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Arashi’s 5th studio album, entitled One, was released on 08.03.05. Only one single, サクラ咲け, was released prior to the album. The album features a solo song sung by each member of the group.

Overture serves as the album opener. The song starts off with a sweet instrumental that established a very relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere. Soon the sound changes as some rapping starts and the tempo picks up. Once the boys begin singing, the vocals really compliment the music and the English phrase “I love my girl” really stands out to the listener. The boys then sing “it’s ok, it’s all right, we’re gonna have a good time” and with the jazzy instrumentation continuing, it sets up the listener for an enjoyable album.

夏の名前 starts the energy off nicely in a soft way. The song starts off nicely with an uptempo piano interlude and the first verse starts. There is a certain mysterious element to the music and the boys’ voices sound nice here. The chorus stands out as the boys’ voices go well together and really capture the upbeat spirit of the music. The rap sequence sounds great and is probably the most ear-catching part of the song as his voice is pretty deep but compliments the lighter music very well. Overall this song is a very nice first full song and is definitely enjoyable.

The poppiness comes through strongly on the third song, ROMANCE. Opening the song up is a very enjoyable and upbeat pop instrumental that hooks the listener. With the first verse, there is a mellow feeling that the listener can’t help but love as the boys sound so smooth on it. The chorus is very strong as the boys give off more vocal strength and the English phrase is a very nice touch. ROMANCE is definitely an album standout as the boys give strong vocals and the poppy instrumental captures the listener’s ear from first listen.

Following is Lai-Lai-Lai, a fun pop number. The song starts off strongly with a pop instrumental, supported by the boys singing “lai lai lai” and their voices sound great. The first verse features more enjoyable vocals that go with the music perfectly. The boys sound absolutely fantastic on the chorus as the instrumentation becomes as addictive as ever and the combination of vocals and music hooks the listener. The pure instrumental section features a nice spotlight on the spanish guitar, that hadn’t been put in the instrumental forefront before. Closing the song is the boys repeating the title of the song and then an instrumental finish. Lai-Lai-Lai is a fantastic number and certainly one to look out for on this album.

The first album ballad is Days. The piano begins the song and soon the instrumentation becomes more varied and a certain magical feeling arrives. During the first verse, the boys give nice and smooth vocals that go with the music perfectly. The chorus is nice and all the boys’ vocals go well with each other but the instrumentation didn’t really change so it’s a bit lacking in that area. The moments of pure instrumentation show off the jazzy flare and provides the song with a little more variety. The song beautifully closes with the softer music, pushed by the sounds of the piano. Although the chorus isn’t particularly strong, the verses are nice and Days is a good ballad for the album.

A rock sound comes out on 素晴らしき世界. Beginning the song is a nice and smooth instrumental and soon elements of rock come out to play while the boys sing the chorus. The first verse then follows and the vocals are nice but aren’t particularly grabbing. The rap sequence is okay but the vocalizing in the background is a bit off-putting. Overall this song isn’t capturing and the rock tints sound a bit misplaced on the song.

サクラ咲け is the only song released as a single from the album and is the seventh song. The song starts off with a fun and upbeat instrumentation. The first verse then brings in some very nice vocals to go with the fun atmosphere established by the music. Then the chorus comes in and it’s nice, but nothing that really stands out in the listener’s mind. There is more energy with the rap part, which fits very nicely although the vocalizing in the background is a bit annoying. It’s a nice song but it doesn’t grab the listener’s ear very well.

Ohno’s solos song is the eighth song, Rain. The song begins with an interesting and sweet instrumental, fused with pop sounds and a midtempo sound. He then goes into the first verse with strong vocals that carry emotion and go perfectly with the music. The chorus stands out as the continues to deliver strong vocals and the music leads him and sounds addictive. The song becomes even stronger as the song goes on, particularly when he sings “this is just the beginning.” Rain is definitely an album standout and just goes to show that he consistently delivers strong solo songs.

いつかの Summer is Aiba’s solo song. The song begins with a very upbeat and cheerful sound that really stands out. His vocals during the first verse carry a certain poppiness to them that sounds very nice and goes with the music well. The jazziness somces out on the pure instrumental section with the saxophone giving power and strength, making a nice transition back into the chorus. Aiba gives the listener a very enjoyable solo song and it fits perfectly on this album.

