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Momoi Haruko – Angya -Momoi Sekai no Tabi- December 1, 2012

Filed under: Momoi Haruko — solarblade @ 6:16 am

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Track Listing

  1. Koi no Time Limit
  2. S・N・S・N・S!
  3. Osekkai FB
  4. Kyapi Natsu☆HIGH Tension!
  5. Colorful Aquarium
  6. Tobidase! 3D
  7. Rudy Goody
  8. Tsuki to Hoshi no Uta
  9. Live Alive
  10. Count down! Party night!
  11. sweet suite room

1. Koi no Time Limit

Opening the album, Koi no Time Limit is kind of an interesting way to open the album because the song is quite cute and Momoi’s vocals aren’t in anyway good lol.  I will say the whole anison feel mixed with guitars and synths are kind of nice, but Momoi has done it before (and much better).  At least the arrangement is quirky enough to make me remember it.

2. S・N・S・N・S!

I’m also not sure how to deal with this either XD. S・N・S・N・S! sounds like it’s a surfer rock track with Momoi’s cute vocals singing along.  It’s a unique mixture, but Momoi’s vocals are a headache to deal with because she’s so pitchy and incredibly getting into her seiyuu mode which infuriates me.  I’m just not a fan of this track at all.

3. Osekkai FB

A surfer song, and then getting into a weird video game-ish sound for Osekkai FB?  That’s just a tad strange, but the arrangement isn’t too cheesy which is a win.  Her vocals did slightly tone down which is a small sigh of relief but the song is still not really that interesting and the only thing I can think of is Winter with some of the music.  Ehhhh…

4. Kyapi Natsu☆HIGH Tension!

With a title like this, I was expecting a hyperactive fest…but from the sound of the song, it was actually light and kind of the relaxing sound that comes with summer songs.  Also I’m enjoying hearing Momoi slightly singing, but the chorus is just terrible sadly.  It’s annoying and incredibly pitchy…it’s like why Momoi WHYYYY.  The verses were good, but everything else was just icky.

5. Colorful Aquarium

If you look up the meaning of child’s song, then this song might fit that bill lol.  I’m surprised the song is a minimalistic as it is, but it’s kind of relaxing because Momoi isn’t totally stretching her vocals out.  She actually kind of sounds good and it doesn’t help that the song is somewhat cute…but good lord does the arrangement hace a certain “Morning Children Shows” feel to it…

6. Tobidase! 3D

I’m starting to wish Momoi’s deeper vocals would have been present with out next track because despite sounding like a normal anime theme with guitars included, I honestly would say her deep vocals wouldv’e been amazing here.  Just no otherwise, because it’s just forgetful.

7. Rudy Goody

Ok, 8-bit + Reggae + a dash of anison + some slide guitars = Rudy Goody.  Yeah, this song is a trainwreck because none of the arrangement works with one another and Momoi’s vocals being as crappy as they are are making this even tougher to stand.  Yeah, this song is definitely the worst on the album for sure…ridiculous.

8. Tsuki to Hoshi no Uta

At least Momoi took out the Reggae shit out, but with Tsuki to Hoshi no Uta, she kept the worst parts from the previous tracks as well.  It’s a bit too sugary and anison and it’s just frustrating to listen to.  It’s like this song was made for something like Chuggingtons or something…yeah it’s incredibly childish.

9. Live Alive

After all the childish nonsense, we get Live Alive which sounds more up to date and kind of has a GUNDAM-like atmosphere (or Tenchi Universe).  That being said after the last couple of tracks, this is the album’s amazing song because Momoi gives a bit more effort in her vocals as they try to go deeper here and she shows a lot more control (and impressive vibrato).  Sad to say, it’s the album’s best track.

10. Count down! Party night!

It feels like we’re going back to the beginning with Count down! Party night! with the fast-paced, but genki song that Momoi is known for doing which is somewhat cool but at the same time, it’s a bit forgetful because the transitions into the chorus is very small.  Though from the lyrics I can understand, it’s song about New Year’s so makes sense now I guess…but the song is still rather weak.

