- Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi
- ENDLESS SKY
- One and Only
- Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi (TYPE B) (Vinyl only)
- Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi (Instrumental)
- ENDLESS SKY (Instrumental)
- One and Only (Instrumental)
1. Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi
I like that Momusu decided to chill things out with the leading A-side, Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi, although there are some splotches of it (the “Ai no Gundan” reverbs and such stands out in a weird way), but the tune is lighter and has some interesting guitar and piano parts (even some rolling snare parts). Initially a song meant to be sung solo by Riho as she’s leaving the group only two days after this single releases, I couldn’t exactly see how that’d work beyond the dance parts she has (she has sung this solo though already). It’s a really chill song and some parts it reminds me of the classic “Memory Seishun no Hikari” with some of the lines throughout. Different kind of song, but much needed to break more of that monotony the group’s been in.
2. ENDLESS SKY
If there was one song to ultimately compare our next A-side track, it’s definitely “Ima Sugu Tobikomu Yuuki” as they both have the same breezy, but hopeful sound to it. The synths though are stronger though and it’s got a bigger punch to it than said song which is nice, I think. There’s a lot of solos through (most belonging to Riho for obvious reasons). Not sure why auto-tune is heard in Sakura’s voice, but beyond that, it’s mostly a flawless song, very nice to commemerate Riho’s graduation. Also, Duu crying once again…I guess the tomboy shtick is over lol.
3. One and Only
Everyone had known this song for quite a while (as it was the theme for J-MELO like “What is LOVE?” was a year ago. It also seemed to be the normal song as it felt like Riho announced this graduation a bit too close to the single release (or the company wanted to push the single before she left so it feels slightly rushed and might explain the lack of “Watashi no Nanni mo Wakacchanai” on this release despite being performed before the previous two tracks). Back to One and Only, this song is quite unique in Momusu’s discography as it’s the only song sung in full English! Also, the song is just upbeat and very energetic unlike the last two tracks which is great! I wasn’t expecting the English to be as good as it was hear, but it’s still not totally perfect, but it’s more than passable when compared to other artists who try to do the same. Catchy song and one of the best to come this year!
4. Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi (TYPE B)
Though the single wasn’t over because a couple months later a vinyl version was released with this exclusive track! Totally stripped down in comparison to the original take, TYPE B also manages to cut some of the duet lines down to even more solos despite not resinging the track itself. I personally enjoyed this version of the song as it feels a little more emotionally tied down. Though I will say, unexpected and sad that it’s only found on the vinyl version.
Closing out the year, Morning Musume ’15 surprised fans with the short notice that Riho is leaving the group (weird they’d announce the single so soon, would’ve thought she’d at least leave in the spring, not so much the end of the year). This single was actually quite good and matches up with the last single “Oh my wish!/Sukatto My Heart/Ima Sugu Tobikomu Yuuki”. Both versions of Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi are a nice, slow jam for sure and Riho did a solid job singing here as well as the mid-tempo ENDLESS SKY even though it’s a bit of a clone. One and Only though was a nice surprise and made fans just dance and feel happy. As this is the first member that I’ve followed from debut announcement to graduation, I kind of wonder where the group will head as this is their ace leaving…