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Momoi Haruko – Cue! August 16, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Cue!
  2. Cue! (Original Karaoke)
  3. BGM1 ‘Boku, momo-i mon”
  4. BGM2 “Za, Hero Deshon”
  5. BGM3 “Futsu Wota”
  6. BGM4 “No Nai Kanojo wo Shoukai Shimasu”
  7. Jingle Shuu

1. Cue!

Cue! begins with static and opens into so really happy song that I’m obviously afraid of.  The music is a little odd as it’s pop/rock, but there’s a fair share of typical anime-like synths and mixed on with Momoi’s vocals, it doesn’t make anything any better.  The chorus is a bit better, but damn the whole uber happy feeling just feels amazingly tacked on.  Ok, maybe I’m getting used to the music, and majority of the song, but still it doesn’t stick like “Feel so Easy!” did.

2. BGM1 “Boku momo-i mon”

The first BGM is kind of strange.  I mean seriously, who puts BGM’s on singles?  It’s a little more or less the same melody being repeated over again.  Some keyboard and xylophone and you get this….and over a minute as well.

3. BGM2 “Za, Hero Deshon”

It’s funny that the next BGM has a stronger flow to it and has electric guitar in it.  If I’m correct this seems to be the theme for some superhero on this single’s tie-in.  It’s pretty long for a BGM at 3 minutes.  It still sounds better than the first one.

4. BGM3 “Futsu Wota”

The thrid of the BGM’s, Futsu Wota is quite nice and calm actually.  I thought it was going to be uber cute and full of icky sugary content.  It’s actually a calm track with mostly piano.  The rhythm is quite nice and helps with the piano’s more random insertions, but it’s really nice. 

5. BGM4 “No Nai Kanojo wo Shoukai Shimasu”

Which oddly enough slides into our last BGM quite nicely.  It isn’t as friendly like “Futsu Wota” was.  It’s actually quite a depressing little tune here with only piano.  Simple it may be, but it does like to drag itself along the 2+ minutes.

6. Jingle Shuu

Icky…it seems the final track on the single is rather a conversation of Momoi with various characters of the show and is split into three different conversations.  Really strange way to end the single off if you ask me, but it does show Momoi’s seiyuu abilities and she gots the uber cute girl down pat.

 

 

What a strange single this was.  I mean besides the title track, the rest of the single was odd.  I mean 4 BGMs? I’ve never seen this on a single before (then again I don’t follow too much in the anime-esque tracks).  Then Jingle Shuu was just the icing on the cake with it’s conversational output…Cue! though was alright, still vocally bad, but I like the arrangement overall…weeeeird single.

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Momoi Haruko – ☆Jien Otsu☆Song July 13, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. ☆Jien Otsu☆Song
  2. Shihatsu ni Notte
  3. ☆Jien Otsu☆Song (Karaoke)
  4. Shihatsu ni Notte (Instrumental)

1. ☆Jien Otsu☆Song

Oh this was not the direction I wanted Momoi wanted to go towards.  I mean it’s of cource typical since Momoi is an idol in Akihabara so it’s not totally surprising, but her seiyuu voice is put to the max in this single and I’m crying just a bit listening as well.  No I don’t know where Yuichiro fits, but if she’s the softer vocalist, she clearly won because it isn’t coming off as a ear killer.  The music is typical if you follow Momoi enough, but c’mon choose a side, rock or synth pop….not both. 

2. Shihatsu ni Notte

I’m pretty sure that I think Momoi scored another song.  Shihatsu ni Notte is quite a bit like her track “Thunder Shot!” with its overall stronger rock sound and Momoi’s vocals aren’t as destructive as it is in the last track.  There’s a bit of synth involved, but otherwise it’s a mix of pop/rock and a little of punk maybe?  No idea, though this track is another good track from her.

