|Limited Edition A|
Artists: Country Girls
Release date: 25 MAR 2015
Version: Limited Edition A/Limited Edition B
|Limited Edition B|
For limited editions I found these to be rather plain. Outside of the standard CD jewel cases they come in with the two discs all there is the front booklet that has the jacket cover on one side then on the back side it has another photo of the girls. For the LE A it has individual shots of the girls with their names attached to them then the LE B has a group shot. The inside is just the lyrics to the songs and short member profiles with links to websites. Though with the limited editions there are tickets to be used for handshake events but as someone living overseas they just got to waste.
1. 愛おしくってごめんね (Itooshikutte Gomen ne)
This group is all about the cute factor and this song is perfect for them. It has a throwback sound to the kind of music that was popular in the 1950s but enough of a current touch to it not to make it sound too dated. While I normally do not care for spoken lines in the middle of songs the lines seem to fit quite well with this song so I do not mind them at all. It is a fun pop song with a really catchy chorus that makes it easy to remember.
2. 恋泥棒 (Koi Dorobo)
One thing I have come to like about this current era of Hello!Project is that it is giving groups a specific sound for their songs. Koi Dorobo has the same throwback sound as Itooshikutte Gomen ne and works for the group just as well. This song does give the older girls a bit more to do vocally which makes it a nice balance on this single. Even though it is not as catchy as the other song it is still a really fun pop song to listen to.
3. 愛おしくってごめんね (Itooshikutte Gomen ne) (Instrumental)
4. 恋泥棒 (Koi Dorobo) (Instrumental)
Overall: At this point this release is rather bitter sweet. I still love this group even though they have had quite the rocky start from this release being changed from an indie release to a major debut and it being the first and last single of Shimamura Uta. Without a doubt H!P saw front girl material with her and she was heavily pushed, which makes watching the DVDs a bit sad to see that potential that never really got the chance to be realized.
That said everything clicks so well with this group. From their image to the style of music and the songs themselves. The PVs really have that cute and fresh feeling to them that the group in general have.
I do wish they did something more with the packaging, like at least have a back jacket. I do confess these are the only limited editions I have purchased from a H!P act so I do not know if this is a noram with them, as I know their regular editions are rather sparse as well.
I did enjoy having the Q&As with the DVDs as being a new group they worked well as an introduction for the girls. And spreading them across the two versions does mean that you need to get them both to see them all.
Outside of my issue with the packaging I do think this is a really strong debut single for the group. And I am quite happy to have gone with the limited editions for the release.