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Morning Musume ’14 – 14 Shou ~The message~ November 3, 2014

Filed under: Morning Musume — solarblade @ 4:57 am

14shou

Track Listing

  1. TIKI BUN (Album Version)
  2. Password is 0
  3. Asu wo Tsukuru no wa Kimi
  4. Kirari to Hikaru Hoshi
  5. Koibito ni wa Zettai ni Shiraretakunai Shinjitsu
  6. What is LOVE?
  7. Watashi wa Watashi Nanda
  8. Waraenai Hanashi
  9. Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa
  10. Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai
  11. Otona ni Nareba Otona ni Nareru!?
  12. Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe

1. TIKI BUN (Album Version)

The album kicks off with the most recent A-side to come out (funny enough, lacking the other A-sides from the single).  I was pretty curious to what this album version would do to make it different and all it simply is is that it has a different introduction and a different mid-8 section.  Now it hasn’t been a long time since the single released (two weeks) so not much has changed on my thoughts about the song.  It’s still an OK EDM song but on the more repetitive side as the dependene on the title is just overbearing.  The new sections don’t really change too much, so they come off as a bit superfluous here.  Overall, it was an acceptable first track, but wasn’t worth the intro and the small changes.

2. Password is 0

So up next is Password is 0 and I’m also kind of disappointed with this one for almost the same reasons that I did with “TIKI BUN”.  There’s just so much repetition here as well that it almost becomes a nuisance.  I still do like a lot of the song though like Riho’s and Sakura’s epic lines at least.  Plus the choruses are really catchy as well so I pretty much like this song a smidge more than the previous track.  At least they chose the original one and not the Morimusume version.

3. Asu wo Tsukuru no wa Kimi

So we get into our first new track and strangely enough is the only tune that doesn’t have any kind of EDM sound to it.  As such, hearing the flowing orchestral arrangement instead of all the synths and such is such a nice change of pace though coming in between suh songs really makes this sound oddly placed.  It does kind of have a wintry feel to it which works for it and hearing all the ladies have solos is pretty nice as well.  It stands out from the album, but it’s not terrible so I definitely enjoyed it.

4. Kirari to Hikaru Hoshi

So like most of their recent albums, this one includes smaller groupings for some of the new tracks and our first one is a Riho/Sakura duet…actually their 2nd.  Their first one, “Daisuki Dakara Zettai ni Yurusanai” was definitely a good try but the odd melodic tones from the duo created an awkwardness that was made even more obvious with the arrangement.  They seemed to wanted to try this again and they scored gold with Kirari to Hikaru Hoshi.  Riho and Sakura sounds so much more confident here and the arrangement is really cool (even though I think the verses sound a little like it was from Martin Garrix’s “Animals”).  I really enjoy this song and loving Riho and Sakura just sounding badass here.  Definitely one of my favorites from the album!

5. Koibito ni wa Zettai ni Shiraretakunai Shinjitsu

I am so confused about the intro to our next new track.  I mean the whole ~what is this whole rock ‘n roll music~ did not make any sense here.  As the next grouping track featuring Sayumi, Mizuki, and Haruna, this song has ZERO sense of rock in its arrangement and has this kind of cutesy dancepop feel which didn’t much of anything for me.  I mean the vocals aren’t really anything to write home about especially when Sayu is auto-tuned and Harunan is kind of meh as it is.  Fukuchan seems to kind carries the song on her back.  I just didn’t really care for this song in the long run.

6. What is LOVE?

Back into some older stuff, we have the J-MELO theme, What is LOVE?  I had such a love/hate relationship with this song where one day I loved the hell out of it and others seem to loathe it.  I love that the beat is pretty heavy and the tempo of the beat is pretty fast (probably the fastest the album has to offer).  There’s some odd chords here and there and the song has some random English as well, but it’s so uplifting and the energy is just perfect for their dance-heavy style.

7. Watashi wa Watashi Nanda

Another full group track, Watashi wa Watashi Nanda is another heavy-EDM track but it seems a lot more effort was put into the line distribution here as I heard some Zukki and other back ladies get more time here which is always great to see.  I loved the verses the most here as that’s where the majority of the solos were.  It screams an almost “12, Smart” vibe to it which is probably I warmed up so fast to this.  Another great song!

