C-ute – 暑中お見舞い申し上げます [9th Single]

June 28, 2009 at 12:07 am (C-ute) (, )


C-ute’s 9th single, entitled 暑中お見舞い申し上げます, was released on 07.01.09. 暑中お見舞い申し上げます is a cover song of the Candies’ song of the same name and was used as the Nippon Post image song. Like the last single, Kanna Arihara is not present on the single due to medical reasons.

暑中お見舞い申し上げます is a change from C-ute’s streak of mature songs, going for a cute atmosphere. The song opens up with a happy cheery instrumental that has a truly summer vibe about it. Then comes the first verse and the girls sound really  cute here, perfectly fitting with the sweet and upbeat instrumentation. It’s kind of hard to tell when the chorus comes in because there is no real instrumental or vocal change. Nonetheless, once it’s found, it’s nice although it could have been stronger. The part that stands out the most is when they sing the chorus. It’s nice and cute, fitting perfectly with summer, but it’s kind of disappointing after a streak of such amazing A-sides.

Suzuki Airi gets the chance to shine with her solo song, 残暑 お見舞い 申し上げます。. The song opens up with a pretty instrumental that is cute. She sounds great when she begins with those vocals, hitting the higher notes with strength. On the first verse, there is a relaxing feeling that Airi brings to life. Right before the chorus, there is a moment of edgy pure instrumental that really shines. Even though the chorus isn’t breaking any barriers in terms of creativity, it’s enjoyable and keeps the song going quite nicely. This B-side is surprisingly addictive and actually is stronger than the A-side.

In order to promote the single, a PV for 暑中お見舞い申し上げます was made. The video is a perfect fit for summer, featuring the girls enjoying themselves on a beach. They eat watermelon, take pictures with a camera and write notes to remember the amazing summer memories. Also are included are close-up shots and dance shots. All the girls look really cute in their red and white outfits and even though the choreography isn’t anything spectacular, it’s fun and peppy just like the song.

Single Ranking: B +

After a continuous streak of amazing A-sides, it’s a little disappointing to have C-ute deliver this. Nonetheless, it’s a good summer song with the A-side being a nice cover of the Candies’ song and getting the listener ready to have some fun at the beach. Actually, 残暑 お見舞い 申し上げます。arises as the more memorable song on the single with Airi delivering great vocals over a much more engaging instrumental. Hopefully, C-ute will go back to delivering those mature songs again since that’s where they really shine.

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