Suki Sugite Baka Mitai / DEF.DIVA
Iroppoi Jirettai / Morning Musume
Koi no Hana / Natsumi Abe
Suppin to Namida. / Maki Goto
Ki ga Tsukeba Anata / Aya Matsuura
Miss Love Tantei / W
Ajisai Ai Ai Monogatari / v-u-den
Special Genera~tion / Berryz Koubou
Nikutai wo Shoujiki na EROS / Melon Kinenbi
Sakura no Hana ga Saku Koro / Kaori Iida
Nishi Shinjuku de Atta Hito / Yuki Maeda
Onna, Kanashii, Otona / Sexy Otonajan
Inshouha Renoir no You ni / Elegies
Hitoshirezu Mune wo Kanaderu Yoru no Aki / Puripuri Pink
Chokkan ~Toki to Shite Ai wa~ (LIVE Ver.) / Morning Musume
HELP!! ~Ecomoni no Acchi Chikyuu wo Samasunda. 2005~ / Ecomoni to Morning Musume
1. Suki Sugite Baka Mitai
Not surprised that the album would begin with the powerhouse group’s debut. Listening to the song and enjoying the equal line distribution, Suki Sugite Baka Mitai sounds like it’s a nostalgic trip to the early days of H!P using some old sounding (early 90’s sounding) synths. I know it’s a favorite to many people, but I don’t find it very intriguing for me. I think it could’ve had a faster speed and maybe a little more bass, but the song is great for showing off the four ladies. It’s not a bad song and it deserves the praise it gets, but it’s just not my favorite H!P song lol.
2. Iroppoi Jirettai
Wow for the first time in the Petit Bests, Morning Musume’s song isn’t messed with (you know given a damn remix). Known as the single that Koharu first appeared in, Iroppoi Jirettai actually opened up with a whispered section with Koharu and Eri. From the first listen, you can tell Momusu was going into a new direction because the song has a fiery latin sound about it and it immediately caught my attention. It was quite unique at the time and still holds its ground today! Though the only pet peeve I have with the song is Mikitty in the ending of the second chorus with the ~dokomademo dakishimete~ definitely rough sounding for sure. Still…this is a hot song to listen to and I was pleased it made the cut.
3. Koi no Hana
Moving to the DEF.DIVA soloists, Nacchi comes in with her 5th single Koi no Hana and it feels like she kind of got the Gocchin touch with the slight R&B vibes going on. I do love listening to the strings within the song matching up with the slight sparklyness of it all. I am a bit bothered by her high register she uses during the choruses but the verses sound pleasant. I don’t know why but these two factors don’t seem to mesh well for me. Not really all that great of a song IMO.
4. Suppin to Namida.
Moving onto Gocchin’s 13th single, Suppin to Namida., Maki presented the listeners with a ballad! Though it’s strange because this song never made it on any studio album of hers (not counting Bests). For Maki, this was a bit strange to have included as the PB song but this song has a certain calmness that’s very welcome on the album. Though it is kind of a run-of-the-mill ballad and Maki’s voice does sound almost weaker than it normally is which is a shock. It’s not bad and is quite loved amongst the wota, but to me, it’s a bit plain.
5. Ki ga Tsukeba Anata
Then we head to Ayaya’s 17th single, Ki ga Tsukeba Anata and she finally gets out of the ballad territory by releasing this track which is a mid-tempo pop/rock track. I mean it still isn’t where she used to be with all that energy but this song has movement which is nice. I think of the 3 soloists so far on the album, this had to be the best because Ayaya sounds great and while the song isn’t nothing too special, it’s different for her and she pulled it off quite nicely.
6. Miss Love Tantei
Moving into the groups, we move into what would become W’s final single. I mean this song is quite good and was showing what direction the duo wanted to really get into (if the last single didn’t help out either). Aibon does most of the singing and she sounds rather nice but the main star was clearly Tsuji because she sung way better and she handled the rapping section like a BOSS! It is a rather short song at a little under 3 and half minutes, but this song was good…just tragic what happened after the single was released.
7. Ajisai Ai Ai Monogatari
v-u-den comes next with their 3rd single and unsurprisingly it was also a slower number on the album. Actually it’s not really all that slow but compared to their previous two singles, it is a lighter affair. I’m loving the amount of Erika I hear in the song because she is the group’s best singer. Though Rika and Yui weren’t forgotten either. For H!P standards, the song isn’t too unique, but they sounded great and the PV was nice to watch as it shows the girls basically hanging out. Not a bad choice to have included (though the single’s B-side, “Aimai Me MIND” was so much better XD).
8. Special Genera~tion
I always found it weird that all 8 Berryz were involved in the song yet Maiha is missing on the cover (guessing she had already left before the PB was announced). 6 singles in and Berryz got a huge break with this track that propelled them up in H!P. Of course as this is their breakout hit, Special Genera~tion is just a fast-paced knocker that really excites the hell out of ya. The lines were mostly to the main 4 (Risako, Miyabi, Yurina, and Momoko) but the remaining 4 got lines…strangely Maiha got some noticeable ones. It’s one of my favorite Berryz songs still and smart idea to bring it on the album.
