello! History

Honestly, this should’ve EASILY been the lead song as it really showcases H!P up to date!  It’s funky and the singing is pretty upbeat and kind of quite unique because it mentions a lot of big songs that involve the current groups.  Hell, the leaders of H!P get a solo too (even Reina Ichioka!).  Might look like a bigger “Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari” but I dig this quite a bit, why is it a B-side???

5. YEAH YEAH YEAH (Morning Musume ’18 Ver.) (Regular A only)
6. YEAH YEAH YEAH (ANGERME Ver.) (Regular B only)
7. YEAH YEAH YEAH (Juice=Juice Ver.) (Regular C only)
8. YEAH YEAH YEAH (Country Girls Ver.) (Regular D only)
9. YEAH YEAH YEAH (Kobushi Factory Ver.) (Regular E only)
10. YEAH YEAH YEAH (Tsubaki Factory Ver.) (Regular F only)

Each Regular version of the single does come with a 5th track depending on which version you get (obvious which group you want).  Though I kind of wish it wasn’t YEAH YEAH YEAH as the chosen track though.  Really not much to say here sadly because I’m still not that much of a fan of the song.  Though I guess one good thing that sets these apart from the original is the fact there’s solo lines through each group’s version so I suppose there’s a plus right?

 

 

Compared to “ALL FOR ONE & ONE FOR ALL!” and “Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku”, this is by far the weakest (get all of H!P together) single to date.  I don’t who thought YEAH YEAH YEAH would make for a decent showing of the company because it kind of brought the generic stuff that H!P has done together in one song.  Probably would’ve better had Akogare no Stress-free or Hello! History as the leading songs because both those tracks are great!  Hana, Takenawa no Toki is simple and nice, but maybe not for this single.  I don’t know this 20th anniversary thing hasn’t really celebrated a lot music-wise IMO…disappointing…

 

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Kobushi Factory – Kitto Watashi wa/Naseba Naru July 29, 2018

Filed under: Kobushi Factory — solarblade @ 1:12 am

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Track Listing

  1. Kitto Watashi wa
  2. Naseba Naru
  3. Kitto Watashi wa (Instrumental)
  4. Naseba Naru (Instrumental)

1. Kitto Watashi wa

As the leading A-side, this is surprisingly Tsunku’s first time doing a song for Kobushi Factory and it shows because this song sounds a lot different than what Kobushi is quite known for so far in their discography.  I think the last actual poppy song they did was “Samba! Kobushi Janeiro” and that was kind of like the black sheep off their first album.  It is an interesting song though with bounce and the quintet sounding a little different from past singles!  I do like the small rapping parts within the song and it does have a couple parts with electric guitar, but this is kind of like the feelgood summer track and I enjoyed that about this one!

2. Naseba Naru

As for the other A-side, Naseba Naru is a LOT like their previous ballad, “Kobushi no Hana” from their first album!  Actually there’s a lot of similarities I could place between the two besides the change of members because it has the same pop/rock/strings sound and the chorus is kind of full-sounding with all 5 members.  Besides the good vocalwork though, I really can’t remember much out of this song.  Maybe it’s a little too close to sounding like “Kobushi no Hana”…

 

 

As the 2nd single as a quintet, Kitto Watashi wa/Naseba Naru is not quite as decent as their previous single due to mostly the fact that Naseba Naru is kind of a ballad they’ve already done before and it’s just a bit plain to me.  Though, I do like Kitto Watashi wa with its Summer vibes and fun sound despite being a bit not the usual for Kobushi Factory.  I kind of wonder what’s next though (especially with 2 unreleased songs in their collection at the moment).

 

Kobushi Factory – Kore Kara da!/Ashita Tenki ni Naare March 20, 2018

Filed under: Kobushi Factory — solarblade @ 5:43 pm

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Track Listing

  1. Kore Kara da!
  2. Ashita Tenki ni Naare
  3. Kore Kara da! (Instrumental)
  4. Ashita Tenki ni Naare (Instrumental)

1. Kore Kara da!

As the leading A-side, Kore Kara da! was actually somewhat surprising at the arrangement and sound of the song gave me some previous feelings to older songs like something from 4-nin S/mileage with the guitarwork and synths flowing around.  Though it does also somewhat remind me of “Tabidachi no Haru ga Kita”.  I kind of like hearin the members give a somewhat stronger performance considering all 5 members can sing in the lower register.  I wasn’t expecting Reirei to have a beatboxing section or Sakurako to have a lot of lines, but it’s such an interesting song and while it might not be their strongest song, it’s decent enough for Kobushi!

