Tsubaki Factory Hatsukoi Sunrise CD Cover

Release Date: February 22, 2017

Track Listing

  1. Hatsukoi Sunrise
  2. Just Try!
  3. Uruwashi no Camellia
  4. Hatsukoi Sunrise (Instrumental)
  5. Just Try! (Instrumental)
  6. Uruwashi no Camellia (Instrumental)

Review

Hatsukoi Sunrise/Just Try!/Uruwashi no Camellia is the major label debut for Tsubaki Factory and their fourth single overall. It comes in seven versions, 4 limited and 3 regular editions. There is also a special box set that packages all the versions of the single together.

Hatsukoi Sunrise continues the trend from their first mini-album where there is liberal borrowing from the sound of the now disbanded (a.k.a. never to come back from “indefinite hiatus”) Berryz Koubou. Most noticeably the type of music they were releasing from late 2012 up until the end of their time as a group in 2015. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, especially for those who are fond of that era of Hello! Project music.

Just Try! is more within the current Hello! Project dance/pop template set by their flagship group Morning Musume ’17. It falls within those confines so much that you could mistake it for a Morning Musume song if you didn’t know who the artist performing the song was.

Whether it sounds like Momusu or not, Just Try! is a rather strong representation of the modern Hello! Project sound that should go over well with those who are more into what groups from the organization have been releasing recently.

The last song is the complete opposite of the first two. It starts off with filtered vocals leading into some old timey sounding idol pop. Some may find it a little too cute but it is a rather refreshing and catchy way to end the single.

This is a fairly solid major label debut single. Sure it’s not exactly stretching Tsubaki Factory too far from the H!P mold, but what is on here is still some fun stuff. If you haven’t given them a shot yet, this isn’t a bad place to start.

Hatsukoi Sunrise/Just Try!/Uruwashi no Camellia (Regular Edition A)

Hatsukoi Sunrise/Just Try!/Uruwashi no Camellia (Regular Edition B)

Hatsukoi Sunrise/Just Try!/Uruwashi no Camellia (Regular Edition C)

Hatsukoi Sunrise/Just Try!/Uruwashi no Camellia (Limited Edition A)

Hatsukoi Sunrise/Just Try!/Uruwashi no Camellia (Limited Edition B)

Hatsukoi Sunrise/Just Try!/Uruwashi no Camellia (Limited Edition C)

Hatsukoi Sunrise/Just Try!/Uruwashi no Camellia (Limited Edition SP)