So this is quite late, I suppose, as the first music video was released two weeks ago. I wanted to wait for both to be released before making a post, which has been the usual with all of H!P’s double a-side releases.
Starting with Kokoro no Sakebi wo Uta ni Shitemita.
This song is the stronger of the two in all aspects. I’ll start with the song itself. This song is an upbeat, poppy tune that’s catchy as soon as you hear it. Right off the bat it became one of my favourite songs of this year so far, as well as one of my favourite C-ute songs. The nice line distribution is continuing into this year, as is C-ute’s awesome songs, and I’m happy to see that.
This music video is hands done one of H!P’s best in a very long time if not ever. The music video consists of the close up and dance shots as usual, but also mixes in lovely shots of the girls roaming the city and such, with a grainy, vintage effect added in, like an old video playing. It’s interesting and fun and creative, and no matter how many times I watch the music video I can’t get tired of it. The dance is C-ute’s usual cute and awesome choreography, and the outfits are casual and cute to match the whole thing. It’s wonderful! The whole thing is wonderful!
Song, video, dance, outfits, this whole thing is definitely a 5/5! Fantastic!
I wish Love take it all was as good, though.
Although C-ute has had strong releases last year with their two double a-sides having equally good songs on them, I feel like this release isn’t so lucky.
The song itself is a fast-temp dance number, with good line distribution and vocals, but it’s not anything majorly fantastic because it’s pretty standard. I like it well enough and I’m sure I’ll listen to it loads and it’ll grown on me, but it isn’t something that had me in love on the first listen. Or even the third.
It could have been the music video, maybe, as this music video goes back to H!P’s usual formula – dance and close up. This video reminds me of a more colourful version of Crazy Kanzen na Otona. The girls dance on a red floor (stage?) in front of a white background while lights flash, and sing in front of a black background while lights flash, and there’s a few shots of them free dancing solo… in front of a while background while lights flash. But they’re coloured in each member’s colours. So, lots of colourful (and sometimes white) lights are flashing which becomes increasingly irritating to my eyes as the video progresses. The dance is awesome, though, and the outfits are nice. I was expecting much more from this song and video with the release of Kokoro no Sakebi wo Uta ni Shitemita, so I have to say I’m quite disappointed in this as a whole.
The song is good, the dance is awesome, the outfits are good but the video is the boring usual H!P stuff. More could have been done with this and it’s just… disappointing. 3/5 total.
Overall, the single is another lovely release from these girls. One song is better than the other, and one didn’t get the attention it deserved, but the release is still a wonderful one and I look forward to it!
The single releases March 5th.