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NEWS – サヤエンドウ/裸足のシンデレラボーイ [5th Single]

Posted on: July 12, 2008

NEWS’ 5th single,  サヤエンドウ/裸足のシンデレラボーイ, was released on 03.15.06. The single was the last one before the group’s suspension and the first single to not feature previous members Kusano Hironori and Uchi Hiroki. サヤエンドウ was used as the theme song for the movie One Piece.

The first A-side is the addictively catchy サヤエンドウ. The song starts off with some vocalizing before the first verse starts. The verses are split amongst most of the members, which is a nice way to create a unified feeling. All the members sound great singing the verse: Ryo opens the verse nicely, Shige stands out the most vocally and Massu does a great job of closing. Before each chorus is one line, sung with powerful vocals to create a climax effect in order to introduce the chorus. Yamapi does a great job here and shows off just how strong he is, vocally. The first part of the chorus consists of the phrase “bravo bravo” before each line, which really cements the catchiness. The second half of the chorus also repeats a phrase, this time in Japanese,  and it’s the last part of the entire chorus that stands out in the listener’s ear. The notes are held well and sound great. The pure instrumental section is amazing and spotlights the light-heartedness anf fun spirit of the song before Tegoshi delivers an impressive solo line. The song then finishes with the chorus and then the same vocalizing that opened the song. サヤエンドウ is a fantastic song and certainly one of NEWS’ strongest.

裸足のシンデレラボーイ is one of NEWS’ more aggressive and upbeat songs. Opening the song is a twinkling instrumentation that soon becomes an in-your-face addictive sequence. The first verse features great vocals that are smooth and deep to go with the music perfectly. The chorus is really what stands out to the listener. The boys harmonize perfectly and the note held on the last note of the chorus is absolutely fantastic. The more poppy side of the chorus definitely works as a nice compliment to the verses and helps it stand out. Before the final chorus, Massu sings two lines that sound great with the instrumentation, which have kept their magical feeling as well as having a hollow feeling. Strong instrumentation finishes the song off, making 裸足のシンデレラボーイ an excellent number.

In order to promote the single, a PV for サヤエンドウ was made. However as the first single without previous members Kusano and Uchi, the PV consisted of clips of a live performance and an animated version of the NEWS crew to fit the tie-in with One Piece. It’s nothing particularly memorable but it’s cute for what it’s worth.

Single Ranking: A +

NEWS’ first double A-side single and the first as a 6 member group certainly is one to be remembered. From the catchy and happy sounds of サヤエンドウ to the more aggressive 裸足のシンデレラボーイ, the boys from NEWS bring their A-game to the table and it paid off.

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2 Responses to "NEWS – サヤエンドウ/裸足のシンデレラボーイ [5th Single]"

I love both songs but I think サヤエンドウ is a more stronger A-side & I love the Carribean beats going on in the song

I agree!!!! Sayaendou is fantastic but then Hadashi no Cinderella Boy is addictive because Tegoshi friggin rules on that song!!!

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