°C-UTE : この街 / 雨

By Paris365 on February 25, 2013

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°C-ute is a Japanese girl group presently featuring five members, Maimi Yajima, Saki Nakajima, Airi Suzuki, Chisato Okai and Mai Hagiwara. They are part of the Hello! Project created by Tsunku, who writes and produces most of the their songs. Since °C-ute debuted in 2007 they'd had one hit after another, over 19 of their singles debuting in the top ten on the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart.

"この街" (Google translation: "This Town") is a groovy ballad that stands out for the very Santana-esque guitar playing throughout the song. It could have easily just been another generic J-pop ballad, but the guitar really works magic here, bringing the song to life and giving your ears something to get hooked on. The song has a lovely melody, too, though. And the girls harmonize very well, especially during the rather touching chorus.

"雨" (Google: "Rain"), the second track on this double A-side, is also a ballad, though it's very different, being that it's a soothing if slightly melancholic piano ballad sans guitars. Instead, the piano and the song's punchy beat are joined by charming electro-beats and radiant synth in addition to some fine bass guitar playing, the later of which helps gives the tranquil song its relaxing effect. (This regular edition of the single also features an instrumental version of "この街.") -Michael McCarthy

There are four different versions of this single available featuring different goodies. Some versions come with a bonus DVD.

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