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Morning Musume – Fantasy! Juuichi December 1, 2010

Filed under: Morning Musume — solarblade @ 8:31 am

Track Listing

  1. Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game (AL Ver.)
  2. Bravo!
  3. Fantasy ga Hajimaru
  4. Onna Gokoro to Nanto Yara
  5. Ai no Honoo
  6. I’m Lucky girl
  7. Sungoi My Birthday
  8. Ichi Kara Juu Made Aishite Hoshii
  9. Itoshiku Kurushii Kono Yoru ni
  10. Denwa de ne
  11. Seishun Collection

1. Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game (AL Ver.)

It’s great to see that Momosu actually opens up with an A-side unlike the last few albums.  Add the fact that it has a different opening than it’s single version, Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game got so much more awesomer with this new dramatic opening.  I do love that it does use the song’s melody in such emotion, but then it finally gets into the song and it’s like wow that’s an opening.  It’s still great since each members her her solo line for sure.  Definitely the best of the two A-sides released in the era.

2. Bravo!

Whenever I see this title, I instantly think of Buono! for some reason (could be because they have a song similarly titled as such).  I really loved the hardcore rockin’ arrangement that opens up the song, but once we get into the rest of the song it kind of feels like a Buono! song which once again throws salt at my wound since I miss em and such.  It’s not that bad of a song though once you get passed that whole issue and stuff.  It’s not overly cute (even though it has its moments >.>).  Still, not bad for the first new song off the album.

3. Fantasy ga Hajimaru

Who knew that Sayu would actually be able to pull off lead vocals for a group song.  Either way, she really has gotten quite better in the vocal department and it shows off brightly here.  I’m not surprised that there’s a little bit of a filter going on, and the music is something she basically excels at.  Still, I was surprised at how danceable this song was and is a good amount of energy throughout.  Very good song!

4. Onna Gokoro to Nanto Yara

Then things kind of start to go downhill starting with Onna Gokoro to Nanto Yara which could be inexplicibly denounced as the album’s weird song.  I really don’t get this song since it’s like pseudo-rapping and cuteness meshed together to make this weird mashup of styles.  Even worse is that Risa is leading the pack and it still doesn’t change anything.  It’s just not that good of a song.

5. Ai no Honoo

The first of two solos from the album, Ai no Honoo is actually Reina Tanaka’s solo track and it’s definitely not surprising to see that she’d get one.  However, it turned out to be quite disappointing on the vocal side of things.  Poor Reina just doesn’t sound right with it, but she does sound like Gocchin for some odd reason, but it could be the arrangement styles help as well.  It’s like a latin-like ballad mixed lightly in the R&B style.  It’s alright, but I was hoping for a better song as a solo for Reina.

6. I’m Lucky girl

Another guitar driven song from Momosu?  While I don’t agree with it, the amount of synths that join and the filtered ~whoas~ actually caught my attention for sure.  I can’t put my finger on it, but it reminds me of something Berryz Koubou would pull.  I love that Ai & Reina lead this song while the others take the chorus and small parts in and out of the song.  Very beat driven, and while it doesn’t fully sway me to fall in love with it, it’s passable.

7. Sungoi My Birthday

Ehhh, whenever the word birthday is used in the title of a song, cute, sugary, and way too fruity just pops into my mind and even moreso with Aika, Jun, and Lin being the main singers of the song while the other girls take background just doesn’t cut it and I really hate Tsunku when he makes the later Gens take the genki songs because they just can’t work their vocals well.  It’s definitely my least favorite song off the album because it’s just doesn’t cut it for me.

8. Ichi Kara Juu Made Aishite Hoshii

The genki just won’t stop will it eh?  Since Ichi Kara Juu Made Aishite Hoshii lacks actual solos in the song it’s kind of a nice step back to hear more harmonizing, but that’s still kind of weak and the little amount of solos the song has actually sound better than the girls together.  “Sungoi My Birthday” is terrible, but this was bland as hell.

9. Itoshiku Kurushii Kono Yoru ni

The synths that open Itoshiku Kurushii Kono Yoru ni sounded so good to my ears after dealing with those last few songs hahaha.  Still, I loved the fact that Eri opened up the song since it sounds so good.  If they had kept that going through the song, I would’ve loved it to death, I still do don’t get me wrong because the acoustic guitar and other things about the song actually sounded really pleasant to my ears.  It’s definitely an impressive song for sure!

10. Denwa de ne

So yes, we finally get to the last new song off the album and it’s also the other solo given to Ai Takahashi and of course it’s nothing new since it’s R&B and that BS.  I do wish Tsunku could give her a different genre to test her vocals because she’s done these songs over and over (look at the last two albums).  It’s alright and she continues to hold best current vocalist of Momosu.

11. Seishun Collection

Ending the album off, the first single of the era was an…interesting choice to have close out the album simply because it’s not that great to begin with.  I mean it’s basically “Nanchatte Renai” part deux and it always bothers me just because it’s nothing memorable.  It still doesn’t sound right closing the album…but w/e.