2. Ashita Tenki ni Naare

The other A-side, Ashita Tenki ni Naare feels a bit more like something Buono! would have released due to the style of the guitars and synths.  I do like the drive within the quintet and each girl feels like they stick out a LOT here and the tune kind of gives me sort of similar vibes to like “Shalala! Yareru Hazu sa” but also something like “TEKI”.  What threw me off is the bridge with the English from a dude…way too cheesy.

 

 

Doesn’t it feel like it’s been a while since we’ve seen Kobushi Factory last?  A lot has happened since then, mostly due to the group losing 3 of their members (luckily not their vocal side) and had left us with the 5 here.  I feel like the single is kind of decent, but also somewhat middle of the road since neither song brought the excitement I was hoping for after their previous single.  Though it is nice Wadasaku is getting a bigger push to be on equal terms with the rest of the group now.  Curious to see what’s next for them.

 

 

Kobushi Factory – Shalala! Yareru Hazu sa/Eejanaika Ninjanaika June 14, 2017

Filed under: Kobushi Factory — solarblade @ 3:59 pm

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Track Listing

  1. Shalala! Yareru Hazu sa
  2. Eejanaika Ninjanaika
  3. Yami ni Nukegake (SP Edition only)
  4. Picchi Pichi Tomodacchi (SP Edition only)
  5. Shalala! Yareru Hazu sa (Instrumental)
  6. Eejanaika Ninjanaika (Instrumental)
  7. Yami ni Nukegake (Instrumental)
  8. Picchi Pichi Tomodacchi (Instrumental)

1. Shalala! Yareru Hazu sa

Kicking the single off, I was happy to hear that Shalala! gives me a mix of pop/punk with a little bit of ska in the tune.  Considering that it fits with Kobushi’s overall style, it was pretty decent and has a nice positive sound to it all.  I have to say though that I love the chorus and the energy the girls put in.  Surprising though that it’s the only song on the single not tied to something!

2. Eejanaika Ninjanaika

That said the rest of the single is tied to the JK Ninja Girls staeplay & movie.  Though I was wondering why they made the other A-side sound like a showgirls-like track mix with some light ondo.   It’s cute as things go but like with “Samba! Kobushi Janeiro” it’s one of the oddball A-sides they’ve had.  I will say that it’s catchy as hell though and everyone gets a solo line which is always decent to hear too!

3. Yami ni Nukegake

The last two tracks were insert songs for the stageplay (“Eejanaika Ninjanaika” was the theme for the movie).  Starting with Yami ni Nukegake, a song that outside of the play, Kobushi has been performing a lot of, it’s a pretty interesting song.  You can hear the ninja-esque elements, but it does stem closer to Kobushi’s style but has a lot of funky bass lines and horn lines.  Strange as it seems, it works a lot better than “Eejanaika Ninjanaika” as it’s a bit more edgy and the girls have a lot more solos to handle, but came out sounding amazing here!  Curious to why this wasn’t an A-side because it sounds awesome!

4. Picchi Pichi Tomodacchi

The same can’t be said for the last track though.  I instantly felt the stageplay feel immediately from the arrangement and the weird instrumentation.  On top of the male quips that were thrown in.  A lot of the girls sound higher than I thought and that in itself was odd.  Though it’s not as strange as the interlude of the guys singing against this EDM-ish cutesy arrangement for a little while.  What a strange choice to put on the single, couldn’t this have been on the “JK Ninja Girls” OST?

 

 

As the group’s first single after their first album, “Kobushi Sono Ichi”, I feel like they hit a weird point with this one.  I think Shalala! Yareru Hazu sa was appropriate enough to be the leading track because it sounds like a lot of their stuff prior.  Though having the other 75% being tied to their JK Ninja Girls stuff might have led them astray since none of the songs really fit Kobushi’s style.  That said though, I did really love Yami ni Nukegake and in some parts Eejanaika Ninjanaika as there’s some experimentation that works for them moreso than “Samba! Kobushi Janeiro” did.  Picchi Pichi Tomodacchi is just an odd song for them and to throw random male parts in didn’t help much in the end.