11. sweet suite room

As the final track, sweet suite room is the lightest song on the album with really light instruments like harp, acoustic guitar, and shakers.  Momoi’s vocals are still kind of stuck in the shitty area because she’s pulling off that cutesy high pitch (and once again demand her to sing this in a lower tone since it would’ve sounded great!).  It’s just not that great of a track…though the arrangement is pretty.

Tracks Recommended

  • Live Alive
  • Colorful Aquarium

Song of Avoidance

  • Rudy Goody

THIS ALBUM SUCKED!  I thought “IVY” sucked a lot, but this album just defeated it in one swoop.  Angya was just all cutesy and seiyuu version of Momoi and it was just terrible (though some people will enjoy it…somehow).  Really only one of the songs had Momoi in her deeper tone and it just baffles me.  I enjoyed “Showa” but this album is just a giant drop of enjoyment.  I wish she would go back to the awesomeness that was “Sunday early Morning” or even the FAMICOM series….

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Momoi Haruko – Showa October 27, 2011

Filed under: Momoi Haruko — solarblade @ 9:55 am

Track Listing

  1. Yoake no Samba
  2. Showa
  3. Natsu Yori Atsui Fuyu
  4. Desperation☆Desu!
  5. Night Park☆
  6. Hi・mi・tsu
  7. Matsuri da! BOY MEETS GIRL
  8. Skirt Take no Nagai Maid-san ni wa Zettai ni Kanawanai
  9. Live no Ato wa Samishii na
  10. Ganbare…Sore wa, I Love You

1. Yoake no Samba

Odd that she’d open the album up with Yoake no Samba which was the first single released in the era.  Since the single review, the song has slightly grown on me, but I propose it’s more of the fact that it’s a cute samba song!  Her vocals are ok but I still think they’re still a bit pitchy and the chorus is a real danger zone because she hits some high notes in a loud kind setting.  At least the music is enticing right?

2. Showa

The title track comes next and begins kind of like a video game before synths and guitar kicks things into gear.  I’m already enjoying the song a whole lot more than “Yoake no Samba” just for the fact that Momoi is singing in her deeper tones (which is always a good thing to hear).  Well, at least before the bridge comes in and she squeaks it up a bit.  The chorus is slightly disappointing, but this still sounds so much better than the previous song.

3. Natsu Yori Atsui Fuyu

Our next song tones things down a little bit and it actually sounds kind of nice hearing this one.  I mean Momoi’s vocals are in cute-side but not exceedingly so here so it sounds good without being too much.  It’s a little odd for me because she doesn’t do too many mid-tempo songs that come off well and this one did hmmm.  It might be a little cheesy, but it’s nice.

4. Desperation☆Desu!

In recent times, Momoi has been using vocal filters and we see them used here in this sort-of nostalgic trip to the 80’s.  It has this kind of funky feel to it that I enjoy.  Of course the strings and brass are here once again after “Natsu Yori Atsui Fuyu” but take a better role.  Momoi’s vocals are cutesy but it fit the atmosphere for some reason, but I like the keyboards a lot here. 

5. Night Park☆

I’m not sure what to make of the next track since there’s a lot of good things about the tune’s arrangement since it’s full and quite catchy with the mix of synths and guitars.  It’s just light and synthy mostly and it just flowed better than most of the other songs on this album.  I think it might be my favorite off the album to be honest!

6. Hi・mi・tsu

Amping up the second half of the album, Himitsu is pretty quick-paced and it kind of also carries the overall sound of the last two track but in a more anime-like style.  It’s alright, but her vocals kind of aren’t as good as previous track so this kind of just rushes by my ears.  Maybe the chorus is the best thing about the song.

7. Matsuri da! BOY MEETS GIRL

I’m surprised Momoi was going to make Matsuri da! into such a hard-edged song.  Of the songs on the album, this is the hardest of the album, but it’s also kind of another of my favorites since the energy is above-average and while Momoi’s vocals are still tight, the rest of the song almost makes up for that.  It’s a fun song not gonna lie…just wished she sung deeper.

