Dakishimete Dakishimete is Berryz Kobo’s 19th single and it was released on March 11, 2009. It reached #8 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and has sold 27,501 copies.
1. Dakishimete Dakishimete♠
2. Sono Subete no Ai ni
3. Dakishimete Dakishimete (Instrumental)
I was surprised by the genre of music Tsunku gave the girls for Dakishimete Dakishimete but he did a great job with it. Instead of having that synth-pop style like in Morning Musume’s Naichau Kamo, it instead has a heavier techno sound to it, making heavy use of the sounds heard in those high octane dance tracks and with that H!P synth that Tsunku has recently been using in all his works. The vocals however maintain untouched and they sound just great that way. Also, I’m not complaining of Miyabi’s big part in the song. A very fresh, surprising and catchy song with a more mature sound, although it took a while to grow on me.
Sono Subete no Ai ni is a ballad. We should all know that 80% of the time H!P+ballads is not a good combination at all. Unfortunately for us, this song is not an exception. Even with it’s pretty piano melody, the song just doesn’t pull it off. The vocals are fine but there’s something lacking in the instrumentation and arrangement that throws this track into the deep abyss of bad Hello! Project b-sides.
Ignoring that horrendous and boring b-side, the girls really pulled it off with Dakishimete Dakishimete. I like the variety and unexpectedness of the groups releases which is what always has me anxious for new material from them. I’d still like for them to release an aggressive song though, just to see how they would compare to their fellow Hello! Project Eggs group.