W/ ME follows and is Matsumoto’s solo song. The song starts off with a slightly mysterious instrumental with some breathing and then the song’s true sound comes in. His vocals go perfectly with the music and they really catch the listener’s ear. The chorus is nice and is sung in complete English, standing out strongly. The pure instrumental section with the girl giving some smooth vocals is really fun and a nice part of the song. W/ ME is a fantastic song and is definitely an album highlight.

Nino’s solo song, 秘密, is next. The song starts off with a fun and poppy piano instrumental. Nino gives some very nice vocals during the first verse and keeps with the light and upbeat music. The chorus stands out as his vocals are strong while still going with the happy atmosphere of the instrumentation. This song is a very strong song and one of the album standouts.

夢でいいから is the final solo song, sung by Sakurai. The opening English phrases are a good way to open up the song with a smooth instrumentation. The first verse then comes in and he delivers a nice rap sequence although it doesn’t fit as well with the music as his raps usually do. The chorus sounds much stronger as the vocals go perfectly with the music and comforts the listener beautifully. The rapping doesn’t really fit with the song’s overall atmosphere but the singing is a perfect match, thus the song has its ups and downs.

Yes? No? is the album’s semifinale. The chorus is nice with the boys vocals strongly but it is the instrumentation which really grabs the listener as there are electronic traces that stand out very strongly. The first verse has a certain coolness to it that really is catchy as the music continues to be the driving force of the song. This song is a great song and shows off the  boys trying something new.

風見鶏 appears as a bonus track present on the regular edition and the final song on the album. There is something enchanting and pretty about the instrumental that keeps the listener interested throughout the course of the album. The vocals are consistently strong and move with the music very well. It’s a really great way to end the album.

Album Ranking: A –

One is a very enjoyable album with a little something for everyone. The solo songs are particularly capturing from Ohno’s fantastic song, Rain to Matsumoto’s addictive, W/ ME to the light and fun song 秘密 from Nino. Album tracks such as ROMANCE, Lai-Lai-Lai and Yes? No? prove what the boys can do when they come together. There are a few forgettable songs such as 素晴らしき世界 and サクラ咲け but overall it’s another enjoyable album from the boys.

Gachibaka!, a Japanese drama, had its airing from January 19 to March 23. The drama tells the story of Gondou Tetta (Takahashi Katsunori),  a former boxer who takes a job of a high-school teacher. He is assigned Class 3-E, the “loser class” who the administration has given up on. Despite the rest of the school seing the students of 3-E as hopeless, Gondou-sensei refuses to give up on them and continues to inspire each and every one of his students.

The first episode of the drama really sets up the series for growth as the students take an instant apathy to Gondou-Sensei. He tries to be encouraging and friendly although his students percieve him as someone the administration hired to babysit them. In addition, the administration is even more adverse to him teaching at the school. Rijichou (Inoue Waka) and the principal (Sawamura Ikki) are the two figures that spotlighted in the administration and are constantly on edge with Gondou. There are two stories in the first episode: Kageyama Yuko (Takabe Ai) and Gondou-Sensei are caught in a compromising position; Utsugi Minoru (Tegoshi Yuya), a sullen loner, begins ditching school and Gondou-Sensei sets out to find the reason behind his lack of absence. This episode also puts the emphasis on the Koushien Spring Baseball Competition, which the school hopes to win admittance to. Class 3-E is seen as a disgrace to the school and they would inhibit the school’s chances of getting acceptance into the competition and this worry is seen throughout the course of the series. It’s definitely a memorable first episode and Tegoshi really does a great job of portraying his character. The scene of him crying is heartbreaking and is really touching, really showing off Tegoshi’s acting abilities.

Inoue Kouta (Masuda Takahisa) and Morimoto Kana (Kurokawa Tomoka) are two other students that really stand out in the storyline. Kouta’s character really comes out on the second episode, when he is accused of stealing from a store. Gondou-Sensei’s sheer determination to prove him innocent is inspiring as he repeatedly counts the number of steps on the stairway to prove his innocence (attempting to match the number of steps that Kouta had said once questioned by the administration). Soon he gets into a fight with the drama’s leading “bad guy,” Sasaoka Kouji (Yoshinaga Yuki), Minoru goes to save him and soon Gondou-Sensei arrives to save both of them. Although down, Kouta can depend on his friends to cheer him up and they certainly provide a core group of support and fun. Massu’s spirit and energy really are reflected in Kouta, thus he is the perfect fit for the role. Kana serves as the object of Kouta’s affection although she has feelings for Minoru. Whether or not he has feelings for her is questioned throughout the series. She plays a very important part in the drama, even being at the center of a very dangerous situation.

