I wanted to write an album review, as well!
This song has been a very, VERY slow grower on me. I absolutely hated it when it was first released, but after all this time it's finally something I can tolerate - not so much enjoy. It was definitely a bad album opener, but I honestly don't mind the song at all.Hitorijime Shitakatta-Dake Nanoni:
One of my favorites off the album. It sounds like something that should have been on thier last album along with Kiss Me Aishiteru and Midnnight Temptation. It has a darker, fierce, more dance-oriented tone that I wish I'd see more in H!P and C-ute. The power-packed synth breakdown before the final chorus is hella epic, as well! (This may turn most people away, but I did see it as a spiritual companion to Otomegumi's "Ai no Sono")Yuke! Genki-kun:
Err... Home-girl Mai didn't do too great of a job here. Her voice isn't the best, but I think her most fatal mistake was not giving any sort of style or personality into her performance and not so much her lack of technical singing prowess. That said, I think the song is actually pretty good and could have been great had it been handled by someone else and maybe shortened by a minute or two. The melody is catchy and fun, the latter being something Mai doesn't know how to be. I like her, but she fumbled her (probably) only chance to "WOW WOW" with a solo.Sekaiichi HAPPY na Onna no Ko:
Gahh. As much as I fight it, I can't help but love this single! The melody is too catchy and cute to resist, and the girls all performed really well. As far as cutesy songs go, this is one Tsunku did right.Zutaka March ~Hito Rashiku Ikiyou~:
Easily the best and most surprising song on the album. "Ambitious" is the word that comes to mind when the verses start. We all know how talented Airi and Chisato are at this point in thier careers, but they prove that they are relatively unmatched among thier peers. It could have been a disaster, but it ended up being pure musical bliss. I'm not as much a fan of the slowed-down chorus (Mai needs to quit that weird nasal droning she does with her voice), but as a whole the song is pretty much perfect!Tokai no Neon ga Odoroku-kurai no Utsukushisa ga Hoshii:
Continuity aside, I felt that Chisato's solo is freaking awesome. The random R&B style doesn't fit with the rest of the album tracks, and the song itself is admittedly a little average, but Chisato kills it vocally - thus saving the song and making it something worth listening to! I'm a big fan.Kagayake Houkago:
Er... I like Saki, but this song isn't much my cup of tea. She performs it well, though! She obviously has the energy Mai completely lacks. I don't quite feel the need to skip it when it comes up, so that must be a good sign.Shiawase no Tochuu:
I can't for the life of me listen to this one in it's entirety. TOTAL BORE FEST. SKIPSKIPSKIP!!Amazuppai Haru ni Sakurasaku:
This was a good single! I agree that a "C-ute Only" version would have made MUCH more sense, but I'm happy to have the song here. It's upbeat and happy and fits the rest of the album pefectly.Seishun Gekijou °C-ute ver.:
Yeah, who cares... Seriously... Why is this here? It's awful.
Overall, save for the two slow songs, I thought this album was brilliant and a quality(!) effort from Tsunku. Thier last album was really good, but only for the first half. This time around the duration stays consistent despite a few hiccups. The good easily outweighs the bad here. Maybe now, NOW, I can finally forgive Tsunku for "SHOCKING 5" and forget it ever happened. Shit was BAAAAD.
This, however, I loved.