8. Skirt Take no Nagai Maid-san ni wa Zettai ni Kanawanai

The last new track on the album, like other songs on the album, feel just a bit like a nostalgic trek through the 80s because of the dated feel of this one.  It’s almost like synth-pop mixed with old J-pop of the 80s.  It’s kind of cool and I’m enjoying this style Momoi is dabbling in since her vocals seem to work a tad better.  I’m liking this song as well.

9. Live no Ato wa Samishii na

I wish she didn’t include the B-sides onto this album since both that were released were crappy as hell.  Live no Ato wa Samishii na is the lesser of two evils I’ll agree but this track just doesn’t fit on this album since its got the least amount of synth involvement.  It’s a 5 minute acoustic ballad and mixing that with Momoi’s seiyuu vocals are just a big no-no for me.  It’s definitely the worst of the album to be honest.

10. Ganbare…Sore wa, I Love You

Fitting that she began the album with the era’s first A-side and ends it with the second A-side released.  I find it a little eh that it doesn’t make as good as an ending as what “Live no Ato wa Samishii na” could’ve been (still wouldn’t have gained any points either way though).  I do love Ganbara…Sore wa just because it’s peppy and fun to listen to!  It’s like some of her past pop/rock songs that have caught my attention and Momoi sounds rather nice.

Tracks Recommended

  • Night Park☆
  • Skirt Take no Nagai Maid-san ni wa Zettai ni Kanawanai
  • Showa
  • Desperation☆Desu!
  • Ganbare…Sore wa, I Love You

Song of Avoidance

  • Live no Ato wa Samishii na

As this is Momoi’s 4th studio album, Showa is such a big step after that failing in “IVY”.  A lot of the songs have a lot of better arrangements and I love that Momoi took it too sing a couple of songs in different ways.  The singles weren’t amazing and it helped that for the most part, the album songs were much more impressive to me.  Good album here!

 

Momoi Haruko – Ganbare…Sore wa, I Love You October 17, 2011

Filed under: Momoi Haruko — solarblade @ 11:03 pm

Track Listing

  1. Ganbare…Sore wa, I Love You
  2. MOCO MOKO ROCK!
  3. Ganbare…Sore wa, I Love You (Karaoke)
  4. MOCO MOKO ROCK! (Karaoke)

1. Ganbare…Sore wa, I Love You

After the oddball A-side in “Yoake no Samba”, It’s nice to get back to what Momoi is known for in her discography and that’s some nice pop/rock tracks.  To me, she’s on that line between strong vocals and seiyuu-ish vocals but I found it a nice combination since she sounds rather good (minus the high notes in the chorus).  There’s a bit of electronic influences as well which kind of pulls it away from the rock sound, but either way this was a much better song than her last A-side.

2. MOCO MOKO ROCK!

The B-side is a bit on the flipside and focuses more on the rockin’ arrangement but I’m very bothered by this song because Momoi is literally letting loose on this track but singing in her seiyuu vocals which are a major bother in this song.  She just kind of kills the song of anything appreciative…sorry this is baaaad!

 

 

 

As this is the second and final single of the era, I have to say this single is better than “Yoake no Samba” just because the A-side was actually pretty good this time around.  However, MOCO MOKO ROCK! was just a travesty and kind of killed the single altogether the same way “Live no Ato wa Samishii na” killed the last single.  Thank gosh at least this B-side is absent on the album.

 

Momoi Haruko – Yoake no Samba

Filed under: Momoi Haruko — solarblade @ 10:43 pm

Track Listing

  1. Yoake no Samba
  2. Live no Ato wa Samishii na
  3. Yoake no Samba (OFF VOCAL)
  4. Live no Ato wa Samishii na (OFF VOCAL)

1. Yoake no Samba

Hahaha, Momoi and samba, you wouldn’t think she’d be possible to change styles for an A-side but somehow she does it anyways.  Since the song is supposed to be reaching out to the crowd that likes her more cuter side of her music, Momoi serves it well since the song is upbeat and cute.  Her vocals are also quite sugary so it doesn’t sound great to me but I’m sure other fans will enjoy it. 