9. Nikutai wa Shoujiki na EROS
Two singles after their last PB addition (“Namida no Taiyou”) they bring in this extremely surprising track in Nikutai wa Shoujiki na EROS. It was one thing with “Iroppoi Jirettai” being more of a mature song, but DAYUMMM, Nikutai blew that out of the water completely. I was blown away with how smooth and glorious all 4 ladies of Melons were sounding. I mean most of the song was Ayumi, Masae, and Hitomi but damn this song was just too sexy (makes you wonder how Tsunku thought of this one XD). It’s definitely one of my all time favorite H!P songs and it’s just a perfect song to really show off Melon Kinenbi and their progress…DAMN YOU TSUNKU!
10. Sakura no Hana ga Saku Koro
Getting back to them *other* soloists, Kaori’s song was initially one that I didn’t know whether it was an original track for the best or not, but it turns out it was actually a song from her 4th (and last) album, “Plein d’Amour ~Ai ga Ippai~”. After “Aegekai ni Dakarete”, I was kind of expecting another one of those and Kaorin might have lessened the idea of Mediterranean for this track, but in a sense it kind of feels like she wanted to have a mixture of her style and H!P which can be heard in certain chords of the song. It’s nice and different, but doesn’t beat the aforementioned song.
11. Nishi Shinjuku de Atta Hito
Only one single over since the last PB and Yuki throws us Nishi Shinjuku de Atta Hito. Now, I feel like this is what Enka is all about (which is something that was missing in “Sarasara no Kawa”) you have the traditional sounds of the song and it was just filled with such classic sounds. Luckily we hear her voice REALLY stand out in this song and she has such a lovely voice for such a genre. Definitely an impressive song and is probably my favorite Yuki song she’s done.
12. Onna, Kanashii, Otona
I’m surprised they moved the shuffle units to the back of the album (especially since these are the last shuffles we will see in a long time). The first of them were Sexy Otonajan which featured Miki Fujimoto, Megumi Murakami, and Miyabi Natsuyaki. Like I said in my profile for them, it was strange seeing two YOUNG members taking on a song like this because of its more mature theme, but honestly the only awkward moment was anything with Miyabi. Her voice didn’t work well when compared to queen Miki and Megumi (which shocked me!). The song itself was so smooth and jazzy together…if it wasn’t for Melon’s earlier sexy bomb, this would’ve been great but damn Tsunku definitely gave his all to MK’s track tbh.
13. Inshouha Renoir no You ni
The next group consisting of Reina Tanaka, Ai Takahashi, Ayumi Shibata, and Mai Satoda happened and lord was this a song that won me over quickly! Inshouha Renoir no You ni is quite amazing with its dance beats, line distribution, and overall dramatic way going through the song. All the ladies sound great and put a lot of emphasis on their words. Plus the whole ~dakishimete dakishimete~ caught me immediately. Yeah another amazing song from H!P huh xD
14. Hitoshirezu Mune wo Kanaderu Yoru no Aki
The last one was made of the older members, Atsuko Inaba, Kaori Iida, Kei Yasuda, and Yuko Nakazawa for their ballad with the long name LOL. Unlike the other two groupings, this song is entirely sung in unison with not a whole lot of dependence on the music lol. I felt that it was nice for being a song made for closeness, but I think I would’ve enjoyed the song more if the four members had solo lines and not have been entirely unison >.<. It’s not terrible, but it is my least favorite of the shuffle songs.
15. Chokkan ~Toki to Shite Ai wa~ (LIVE Ver.)
It’s a bit strange that Morning Musume got another song on this album, though it’s a live version of an album song (though later “Chokkan 2” happened). About that, I was never really a fan of the original Chokkan, but C2 is different, so hearing a LIVE version might have slightly put it back on the radar. Now I know you’re saying that how you not like Chokkan but like Chokkan 2….and honestly the original sounds weak and unfinished unlike the second one lol. Anyways, the LIVE take is actually a 3 minute track, but the energy is great though I don’t really hear the crowd getting into it >.> Not bad, but the song isn’t all that great.
16. HELP!! ~Ecomoni no Acchi Chikyuu wo Samasunda. 2005~
Oh god, the album ends with this song again!?! This time it’s updated to include Morning Musume (which is now them + Rika Ishikawa basically). Being a minute longer than the original, I was already tuning the song because of my bitching of the last time I heard this XD. I mean Rika and Sayu still have the spoken parts but now Morning Musume are being more in front too. Still doesn’t change my feeling on the song, it sucks. xD
Nikutai wa Shoujiki na EROS
Inshouha Renoir no You ni
Nishi Shinjuku de Atta Hito
After my slight disappointment with the last Petit Best, I felt like PB6 was a better collection of songs that went on throughout the year. I felt like the series was going to a better place getting rid of those ridiculous remixes of Morning Musume’s songs. Plus there was a lot of BIG songs for me on this collection so I felt a little biased with this one. Really the only faults was amongst the soloists really (and the last stretch of songs). Otherwise the group songs really were great together! 8/10