I guess it should be mentioned that this is also Rio Fujii’s final single with the group as she’s graduating and I don’t think she was well-represented here as a send-off single.  Shalala!’s PV helped, but Rio chose to announce this a bit after the single’s announcement sadly.  Still, I’ll miss her energy and quirkiness…hopefully she won’t leave too much of a hole behind.

 

Kobushi Factory – Butai “JK Ninja Girls” Original Soundtrack April 27, 2017

Filed under: Kobushi Factory — solarblade @ 7:01 am

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Track Listing

  1. I Love Ninja Girls -Tokyo vs. Osaka-
  2. Saru mo Odaterya Hitottobi
  3. Atama Warukute Kirigakurezu
  4. Erabu Mirai
  5. Kanashimi no Kakera
  6. Eiga “JK Ninja Girls” no Oshirase Special Talk!

1. I Love Ninja Girls -Tokyo vs. Osaka-

It’s been quite a while since an OST song brought me some smiles and I Love Ninja Girls is cute, very ninja-esque and vocally is quite nice going from strong lines from all the members to a bouncy unison section.  I find it compelling and strongly thought this was great as the theme for the play itself.

2. Saru mo Odaterya Hitottobi

It’s no surprise when it comes to valid vocal prowess, I’m not surprised that Saru mo Odaterya Hitottobi is a solo from Rei.  I really love the intro with just her singing with a VERY powerful presence.  She does tone it down once the music joins in which is bouncy and a bit cute.  I’m not exactly a fan of the synth horns, but OST songs tend to sound cheap so it’s not a thing that kills it, but it’s too noticeable.

3. Atama Warukute Kirigakurezu

Now Hamachan gets a solo as well and her track, Atama Warukute Kirigakurezu, is a simple song in comparison to all of the other tracks.  Despite being a song made by a CASIO (it feels like), I’m just not into this because Hamachan is using her squeaky voice to get by and I feel like I’m listening to some children’s song.  Just not my kind of song.

4. Erabu Mirai

Now we have a track that combines Rei and Ayano together.  Luckily, they both ditched the cutesy sound of their solo entirely for a simple piano/strings ballad.  Fortunately for them, they bring their A game and give a powerful, but short performance.  I kind of wish it wasn’t 2 minutes long, but what can you do?

5. Kanashimi no Kakera

The last track features all of the other Kobushi members that aren’t Hamachan & Reirei and I’m happy they at least focused a little on them with this track too.  It’s nice they also paired them like Ayaka/Sakurako/Minami & Rio/Natsumi/Rena for both verses and choruses and it worked alongside its acoustic guitar based arrangement.  Soft, but it definitely stood out.

 

 

Getting into this I guess preview OST, Kobushi Factory once again sounded decent for JK Ninja Girls.  Granted, 5 songs is not quite enough to satiate my interest in the play since it’s the group as Ninjas and all.  I would say most of the tracks were pretty decent with the only stinker being Hamachan’s solo track…that was a little too idol genki for me.  With their upcoming single featuring the theme for the JK Ninja Girls movie, it makes me wonder how Japanese they’ll make the song since the main theme for the play is kooky.

 

Kobushi Factory – Kobushi Sono Ichi December 5, 2016

Filed under: Kobushi Factory — solarblade @ 3:48 am

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Track Listing

  1. Isogaba Maware
  2. Dosukoi! Kenkyo ni Daitan
  3. Chotto Guchoku ni! Chototsu Moushin
  4. Nen ni wa Nen
  5. Mijiku Hanjuku Torotoro
  6. Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san no Uta
  7. Kenmei Blues
  8. Bacchikoi Seishun!
  9. Zanshin
  10. Survivor
  11. Samba! Kobushi Janeiro
  12. TEKI
  13. Osu! Kobushi Tamashii
  14. Ora wa Ninkimono
  15. GO TO THE TOP!!
  16. Sakura Night Fever
  17. Kobushi no Hana

CD2

  1. This is Unmei (Kobushi 2016 ver.)
  2. Maji Bomber!!
  3. Koi no Jubaku
  4. Seishun Gekijou
  5. Kawaii Kare
  6. Icchoume Rock!
  7. Da Di Du De Do Da Di!