 

 

So after “Loosey Goosey”, Momoi kind of continues the trend of horribly sung pop tunes with ☆Jien Otsu☆Song and I’m not liking her seiyuu voice again.  Luckily, Shihatsu ni Notte does give me some comfort as the song is back to her rockish side back in her days in UNDER17.  Split single overall

 

Momoi Haruko – Feel so Easy! June 14, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Feel so Easy!
  2. Tenkuu no Sprite
  3. Feel so Easy! Karaoke
  4. Tenkuu no Sprite Karaoke

1. Feel so Easy!

After “Lumica”, I wasn’t too sure where she’d exactly lead herself and well, Momoi actually lead herself into a more 80’s-like track but she still keeps the synths alive.  Her vocals are a bit better than her normal release, but there’s just something else that reels me into the song and I’m pretty sure it’s the funky guitar line that’s helping out.  I actually really like the song and it’s a good A-side for me.

2. Tenkuu no Sprite

The B-side however also was pretty amazing as well since it was just like “Lumica” with the mix of synths and guitar.  Momoi’s vocals aren’t as saddening as well which obviously is good points with me.  The thing that really stood out from the song was the fact there was a big influence of strings which makes this sound like a Nana Mizuki song which is great since both artists are seiyuus.  Wow super!

 

 

I have no idea why I passed this single up as well because Feel so Easy! is an awesome followup from “Sunday early Morning”.  Both tracks has great energy throughout and Momoi’s vocals weren’t as crappy as they usually are.  This could be one of her best singles for me.  *RECOMMENDED*

 

Momoi Haruko – Loosey Goosey June 6, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Loosey Goosey
  2. Brand New Music

1. Loosey Goosey

Loosey Goosey is definitly something different featuring a different side of Momoi…a more seiyuu-like Momoi.  Luckily the music isn’t entirely sugar-coated and it’s actually quite cute if you listen to it enough.  There’s a mix of acoustic guitar and cutesy played woodwinds, and it fits with its tie-in as it’s pretty laid-back and calm.  Despite Momoi’s saddening vocals, it’s not a bad track.

2. Brand New Music

Then we get the B-side and it’s very seiyuu-typical of Momoi.  It’s just a flurry of synths and ear-piercing vocals from poor Momoi.  I’ll agree that it’s so much more energetic than normal, but this just doesn’t sound vocally special.  I guess I’ll have to warm up to it.

 

 

Momoi started up her own label which isn’t a surprise to many, but after “Sunday early Morning”, I was expecting her to have stayed longer.  Her first single is different from her last single “Lumica” as it isn’t as J-tek as I liked to be, but being so laidback, Loosey Goosey was nice.  Brand New Music was more energetic, but at the cost of good vocals.  I’m sure she’ll do better next release.

 

Momoi Haruko – Lumica April 4, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Lumica
  2. Chuo Line
  3. Lumica (Karaoke)
  4. Chuo Line (Karaoke)

1. Lumica

All I knew was how epic this song really took Momoi.  Combining a bajillion different synth sounds and keytar really makes for a good dance track.  Momoi’s vocals are bearable because it’s not as seiyuu-y as it normally is and she carries a good amount of energy.  I don’t know why, but I really like this track and it’s just as good as “Sunday early Morning” which is fortunate.  Great song!

2. Chuo Line

Chuo Line is quite different from Lumica as it has little to no synths in the song.  There’s an actual band performing.  Hearing this drop off shocked me good because I didn’t think Momoi could pull this off as well as she did.  Her vocals are a bit better here as well which made the song a better listen.  Think of something Shion Tsuji or YUI would pull.  Different genre altogether IMO

 

 

Momoi’s final single for the “Sunday early Morning” era was wowzers.  I didn’t think she’d pull it off as well as she did.  Looking at the other singles of the era, none could match the epicness of this one single.  Lumica was electronic heaven while Chuo Line was more of a throwback as a band member before going solo. *RECOMMENDED*

 

Momoi Haruko – more&more quality RED ~Anime song cover~ January 13, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Give a reason
  2. Gamble Rumble
  3. Butter-fly
  4. Happy☆Material
  5. SOLDIER DREAM ~English Version~
  6. DASH!! ~Racer Mini Yonku no Theme~
  7. Ai Oboeteimasuka
  8. INVOKE
  9. STEP
  10. Romance no Kamisama

1. Give a reason

I definitly love the synth opening to this Megumi Hayashibara cover.  Momoi sounds deeper than her normal seiyuu voice which is amazing.  I can’t compare this track because I haven’t heard the original, but she’s great with this song.  There’s some minor squeaking issues but nothing out of the ordinary.