2. Live no Ato wa Samishii na

Unlike the spazzy “Yoake no Samba”, Live no Ato wa Samishii na is more of a ballad, better yet an acoustic ballad which is walking on new territory for Momoi.  I didn’t think the melody was all that great and Momoi is singing the song in her seiyuu vocals which struck me out as well. 

 

 

As the first of the “Showa” era, Yoake no Samba isn’t a great single to kick things off with.  Well, maybe Yoake no Samba is alright since it is in her comfort zone and all that and I did like the arrangement quite a bit as well.  Live no Ato wa Samishii na was just boring with bad vocals so it failed for me.  Hope the next single can remedy this.

 

Momoi Haruko – IVY October 12, 2010

Filed under: Momoi Haruko — solarblade @ 4:06 am

Track Listing

  1. IVY
  2. Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!
  3. Shouri no Megami☆
  4. SWEET☆CANDY
  5. ☆Jien Otsu☆ Song 2 ~Sekai Hen~
  6. The wall ~Koerarenai Kabe~
  7. Eien no Orusuban
  8. Break down, Break dance!
  9. E.S.P. ~Thanks to Mamichan~
  10. music as muse

1. IVY

Starting off Momoi’s 10th Anniversary album, the title track begins quite nicely with the whole anime-ish thing going on.  I mean it’s pretty synthed up and Momoi’s vocals kind of switch between her lighter tones which are good and then in the chorus with her seiyuuish tones and that bothered me.  It’s a good energetic start for the album though so I approve that.  I might get used to this after a while ^_^

2. Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!

I really liked the somewhat jazzy style Kiss! Kiss! Kiss! was trying to go for from the start, but my feelings towards the song is pretty negative because I can’t stand Momoi’s vocals in the song as they are pitchy and very meh for me.  At least she tried to do a somewhat interesting pop/rock tune, but her vocals hinder it from being any good

3. Shouri no Megami☆

Getting into our next song, Shouri no Megami☆ sounds strange to me for some reason.  I mean it’s more synthy than “IVY” was for sure, but it sounds a bit classy as well.  While she’s once again splitting her vocal styles just like the first song, it’s not as ear-cringing IMO.  I actually have an easier time remembering this and that’s definitely a good thing for sure. 

4. SWEET☆CANDY

It seems we go back and forth with styles of music, but at least with SWEET☆CANDY follows in route with great things just like her previous songs in the rock-style.  The addition of the piano also gave it something to make it colorful.  About Momoi’s vocals here, they are a bit whiny throughout, but at least she’s hitting notes nicely and sounds sort of good here.  Good song from Momoi ^_^

5. ☆Jien Otsu☆Song 2 ~Sekai Hen~

It’s funny that Momoi did announce that this song was going to be released as the album’s lone single, but was later cancelled for unknown reasons and ended up with a full album of new songs.  Just like the title implies, this is the sequel to the original “☆Jien Otsu☆Song” and of course this isn’t a collaborative effort either so it’s entirely a different idea going on.  It’s still basically below average vocals from Momoi, but some of the song reminds me of “Lumica” for some reason.  I don’t know if it’s better than it’s predecessor, but it’s interesting to listen to for sure.

6. The wall ~Koerarenai Kabe~

After passing the midway mark on the album, The wall comes next and after the last few tracks having such a hard and fun sound to them, this one seems a little out of place because it’s lighter and Momoi’s vocals are kind of under the weather because she’s singing in the same area of pitch through most of the verses and the chorus is really where things change a little, but not enough for me.  Kind of just seems a little too plain (for Momoi standards).

7. Eien no Orusuban

I do love the opening for Eien no Orusuban because it’s addition to the instruments in those few seconds in their.  At first I couldn’t tell that was really that was Momoi since she sounded more clean and together than she has been in the previous songs.  The chorus is just a bit boring for me, but the rest of the song sounds actually good.

