2012 Shin Seinaru – Out with the old, In with the new!

22 11 2012

°C-ute released their second best-of album yesterday.  Since their line-up has changed significantly since the last one, they redid many of their older songs with the new lineup.  I wasn’t originally intending on reviewing it, but I wasn’t aware that they were completely remastering the songs.  I thought we’d just hear the songs with the concert arrangements they’ve done since the lineup chance, but they actually remastered the old songs.  And I have to admit, for the most part, I’m really liking them.  

I love classic °C-ute.  I’ve said it before–they’re why I got into Hello! Project in the first place.  “Soku Dakishimete”, the first °C-ute song I loved, remains one of my all-time favorite Jpop songs to this day.  So it really surprised me to hear an electronic opening to the opening track.  (Note: I’m only reviewing the “new” songs.)

Massara Blue Jeans

The opening was really pleasantly surprising.  I like the “updated” feel to the song.  It’s clearly the same song that I met and loved six years ago, but this sounds like a song that would sell well on today’s market if it were by itself.  The dubstep instrumental break is really catchy.  I can’t wait to see how they rework the dance for this (and the other) songs.  Now, I do have to complain about the arrangement.  I was hoping when it started that this new version would mean a new distribution of lines.  Ever since Erika and Kanna left, this song has been all Airi and Maimi in concerts despite Chisato getting amazing at singing and both Mai and Saki improving.  So I’m rather disappointed that this song kept that awful arrangement.  Chisato and rotating Mai/Saki on the verses and choruses would have made it that much better.

Soku Dakishimete

Ah, my first H!P love itself.  I also really like the remaster of this song.  Actually, I have to say my favorite part is the background chorus.  It wasn’t really prominent at all on the original version, nor the chorus on the instrumental parts.  Both are much more pronounced on this version, and it adds a whole new depth to the song.  The synthesizer is absolutely awesome.  I like that Mai took most of Megumi’s parts, but I would have rather heard Chisato there.  I mean, you hear Chisa a little, but I would have liked a lot more of her here.

Ooki na Ai de Motenashite

I’m glad that this song was chosen as a duet, because it was all Airi and Megumi.  I’m also glad that it’s Nakki and Maimai because this is the cutesy-ist song  °C-ute has and their voices are so helium-filled anyway.  But, ahem: THIS NEW VERSION IS SO AWESOME.  It sounds like W and I FREAKING LOVE IT.  The 8-bit reminds me of old school Zelda.  The 8-bit and the autotune and the girls sound SO MUCH BETTER THAN I THOUGHT AND OH MY GOD I JUST LOVE IT. The new harmonies are also much better here.  Everything is just awesome.  I’m not sure I would have liked it as much as an Airi and Maimi show, so I literally have no complains about the duet choice or the remaster or anything.  The instrumental break is so freaking awesome.

Wakkyanai (Z)

Oh. My. God.  I LOVE THIS NEW VERSION.  That opening was so cute!  And the remastered electronic instrumental.  Oh my God.  I can’t even form words for how much I love the instrumental.  Remember how the original was almost all Megumi and Airi?  That’s what inhibited me from liking it originally (never was a big Megumi fan).  But this version has Chisato doing all of Megumi’s parts.  AND I FREAKING LOVE THAT TOO.  I might not like the Airi show in °C-ute, but I can handle a ChisAiri show.  Oh God.  I just love this new version so much.  I just.  Guys.  Seriously.

Sakura Chirari

I’m not sure what the point of a new version of this song was–the only girls that got solos were Airi, Maimi, and Maimai, and all three are still in the group.  In fact, nothing changed at all. See, this is what I expected from this album.  Except the group didn’t change enough for it to warrant a re-recording of this song?  I’m not sure what the point was here.  It sounds just like the original, honestly.

JUMP!

The song itself didn’t change for this one, either; just the arrangement to fit the new lineup (unless that guitar solo is new…?).  Nothing surprised me here.  I really liked this song when it came out, and it’s consistently been a crowd favourite for °C-ute, so I appreciate that it’s on the album.  Chisato has improved so much. ❤  I love that she got almost all the extra solo lines from Erika and Kanna.  It’s just a bummer that Nakki gets a bit screwed here on lines.

Tokkaiko Junjou

I’m also not sure why a new version of this was necessary–Kanna and Erika had no solos on this song.  But hey, finally another remaster!  This song isn’t as significantly different (in the instrumental) as the other ones, just maybe a little bit more annoying with the background Engrish.  But Maimai takes Maimi’s monologue lines.  What?  Why?  I’m not going to lie, it sounded better with Maimi’s more mature voice.  In fact, the serious lack of Maimi and Chisa’s mature voices at all on this new version make it considerably more annoying.  And it’s frustrating that everyone has clearly improved so much except for Nakki.  She sounds just as awful as she did five years ago.

