Release Date: August 10, 2011
- Partenza ~Let’s Go!~
- Zassou no Uta
- My Alright Sky
- Natsu Dakara
- Kia Ora Gracias Arigato
- Juicy He@rt
- San Bun no Ichi no Junjou na Kanjou
Buono’s first major label album is a mini one called Partenza and it features the previously released singles Zassou no Uta, Juicy He@rt and Natsu Dakara. Also featured are two songs that take Buono in a completely different musical direction.
Those songs are Partenza ~Let’s Go!~ and Frankincense. Upon first listen there is an obvious nod to modern K-Pop. This may not sit well with long time Buono fans since many are very accustomed to the girly Pop/Rock that has been this groups signature sound.
While this is not the first time that Buono has been auto tuned and all danced up perhaps it’s the extreme deviation that might make some people hesitant about these songs. Especially the title track since that is probably crossing the line into unfamiliar ground that isn’t a song that is open to wota chants of any kind.
At first those were my thoughts but the more I listened the more I liked those songs. It’s nice to have a little variation in the catalog to change things up. I find it refreshing that at least there’s an attempt to try current mainstream pop sounds. Whether that’s successful or not depends on your personal bias.
For those who don’t like change at all don’t worry, those are the only 2 tracks that sound different. The rest of the new songs fall squarely within the familiar Buono sound, so you can be comforted that they haven’t gone all K-Pop quite yet.
The standout song out of the batch is My Alright Sky. It’s the only real ballad present on this album and while probably not up to par with some of their past ballads, it’s still quite nice to hear the members sing in lower registers and put the chipmunk away for a while.
I’m curious about who is speaking English in the song. It definitely isn’t any member of Buono from what I can tell since there’s no thick Japanese accent. Perhaps I’m wrong.
When the teasers for Partenza were released most of us were probably fooled into thinking that Buono had gone all electronic. That isn’t the case at all, although the idea of that isn’t exactly bad considering the quality of the two songs on this album.
Buono has been one of the more consistent groups in Hello! Project and they have delivered great album after great album. Partenza continues the trend. The only real beef I have is that Runaway Train was not included. Other than that, this is definitely worth investing some time in.