Various other students make their presence known throughout the series as well. Maeshima Hanako (Ishiwata Rina) is Kana’s best friend and is extremely loyal to her. She feels that because of her size, she isn’t able to get a boyfriend and this proves to be false as she becomes the girlfriend of Mikimoto Kenji (Hazizume Ryo) later in the series (episode 4). Kouta’s group of friends also have their time in the spotlight with their respective episodes as well as being important in other episodes. Nakamura Masashi (Saito Keita)’s episode deals with his parents being so rich that he is able to avoid trouble unlike his friends. However he wants to be a normal kid and be able to be just like his friends. Soon in order to exact revenge, he makes a bomb to blow up the school. The ending for this episode is really funny and Tegoshi’s face in response to Gondou’s statement and Masashi’s “thank you” is heartwarming. Furada Hiroyuki (Ishida Takuya) has an interesting episode as he struggles to get the money together for university and is accused of stealing the money from the other students. Gondou’s dedication to seeing him through the whole ordeal is so sweet tat the viewer can’t help but love him. Mikimoto Kenji (Hashizume Ryo)

Episode seven is a key episode in the series as it reveals Kouji’s backstory on why he dislikes the school so much. Richijou (Inoue Waka) really sparkles in the episode as her compassion really emerges as she pacifies Kouji and really gets herself involved in a potentially life-threatening situation. Ever since the first episode, she hasn’t been too fond of Gondou but the audience can tell that there’s something inside her that is going to come through and warm up to Gondou-Sensei.

The last two episodes really close the series perfectly. Throughout the show, Kana has shown a hesitation and discomfort aronud Goudou. She is not only like this around him but all teachers and the reason why comes out in episode nine. She was sexually assulted by a teacher who she once admired and his return sends her into a flurry of fear and Gondou into rage, eventually attacking him. That one punch sends him out of his job and leaves him downtrotten. The final episode features Gondou getting back into the ring after the encouragement of his students (and training by Minoru, Kouta, Hiroyuki, Masashi and Miki) and in a sad turn of events, loses the match. As for the administration, Rijichou forms a new rebuilding plan for the school as the principal only cares about money. She wants to nurture her students and keep her staff together as the others follow her leadership. As for Kana, Minoru and Kouta, neither one of them ends up getting her. Minoru is off to America to be a trainer while Kouta is going to Africa, a life-long dream. They both say that they haven’t given up on her and that one day, they will meet again. The final scene is of Gondou loading boxes into a truck and Richijou comes to him and asks him to come work at her new establishment. He agrees and the future looks good for everyone.

Drama Ranking: A +

Gachi Baka! is a fantastic drama with each character sparkling in their own way. The determination to stand on his students’ side and defend them really makes Gondou-Sensei the perfect leading character and the viewer can’t help but fall in love with him from the first moment. Tesshi and Massu both shine here as their respective characters and instantly make the viewer love the two of them. The development of Richijou’s character also stands out and is heartwarming how she comes to really care about the class of 3-E. Every single episode is filled with intensity, enjoyment and love and it’s definitely the drama to watch.

都会っ子 純情 shows off a more mature sound for the girls that they bring attitude and flare to. The song starts off with a hot instrumental along with one girl speaking and she opens the song very strongly. The following part of pure instrumentation brings that hot dance sound to the front before the first verse starts. The girls give some great vocals that nicely reflect the song’s lyrical meaning. “Don’t stop” is what really makes the hook pop and draws attention to the girls’ vocal prowess. The chorus stands out as the girls show a little more vocal power and sticks in the listener’s mind. The song closes just as strong as it began with the hot dance instrumentation and the same girl talking her way out. 都会っ子 純情 is definitely an addictive song and is worth the listen.

The B-side is 私立共学. The song starts off a sweet instrumental with a relaxing feel. Once the first verse begins, the girls sing in a more cutesy voice that really stands out to the listener. Sweet vocals and an enjoyable instrumental are the foundation of the chorus, which catches the listener’s ear and leads into pure instrumentation. The song is a sweet compliment to the A-side and is another good song from C-ute.

