Edo no Temari Uta II is °C-ute’s 6th major single and it was released on July 30, 2008. It reached #5 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and has sold 35,789 copies.
1. Edo no Temari Uta II♠
2. “Wasuretakunai Natsu”
3. Edo no Temari Uta II (Instrumental)
°C-ute’s latest release features a very atypical H!P sound. This song, having been a cover of another(as was the case with Berryz’ Dschinghis Khan), has a very modern enka sound, accompanied with wind instruments, piano and an acoustic guitar opening. There’s VERY nice line distribution between the girls here, with each girl obtaining at least 1 solo line while Suzuki Airi gets the most. It’s nice to be able to hear some of the girls voices for once. The only problem I had with the song is that it’s VERY short, at only 2:32, I only wished it was a bit longer, as every second of it is absolutely great.
The b-side, Wasuretakunai Natsu, starts off with a very typical H!P b-side instrumental, electric guitar accompanied by glittering effects. The song has a relaxed atmosphere, with the girls singing in a calm voice. As we approach the chorus, which is definitely the high point of the song, we get a nice vocal performance by the girls and a rise in instrumentals. The instrumental break features even more electric guitar and followed by some nice solo lines. This coupling track seemed to very well contrast Edo no Temari Uta II.
This was a very nice single release by °C-ute, including an atypical a-side and a nicely paired b-side. It’ll be interesting to see how it will be performed in concerts. It should also be noted that the PV also stood out in the release, seeming to be a bit more higher budgeted than other H!P PVs.