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Morning Musume ’19 – Jinsei Blues/Seishun Night June 2, 2019

Filed under: Morning Musume — solarblade @ 8:14 pm

Jinseiblues

Track Listing

  1. Jinsei Blues
  2. Seishun Night
  3. Jinsei Blues (Instrumental)
  4. Seishun Night (Instrumental)

1. Jinsei Blues

As the main A-side, Jinsei Blues is an interesting take on EDM by having a little more swing to it, but right once the vocals come in, it does become pretty much a straight shot of things they’ve done before.  Also surprised there’s like no solos to be had here for the most part (if there is, it’s just small lines).  I will say the best part is the bridge with the synth melody and bop.  Still, I think it’s just OK for the most part to me.

2. Seishun Night

Which follows suit with Seishun Night which unlike the EDM-centric vibes out of “Jinsei Blues” has a bit more focus on the funky disco stylings like in “Utakata Saturday Night!” and “Sukatto My Heart”.  At least there’s a little more oomph to it like solos and pretty hefty rap line from the main singers (Sakura, Fukuchan, Ayumi, and Maachan).  Though Miki gets some push here too.  Overall not bad here.

 

 

Momusu first single in the Reiwa era and I’m just kind of like meh about it.  Neither track really popped out me as both styles have been done before (and to dry sense at this point),  I feel like whatever they did in their last single, they should follow and separate themselves away from the EDM / Disco rut they’ve got locked in.  Hopefully since the new 15th Generation is coming soon, hopefully that’ll bring some changes.

 

R – RISE

Filed under: Rina Aiuchi — solarblade @ 7:56 pm

rise

Track Listing

  1. RISE
  2. RISE (instrumental)
  3. WARM PRAYER Live Ver. (181116@Shinjuku BLAZE)
  4. NO FADE OUT Live Ver. (190120@Toyosu PIT)

1. RISE

As the leading track, RISE I thought would’ve been much more of a ballad since this is Rina’s return to the music.  I do like the acoustic guitar with the synths in the background, but I really wasn’t expecting the song to have a powerful chorus with a heavy rockin’ sound to come with but I definitely enjoy this surprise a lot!  Yeah this is definitely a strong for Rina that’s for sure!

3. WARM PRAYER Live Ver. (181116@Shinjuku BLAZE)

So technically Rina announced her return last year, but she released these two tracks digitally, but these are live versions of those songs.  WARM PRAYER to be honest didn’t sound like it was live, but maybe it’s just how good the recording was.  As the ballad of the single, WARM PRAYER isn’t quite too memorable at first, saving a lot of the interesting stuff towards the end with added instrumentation.  Not bad though.

4. NO FADE OUT Live Ver. (190120@Toyosu PIT)

Now this sounds a bit more like it was performed live.  This one felt a bit more like stuff she released in the past like “Bara ga Saku Bara ga Chiru” and “Sugao no Mama” being a bit of a mix of rock and synth with a little splash of anison and I’ve missed this a lot from Rina (especially how her last works were super light pop tunes).  NO FADE OUT does offer a really powerful performance out of Rina and I am really happy about that!

 

 

Wow, its been essentially 9 years since Rina’s last physical release, “LAST SCENE” but she’s come out of her retirement/hiatus with a bang!  I wasn’t expecting to really enjoy both RISE and NO FADE OUT, but these are the most exciting songs she’s had at least since her “THANX” album which is good!  WARM PRAYER has to grow on me, but I do like the 2nd half of the track.  Still, what a great way to return to the music scene!  Although I’m not sure why she’s going by “R”…just seems weird considering how big her discography prior is XD.

 

Rina Aiuchi – TRIP

Filed under: Rina Aiuchi — solarblade @ 6:16 am

trip

Track Listing

  1. TRIP
  2. Harmony
  3. I believe you ~Ai no Hana~
  4. Mint
  5. PARTY TIME PARTY UP
  6. Creamy day
  7. Sakurairo
  8. Bara ga Saku Bara ga Chiru
  9. Silent Motion
  10. Marguerite
  11. Secret Jasmine
  12. Nemurenu You ni
  13. A DAY TRIP

1. TRIP

Opening the album up with the title track, I was curious to see where TRIP’s new songs will land since most of the album is new songs and whatnot.  It starts off with a bang and a slappin’ bass before we’re introduced to the song fully which does remind me of “Harmony” of her last single.  I do like the beat of the song and Rina sounds awake and the song turned out pretty well.  Decent way to start the album.

2. Harmony

I kind of wonder if this track was connected to the “Harmony” from “I believe you ~Ai no Hana~” but maybe it doesn’t because none if sounds like that track.  This one sounds a bit more dance/pop-like with a decent beat and a lot of synths backing it.  I’m not sure why, but I feel like this song has a B-side kind of feel or maybe something from her previous album, “DELIGHT”.  Not a strong song here and kind of boring in a way (but it does give me a dream-like feel).

