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Morning Musume – First Time September 20, 2015

Filed under: Morning Musume — solarblade @ 5:18 am

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Track Listing

  1. Good Morning
  2. Summer Night Town
  3. Dou ni ka Shite Doyoubi
  4. Morning Coffee
  5. Yume no Naka
  6. Ai no Tane
  7. Wagamama
  8. Mirai no Tobira
  9. Usotsuki Anta
  10. Samishii Hi

1. Good Morning

Opening up the album is Good Morning which like the title says, has a nice intro and morning feel to it that’s bright and cute and together.  While I think the girls harmonizing is a bit strange here and there, I do love the solo lines that Nacchi, Kei-chan, and Sayaka give out, which is surprising for the latter two as this would be their first time giving solos!  Beyond that, the song is quite decent and opens the album in a nice way.

2. Summer Night Town

Then we come to the 2nd single released by the group (which was also the debut for Kei, Sayaka, and Mari although they might as well have been invisible due to them only having background lines (and the ~for you~ & ~i want you~ lines in the pre-chorus).  I still do love the song because it turned the group’s more light-hearted pop sound of their first song to something a bit more edgier and cooler (plus the R&B-ish groove was something that caught my attention).  The rest of the group is decent sounding though and I’m more impressed when I hear Asuka and Aya as the former has such solid vocals for someone so young and Aya just sounds so mature but cool.  Together, the quintet is still kind of shaky, but I’m OK with that I think…

3. Dou ni ka Shite Doyoubi

I don’t know why but I LOVE the introduction of the next track, but once the group starts to sing, the song kind of takes on this sort-of 70’s-esque kind of arrangement with horns and strings (probably from keyboards though).  Sadly the song just becomes very mundane and doesn’t fully open up to something better, but the harmonizations are a little better here.  The chorus is probably the weakest part of the song though sadly.  Not bad, but not really memorable.

4. Morning Coffee

Then we get into the group’s major debut, Morning Coffee and well it’s a legendary song for the group let’s be honest.  Listening to it nowadays, yeah it definitely DOES NOT sound like current Momusu which is probably my fondness for this song grows.  The organic instrumentation and the innocent sound of the song just puts a smile on my face and makes me love the original quintet doing this song over anyone else (also 2nd generation didn’t get added to this, so this should answer that question).

5. Yume no Naka

As a song mostly known from Kaori’s final performance in the group when she graduated, Yume no Naka is a nice change of pace as we slow down to this kind of jazzy/easy listening vibe.  I’m also loving the chorus particularly for the sort-of call and response style we get and it suits the song very nicely!  It’s a really nostalgic kind of track and  you have to be in the right mind for it, but of the new songs this is probably my favorite.

6. Ai no Tane

Then we get this track which was their lone indies release (later found on “Morning Coffee” as a B-side).  While I took to the latter song as the kind of upbeat and innocent song, Ai no Tane does find itself like “Yume no Naka”, hitting some nostalgic strings.  It still does surprise me to see Nacchi’s voice the way it was here and Kaorin’s voice as well as they didn’t turn out that way once later singles were released.  It’s a pretty nice song, but maybe not as good as others.

7. Wagamama

Since the album here on is new tracks, I was curious to see what we’d get.  Starting with Wagamama, this one had an interesting pop/rock kind of tone here which surprised me.  Even more is that Asuka, Yuko, Mari, Kaori, and Natsumi for the most part do not have a lot to do in this track and the remaining 3: Aya, Kei, and Sayaka are the only ones to have solo lines and there’s a lot of them.  It’s pretty decent of them because like I said before, we still haven’t fully heard what the 2nd Generation was capable of so this song helped a lot in that regard.  Beyond that, the song is just OK for me…the mid-tempo pop/rock is a but sullen and strange on the album, but it’s not unwelcomed at least.

8. Mirai no Tobira

Then we get Mirai no Tobira which tried to hop on the R&B wagon of things and sadly, it was a bad song to be done.  A lot of the tune is them kind of trying to speak-rap through things and poor Asuka and Natsumi get these oddly paced lines that kind of threw the song off track at times.  Beyond that, the harmonizations are not done nicely and the chorus just doesn’t fit the song (ups the tempo quite quickly out of nowhere).  I do like the chorus though, it’s the best part!  Though I can’t with the ending ad-libbing…why???  Still, the worst of the album for sure.

9. Usotsuki Anta

I haven’t mentioned this, but many songs on this album were actually kind of were worked on before 2nd Generation joined in so unfortunately the trio were simply background ahhh-ers.  The quintet though do have lines all over and it’s really nice to hear them here.  Going back to that kind of light-hearted pop, this song has some pretty nice melodies going with the quintet (and their duet lines) and the arrangement isn’t too much in the way.  Kind of standard, but it’s nice on this album.

10. Samishii Hi

Then we finally get to the ending which sounds like a gospel ballad xD.  I really like the solo lines and some of the duet lines, but when they all sing together, it’s a bit harsh especially how simple and empty the arrangement is (just piano that is).  Doesn’t make for a good closer in my opinion and kind of just fades out.

Tracks Recommended

  • Summer Night Town
  • Morning Coffee
  • Yume no Naka
  • Usotsuki Anta

Song of Avoidance

  • Mirai no Tobira

As the first album released by H!P’s flagship group, First Time was merely just an OK album.  Despite that it’s definitely not in the realm of what Morning Musume sounds like anymore, it has this VERY 90s sounding thing going and that might turn newer fans off mostly.  Otherwise, it’s got some nice surprises, the A-sides definitely had the most effort and while the 2nd Generation didn’t do too much on the album, it’ll be nice watching them come to into their own as we continue on!

 

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