1. Isogaba Maware

Opening the album, the opening riff of Isogaba Maware definitely reminded me of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”.  Though quickly as that comparison was made the synths get added in and the track shifted sound quite swiftly.  Like with many of their other songs, all 8 members get some kind of spotlight so I approve of that immensely.  Great start to the album!

2. Dosukoi! Kenkyo ni Daitan

Then we move back to the group’s major label debut (well the first of the three A-sides).  When they showed off Dosukoi! for the first time, many fans were hoping that they’d stay with the more rockin’ atmosphere that their indies single had and really kicked it up a notch.  I did find the group having a lot more synchronicity with one another and they just powered through the track like it was nothing.  Awesome song still!

3. Chotto Guchoku ni! Chototsu Moushin

Moving to their 2nd major single, the 2nd leading track from the single, Chotto Guchoku ni! took a more funky route, including some brass and fun, bright sounds!  I have to say though that this one wasn’t high up there for me because the growling in the song was a bit overdone for me.  Its slightly grown on me, but it’s still rather on the lower side of the spectrum for me.

4. Nen ni wa Nen

After that, we move back to their indies single and their first song, Nen ni wa Nen.  I have to say, first and foremost, that I’m disappointed that they chose the original cut and not the “Nen’iri ver.” from their major single as that version fixed the hiccups and the fact the group resung the track in much better fashion!  I still do though love the song as it brought some firepower right from the beginning and my first listen to impressive vocals.  Great song overall!

5. Mijiku Hanjuku Torotoro

Finally we’re onto our next new song with Mijiku Hanjuku Torotoro and after the first group songs, this one is a lot more poppier and cute for them.  It does give me a little bit of Buono! vibes when the group was still on their high roll.  I do think that of the new songs, this one is slightly forgettable amongst the multitude of other tracks.  Something else to mention is that ex-ANGERME member Kanon Fukuda wrote the lyrics.  Still, the song is OK, but nothing to write home about.

6. Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san no Uta

Oh boy, moving onto the pseudo-cover of Sharam Q’s “Ramen Daisuki Koike-san no Uta”, Kobushi’s version does sound a bit more like the bands self-cover of it that was done a decade ago.  As for this version, Ramen Daisuki is another A-side that I wasn’t totally into because a lot of the sohg to me feels as if the group is shouting the lyrics.  I still do think Hamachan & Renako are REALLY rough to the ears.  Yeah, it might be my least favorite of the A-sides they released.

7. Kenmei Blues

Woo! Another new song comes our way!  I have to say that it was an awesome decision to premier this right when the album was first announced, Kenmei Blues is pretty badass of a song for the group.  It has a certain spaghetti Western kind of drawl to it and I love the verses as it really shows off the members character (especially Hamachan, Ayapan, and Minamina).  Of the new songs, I was excited for this one and it definitely disappointed, it stands as my favorite of them all!

8. Bacchikoi Seishun!

Ahh yes, moving to the 3rd single for the album, Bacchikoi Seishun! was memorable for being the baseball-themed track and it shows.  I have to admit, the song reminded me a little bit of “Chotto Guchoku ni! Chototsu Moushin” & Osu! Kobushi Tamashii” with the overall feel.  The song itself is pretty catchy in and of itself, but I still feel that Kobushi has a lot more stronger song, so it lands more towards the middle for me.

9. Zanshin

Things slow down a little bit with our next new track, Zanshin which introduces some harmonica into the arrangement!  I really like the American feel of the arrangement as it reminds me of stuff from the past.  Despite that “Kobushi no Hana” was chosen to end the first disc, I would think this would also have been a great choice as well!  It’s a pretty good song to show off a softer side to the group (a slight reprieve from the rock songs).

10. Survivor

I think the biggest surprise was seeing Survivor make the album cut despite the track being used for the group’s “Week End Survivor” stageplay and not being performed too much in concerts, but I suppose this validates its inclusion to future setlists!  Opening with a solo from Hamachan, Survivor begins mysteriously before turning into their darkest rock track on the album!  It’s just a standout track from the album and all the members did an awesome job here!

11. Samba! Kobushi Janeiro

The leading A-side of the 3rd major single was definitely in the realm of the recent Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.  After the event had worn off and the single was not being promoted heavily as such, I actually feel that it’s the strange song on the album as it’s a bit in a different genre and category from the norm from Kobushi.  I still do love the heavier bass beats and overall fun nature of the song but it is an odd one for the album.