Tracks Recommended

  • Fantasy ga Hajimaru
  • Itoshiku Kurushii Kono Yoru ni
  • Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game (AL Ver.)

Song of Avoidance

  • Sungoi My Birthday

Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever been this disappointed with a Momosu album since “SEXY 8 BEAT” (maybe “COVER YOU”).  Fantasy! Juuichi just didn’t feel like a Momosu album and it was oddly very short to me when compared to the last few albums they released.  It’s also very saddening that Jun and Lin didn’t exactly get the limelight they should’ve had and it sucks since they (and Eri) are leaving after this album.  I guess we’re going to have to deal with a 5-nin Momosu for right now (or at least until 9th Gen gets officialized).

 

°C-ute – Aitai Lonely Christmas

Filed under: C-ute — solarblade @ 1:19 am

Track Listing

  1. Aitai Lonely Christmas
  2. Seishun! Mugen Power
  3. Aitai Lonely Christmas (Instrumental)

1. Aitai Lonely Christmas

I’m still trying to figure out where the hell this came from since this whole era has been saving the group’s ass quite harshly and I don’t mind that since it’s bringing good stuff from the group.  Being the Christmas tune from the group, Aitai Lonely Christmas is surprisingly not as bad as I thought it’d be, but it’s still underwhelming when compared to “Dance de Bakoon!” and “Akuma de Cute na Seishun Graffiti”.  Vocally, it’s alright, but there’s one girl that I’m not really liking…uber nasally voice FTL…

2. Seishun! Mugen Power

What’s up with everyone wanting to use guitar riffs since Buono!’s best?  It’s kind of strange to hear it used within the other groups.  In my opinion, I’m kind of disliking this B-side since it just very weird to listen to and the girls and like all over the place in harmonizations and I keep hearing the girls squeak too much within it.  Iono, it just feels like there wasn’t enough effort put into this B-side this time around.

As we get through °C-ute’s 3rd single of the era, Aitai Lonely Christmas is actually an alright kind of song since it’s the holidays and such, it works and it’s a fun tune to listen to.  However, I was just not feeling Seishun! Mugen Power’s blahtastic arrangement.  Hopefully one more single and then their next album!

 

RYTHEM – A Flower

Filed under: RYTHEM — solarblade @ 1:03 am

Track Listing

  1. A Flower
  2. After hours,Before sleep
  3. A Flower (Instrumental)
  4. After hours,Before sleep (Instrumental)

1. A Flower

I’ve actually never heard this duo before so I apologize in advance if I get some things wrong with them.  Anyways, since this is RYTHEM’s final A-side, this might’ve been the right way to do it since it is Yui and Yuka playing their instruments to this very smooth and pretty arrangement.  It does kind of suck that I can’t tell who’s who in the song since they have similar vocals, but whatever it’s such a sweet and fluffy tune to listen to.

2. After hours,Before sleep

The B-side is definitely a song for them to kind of add a little spice to the single to even out from the soft glow of “A Flower”.  I will admit though that’s it’s still very relaxing of a song and kind of gives this lazy yet relaxing mood off.  I also enjoyed the vocals from both ladies since they’re as soft as the music.  I think the thing that stood out the most of the song is that there’s synth usage unlike in the A-side.

Since this is RYTHEM’s final single before the final album “Rythem” releases and the group breaks up, A Flower is a very quiet single to say goodbye with, but I won’t bitch since I haven’t heard their music previous.  What I got though was two ladies that can do soft ballads and they pulled it off right with A Flower.  After hours,Before sleep is a little more jumpy but not by much and I actually liked that as much as the A-side.  So much for more releases though x.x

 

MAA – Ballerina Brain System

Filed under: MAA — solarblade @ 12:30 am

Track Listing

  1. Ballerina Brain System
  2. Nightmare

1. Ballerina Brain System

I actually am surprised that for MAA’s 2nd A-side, Ballerina Brain System (fun title aside) is actually quite an interesting electropop tune and it’s definitely a step-up after the Crystal Girl knock-off “Ghost Enemy”.  I don’t even mind that the song is actually a bit slower than I originally though, but with MAA’s overly synthy vocals, it kind of works in this case.  Let’s just say, I was definitely impressed

2. Nightmare

Unlike the smooth and groovy A-side, Nightmare does speed things up and it’s just as catchy as “Ballerina Brain System” if not more because of the speed boost.  Then again the English in this song also is easy to understand with the mixture of her Japanese.  The thing that threw me off was the interlude of the song where this swervy synth takes off and makes it strange, but the song is REALLY nice.

MAA’s second single right now trumps her debut by a good long shot since it’s more catchy and the lighter electro sound when compared to “Ghost Enemy” is more refreshing to listen to.  Now I do wonder why MAA left off Nightmare since it was just as catchy and fun to listen to like Ballerina Brain System.  Then again…this is a rental single soooooo….