In order to promote, a PV for 都会っ子 純情 was made. The video features some great dance sequences, various close-ups and scenes of the girls walking through the city, dressing the part to match a more mature sound. The final scene of the girls all looking out is a great one and really makes a strong ending for the video.

A dance version of the PV was also formed, which shows off even more of the great dancing. The opening dance (as the girls do a train) opens the video very strongly and leads into an enjoyable rest of the video featuring fun dancing.

Single Ranking: A

C-ute really brings the edge with their new single, which is prominently featured on the title track, showcasing a more mature sound that the girls bring to life. The B-side allows the girls to shine on a cuter track.

NEWS’ 6th single, entitled 星をめざして, was released on 03.21.07. It’s the group’s first single following their suspension and the title was used as the theme song for the Japanese release of the film Happy Feet, which features member Tegoshi Yuya starring as the main character.

星をめざして is a hopeful song filled with spirit and energy. The piano opens up the song as sweet instrumentation and moves into the first verse. The boys’ vocals sound very strong here as they move with the music perfectly and the listener gets a sense of the emotions the boys emote. It’s the chorus that helps the energy come up as there is a more poppish sound as the boys display their happiness. The instrumentation evokes a sense of hope and is certainly something not to miss. The third verse sounds fantastic as the boys continue to give strong vocals with a beautiful instrumental. Closing the song is the same sweet instrumentation, which offers the listener a smooth way out. It’s hopeful, upbeat and realy reflectiive of the emotions the boys went through so it’s definitely worth a listen.

Up next is Boom! Boom! POWER. There is a very cool and almost mysterious vibe that starts off the song and once the guitar comes in, the listener becomes fully engaged in the song. Shige sounds great singing the English and it’s a nice way to start off the song’s vocals. RIght before the chorus, the instrumentation changes momentarily and lets Massu have his chance to shine. The chorus has a certain catchiness and poppiness that the listener can enjoy as the boys give good vocals that fit with the music. The pure instrumental section allows that sleekness to be put to the forefront before the third verse comes in. Fantastic instrumentation brings the song to a close, making the song enjoyable from start to finish.

Best Friend is a sweet song about friendship that really shows the true bonds between these boys. A sweet atmosphere comes in the moment the music starts as an enjoyable midtempo sound. The vocals during the first verse sound great as the boys smoothly sing their way through. The chorus stands out, particularly for the phrase “you are my best friend,” which opens it. Both Ryo and Massu hit their more powerful notes with strength. Best Friend is a great number that reflects the boys strongly and certainly is one to look out for.

Single Ranking: A –

This single is a strong one, consisting of the hopeful and upbeat title track, the cool and edgy Boom! Boom! POWER and the sweet number, Best Friend. The boys really brought out their A-game for this single and it came through.

Hey! Say! 7’s debut and only single, entitled Hey! Say!, was released on 08.01.07. The group only released one single as they soon formed with other group Hey! Say! BEST to form the current group, Hey! Say! JUMP. Hey! Say! and BON BON were used as the opening and ending themes for the anime series LoveCon.

The opening song is Hey! Say! Opening the song is a very sweet piano instrumental that gracefully sets the group of for a strong song. The boys’ vocals supporting the music sound great and capture the atmosphere of the song very well. Soon the song turns from that sound into a more aggressive and catchy dance beat. The first verse features some great vocals that stand out to the listener. The chorus features a slightly different instrumental at some points but it still sounds great and the boys follow the musical direction effortlessly. Coolness and slickness come out strongly on the pure instrumental section, which nicely grabs the listener’s attention. The song ends on a very strong note with a cheer and a few moments of pure instrumentation. Hey! Say! is a great fun song with a good dance beat that makes the boys shine.

The first B-side is the slower song, BON BON. The song begins with a relaxing and slower song, powered by light rock tints. Vocals during the first verse go with the overall sound as they are smooth and carry very well. The chorus stands out as the boys hit their notes strongly and the opening phrase “bon bon bon bon bon” stands out. The slightly different instrumentation during the third verse is a nice change of pace and it makes a smooth transition back into the catchy chorus, which then closes the song. BON BON is a great track with a different sound that the boys still shine on.

