Berryz Koubou – 抱きしめて 抱きしめて [19th Single]

March 8, 2009 at 5:03 pm (Berryz Koubou) (, )

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Berryz Koubou’s 19th single, entitled 抱きしめて 抱きしめて, was released on 03.11.09.

抱きしめて 抱きしめて is a long-awaited mature dance number from the girls of Berryz Koubou and they definitely show us what they’ve got. The song starts off with a cool instrumentation that immediately grabs the listener’s attention and soon the beat becomes clear. Then the girls come in on the first verse and the vocals during this part are very enjoyable as they support the music perfectly. The chorus definitely stands out more than the verses, particularly the second part when the instrumentation takes a slight change. That part begins with Yurina, Saki, Miyabi and Maasa. Of course with such a great instrumental, the pure instrumental section would be one to remember. The slightly distorted vocals in the background also add to the flavor. What makes this song so memorable is the music, perfectly complimenting the girls’ vocals and showing us that Berryz Koubou can pull off mature sounds.

そのすべての愛に is the single’s B-side. It seems like a while since Berryz have delivered a ballad so it’s welcomed as a B-side. The song begins with a very pretty instrumentation that has a sort of magical feeling about it. Then the first verse begins and the vocals are wonderful, perfectly supporting the music. When they come together right before the chorus, all the vocals sound so great together that the listener can’t help but love it. The chorus has a really hopeful and uplifiting feeling about it, which makes it very memorable. It’s a great song and actually could have served as an A-side.

In order to promote the single, a PV for 抱きしめて 抱きしめて  was made. The video is simple, featuring the girls dancing in a warehouse-like setting. The girls have a cool style here and it matches the cool atmosphere of the song. They actually kinda look like the girls of C-ute here and that coolness really stands out. The dancing was pretty good although it could have been stronger. Overall, a good PV that matches the song nicely.

Single Ranking: A

Berryz Koubou definitely did a great job on this single and proved that they could handle mature numbers with ease. 抱きしめて 抱きしめて has the kind of sound that C-ute or Morning Musume would do so it’s nice to see Berryz take on that addictive sound as well.

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