13 November 2015

Busaiku - Yachatta!! RE single review

Artist: Busaiku
Title: Yachatta!!
Release date: 08 March 2015
Type: single
Version: RE (first press version)

Packaging: If anything makes me happy about Kis-My-Ft2 and thus by default Busaiku having Avex Trax as their record label it is the packaging. The first press edition has a slip case that gives a little better look of the jacket and back images. While it comes in the usual jewel case you can tell that it is a sturdier one than what most CDs come in. Another bonus of the first press release is that the disc is pictured labeled, which means there is a picture on the disc instead of just the usual text. The booklet using a nice paper stock for it and even though this is a regular edition there are plenty of pictures used in it of the four members of the sub-unit. And just everything ties in with the theme of the group and the salaryman look and for this single the beer garden setting. Just a really solid presentation for this single which Avex Trax is really shining with for their Kisumai/Busaiku releases.

Tracks:

1. やっちゃった!! (Yachatta!!)
Honestly at this point if you have listened to the Busaiku singles before this one you will know if you will like this or not. It is still in the same style as the previous two songs for the group, so lots of energy and comedy. I do love the false ending as it fits with the image of the group to screw up when the song is meant to end It is easy to tell that Yokoo Wataru has fully embraced his character for this group as he tries his hardest to rival SMAP's Nakai Masahiro as worst singer in Johnny's. And Nakai seems to support this seeing as Yokoo has quite the solo in this song. But if you are familiar with Busaiku and their previous songs you know what you are getting with this. If not, then you are probably going to be confused why a boy band that sings so badly is releasing CDs, completely missing the fact that is part of the joke.

2. てぃーてぃーてぃーてれって てれてぃてぃてぃ ~だれのケツ~ (ユーロビートバージョン) (てぃーてぃーてぃーてれって てれてぃてぃてぃ ~Dare no Ketsu~ (Eurobeat Version))
Ah, Eurobeat. Getting into J-pop in the late 90s and into the early 00s the market was rife with this kind of thing. In fact when remixes were common B-sides there was a good chance it would be some kind of Eurobeat version, in fact Hamasaki Ayumi released one of her many remix albums during her peak just for Eurobeat remixes of her songs. So this gets marks for most likely being a nod to that, as the style has never made a comeback after it fell out of favor. That said I wish they made the Eurobeat more prominent in this remix, as I think it would have been more humorous for it to be like the remixes that you had to pay attention to find the remains of the original song among the Eurobeat layed over it. Still it does work as a callback to that bygone era of J-pop though unless you are familiar with it this may just be a forgettable remix.

3. やっちゃった!! (Yachatta!!) (karaoke)

Overall: One's enjoyment of Busaiku truly lies with how seriously one takes their releases and if you enjoy Japanese comedy. They are in heart a comedy act and should be enjoyed for the guys willing to poke fun of themselves and put laughs before skill. That is unless we are talking about their dance routines because as ridiculous as they look they are far from easy to pull off. But that aside the group was created to help the four grow their appeal in an alternative manner than most Johnny's and this comedic angle has worked well for them. I can see how this may not interest fans who like them in Kis-My-Ft2, but for those who do enjoy the Busaiku unit their releases are nice bonuses. I personally cannot wait to see what the album is going to be like.

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