8. Break down, Break dance!

I’m not sure what to make of this song because Break down, Break dance! is her fastest song on the album for sure and is the closest thing to her somewhat electro-ish sound.  It kind of is like “Galge” from her last album, but it’s more upbeat and has tons more synths involved.  It’s not bad, but otherwise it’s kind of forgettable.

9. E.S.P. ~Thanks to Mamichan~

So much weirdness with this song for sure.  It first sounds like it’d be a darker song, but then Momoi finishes her opening lines and it gets sparkly and cutesy with low synths and synth beeps all over.  I thought for a song that was more light sounding, it was pretty good for sure…but once again the damn chorus brings out the icky vocals. 

10. music as muse

Ending the album off, music as muse once again shows off a more anime-esque kind of style with guitars and synths playing in the song.  Even though for the most part, I actually enjoyed the tune quite a bit since Momoi’s vocals are stable and not all over the place here.  I think if she really tried she could be a good vocalist I think.  Definitely a good synthy song for sure.

Tracks Recommended

  • music as muse
  • Shouri no Megami☆
  • Eien no Orusuban
  • SWEET☆CANDY

Song of Avoidance

  • The wall ~Koerarenai Kabe~

Since this is her 10th Anniversary album, I think Momoi’s 3rd studio album kind of lacks the originality and feisty atmosphere that her previous two albums did have.  Not saying there isn’t any good songs, it’s just I miss stuff like “Thunder Shot!”, “Sunday early Morning”, or even “Henji ga Nai…”.  I just feel there isn’t anything that’s entirely memorable for me here.

 

Momoi Haruko – Henji ga Nai, Tada no Shitsuren no You da. October 4, 2009

Filed under: Momoi Haruko — solarblade @ 7:05 am

henjiganai

Track Listing

  1. Prologue 21 ~Koi no Hajimari~
  2. Shihatsu ni Notte
  3. Brand new music
  4. ☆Jien Otsu☆Song
  5. BAKA≒Aishiteru
  6. Loosey Goosey
  7. Henji ga Nai, Tada no Shitsuren no You da.
  8. Hazakura
  9. Me・a・ri・Hi・to
  10. reimei ni raimei
  11. Galge
  12. BAKA≒Aishiteru (Karaoke)
  13. Henji ga Nai, Tada no Shitsuren no You da. (Karaoke)
  14. reimei ni raimei (Karaoke)
  15. Galge (Karaoke)

1. Prologue 21 ~Koi no Hajimari~

While I do find the title to be rather uhm strange, Prologue 21 begins the album off with a cute opening and Momoi singing a bit with the song.  It did feel rather too quick to end for me since it ended quite fast and midway of Momoi’s singing.  It did its job I guess.

2. Shihatsu ni Notte

After that opening, I’m surprised we switch into the rock song from the era.  I’ve continued to enjoy Momoi’s more controlled vocals and she sounds pretty good with the arrangement at hand.  I also said before that if you liked her previous delve into rock, “Thunder Shot!” then you’ll find yourself enjoying this as much.

3. Brand new music

Then we get reversed on the album with the “Loosey Goosey” single with the B-side appearing before the A-side.  I feel like that she matured up for the song because it’s not as cutesy nor was it shrill like a few other tracks.  I thought it was one of the more relaxing pop tracks and it worked for me.

4. ☆Jien Otsu☆Song

Released as the era’s 2nd album, it was the collaboration track with Yuichiro Nagashima who is also a seiyuu if I’m correct.  I still don’t know what to do with this song because it’s sickingly cute and there’s just a lot of random.  The song has a little bit of rock in there, but it’s just covered by the sheer cuteness of both Momoi and Yuichiro.

5. BAKA≒Aishiteru

I kind of chuckled a little bit at the first new song off the album with its 60’s pop sound and adding this oddly cute song that covered it as well.  I did find it funny that Momoi’s is saying idiot a lot as well since that’s what ~baka~ means.  It’s a simple, catchy and yet it could get frustrating to listen to because of the whole laidbackness.