2. Gamble Rumble

Wait, I just reviewed the original twice by m.o.v.e, so a third time isn’t ba right?  It starts up a little differently than m.ov.e’s but there’s a great sound with it.  Hold on, motsu in this song as well?  Yep, he pretty much keeps his role in the song.  Momoi actually sounds better doing the English parts, but the music isn’t as crazy energetic as the original was so it’s a love-hate relationship with the song.

3. Butter-fly

Oh, I do recognize this tune from Digimon.  The music does add a little more synth to the rock style the original had and Momoi is once again using a more refined voice which helps me get through the song.  There’s just great energy in this song and oddly is one of my early favorites of the album.

4. Happy☆Material

If there’s one song to avoid on the album, it’s this one.  The music sounds like it was ripped from a Kirby game, which is good, but here comes the bad part.  Momoi’s vocals are amazingly icky here.  Like she used her voice from most of the “FAMISON” series and just 1-upped here.  Like, please shut it off!

5. SOLDIER DREAM ~English Version~

Sounded pretty epic from the get-go and Momoi is singing fully in English.  Yeah most of the time she sounds really good, but as with most Japanese artists, the accent is pretty heavy and sometimes unclear with what she’s exactly saying.  I have to praise the music though, it really suits Momoi fine and she should stick with this.

6. DASH!! ~Racer Mini Yokun no Theme~

Cars buzzing by kicks off this fast track.  I mean the verses has this anxious feeling and blows up from there.  I really loved how fast paced everything is and Momoi even though is overly using her vibrato, I thought this was another strong track. 

7. Ai Oboeteimasuka

Surprisingly she throws in the standout track, in Ai Oboeteimasuka.  It sounds like a song that should’ve been in FFX or something.  Like there’s something really smooth and graceful with the music.  Granted, Momoi isn’t the best ballad singer, but being a seiyuu made it just seem really cute.  Good idea to have a nice piano solo as well.  Coool!

8. INVOKE

Here’s the other surprise for myself.  She covered T.M.Revolution’s biggest hit with “INVOKE”.  It actually stayed faithful to the original, except with a female singing this time around.  Momoi is obviously trying to mimic Takanori’s crazy singing style and she actually gets it good and has much more force and energy too.  I got to say this has to be my favorite cover.

9. STEP

OMG, Momoi is under the vocoder and the music is definitly reminescent to something that Daft Punk would do which is crazy good.  I love the sound and how good Momoi sounds.  The chorus is a little loud a fuzzy and covers Momoi a little.  STEP just sounds great and maybe a little like TF6.

10. Romance no Kamisama

Acoustic guitar starts up our final track, which I guess it’s fitting, but Momoi loses points for using that terrible seiyuu voice.  I mean its just strange to listen to.  This isn’t as bad as “Happy☆Material” but this just comes close and it was a bad way to end the album.

Tracks Recommended

  •  INVOKE
  • STEP
  • Ai Oboeteimasuka
  • Butter-fly
  • Gamble Rumble

Song of Avoidance

  • Happy☆Material

I know, this wait was definitly unbearable for me.  Finally I got it.  Now you’ve prolly read my previous reviews on her and prolly thought (he prolly hates her).  Well, I did since I’m not the biggest fan of seiyuu voices in music, but this was an exception to the rule.  Her cover album was great and warrants a *RECOMMENDED* by me.  The only real problem was the two songs that enforced her to use the icky seiyuu voice that I hate.

 

 

Momoi Haruko – FAMISON 8BIT November 9, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. Touch
  2. Koi no Jumon wa Suki to Kimi to Kiss
  3. Hadashi no Furoone
  4. Lum no Love Song
  5. Delicate ni Sukishite
  6. Omoide ga Ippai
  7. Fushigi na Merumo
  8. Hajimete no Chuu
  9. Moonlight Densetsu
  10. Sougen no Maruko
  11. L wa Lovely
  12. Areare Arare-Chan
  13. Romantic Ageru yo
  14. Kimi wa Hoehoe Musume

1. Touch

Touch does sound like a pretty sneaky 8-Bit track.  I do like the beats to it, but Momoi’s vocals are still nothing to write home about.  Momoi does sound pretty monotone, but at least it’s covered up by the music which is great during the solos.  I’m already liking this song a lot.