3. I believe you ~Ai no Hana~

Moving onto some A-sides released, we have the 4th and last A-side released and I’m still not quite the biggest fan of this track.  I mean the fact it’s the first ballad of the album should be OK, but this one just didn’t do anything for me.  Rina’s voice is light and nice and I still like the chorus the most, but like everything else just felt plain to me.

4. Mint

Then we jump back to the 2nd A-side released and Mint was a surprising change of pace for Rina as she jumped away from the upbeat, anime music to a surprisingly bubblegum pop-like track with Mint.  It also sticks out because this is when I first came into J-pop and Rina had just released Mint back in the day (despite that I was used to older songs of hers).  There’s just something nostalgic for me listening to Mint and Rina sounds happy and upbeat.  Nice and breezy song!

5. PARTY TIME PARTY UP

Then we move into one of the A-sides from her 3rd single for the album and PARTY TIME PARTY UP also doesn’t quite interest me too much despite being an upbeat song as well.  I don’t know why but I don’t think Rina’s vocals work here especially in the chorus.  Not quite the best song on the album.

6. Creamy day

Back into some new tracks, Creamy day seems to follow alongside the same veins that “TRIP” did with the kind of synthy funk/disco vibes here and honestly if it wasn’t for the more bass involved in the track, I would’ve said they’re way too similar.  However, it suffers a little bit like “Harmony” did because it doesn’t feel like it moves around in arrangement much.  Still it is at least passable with its interesting sound.

7. Sakurairo

Coming up next is another ballad with Sakurairo but unlike “I believe you”, this one has a bit more levels with piano, strings, and acoustic guitar in its arrangement.  It does give me old ballad vibes though and while Rina’s vocals pop out surprisingly a lot from the song, I wasn’t sure where it would land.  Then the chorus comes in with electric guitar added in and it’s brazen but fitting?  Maybe it’d work as an ending theme?  Either way, good song overall.

8. Bara ga Saku Bara ga Chiru

As the first single to be released for “TRIP, Bara ga Saku Bara ga Chiru definitely has that anime feel to it that a lot of “DELIGHT” had.  This also has the most oomph the album has with the aggressive electric guitars and powerful chorus!  There was just something about this song that really kicked ass and makes me wonder how it’d fit on the album since a lot of it has been more toned down.

9. Silent Motion

I guess I’m fine with that since I would say Silent Motion is a close 2nd with the most aggressive track with the buzzy synths and pounding beat that fills this pop track.  Another track that makes me think of “DELIGHT” in a way.  I actually kind of enjoyed the heavier sound of this song and it gives me good early to late 2000s EDM.

10. Marguerite

It seems like these songs were paired together as the dance-like area of the album, but honestly Marguerite maybe could’ve been closer to “Mint” since this is kind of girly pop that they both kind of share.  Though I’m a little bit bummed because the chorus doesn’t really hit hard for me and doesn’t push the song further than the verses.  Not a very strong song, but I think it suits the album well enough.

11. Secret Jasmine

Starting immediately with Rina’s vocals, Secret Jasmine starts off with a buildup to me but it really doesn’t quite reach a high point because it remains at this mid-tempo R&B style until Rina starts on the verses where it’s just piano & strings.  It does feel like a song that would’ve fit more as a BoA song than a Rina Aiuchi song.  Not bad, but not great either.

12. Nemurenu You ni

Then we have the last of the A-sides with this ballad and I think of them all this one was handled the best.  There’s just something pure and innocent here and I really enjoyed the light and fluffiness of the song.  Does give me some slight nods to “Sakurairo”, but this is pretty much a good ballad for Rina so yay!

13. A DAY TRIP

Then we finally enter our last track on the album and would this count as another title track?  Well, no surprise that it’s another ballad and unlike “Nemurenu You ni”, it just kind of misses the mark for me.  If anything, it reminds me of “I believe you ~Ai no Hana~” which was already a song I wasn’t too phased by.  Kind of a dull way to end things off with.

Tracks Recommended

  • Bara ga Saku Bara ga Chiru
  • Mint
  • Silent Motion
  • TRIP
  • Nemurenu You ni

Song of Avoidance

  • A DAY TRIP

Yay!  Another discography completed xD.  Anyways Rina’s TRIP album maybe be kind of an average album to me.  It doesn’t feel like she took too many risks on this album and majority of the album felt a bit lighter and for that slightly forgettable minus the good hitters she brought (which is most of the A-sides and B-sides she released).  Overall not bad, but she’s had better albums!….

Wait she returned?….ohhhh!