6. Loosey Goosey

I was actually surprised that Loosey Goosey began the era off acoustically.  It’s even more relaxing than “Brand new music” and I actually quite like the folkish like sound coming from Momoi and she isn’t stressing out here either which is another plus.  The only problem I really had was that she pronounced the title like ~Ruji Guji~…talk about failing.

7. Henji ga Nai, Tada no Shitsuren no You da.

We finally leave the previously released tracks for the hardest hitting song off the album.  Henji ga Nai took what was so good about “Thunder Shot!” and blew my pants off with this song.  It could be strange that I enjoyed the force she was singing and with the hard-pounding guitars, this is one of her best tracks so far.  It’s so unexpected, but I loved it.

8. Hazakura

It’s a little weird to transition into a string based song.  Sadly that’s kind of the song’s downfall.  It’s rather stale amongst the songs on the album, but Momoi is singing a bit more comfortably and while some parts oddly remind me of “Bitter…”, this seemed to be the album’s throwaway song, but put on here just because.

9. Me・a・ri・Hi・to

This closest thing we’ll get to something J-tek from Momoi is this song.  Oh wait, this song is amazingly similar to Perfume’s “SEVENTH HEAVEN” and why had the melody have to be that close to it?  Anyways, being the only regular techno song, I actually liked it because with Momoi’s vocals under vocoder and the light dance style, it actually worked.  I just wished it wasn’t such a “SEVENTH HEAVEN” knockoff XD.

10. reimei ni raimei

I guess it makes sense to end the album with edgier songs because reimei ni raimei brings out the “High Energy” for this album.  I usually like when Momoi does these eurobeat songs and once again finds a great track within this song.  Her vocals are still aren’t crazy bad and actually produces and exciting style for me.  Way strong!

11. Galge

The only song to come from Momoi’s final single of the era, Galge is totally different from “Shihatsu ni Notte”.  First of all, it does bring the icky seiyuu vocals that I’ve come to dislike in the song.  I still can’t comment on the idol-like yelps that’s all over the place, nor could I really commend Momoi for her performance, but the shining reason I liked this song was for the electro arrangement it had.  I don’t think it’s fitting as the album’s closing song….

Tracks Recommended

  • reimei ni raimei
  • Me・a・ri・Hi・to
  • Henji ga Nai, Tada no Shitsuren no You da.
  • Loosey Goosey
  • Galge
Song of Avoidance
  • Hazakura
Momoi’s actual sophomore solo studio album, Henji ga Nai, Tada no Shitsuren no You da. definitely was a step-up from her debut album.  It didn’t feature as many sickining seiyuu tracks which is a good thing since she’s been pulling good stuff since “Sunday early Morning”.  However, this was an indies release so you’ll guess that she’s better off not being with avex.  She should mature up for the next album because she can sing, she just chooses not to…just to piss fans like me off XD
 

Momoi Haruko – Ai no Medicine ~Anisama Version~ August 24, 2009

Filed under: Momoi Haruko — solarblade @ 3:26 am

Track Listing

  1. Ai no Medicine ~Anisama Version~
  2. Galge
  3. Ai no Medicine ~Anisama Version~ (karaoke)

1. Ai no Medicine ~Anisama Version~

Oh my, After the last single, I would’ve thought she’d stick with some edgier songs but Ai no Medicine would turn heads for sure.  It’s your typical Momoi tune covered in her seiyuu gooeyness.  The problem is that the beginning had a pretty cool electro beat, and then is lead into this cutesy dance tune.  I don’t know, but I’m going to stay far away from this song.

2. Galge

Galge (cool title BTW) is a lot more faster than “Ai no Medicine” and has a stronger Akihabara idol sound that she’s known for moreso.  Momoi’s vocals are a bit more suited and less covered in the sugary sound that makes me wanna gag.  So already by default, this is way better. 

 

 

Is Momoi going for an album?  It seems that way with the amount of singles she’s released this year.  Ai no Medicine is one of those throwaway songs because it’s just amazingly cute and sugary.  Galge is vocally more in her style, and quick which is a good thing….Here’s hoping for an album soon.