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Momoiro Clover Z – AMARANTHUS March 27, 2016

Filed under: Momoiro Clover Z — solarblade @ 12:29 am

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Track Listing

  1. embryo -prologue-
  2. WE ARE BORN
  3. Monochro Dessan
  4. Gorilla Punch
  5. Buryoutengen Nakayoshi Monogatari
  6. Katte ni Kimi ni
  7. Seishunfu
  8. Saboten to Ribbon
  9. Demonstration
  10. Bussouge
  11. Naitemo Iin da yo
  12. Guns N’ Diamond
  13. Bye Bye de Sayonara
  14. HAPPY Re:BIRTHDAY

1. embryo -prologue-

Opening the album up is a rather ominous intro track, almost something like it’d fit on their last album, “5TH DIMENSION”.  A heartbeat is heard and the track grows louder and louder with some interesting melodies happening.  It reaches its focal point with some chanting to kind of fit the motif of the cover art, but that quickly ends to our first track!

2. WE ARE BORN

A descending piano opens our first track and WE ARE BORN is something interesting by having a pop/rock sound, but very progressive as things go and I pretty much enjoyed that the most about the tune.  I love the haunting background sound and there’s just a lot of interesting ideas going around.  Definitely a strong first track for the album that’s for sure and a solid choice to promote the album too!

3. Monochro Dessen

Oh boy, a 6 minute track comes next with Monochro Dessen.  Though with a title track like this, I wasn’t expecting this to be more of a ballad track.  I’m liking that each member opens the song with a line to themselves and the track opens up to a more mid-tempo affair though it does become a little more cute and happy-go-lucky astime goes on.  Best part is when the track hits almost 4 minutes in and it gets really upbeat and exciting to listen to…unique song for them and I can see myself enjoying this in the long run.

4. Gorilla Punch

The other promotional song, Gorilla Punch is pretty much in line of their more recent rock offerings and this places the group to sing in a deeper and rougher tone and I quite like MomocloZ this way!  Adding to the motif of the album, there’s some jungle-like moments and the tune moves into different sections of fun.  The chorus is a bit expected, but as a whole, I liked this song too!

5. Buryoutengen Nakayoshi Monogatari

I wasn’t sure what to expect with a title like this, but it does shift things onto a different path by giving us this somewhat odd track.  It’s like a mix of their idol pop sound and some ragtime music which is something the group hasn’t tackled.  It’s very exciting and the beat and melody is so catchy!  It’s ironically my favorite track so far on the album.

6. Katte ni Kimi ni

With an intro like this, I would’ve expected this to open the album.  Out of the songs so far, Katte ni Kimi ni feels like a throwback to some normal idol songs out there with an upbeat arrangement and a slight addition of synths/beats.  Actually it reminds me of “Yuku Haru Kuru Haru” with a stronger emphasis on the electronics, but on AMARANTHUS this feels slightly out of place (and that’s saying something considering who I’m reviewing) though still a solid track!

7. Seishunfu

Finally we run into our first old song on the album and it’s the group’s 4th A-side of the era (I’m saying this because of the whole release scheduling that’s going on).  I definitely remember this A-side due to it being a more lowkey release and the track itself was also a slow burner.  At the time, I wasn’t sure if I cared about the song too much, but on the album it has its place being the ballad here.  Personally, I’m not really the biggest fan of the track, but I like that MomocloZ switched things up.

8. Saboten to Ribbon

Ooh, a song that begins as a march and with fanfares?  Seems a little strange to be putting something like this intro in the middle of the album…however, the song switches heavily into this goofy, child-like atmosphere and I was instantly turned off by it.  There’s just nothing I find interesting about the song and it’s kind of the black sheep of the release.

9. Demonstration

It doesn’t help that our next track opens up like some fantasy-like Disney track lol!  Demonstration opens up with a lengthy dialogue between the members before it opens to a more of what I’d deem it as an anison track.  Without the dialogue, the track itself is pretty decent and has quite a lasting impression.  Makes up for the poor turnout from “Saboten to Ribbon”.

10. Bussouge

Then we slow down again with Bussouge to something a bit more like “Seishunfu” levels of slow.  I’m actually surprised that we’ve got three ballad-like songs on this album.  However, like the A-side, Bussouge also doesn’t really strike me as anything special either…it’s a little too vanilla and forgettable in the long run.

11. Naitemo Iin da yo

Then we hit the 1st single of the era released (strange that “GOUNN” was left off both albums).  This was kind of where the group started to wane as they hit a low point for a lot of fans it seems.  Listening to Naitemo Iin da yo nowadays, the song has a bit of an underlying interest where some of the other A-sides lacked.  Yeah, the song might not be a buckwild as their “5TH DIMENSION” releases, but the pop/rock vibes.  I kind of dig it more than I suppose I did back then.

12. Guns N’ Diamond

What an interesting name for a song huh?  What I wasn’t expecting the song to hit a weird mix of styles that ended up fused together.  I kind of thought from the beginning that the track was going to be in rockabilly style, but it doesn’t even come close as the remainder of the track has this lower pop sound with some elements of the rock genre implemented.  It’s pretty dramatic and I ended up enjoying it a lot!

13. Bye Bye de Sayonara

As we’re nearing the end of the album, we get Bye Bye de Sayonara and I’m not sure what to think of this track either XD.  I like the beat and it’s one of the ore simple songs arrangement-wise.  Sadly, I found the verses to be the more interesting part of the song versus the chorus which felt almost generic.  I really can’t decide where I stand with the track, but it’s not one of the better ones that’s for sure.

14. HAPPY Re:BIRTHDAY

Then we have the album closer with HAPPY Re:BIRTHDAY and it begins nicely enough with a pleasant piano/strings/bass melody that has this uplifting feel to it.  Though I do wonder why a happy birthday song was chosen to be the ending of the album, which begs the question was this necessary?  Not sure why, but birthday songs never caught my attention and this one was no exception.

Tracks Recommended

  • Buryoutengen Nakayoshi Monogatari
  • Guns N’ Diamond
  • Naitemo Iin da yo
  • Katte ni Kimi ni
  • WE ARE BORN

Song of Avoidance

  • Saboten to Ribbon

Interesting that Momoiro Clover Z would go ahead and release their 3rd & 4th album simultaneously (means more songs for fans, but sales-wise, could be odd).  As AMARANTHUS is toted as their 3rd album, I felt this one was slightly lacking and not quite as off the wall as “5TH DIMENSION” or even “Battle and Romance” was.  I will say though that I’m starting to slightly get used to the group’s vocals, still, I’m kind of hoping that “Hakkin no Yoake” is better…

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