LALALA Shiawase no Uta

I thoroughly hated this song when it came out, but it’s grown a bit on me.  I think they should have remastered this.  If they had done with this song similar to what they did with “Ooki na Ai de Motenashite” and made it W-esque electronic synth funk, it would have been orgasmic considering the song is Maimi and Chisato.  I enjoy Chisa’s harmonies and the song nonetheless, I just think they could have made it a bit better.

Namida no Iro

I wasn’t immediately hooked on the original version of this song, but this version had me right away.  This should have been the original version.  The instrumental has significant more depth and adds to the vocals instead of just a background track.  I would bet that this version of the song would have sold better.  It’s the little details that make a difference.  What would have knocked this out of park is some Chisa.  If she had taken a couple of Airi’s high lines or even Nakki’s painful solo, this song would have been considerably better.

Edo no Temari Uta II

I was a little iffy about this being an Airi solo, mainly because I would have rather had it as a Chisato solo.  But wow.  The song was immensly catchy to start out with, but this remaster is even better.  Airi sounds awesome.  I like that it’s sped up, it keeps things interesting.  This song wasn’t long to start out with, so a faster version is interesting.  This has a serious “Boogie Train ’03” feel to me with the heavy jazz synth, but I think it brings out a mature and captivating side of Airi that I think would really work well for her if when she goes solo.

Seishun Song

This one surprised me as a whole-group choice because it was originally a Maimi solo and has an interesting lack of Maimi.  But woah, Airi’s opening vocals are stunning.  She is really getting phenomenal with her voice.  I like this version much better, it has plenty of Chisa and a lot less of Maimi straining her voice.

“Daisuki” no Imi wo Oshiete!

Ah, the one completely new song on the album.  I just about shat myself when I saw the title of this song.  I thought this was going to be a cover of W’s “Ai no Imi wo Oshiete!”, currently my favourite W song.  I was considerably disappointed to find out it wasn’t.  But this song is still great.  It’s very similar to “Aitai Aitai Aitai na”, but a bit… darker?  Mature?  It doesn’t have enough Chisato, I can tell you that.  There are some parts that feel a bit out of place (like the group parts on the chorus).  The manical laughing on the instrumental break seemed really… odd to me.  I’m just not sure what to make of it.  But the instrumental is phenomenal, also much like “Aitai Aitai Aitai na”.  I think I like this song…?  I’m just really not sure.

Over all, I enjoyed this album a lot more than I thought I was going to.  I can’t stop listening to it.  My favourite track is definitely “Ooki na Ai de Motenashite”, surprisingly, with “Wakkyanai (Z)” as a close second, also really surprisingly.  Neither original songs would have made it into my top °C-ute songs, but I think they may be in my entire top H!P songs now.  I can’t wait to see the new music videos for these versions.

For once, I applaud Tsunku for this album. It is absolutely wonderful.

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5 responses

23 11 2012
kiokuchan

Holy crap, the whole album is remastered? Must. Download. *runs*

23 11 2012
tsukiki

Not *all* of it. The songs released with 5nin C-ute are the same, but all the ones with Erika/Kanna/Megumi are. And like I said in the review, some of them aren’t really that different, like Sakura Chirari and Tokkaiko Junjou.

24 11 2012
NyNy

Can you link me to the clips? All I’ve heard so far is Ooki na Ai de Motenashite but I do not like it. I really thought they wouldn’t remaster it that much, I love the old beats 😦 I was just hoping for Saki, Mai and Chisato to gain more lines (or have one song each).

Maybe because I still love 7-nin as much as 5-nin I guess.

24 11 2012
tsukiki

I couldn’t find them anywhere. D: Sorry! I love the old songs a LOT; they’re why I got into H!P in the first place. However, I’m a HUGE fan of electronic and 8bit music, so I really love these remasters. Really, the only one of the “old” songs that’s just Maimi and Airi is Massara. The other ones have plenty of the other girls. Ookina has just Mai and Nakki, Wakkyanai is Airi/Chisa, and Soku Dakishimete actually has a lot of all the girls with solo lines. Tokkaiko Junjou, like the original, has lots of Maimai and Nakki.
I really loved 7nin because Kanna and Erika were my oshimen back in the day, but 5nin has grown on me with the last couple of singles, and since I doubt they’re changing any time soon, I can really dig these new versions. 🙂

24 11 2012
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