Iをくれ is the third song on the single. A very sweet piano instrumentation opens up the song and immediately an atmosphere is established. Soon the tempo picks up and the first vocal sounds wonderful, smoothly moving into the first verse. The music remains interesting and the boys keep up strongly with their vocals. The chorus shows off a slightly more aggressive instrumental that the boys bring to life with strong vocals. The pure instrumental section spotlights just how cool and sleek the music is and gives the listener an opportunity to really appreciate it. Chinen’s vocals on this song really stand out and provide something unmistakably addictive for the song. This song is definitely one to keep track of because it’s both fun and addictive.

In order to promote the single, a PV for Hey! Say! was made. The video starts off with the boys singing in front of an apartment building and as soon as the music picks up, the boys are seen wearing white and dancing in front of “Hey! Say!” in big letters. There are also other scenes from that area that opened up the video that make up the video as well.

Single Ranking: A +

Hey! Say! 7’s debut single features three fantastic songs that these boys shine on. The group brings out the best on the dance tracks, Hey! Say! and Iをくれ. When things slow down and take on a more rock tint on BON BON, they still keep their cool. The boys brought their A-game on this one and it’s definitely a strong single.

Hey! Say! JUMP’s debut single, entitled Ultra Music Power, was released on 11.14.07. The title track was used as the image song for the Volleyball World Cup 2007.

Ultra Music Power is the A-side and the first song on the single. The song begins with the boys singing “la la la” and it really works well with the music to start off the song on a strong note. The boys then spell out “JUMP,” telling the listener what each letter stands for and soon the instrumental is spotlighted. Bringing out a more relaxing feeling supported by the guitar is the first verse and the boys’ vocals sound great. The chorus stands out particularly because of the English phrases used that really pop. Music is really spotlighted during the pure instrumental section, which sounds very pretty but also has a certain cuteness to it that stands out. The song then closes with the boys once again spelling out JUMP much like how the song began. Ultra Music Power is a fun and upbeat song that is a great introduction for these boys.

The first B-side is Star Time. The song begins with a sweet piano instrumental with a certain magical feeling that comes through. Soon the first verse begins and the vocals move very nicely with the music as the instrumentation begins to pick up a little. Eventually the tempo changes to upbeat and is more catchy. The chorus sounds very pretty as the boys harmonize very well and move with the intrumentation effortlessly. A certain coolness comes out on the pure instrumental section that hooks the listener before the third verse begins, which has some great vocals. The song then reverts back to the slower tempo, centered around the piano for the finish, which rounds out the song very nicely. Star Time is a great number and really brings home a prettiness that the boys adapt to well.

Too Shy is the second B-side of the single. Opening the song is an upbeat instrumental that has a prettiness to it that stands out. The chorus shows off some very nice vocals and that go perfectly with the music. Smoothness comes out for the boys’ vocals during the first verse and helps connect the song. The English phrases during the third verse really stand out and the following pure instrumental section sounds fantastic, highlithed by the guitar. Too Shy is a very fun song that finds its home on this single.

In order to promote the single, a PV for Ultra Music Power was made. The video has a more futuristic and technological feel and features the boys in this world. There is one scene with the group sitting together as they sing and other scenes include the boys in flying pods. The video is very enjoyable and although unexpected for the song, it’s definitely a fun watch.

Single Ranking: A

Hey! Say! JUMP’s debut single features three songs that show off the boys’ talents very nicely. The A-side is a fun song and starts off the single with energy. Things take a momentary slow down for the first B-side, Star Time as the piano takes center-stage in the instrumentation. Too Shy picks up the energy again with a prettiness that the listener just loves.

GAM’s debut studio album, entitled 1st GAM, was released on 05.27.07. This group is a combination of H!P members Fujimoto Miki and Matsuura Aya and was released after three singles: Thanks!, メロディーズ and LU LU LU.

Thanks! is the album’s opener. The song starts off with a cool instrumental, highlighted by the guitar before the first verse starts. The vocals fit with the music perfectly and the listener is led on a journey while listening. The twinkling sounds that appear in the instrumentation definitely stands out as gives a very pretty feeling. Hooking the listener is the chorus, which features some stronger vocals and the music remains interesting. The pure instrumental section sounds absolutely fantastic, putting the spotlight on the sleekness of the music before the chorus is re-introduced. Thanks! is a great album opener showing off the girls’ cool flare that makes them stand out.