12. TEKI

Of the new tracks, TEKI was shown off first earlier in the summer!  Though I have to say I was shocked that this new track is only 2 minutes long.  I mean it does its job by being upbeat and rockin’  and the girls show off a lot of energy.  However, like I said, it’s terribly short and as quickly it begins, it ends.  I think Tsuno Maisa could’ve added another minute to this, but it’s an odd track.

13. Osu! Kobushi Tamashii

Back to A-sides, We have Osu! Kobushi Tamashii and initially I was put off from the growling (because it was on the same single as “Chotto Guchoku ni!”, so it was overbearing to me.  Though with more time, this song became pretty cool and the growling suits the arrangement and overall flow!  It’s got a lot of good parts too, very catchy song and one of my favorite A-sides!

14. Ora wa Ninkimono

Then here is our other cover track, one of the themes to Crayon Shin-chan.  I wasn’t expecting Kobushi Factory to be doing ska for an A-side, but here we are and it was another one of the more stronger tracks from the singles.  I really like how the group just let themselves go and have a fun, silly time with the track.  I even have to credit Fujii for mimicking Shinnosuke (the show’s main character) in the final sections.  Definitely another favorite!

15. GO TO THE TOP!!

Getting into GO TO THE TOP!!, all I could think of how it reminds me of “Mijiku Hanjuku Torotoro” and “Chotto Guchoku ni! Chototsu Moushin” in how that it’s pretty straightforward.  I mean it does show off the group’s vocals once again and I find myself digging the song even if it doesn’t fully stick over other songs on the album.

16. Sakura Night Fever

Then we have our 3rd and last cover on the album, covering a KAN song that was released a year ago originally.  Sakura Night Fever is pretty cute and fun to listen to and it just has a feeling of being a REALLY popular song live as there’s a lot of chanting to go along with it.  I still love the fact that the song is sung in the perspective of a sakura tree proclaiming that it has importance just as much as holidays and seasons.  A really fun song overall!

17. Kobushi no Hana

Finally we at the end of the first disc and ironically enough, Kobushi no Hana was chosen to promote the album with a PV.  As the album’s lone ballad, I thought this was going to be a bit gross, but I have to say, if you were looking for impressive vocals, then this one is definitely going to stick out.  I do have to give props to Sakurako though as she had a PERFECT solo in the second verse.  Really though, H!P ballads rarely impress and beyond the vocals, I don’t think I’ll remember this song very long.

CD 2

1. This is Unmei (Kobushi 2016 ver.)

So as many would assume, the 2nd disc is a cover disc of other H!P songs starting with This is Unmei (originally Melon Kinenbi’s 4th A-side).  It also got the 2016 ver. due to it being the only cover on the 2nd disc to have an update to its arrangement on top of the new vocals.  It still does stick to its faithfulness of the original and Kobushi does try to do a better job, but it is hard to topple Melon’s original.

2. Maji Bomber!!

Considering Kobushi was the group to kind of take over Berryz’ legacy, it’s no surprise that there would be some covers here from them.  Also, the rest of the disc use the arrangement of the original versions.  While I remember this song to be a bit more shouty in performance, it was a bit of a weakness to Kobushi and they do sound a little stressed in covering this one.

3. Koi no Jubaku

Another Berryz cover follows up “Maji Bomber!!” and it’s more interesting as this was a song released in Berryz’ early years.  With that said, I have to say that the more mature vocals of Kobushi makes the song sound a bit more up-to-date and reasonable than the really youthful sound of the original.  Decent cover of the track!

4. Seishun Gekijou

A song I wasn’t expecting Kobushi to cover, it’s a stageplay song originally done by both Berryz & C-ute.  While this is like the 5th version of it that’s out there, it is the first sung by a different group other than the originals.  It’s a pretty simple ballad with piano & strings and also included a male vocalist (who feels more background than he did in the original cuts).  I’ve never was really interested in this song so it didn’t leave a better impression otherwise.

5. Kawaii Kare

Here we are with another Melon Kinenbi cover that was later down in the group’s career and this one had more of an electronic feeling.  I actually also ended up liking this cover even if Melon did this better once again.  Though I have to say I was impressed with them vocally here and manage to add some spice to it!

