5(Five) is Berryz Kobo’s 5th album and it was released on September 10, 2008. It reached #11 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and has sold 14,415 copies.
1. HAPPY! Stand Up♠
2. Kono Yubi Tomare! / Tsugunaga Momoko, Tokunaga Chinami, Sudo Maasa
3. Baka ni Shinaide / Shimizu Saki, Natsuyaki Miyabi, Kumai Yurina, Sugaya Risako
4. Yuke Yuke Monkey Dance♠♠♠♠♠
5. Ah Merry-go-round / Shimizu Saki, Tsugunaga Momoko
6. CLAP! / Tokunaga Chinami, Natsuyaki Miyabi, Kumai Yurina
7. REAL LOVE / Sugaya Risako
8. Yume wo Hitotsubu ~Berryz Kamen Ending Theme~
9. Dschinghis Khan♠♠♠♠
10. Tsukiatteru no ni Kataomoi♠♠
12. Special Genera~tion (Eccentric Remix)♠♠♠
Opening up this album is HAPPY! Stand Up a hyped up fast paced pop song with a really great chorus that both starts off the song and is present in A LOT of the song, making it sound just a bit too repetitive. Either way, this is a great song that relies on its catchy chorus and strong vocals even though the verses themselves are great themselves. A great way to start of the album.
Second is Kono Yubi Tomare!, sung by Momoko, Chinami and Maasa. This song is actually my favorite new song from the album, although at first listening to it I thought I wasn’t going to like it. This is your typical H!P brass heavy song but what I like about this song is not its chorus(which are pretty solid on their own) but instead the verses. The reason is you don’t get flooded in vocals and actually get time to listen to just the instrumental a bit(which is uncommon in H!P music). Of course, the instrumentals have to be good for that to work out, and the rapid brass instruments make it all sound great.
Next is Baka ni Shinaide sung by Saki, Miyabi, Yurina and Risako. This song actually opens up with a serious tone, composed of beeps and then some rapid electric guitar. It kicks off with the chorus which isn’t too bad. It’s a rock/pop song, leaning more to the rock side but maintaining the H!P sound. This song has a pretty mature sound to it that maintains throughout the entire song, t sounds pretty good but wasn’t anything too spectacular.
The first single of the album is actually the last single to be released. Yuke Yuke Monkey Dance sounds right in place with the rest of the songs and is still my favorite song from the era.
Ah Merry- go-round is the only duet song on the album, sung by Momoko and Saki. This song is leaning to a more R&B side. I enjoyed the vocals from the girls, especially during the chorus, which is the strong point of the song and the main reason to listen to it, along with having Momoko.
CLAP!(sung by Chinami, Miyabi and Yurina) easily takes the prize for most up lifting song on the album. It’s an extremely cute pop song with acoustic guitar, some clapping and extremely happy vocals. Bot the verses and chorus are great, which was a relief to me. One of my favorite songs on the album.
Next is the only solo song on the album, sung by Risako, REAL LOVE is a synth heavy song with a serious tone and catchy beats. It was a risk listening to a solo from Risako, due to her grating vocals and all but she managed not to sound extremely bad as she didn’t need to hold too many long notes. The instrumental is especially great in this song and manages to stand out from the other new tracks.
I’m supposing Yume wo Hitotsubu ~Berryz Kamen Ending Theme~ serves as the ending to one part of the album and the beginning of another due to it’s name, but either way, this is an EXTREMELY good track. It’s a little unorthodox in its style as it’s kind of waltz-y kind of song except that it just sounds extremely good and gets a touch of pop during the chorus. I really recommend this song and my only complaint against it was its short length at only 2:41.
I was wondering when Dschinghis Khan would kick in and I thought it sounded great after the “ending” type song we just had.
The first single from the era, Tsukiatteru no ni Kataomoi, comes up next, continuing the trend of nice flowing songs.
BE was a particularly surprising listen. It’s actually a full-blown ballad(as much as H!P ballads go)! It has a serene type instrumental, focusing on the group’s harmonization. One thing I didn’t like however was that during the verses, there’s a part where Tsunku+either some little kids or the girl’s with some REALLY squeaky voices get a line, but that finishes quickly so it didn’t cause too much of an impact on me. The chorus was not as strong as I was expecting it to be though it did stay within’ the “serene” sound. An excellent way to end the album itself.
The last track on the album is the Eccentric Remix of Special Generation. Compared to the awesomeness that was the original, this mix is a lot heavier in terms of instruments, featuring lots of heavy thumping and electric guitar. Typical remix elements are present also, such as voice distortions and such. I REALLY like this remix of the song(though it was unexpected) and recommend it to any fan of the original.
Since I’ve been getting more stable on J-Pop releases since last year, I’ve also experienced going through artist’s entire eras and this one was my first for Berryz Koubou. I can proudly say that this was a great era with amazing singles and a solid album to end it all. Only around 2 of the new tracks were kinda forgettable but some of the new songs were very impressive, such as Yume wo Hitotsubu ~Berryz Kamen Ending Theme~.