Saturday, January 9, 2016

Chu-Z - Tell me why Umarete Kita Imi o Shiritai single

Title: Tell me why Umarete Kita Imi o Shiritai
Artists: Chu-Z
Release date: 01 JUL 2015
Type: single
Version: n/a

Packaging: This single only has a single version and it is rather standard with a jewel case and a front and back cover. The entire single keeps to the hatching theme seen with the front jacket cover. The CD and the art work behind it mixes in imagery of music and a baby bird. The back of the jacket has the eggs from the front but empty with footprints leading away from them. The back cover has the girls positioned to look like they are piled on each other in a pyramid of sorts, but it is a nice close up of them. The inside of the jacket booklet is rather plain with just the lyrics and standard credits, though the credits are hard to read being white text on an orange background.

Track listing:

1. Tell me why 生まれて来た意味を知りたい (Tell me why Umarete Kita Imi o Shiritai)
This track helped get the group some press with it being written by Tsunku of SharanQ and Hello! Project fame. It is a strong song though and a great addition to the group's discography as it gives them a song that really stands out being from another songwriter than what they usually use, especially as the song is most definitely a Tsunku composition. It sounds like something that could have come out during Morning Musume's Golden Era with some jazzy influence to go with the pop sound. It does give Kaede a chance to have a few rap lines in it though and by going with something of a throwback sound for Tsunku the song does not sound like a rejected song from H!P but something that the girls can claim as their own.

2. #PANAiii
The B-side is a energetic pop track with a strong beat that runs through it. It has the more familiar sound of the group's songs, being written by one of the usual composers for the group. It works as a balance to the title track with being a return to the group's usual sound as well as having a vibe that is more a blend of the group's cute and cool style. I do like how it starts off soft before it kicks into gear and the return to a softer sound with the instruments pulling back to let the vocals shine.

3. Tell me why 生まれて来た意味を知りたい (Tell me why Umarete Kita Imi o Shiritai) (instrumental)
4. #PANAiii (instrumental)

Overall: This group just keeps coming out with strong singles since their major debut. This single leans more to the group's cute side, though the B-side does have a bit of the cool side as well, which fits well for the concept of group to be both cute and cool.

Fans of Tsunku's songwriting will not be disappointed, especially those who enjoy his work from some years ago as this fits that style more than some of his more recent compositions. Though a part of that just goes to Tsunku understanding the needs and limits of the group. So no need to have something to show off a formation dance for a six member group.

Real solid single from the group and I cannot wait for their album to come out later this year.

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