Yoake no Samba
Natsu Yori Atsui Fuyu
Matsuri da! BOY MEETS GIRL
Skirt Take no Nagai Maid-san ni wa Zettai ni Kanawanai
Live no Ato wa Samishii na
Ganbare…Sore wa, I Love You
1. Yoake no Samba
Odd that she’d open the album up with Yoake no Samba which was the first single released in the era. Since the single review, the song has slightly grown on me, but I propose it’s more of the fact that it’s a cute samba song! Her vocals are ok but I still think they’re still a bit pitchy and the chorus is a real danger zone because she hits some high notes in a loud kind setting. At least the music is enticing right?
The title track comes next and begins kind of like a video game before synths and guitar kicks things into gear. I’m already enjoying the song a whole lot more than “Yoake no Samba” just for the fact that Momoi is singing in her deeper tones (which is always a good thing to hear). Well, at least before the bridge comes in and she squeaks it up a bit. The chorus is slightly disappointing, but this still sounds so much better than the previous song.
3. Natsu Yori Atsui Fuyu
Our next song tones things down a little bit and it actually sounds kind of nice hearing this one. I mean Momoi’s vocals are in cute-side but not exceedingly so here so it sounds good without being too much. It’s a little odd for me because she doesn’t do too many mid-tempo songs that come off well and this one did hmmm. It might be a little cheesy, but it’s nice.
In recent times, Momoi has been using vocal filters and we see them used here in this sort-of nostalgic trip to the 80’s. It has this kind of funky feel to it that I enjoy. Of course the strings and brass are here once again after “Natsu Yori Atsui Fuyu” but take a better role. Momoi’s vocals are cutesy but it fit the atmosphere for some reason, but I like the keyboards a lot here.
5. Night Park☆
I’m not sure what to make of the next track since there’s a lot of good things about the tune’s arrangement since it’s full and quite catchy with the mix of synths and guitars. It’s just light and synthy mostly and it just flowed better than most of the other songs on this album. I think it might be my favorite off the album to be honest!
Amping up the second half of the album, Himitsu is pretty quick-paced and it kind of also carries the overall sound of the last two track but in a more anime-like style. It’s alright, but her vocals kind of aren’t as good as previous track so this kind of just rushes by my ears. Maybe the chorus is the best thing about the song.
7. Matsuri da! BOY MEETS GIRL
I’m surprised Momoi was going to make Matsuri da! into such a hard-edged song. Of the songs on the album, this is the hardest of the album, but it’s also kind of another of my favorites since the energy is above-average and while Momoi’s vocals are still tight, the rest of the song almost makes up for that. It’s a fun song not gonna lie…just wished she sung deeper.
8. Skirt Take no Nagai Maid-san ni wa Zettai ni Kanawanai
The last new track on the album, like other songs on the album, feel just a bit like a nostalgic trek through the 80s because of the dated feel of this one. It’s almost like synth-pop mixed with old J-pop of the 80s. It’s kind of cool and I’m enjoying this style Momoi is dabbling in since her vocals seem to work a tad better. I’m liking this song as well.
9. Live no Ato wa Samishii na
I wish she didn’t include the B-sides onto this album since both that were released were crappy as hell. Live no Ato wa Samishii na is the lesser of two evils I’ll agree but this track just doesn’t fit on this album since its got the least amount of synth involvement. It’s a 5 minute acoustic ballad and mixing that with Momoi’s seiyuu vocals are just a big no-no for me. It’s definitely the worst of the album to be honest.
10. Ganbare…Sore wa, I Love You
Fitting that she began the album with the era’s first A-side and ends it with the second A-side released. I find it a little eh that it doesn’t make as good as an ending as what “Live no Ato wa Samishii na” could’ve been (still wouldn’t have gained any points either way though). I do love Ganbara…Sore wa just because it’s peppy and fun to listen to! It’s like some of her past pop/rock songs that have caught my attention and Momoi sounds rather nice.
Song of Avoidance
As this is Momoi’s 4th studio album, Showa is such a big step after that failing in “IVY”. A lot of the songs have a lot of better arrangements and I love that Momoi took it too sing a couple of songs in different ways. The singles weren’t amazing and it helped that for the most part, the album songs were much more impressive to me. Good album here!