Suite Room Number 1

by Lainay on November 13, 2005 · 8 comments · AddThis

Biyuuden- Suite Room Number 1

Biyuuden (or Viyuden, or V-U-DEN) have released their first album on October 26th, titled Suite Room Number 1. This album contains their 5 singles, plus 8 new tracks (which include 2 dialogues). This album is different though- it is arranged as if the girls are in a hotel, and the songs have to do with their stay there, and the hotel. The songs go from 80’s style, to the regular J-pop, to a Middle Eastern hip-hoppy flare.

Let’s take a look at the songs!!

 

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1. Check In

Check in is a little skit. As the title states, Biyuuden are checking-in to a hotel. It does not state where the hotel is, but since the people there speak English, it’s most likely in an English speaking country.

Rating: N/A

 

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2. Kaccho Iize Japan!

This is Biyuuden’s 2nd single, and is a great way to start the album! It’s got many cool Japanese instruments and is very fun anenergetic. It sounds very much like an anime theme song, especially at the choruses. However, it was the theme song for the Visit Japan Land campaign by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

Rating: ★★★½☆

 

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3. Ai ~Suite Room~

This is a very upbeat, happy song. It is very 1980’s-like, with a very catchy and uplifting chorus. If you have ever seen the children’s show Lazy Town, and I tell you that this song sounds straight out of Lazy Town, you’d know exactly what I mean. This song could be a very fun dance song, or a very fun workout song. Ai ~Suite Room~ probably depicts Biyuuden’s first visit to their “suite room”, where they will be staying for the night.

This is a very good song when I want to stand up and start dancing like crazy.

Rating: ★★★½☆

 

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4. Ajisai AI ai Monogatari

This is Biyuuden’s 3rd single. It’s a very pretty, anime-ish, Japan-ish song. A nice little break from the kid’s show music, although it is coming back in Tea Break!

Rating: ★★★☆☆

 

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5. Koi no Nukegara

This is Biyuuden’s debut single. It’s a nice, strong sounding song which is “a mature, mid tempo song, which can be described as either poppy or rocky,” as I stated in my first Biyuuden article.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

 

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6. Tea Break

This is another fun, happy, 80’s-like song. It’s very catchy, especially the chorus part, and is the ideal song to listen to while continuing your Ai ~Suite Room~ workout.

Another fun song!

Rating: ★★★★☆

 

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7. Hitorijime

Hitorijime is the girls 4th single. It’s a nice, smooth, mid-tempo song, that’s a nice relaxing song after Tea Break. It…cleanses the pallet, I suppose.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

 

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8. Kurakura Dinner Time

Kurakura Dinner Time is a midtempo song with lots of clapping. In my opinion, it’s quite mediocre and boring compared to the other songs in the album. It’s about them eating food at dinner, so I guess the song does kind of match the atmosphere while eating.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

 

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9. Kurenai no Kisetsu

Kurenai no Kisetsu is Biyuuden’s 5th single. It’s another midtempo song, which sounds kind of royal and has some “haaa ha ha waaa haa” background vocal, which may be appealing to you if you’re not a geek master.

Rating: ★★★½☆

 

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10. Kuchibiru kara Ai wo Choudai

This song is the second strangest song on the album, next to Pajama na Jikan. The beginning sounds very hip-hoppy, and then changes to having Middle Eastern funky instruments. It then mixes both hip-hop, Middle Eastern, and somehow adds in catchy H!P pop to it (including some ridiculous lyrics), creating a giant sound explosion. I must say I quite like it though, compared to some very bland songs on this album.

Rating: ★★★★☆

 

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11. Pajama na Jikan

This is probably the oddest and courageous song on the album. It starts out as a very beautiful, soothing ballad, with very nice vocals. This is until the chorus. The girls start singing extremely high, and I mean EXTREMELY. It was quite brave of them to try this singing style, but I have to say it’s definetly not needed. It’s not necessarily bad, it’s just uncalled for. I feel that this ruins the rest of the song, because after these parts, I have to take off my headsets and stare blankly at the ceiling.

WARNING, WARNING: The chorus is seriously extremely high. Please don’t say you weren’t warned. Listen with care.

Rating: ★½☆☆☆ (The Highest Singing award)

 

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12. Magokoro no Michi

Magokoro no Michi is another ballad, minus the extremely high pitched vocals. It’s quite a nice, beautiful song.

Rating: ★★★½☆

 

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13. Check-out (dialogue)

The girls are leaving the hotel. Apparently, they have to leave very soon but haven’t even applied their make-up yet! Oh noes!

Rating: N/A

 

I don’t particularly like this album that much; I don’t think the songs were exactly my “type.” You may feel differently, though, so take a listen!

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Matthew UNITED STATES March 6, 2008 at 5:50 pm

Thanks very much for sharing this album with us. It’s very sad that V-u-den will be disbanding this year :( But at least they will be releasing one more single before the disbandment <3

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arellys AUSTRALIA May 7, 2007 at 7:53 am

Hahaha….. when I read the review for pajamana jikan, i was expecting something really screechy and like… up in the above-high-G-range… it only goes up to a high F which isn’t that impressive. But for her voice, it is definitely out of her comfort zone.

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Charles Nguyen UNITED STATES March 7, 2007 at 5:26 pm

I actually really like “Pajama na Jikan” because I think the chorus part is pretty cool and it’s hard to sing at such a high pitch. It’s one of my favorites on the album along with “Kurakura Dinnertime”. I guess we just have very different tastes. (^_^;)

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momosufan January 19, 2007 at 10:19 pm

the chorus in the pajamas song is not that high and it is actually short, but it is rather annoying as if a child was singing it. and if you listen carefully, I think only one girl is singing that part, because if all three were sining it, that would be too much to bear for the ears.

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Rinoa December 30, 2005 at 10:08 am

Well I must admit that their music is not really my style but I really do enjoy reading your reviews. Pajama na Jikan sounded really odd but listenable eventually. I do hope that next year shall have more reviews from you.

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eyn CANADA December 25, 2005 at 12:10 am

Thanks for the article Lainay, if it wasn’t you I wouldn’t have known Biyuuden in my life. Here’s my opinion about this album.

I think this album isn’t a very strong release, but I guess that’s the case for most H!P albums anyway. I do enjoy some of their catchy singles like “Kaccho Iize Japan!”, but most of the new tracks in this album are kinda bland really. For example, the chorus part in “Pajama na Jikan” is indeed uncalled for, and it’s not something I’ll enjoy listening to.

Thanks for mentioning my name in “Kurenai no Kisetsu” lol. I still have to say that those background vocal isn’t very appealing. :p I see that you gave “Kuchibiru kara Ai wo Choudai” the highest rating, I would have done the same if I am to rate these tracks. It is much more catchy than the other bland tracks, and is definitely worthy of being a single itself.

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Kaoru UNITED STATES December 15, 2005 at 2:22 am

I took the album.. Thanks i like them.. Jrock fan here.. trying to open her music to more genres… thanks!

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Leanne UNITED STATES November 13, 2005 at 4:26 pm

I’m not really a H!P fan, but I really enjoy reading your articles on this weird japanese phenomena. ha ha. First, I have to say, “pajama-na jikan” is not a good song. my ears…>> I agree with the rating because the verses around the chorus kinda saves it. If the whole song was focused on the chorus…i would only give it a .5… That Ai~Sweet Room~ does sound like a song from the kid’s show LazyTown! Wow, ’tis amazing. They should totally use it for a Japanese version of the show. XD Well, most of the songs are OK, but I don’t think H!P is my cup of tea, let alone Biyuuden.

Great article. GREAT! Keep up with the H!P info. :D

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