2. Koi no Jumon wa Suki to Kimi to Kiss

I’m not sure why, but the song doesn’t really scream “favorite” from my ears.  There’s just something about it that sounds strange, maybe it’s the beat or the fact that it’s Momoi sounding very seiyuu-like within.  I think the song is supposed to sound futuristic, but I think it failed at that too.

3. Hadashi no Furoone

Even more creepier, is this happy-go-lucky track.  Another downer track caused by the fact Momoi even sings.  There’s sounds of video-game jumping and it’s like what am I supposed to say…Was this partly made from Mario?  I mean it really sounds like it could be one of em’.

4. Lum no Love Song

Talk about a hectic start.  I actually don’t mind Momoi in this song because it’s actually quite good for a cover.  It sounds like one of the celebration songs at the end of the game.  Possibly the credits.  Knowing the Nana Kitade also covered it makes me wonder why this song is popular?  LOL at coin sounds!

5. Delicate ni Sukishite

I also love the music with this track.  It screams cute all over, unfortunately, the song really doesn’t go anywhere for me .  I’m pretty sure it was supposed to sound serious and all, but it just doesn’t do it for me. 

6. Omoide ga Ippai

Yay, Pokemon-like music.  It’s kind of like the “Bicycle Theme” with it’s pace and free-sounds.  Momoi doesn’t sound really bad either which is the saving grace for both her and the song.  It’s one of my favorites from the album.

7. Fushigi na Merumo

The water-themed song pops up next and it actually works.  It’s another of my favorites from the album because the music just seemed to work with Momoi.  I think the fact the Momoi’s more expressive vocals worked this time and I’m noticing she’s ad-libbing and saying odd stuff like ~CANDY!~  Yea, huh?

8. Hajimete no Chuu

A bouncy little track that’s full cute annd Momoi actually slurring her words which makes the song a lot better than a lot of the tracks.  Unluckily she does the seiyuu voice unexpectedly, but it isn’t death-defying.  The chorus has some male BKGD vocals saying ~Chuu~ which is a nice little touch to the song.  Pretty cute here.

9. Moonlight Densetsu

I bet Sailor Moon fans are cringing in their seats listening to this cover.  Not only was also covered by Nana Kitade, but hers is better surprisingly.  It doesn’t mean the song isn’t terrible, but it’s a pretty hard listen against the original.  Personally, I’m no fan of the series but I do know the song and it’s ust scary listining to this.

10. Sougen no Maruko

Damn is this song creepy.  It sounds like your on haunted grounds and it sounds pretty damn good for being all 8-bit and stuff.  Sounds like the song changes mood by the time we get into the chorus where it sounds like a march, but it does go back into the haunting sounds which is great. 

11. L wa Lovely

Then we get into the uber poppy stuff, L wa Lovely is a strange little poppy track, because there’s echo’s through the choruses of the track which is an interesting concept, but it kind of messes up the song if you know what I mean.  Even then the chorus is just lame as it is. 

12. Areare Arare-Chan

Continuing on with this pop-like track, this has to be the most annoying track off the album.  She sings the verses very robotically and the music doesn’t help because they are in synch with each other.  Her repetition of the title is so dumb to me.  Like OMG, worst track.

13. Romantic Ageru yo

Thank god this song came after, Even though it isn’t too much better than “Areare Arare-Chan” this has the fastest 8-bit shuffles through the song.  Luckily, I love the instrumental parts, but Momoi kind of kills it with the voice again.  Definitly not memorable…

14. Kimi wa Hoehoe Musume

Wow, the final track opens pretty funky and quite cool.  This time Momoi isn’t so bad here which is good and the music is still good throughout.  Once again, I find myself asking, why Pokemon?  Just kidding, a good way to finish the album.

Tracks Recommended

  • Sougen no Maruko
  • Fushigi na Merumo
  • Omoide ga Ippai
  • Hajimete no Chuu
  • Touch

Song of Avoidance

  • Areare Arare-chan

Like I said before, this 8-bit album beats out the sequal definitly.  More tracks I actually liked and less cringed at as well.  I still have faults with Momoi’s singing style, but I guess for the most part it was alright, except for the first few tracks.  Middle of the album was prolly the best area since she switched sounds up for a little bit.