6. Icchoume Rock!

Of the Berryz songs they chose to cover, I was surprised that they chose Icchoume Rock! (an album song from “7 Berryz Times”, which was an album I barely even remember…AND I REVIEWED THAT!).  So no surprise, I had to go back and listen to the original first before jumping into this.  Kobushi’s cover of it is pretty decent and definitely fits majority of their discography.  The only thing I was like WTF about was Reirei’s lines…overdoing it a bit much here.  Still, the song is good though.

7. Da Di Du De Do Da Di!

The last track of the disc is funny enough a Momusu cover, but surprise, surprise that this song originally came from their 2nd album, “Second Morning”.  Talk about reaching back right?  Either way, Da Di Du De Do Da Di! definitely once again suits Kobushi (especially after “Zanshin” but this song is a bit repetitive and at that lacks the special feel this song when Momusu sung as the ending section was filled with nods to various other songs Momusu had done.  Kobushi just glosses over it and for that it ended up madly repetitive and screwy with the fade-out outro.

Tracks Recommended

  • Osu! Kobushi Tamashii
  • Kenmei Blues
  • Ora wa Ninkimono
  • Sakura Night Fever
  • Survivor

Song of Avoidance

  • Seishun Gekijou

Finally we have Kobushi Factory’s first album and overall it was a decent album to have with all the group’s songs on their and a nice amount of new songs balanced with some new covers.  Kobushi Sono Ichi really shows off the pop/rock feel of the group but goes off to add cuter songs in the fray.  While I think there were better choices of songs to cover than what we got, in the end everything was impressive in some way.  Good album!

 

Kobushi Factory – Samba! Kobushi Janeiro/Bacchikoi Seishun!/Ora wa Ninkimono July 19, 2016

Filed under: Kobushi Factory — solarblade @ 1:40 am

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Track Listing

  1. Samba! Kobushi Janeiro
  2. Bacchikoi Seishun!
  3. Ora wa Ninkimono
  4. Samba! Kobushi Janeiro (Instrumental)
  5. Bacchikoi Seishun! (Instrumental)
  6. Ora wa Ninkimono (Instrumental)

1. Samba! Kobushi Janeiro

If you couldn’t guess the song and what it’s all about, it’s about the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Olympics!  Hearing the song, it does remind me of a certain recent track by ANGERME, “Asekaite Carnival” as both are samba tracks. but this one lacks the weird inclusion of dubstep!  I really like the festive atmosphere and the heavier pulsing beats that filter through the song and the great brass playing.  Another thing that I found interesting is that when they say Rio, their member Rio Fujii is somewhat involved!  Overall, it’s a catchy song and fits the celebratory feel of the Olympics quite nicely!

2. Bacchikoi Seishun!

Next up is our baseball-themed A-side, Bacchikoi Seishun! and to be honest, it did slightly remind me of “Chotto Guchoku ni! Chototsu Moushin” with the kind of pop/rock sound alongside the members growling some of their lines.  I found myself growing into enjoying the song because initially, it was pretty weak and sounded like some of their previous things.  Though the song’s chorus is what saves it mostly (and Natsumi and Rio’s filtered lines).  Probably my least favorite of the single, but it grows on you.

3. Ora wa Ninkimono

It seems that Kobushi has also fallen into covering different songs, unlike doing Sharam Q and KAN, this time they’re doing a cover of a classic Crayon Shin-chan from 1993!  Kind of was surprised that the group covered such a song, but I really like the energy and spaz moments that come from each of the 8 members.  It’s energetic and surprisingly REALLY catchy! (and let’s be honestly much more vocally there than the original >.>)

Kobushi’s 3rd major single to me is kind of lower than their last single, but definitely not in the league of being poor or bad, it’s still quite strong overall!  I do think that Samba! Kobushi Janeiro & Ora wa Ninkimono were the memorable songs here as they give us new sides of the group we haven’t seen yet and they tackled them both nicely!  Especially that Crayon Shin-chan cover, that was pretty awesome!  As for Bacchikoi Seishun! it’s more or less what we’ve come to expect from the group, so it doesn’t totally stand out to me, but its PV made up for that luckily!  So…where’s our album and more importantly where’s “TEKI”?