Keeping up the energy is track number two, 純潔 ~Only.~ Opening this song is an enjoyable and addictive twinkling po instrumental sequence before the first verse starts. The vocals here have a little more maturity to them that stands out to the listener and actually compliments the music perfectly. The chorus sounds great as the girls show off a little more vocal power, particularly with the last word. The pure instrumental section captures the listener and does a fantastic job of coming back to the chorus. For being addictive and strongly upbeat, it’s a great track to follow Thanks!

メロディーズ is up next and offers a more relaxing atmosphere. The song begins with a sweet instrumental and the snapping is actually a nice touch along with the ringing of the bells. Things then pick up a little bit for a midtempo feel. The chorus sounds great as the girls sing with emotion and nice vocal power. The following English part in which “melodies in the memories” is sung is a bit strange but it’s nothing too annoying.

The fourth song is 愛の船. A nice instrumental section starts the song off and there are some lighter rock tints that catch the listener’s ear. The first verse starts and the girls’ vocals sound great. They hold their notes strongly and harmonize perfectly. The chorus stands out as the girls show more vocal strength and the instrumentation becomes more central than before. The song isn’t as addictive as the previous ones but it’s definitely a nice number and shows a different sound for the girls.

ここで キスして  is next. The song starts off with a dreamy sound that makes the listener really enjoy before the instrumentation becomes a little more varied. The first verse has sleekness as the girls smoothly sing their way over the addictive instrumentation. Popping very nicely is the chorus as the girls’ vocal prowess comes to the forefront as they hit their notes with power and feeling. The pure instrumental section sounds absolutely wonderful as the coolness of the song is strongly spotlighted and catches the listener’s ear perfectly. This song is wonderful by having a slower sound while still maintaing that coolness and showing off the girls’ vocals.

LU LU LU is the following song. A very nice and upbeat instrumentation starts the song off and there is a positive and happy feeling to it that stands out. The first verse then starts and the girls carry a certain fragility to their voices that move with the music perfectly. As the girls show off a little more power, the vocals allow the chorus to stand out from the rest of the song. The English line “I will love you forever” and how the girls hit the higher notes strongly are both factors in its strength. LU LU LU is an excellent song and definitely one to check out.

The seventh song is the addictive, イチャイチャ Summer. The song begins a fun instrumental that really captures the sounds of summer perfectly. The vocals during the first verse have a certain element of whisper to them that connects each line very nicely and directs the listener. The chorus is wonderful and has a prettiness that just makes it all the more addictive and the repeating words help it resonate strongly in the listener’s mind. This song is one of the best songs on the album and really stays in the listener’s mind.

Up next is 愛情オアシス. The song starts off with a cool instrumental that hooks the listener from first listen. The first verse then starts and the looming feeling in the instrumentation goes perfectly with the girls’ vocals. The chorus really stands out for more vocal power that the girls deliver and the transition into pure instrumentation is genius. This song is a fantastic upbeat number that the girls really deliver their all on to make the listener pay attention from start to finish.

…H continues the upbeat and enjoyable sound. To begin the song, an aggressive and addictive instrumental comes out. The chorus features some great vocals and have a certain happy element to them that stands out as the instrumentation continues to be edgy. Vocals during the first verse sound great and stand out very nicely. The pure instrumental section sounds great and spotlights just how creative and interesting the music is on this song.

The title track, 甘い誘惑, is the album’s last real number. A rock-filled instrumentation starts the song off and then the chorus begins, which sounds a little repetitive but it doesn’t sound bad. The first verse then starts and there is a more mellow feeling instilled. Moments of pure instrumentation actually are the standout parts of the song and the vocals are nice overall although it doesn’t particularly hook the listener as well as other songs.

Thanks! (誘惑 Remix) is the last song on the album. This version of the song holds a sweeter and lighter atmosphere than the original. It’s a nice addition but the original version is much stronger and is really what makes the listener hooked.

Album Ranking: A +

GAM’s debut album shows off these two girls talents fantastically. Upbeat numbers like 純潔 ~Only,~ …H and 愛情オアシス  as well as slow songs like   イチャイチャ Summer and ここで キスして all show the different sounds these girls can handle. The album is very strong and one of the strongest out of H!P.