Berryz Koubou – ジンギスカン [16th Single]

August 2, 2008 at 5:25 pm (Berryz Koubou) (, )

Berryz Koubou’s 16th single, entitled ジンギスカン, was released on 03.12.08. The title track is a cover of the German entry song of the same name used for Eurovision in 1979 by a group of the same name as well. ジンギスカン was used as the theme song to the musical Dschinghis Khan ~Wa ga Tsurugi, Netsu Suna wo Some yo.~

ジンギスカン, an upbeat and fun song, is the single’s title track. The song begins with a cool upbeat instrumental with some vocalizing that leads into the first verse. The girls give some cute vocals here so that the song’s atmosphere becomes established as a combination of the sleek instrumental and the cute vocals. For the chorus, the poppiness really comes up and the title of the song really stands out like the laughing, which is actually a nice touch. Although the song is somewhat simple, it’s light-hearted and fun so that the listener may enjoy it from start to end.

This single’s B-side is ダーリン I LOVE YOU. The song starts off a cool guitar-driven instrumentation and then a line from the hook appears. The girls’ voices sound very nice here, catching the listener’s ear with a certain cuteness that perfectly reflects the song’s atmosphere. There is a carefree feeling from the verses that the girls sound very comfortable on before the chorus comes. The upbeat poppiness of the girls’ voices really stand out. The pure instrumental section really sounds great, catching the listener’s ear. This B-side is a wonderful compliment to the A-side and is very ear-catching.

In order to promote the single, a PV for ジンギスカン was made. The video is pretty simple, featuring the girls putting on a play for an audience as well as close-up shots of the girls. It’s a nice video and does a good job of portraying the song’s atmosphere.

Single Ranking: A –

Berryz Koubou’s 16th single features two songs that are both upbeat and fun. There is a coolness to the title track that stands out to the listener while the guitar becomes the main instrument for the B-side. Both songs nicely display the girls’ talent and are worth listening.

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