Review: Berryz Koubou — ああ、夜が明ける (Aa, Yo ga Akeru)

I know I’m late with this. The single was released on August 10, but to be honest I’ve been lazy. The third Berryz single to be released this year, 「ああ、夜が明ける (Aa, Yo ga Akeru)」 is equally as impressive as the last two singles. I’m sure the fanboys are screaming over the cover, and in that case the music video as well. Haha. Interesting costumes this year: 「ヒロインになろうか! (Heroine ni Narou ka!」’s Lady Gaga hair, 「愛の弾丸 (Ai no Dangan)」’s zero-suit Samus outfits, and this single’s nighties. The title song is enjoyable to listen to, but what this single lacks is equal line distribution. Let us review:

ああ、夜が明ける (Aa, Yo ga Akeru)
The chorus is catchy, and I like the mixture of the piano and the synths. Musically this song is great, but in regards to the vocals/line distribution I have a mixture of things to say. Risako keeps getting better in my opinion, and I like her in this song and the last single. I also like the Risako/Yurina and Miyabi/Momoko pairings that they did. Their voices fit well together in their respective verses and choruses. I like Miya’s ad-libbing at the end of the second chorus as well. But the line distribution reverts back to the old Berryz tradition of falling back on the four main vocalists. The other three members don’t get any solo lines: the get solo syllables. Wow. That’s kind of a slap in the face after the last two singles’ relatively good line distribution. Ugh. I thought Berryz was headed in the right direction, but this just brings us back to their earlier years. I don’t know, maybe Tsunku just thought the four main vocalists’ voices fit the song best. Hopefully the next release will pick up where the last single left off.

大人にはなりたくない 早く大人になりたい
(Otona ni wa Nari Takunai Hayaku Otona ni Naritai)

An interesting opening, but it isn’t enough to carry the rest of the generic song. Simply put, it’s boring. Musically, with the guitar, the song is different from the A-side, so I guess that’s interesting. The verses are decent, but in my opinion the chorus just ruins the song. It’s not really anything special. The only thing this song really has going for it is that the line distribution is much better in comparison to the last song. Maasa, Saki, and Chinami get two solo lines each. Much better than their two syllables in the last song. But that’s about it. It gets to sit in the list of meh H!P B-sides.

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