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Momoi Haruko – IVY October 12, 2010

Filed under: Momoi Haruko — solarblade @ 4:06 am

Track Listing

  1. IVY
  2. Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!
  3. Shouri no Megami☆
  4. SWEET☆CANDY
  5. ☆Jien Otsu☆ Song 2 ~Sekai Hen~
  6. The wall ~Koerarenai Kabe~
  7. Eien no Orusuban
  8. Break down, Break dance!
  9. E.S.P. ~Thanks to Mamichan~
  10. music as muse

1. IVY

Starting off Momoi’s 10th Anniversary album, the title track begins quite nicely with the whole anime-ish thing going on.  I mean it’s pretty synthed up and Momoi’s vocals kind of switch between her lighter tones which are good and then in the chorus with her seiyuuish tones and that bothered me.  It’s a good energetic start for the album though so I approve that.  I might get used to this after a while ^_^

2. Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!

I really liked the somewhat jazzy style Kiss! Kiss! Kiss! was trying to go for from the start, but my feelings towards the song is pretty negative because I can’t stand Momoi’s vocals in the song as they are pitchy and very meh for me.  At least she tried to do a somewhat interesting pop/rock tune, but her vocals hinder it from being any good

3. Shouri no Megami☆

Getting into our next song, Shouri no Megami☆ sounds strange to me for some reason.  I mean it’s more synthy than “IVY” was for sure, but it sounds a bit classy as well.  While she’s once again splitting her vocal styles just like the first song, it’s not as ear-cringing IMO.  I actually have an easier time remembering this and that’s definitely a good thing for sure. 

4. SWEET☆CANDY

It seems we go back and forth with styles of music, but at least with SWEET☆CANDY follows in route with great things just like her previous songs in the rock-style.  The addition of the piano also gave it something to make it colorful.  About Momoi’s vocals here, they are a bit whiny throughout, but at least she’s hitting notes nicely and sounds sort of good here.  Good song from Momoi ^_^

5. ☆Jien Otsu☆Song 2 ~Sekai Hen~

It’s funny that Momoi did announce that this song was going to be released as the album’s lone single, but was later cancelled for unknown reasons and ended up with a full album of new songs.  Just like the title implies, this is the sequel to the original “☆Jien Otsu☆Song” and of course this isn’t a collaborative effort either so it’s entirely a different idea going on.  It’s still basically below average vocals from Momoi, but some of the song reminds me of “Lumica” for some reason.  I don’t know if it’s better than it’s predecessor, but it’s interesting to listen to for sure.

6. The wall ~Koerarenai Kabe~

After passing the midway mark on the album, The wall comes next and after the last few tracks having such a hard and fun sound to them, this one seems a little out of place because it’s lighter and Momoi’s vocals are kind of under the weather because she’s singing in the same area of pitch through most of the verses and the chorus is really where things change a little, but not enough for me.  Kind of just seems a little too plain (for Momoi standards).

7. Eien no Orusuban

I do love the opening for Eien no Orusuban because it’s addition to the instruments in those few seconds in their.  At first I couldn’t tell that was really that was Momoi since she sounded more clean and together than she has been in the previous songs.  The chorus is just a bit boring for me, but the rest of the song sounds actually good.

8. Break down, Break dance!

I’m not sure what to make of this song because Break down, Break dance! is her fastest song on the album for sure and is the closest thing to her somewhat electro-ish sound.  It kind of is like “Galge” from her last album, but it’s more upbeat and has tons more synths involved.  It’s not bad, but otherwise it’s kind of forgettable.

9. E.S.P. ~Thanks to Mamichan~

So much weirdness with this song for sure.  It first sounds like it’d be a darker song, but then Momoi finishes her opening lines and it gets sparkly and cutesy with low synths and synth beeps all over.  I thought for a song that was more light sounding, it was pretty good for sure…but once again the damn chorus brings out the icky vocals. 

10. music as muse

Ending the album off, music as muse once again shows off a more anime-esque kind of style with guitars and synths playing in the song.  Even though for the most part, I actually enjoyed the tune quite a bit since Momoi’s vocals are stable and not all over the place here.  I think if she really tried she could be a good vocalist I think.  Definitely a good synthy song for sure.

Tracks Recommended

  • music as muse
  • Shouri no Megami☆
  • Eien no Orusuban
  • SWEET☆CANDY

Song of Avoidance

  • The wall ~Koerarenai Kabe~

Since this is her 10th Anniversary album, I think Momoi’s 3rd studio album kind of lacks the originality and feisty atmosphere that her previous two albums did have.  Not saying there isn’t any good songs, it’s just I miss stuff like “Thunder Shot!”, “Sunday early Morning”, or even “Henji ga Nai…”.  I just feel there isn’t anything that’s entirely memorable for me here.

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