8. Waraenai Hanashi

Oh hey, the return of the random male rappers.  I do like all the little random inclusions like phone ringing and some other sound clips.  Of all the EDM songs from the album, Waraenai Hanashi doesn’t seem to do much for me, I mean it’s a good song musically, but there’s something not clicking here with me.  I can’t even explain it but it might be the rappers that kind of turn me off.  It’s just kind of a forgotten album song at best.

9. Egao no Kimi wo Taiyou sa

Moving back to the first single released as Momusu ’14, Egao no Kimi wo Taiyou sa is still an absurd song released by the group.  I mean I kind of love the EDM/R&B kind of fusion, but the way the verses and choruses were handled with the jumbled lyrics smushed together left a bad impression on me and still is the worst thing the song has going for it.  Beyond that, I do love the arrangement and the way it flows through the chorus is just happy and bright and makes me happy but I couldn’t deal with the lyrics (and no solos except in some small parts).  Meh A-side.

10. Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai

Then funny enough we go to the 2nd A-side from the single (the 3rd I just talked about earlier in the review).  Besides knowing this was going to be used for the Japanese viewing for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, I knew I was going to love this song.  It’s another heavy track, but this has a lot of punch to it and the group just sounds wonderful (even if it is mostly Riho and Sakura owning most of it).  Very epic song from them and happy it was included on the album.

11. Otona ni Nareba Otona ni Nareru!?

The last new song from the album is the last grouping as well featuring Kanon, Masaki, Haruka, Erina, and Ayumi and I was curious to how this would turn out because they kind of are the least heard (except maybe Ayumi and Masaki).  I don’t mind the sound of it because it sounds rather edgy and energetic too.  I loved hearing the 5 have solo lines and just turning out all epic.  Overall, it’s a pretty good song for them, hyper but cool too.

12. Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe

At least the album ends with a song that isn’t a poor choice to close it out hahah jk.  I really love that they decided to end the album with the best A-side of the era IMO.  Unlike all the fast-paced dance-centric songs the album contained, Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe was kind of a mix of EDM and a ballad and boy did Tsunku knock this one out of the park.  There isn’t a lot of solos to be had, but this song melodically sounded so beautiful.  I just love this song and was REAL happy this was an A-side.

Tracks Recommended

  • Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe
  • Kirari to Hikaru Hoshi
  • Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai
  • Watashi wa Watashi Nanda
  • Otona ni Nareba Otona ni Nareru!?

Song of Avoidance

  • Koibito ni wa Zettai ni Shiraretakunai Shinjitsu

It feels like it’s been forever since Momusu actually released an album.  Since “13 Colorful Character” the group shifted HEAVILY into this EDM territory and since “Renai Hunter” they’ve just been stuck in this sort of experimental rut, yeah kind of opposites but it feels like this whole Tsunku loves Electronica is starting to become stale and this album kind of features the high and low points.  If he had decided to include the singles after “13CC”, this would’ve drove me nuts knowing that Asu wo Tsukuru no wa Kimi would’ve been the ONLY non-EDM track.  Basically, the album is good, but with Sayumi leaving and 4 new members joining, I really hope Tsunku moves to a new set of genres because I’m getting tired of it all (AND I LOVE EDM 0.o)

 

3 Responses to “Morning Musume ’14 – 14 Shou ~The message~”

  1. magikat Says:

    Very informative post.

    It’s somewhat surprising (and refreshing) that not every song falls squarely in the EDM genre but it makes for quite the listening experience.

    Regardless, it’s a good way to close off the Michishige era. Here’s to the future!

  2. magikat Says:

    Very informative post.

    It’s somewhat surprising (and refreshing) that not every song fell into the EDM genre, but it’ll make the listening experience all the more tolerable. (Also, how fitting is it that it ends with Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe, am I right?)

    Regardless, it’ll be a fine way to close out the Michishige era. Here’s to the future!


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