Release Date: September 4, 2013
- Bagel ni Ham & Cheese
- Namida mo Denai Kanashiku mo Nai Nan ni mo Shitakunai
- Kanashiki Amefuri
- Tadori Tsuita Onna Senshi
- Crazy Kanzen na Otona
- Nichiyōbi wa Daisuki yo
- Abiru Hodo Ai o Kudasai
- Aitai Aitai Aitai na
- Adam to Eve no Dilemma
- Watashi ga Honki o Dasu Yoru
- Kono Machi
C-ute’s 8th studio album is one that has a rather interesting choice for a title. Far be it for me to discuss who the queen(s) of J-Pop may be but I’m fairly sure C-ute would be nowhere near such a serious debate. Actually a high percentage of idols you or I listen to would probably be disqualified from such status automatically if you think about it. But that is another topic for another day. Innocuous album title aside, this is about what music is on this album, and for the most part it consists of what C-ute excels at. High-energy dance songs.
Of course there is a bit of a twist here as the productions have a less typical Hello! Project sound. (meaning no random Tsunku noises in the background) The arrangements are more straightforward and almost on par with modern dance pop.
Sadly there are the slight traces of the “it’s cool to put in your song” Dubstep present but thankfully that is not a dominating factor overall. What you get out of this are more mature sounding C-ute songs or as the marketing spiel suggests “life size coolness”.
Given that the members are in the late high school/early university age range it’s only natural to give them songs that sound age appropriate. They can’t all be 12 – 15 years old forever. Whether that is good or not will depend on whether you actually want them to be 12 – 15 years old forever.
There are four previously released singles included on this album (Aitai Aitai Aitai na, Kono Machi, Crazy Kanzen na Otona and Kanashiki Amefuri / Adam to Eve no Dilemma) leaving 7 original songs to work with.
The most interesting tracks of the bunch are the lead song Bagel ni Ham & Cheese and the ballad Tadori Tsuita Onna Senshi. The former may have a lame title but don’t let that deter you. It’s actually quite different from everything else on the album. It almost sounds like it should be a 2012 era Mano Erina type of track.
The latter is a song meant to inspire and support women working towards a goal. Those expecting a “Girls Power!!!” anthem similar to the Spice Girls might come away disappointed.
Tadori Tstuita Onna Senshi is very much a glow sticks/lighters/cell phone in the air type of song. And really, does every inspirational song have to hammer you over the head? Unlike other groups in the current H!P age C-ute can still slow it down just as well as they can hype the crowd so no complaints here.
In the end Queen Of J-Pop was an enjoyable listening experience. There were some questionable decisions such as the Dubstep, making Hagiwara center for a song and maybe trying to take on country music wasn’t such a brilliant idea in the grand scheme of things.
But those were only minor issues on an otherwise fine release from one of the more consistent groups in Hello! Project. They have finally made up for
Sucking Shocking Five proper.
Queen Of J-Pop (Type A)
Queen Of J-Pop (Type B)
Queen Of J-Pop (Regular Edition)