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Bessekai (SINGLE+DVD) (Japan Version)
Bessekai (SINGLE+DVD) (Japan Version)
E-girls' first single of their final year
January 31, 2020 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
E-girls broke fan hearts last December with the announcement that the group would be disbanding in 2020 (why, LDH, why?). As if to drive in just what J-pop will be missing out on, E-girls' first single of their final year is a total jam.

Bessekai ("Another World") embodies the sound that E-girls does best: edgy, contemporary yet fun electro dance numbers with a finger on the urban pulse. The song's intricate and invigorating electronic beats stand out energetically, and there is an understated fierceness to its buildup and catchy chorus that really rouses the spirits of the listener. Bessekai is composed by Henrik Nordenback, Christian Fast and Ellen Berg, the same team behind 2017's Love Queen that had marked a new start for E-girls after restructuring. The lyrics by LDH's go-to lyricist Kodake Masato ask "Are you ready to see another world?" and encourage spreading your wings to fly away, a sentiment that is both uplifting and bittersweet.

The single's B-side Easy come, Easy go maintains the uptempo dance pop style and adds a party vibe. Interestingly, the song has a more aggressive sound in the verses and rap bridge, but reverses to a softer and sweeter refrain that repeatedly reassures "Dont wory baby." The song's supportive Easy come, Easy go message reinforces the title track, and the lighthearted chorus gets stuck in your head fast.

There are also two new versions of old songs on the single. The unnecessary but harmless winter version of the 2019 single Cinderella Fit mainly lightens the beats and arrangement. The 2020 version of Smile For Me, which was the B-side on Love Queen, also aims for a gentler, simpler and more somber arrangement than the original. Back in 2017, this song about treasuring one's limited time together hit the feels because E-girls had just lost eight members and was starting a new chapter. In 2020, this song still hits the feels, but for a different reason.

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