Berryz Koubou – 青春バースグイド / ライバル [20th Single]

May 31, 2009 at 12:03 am (Berryz Koubou) (, )


Berryz Koubou’s 20th single, entitled 青春バースグイド / ライバル, was released on 06.03.09. 青春バースグイド was used as the ending theme for the anime series Inazuma 11.

青春バースグイド is a fantastic upbeat song with a mature feel to it. Beginning the song is a very pretty sound that takes the listener into another world. The the girls come in for the chorus and they really shine as their vocals come together and form a collective energy that attracts the listener. On the verses, the music stays cool in the back while the girls switch off singing. Everyone sounds great and carries that sweetness that makes them irresistible. Of course, the pure instrumental section stands strong, spotlighting the mature atmosphere of the song for everyone to enjoy. This is definitely a nice change for Berryz and more mature songs are welcomed from them in the future.

ライバル is a cute track that goes back to the group’s older sound. The song opens up with a cool rock instrumental and then a few vocalizations from Berryz come in. Following is the chorus and it has a cute feeling to it that seems a little strange for the girls considering the recent mature songs they’ve had. It gets a little better on the verses because of the rapidity they sing with. It pumps a little interest into the song. The chorus is nice too although it does fall a little too close on the cute side. It’s a nice song but it’s nicer to hear Berryz deliver those mature songs.

In order to promote the single, two PVs were made: one PV for 青春バースグイド and the other for ライバル The 青春バースグイド PV features the Berryz girls on a field trip with Ooe Mariko as the youth bus guide. They all have fallen for her and are dazzled by her presence. It’s kind of cute and a very nice concept, fitting perfectly with the lyrics. There are also dance sequences included but the dancing could have been stronger or more intricate. Also included are close-up shots. It’s a pretty good video and it fits with the song very well. The video for ライバル is very cute, just like the song and features the girls dancing and having fun in a bright colorful room.

Single Ranking: A –

Berryz continually brings the hotness with 青春バースグイド. It’s a magnificent dance track with a mature vibe for everyone to enjoy. With the other A-side, they go for the cute sound. Although it doesn’t sound as good, it’s a nice balance for the single.

1 Comment

  1. Rad said,

    This latest work by Berryz is crazy good!

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