The members of C-ute have never looked so elegant as they appear in this photo shoot! The photos have a real "softness" to them with the gentle lighting and gentle pastel look of their outfits and the beautiful sky background on the covers almost seems to blend in with the purple of Erikachan, Chisatochan, Nakki, & Airichan's lavender dresses. Once again I'm finding myself taking a liking to the appearance of the RE's cover a bit more than the LE's cover artwork and while the photos are indeed similar, I really like the gallery feeling that the frame in the RE's cover presents for this release as it somewhat adds another dimension to the overall elegant look of this release. Ah no photocard!…it does appear that UFA has been holding out on us more and more recently. Okay they do include these serial numbered event cards which I unfortunately cannot attend :P….but really what's with the web site's name?!!!!!! Someone English speaking should really tell them just how bad this sounds!! :O "p4you.net…." That's just really scary!! And bizarre!! :O!! Surely they could've chosen another letter or number as I can't imagine that the rest were already taken! 😛
Okay now onto the most important thing…the song itself. My initial thought when seeing the appearance of this release was…dare I say…it may be a C-ute ballad! But on the other hand with a title like "LA LA LA Happiness/Fortune song" it would need to be something very upbeat! More and more with H!P's releases branching out so much I find Tsunku's involvement to be a bit scarce at times but when it comes to C-ute & Momusu he has remained true….penning both the lyrics & music as well as acting as producer on each of their projects. Tsunku has been embracing his inner techno child of late and "LA LA LA shiawase no uta" lives and breathes this genre's touch once again. "LA LA LA shiawase no uta" is a bright and lively track but somehow it lacks any of Tsunku's trademark hooks which I'm really accustomed to. The song is instead rather straightforward and possibly a bit too simple for its own good. While I don't dislike this song by any means I just feel that it's lacking any moving or "dramatic" qualities which usually draws a listener in and finds them singing and humming along. It's true that some songs on occasion have taken a few listens in order for them to really hit me but it's now been on repeat on my laptop for quite some time and the overall feeling of this song hasn't changed at all. Hmmm…I'm trying to remember the last time that I felt such a letdown from a H!P single release but I can't remember at all…but that of course may be due to me being so easy to please in general! 😛 Hmm…even "Hana wo pu~n" with all of its oddness…something that I did embrace, had so much more character and structure than C-ute's latest effort….haha okay it is a strange song but it did possess so many hooks and so much fun in it! 😛 I don't know if it had more due to the outstanding coupling with song "Futari wa NS" but H!P's best "nose" single sold extremely well!! Well I loved both songs…hmmm but I'm getting a bit off track here. 😛 I'm probably in the minority when it comes to loving H!P's wacky "nose" song so much but did anyone notice that it actually out sold even "Tokaikko junjou"?! Was it the power of Kohachan's charm + the adorable little Maimai…hmm the recent results from Paul's H!P member/group polls would indicate otherwise which is a bit puzzling but I have to believe that their combined charisma and charm escalated those sales at least in part! I'm using the word 'letdown' here but I must emphasize that I don't dislike "LA LA LA shiawase no uta" but rather just expected a bit more and having this release follow "Tokaikko junjou" perhaps has added to that pressure that much more. Tsunku wrote such a gem with "Tokaikko junjou" and their fans really embraced this single with the numbers speaking for themselves! It's true that a pv can really add appeal to any release and luckily they've included the "dance shot ver." with the LE CD as I'll be having to wait until about the middle of this month for their PV DVD single to arrive as it's grouped together with a few other releases that aren't due for release until later.
While I'm yet to watch the original version, the "dance shot ver." of "LA LA LA shiawase no uta" is a cutely choreographed dance routine which is almost cheerleader like….with the overall "formations" used and when they're all in line with their arms on each other's shoulders and executing their side to side kicks it really just gives me this feeling! And with the visuals the domination of this song by members Maimichan & Airichan vocally becomes even more evident. Nakki's & Maimai's "spotlight" moments in the "dance shot" version of the pv are a really great touch and I thought that every member should have gotten that attention as well as that would have been nice to see. 🙂 While the set is a simple one the usage of lights and shadows working with a soft lit atmosphere bathed in gentle lavender all help to create an ideal backdrop for the beautiful outfits that are being worn and all members are styled so glamorously making this pv so appealing.
Here's the original version of the pv which I haven't watched yet….hmm…the "dance shot ver." doesn't appear to have been uploaded yet and silly me doesn't know how to upload it. 😛
The coupling with song "Saikoukyuu no enjoy GIRLS" is more of a mid temp dance song with just a dash "techno" in its personality mostly stemming from its keyboard's intro and breaks. While this song doesn't have the feeling of an a-side it does possess a slightly more interesting arrangement than the title track but is more or less also a simple song at best. One thing though is that "Saikoukyuu no enjoy GIRLS" does have a couple of hooks in it albeit not major ones and I can imagine that this song will do well when in the atmosphere of a live concert performance.
So where's the Tsunku fire that we've heard so many times in his previous writings and has he just been stretched too thin with so much work on his plate? While I really don't think that the latter is true, both of these songs have the aura of "album" tracks….wait "album" may not be the best description here as I tend to find sooo many gems on albums. I'll just call them a bit more "ordinary" and especially when you consider the diversity and creativity that Tsunku is known to possess without question! Hmm…and theres' always the possibility of the original version of the pv inspiring this single to a new height of appeal…but that'll have to wait until later this month when my their PV DVD single arrives. 🙂