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Morning Musume 20th – Hatachi no Morning Musume February 7, 2018

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Track Listing

  1. Morning Coffee (20th Anniversary Ver.)
  2. WE ARE LEADERS! ~Leaders tte no mo Tsurai Mono~
  3. Hana ga Saku Taiyou Abite
  4. ENDLESS HOME
  5. Otenki no Hi no Matsuri
  6. Tane wo Tsubasa (Wings of the Seed)
  7. Gosenfu no Tasuki
  8. Ai no Tane (20th Anniversary Ver.)

1. Morning Coffee (20th Anniversary Ver.)

So wait we begin this special mini-album with ANOTHER self-cover of Morning Coffee?  Wasn’t “Morning Misoshiru” enough?  Well, this one luckily has the benefit to include the original 5 Momusu members alongside the current lineup for this.  It also works better because the arrangement was tinkered with more giving us a slightly faster tempo track with more rock elements involved.  Some people might be thrown off by the former, but personally it sounds nice in a faster tempo.  The solos seem to cross between both the OGs and current members which is nice!  Overall, what an awesome what to kick this mini off!

2. WE ARE LEADERS! ~Leaders tte no mo Tsurai Mono~

Though I was more excited for the new material (half of the album was released digitally between the end of last year til now).  So the song here was what everyone was looking forward to because it has ALL the leaders that have led Momusu, despite tenure length so there’s; Yuko, Kaorin, Marippe, Yossie, Mikitty, Ai-chan, Gaki, Sayu, and Fukuchan.  The song’s structure though is VERY reminiscent to “Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari” in which all the members involved get a line and it’s amazing because all of them talk about something memorable they’ve done or something they’re known for like Kaori’s ~Nee, Waratte~ to Sayu’s robo-voice and Mikitty’s really short stint as leader.  As for the song, it’s upbeat and cute and fits the mood.  Really sweet…wished it got a PV, honestly.

3. Hana ga Saku Taiyou Abite

Considering how mellow this mini-album is, I wasn’t expecting Morning Musume to drop an EDM song randomly here (considering it was released as a digital single after first performing at the H!P Winter Tour.  Actually some parts remind me of their recent track, “Jama Shinaide Here We Go!” but it makes sense since it is just the current Momusu singing here.  It’s a decent track, kind of surprised it wasn’t saved for a single instead of sticking out like a sore thumb on this anniversary album.

4. ENDLESS HOME

Curious to why Nacchi got the solo (probably because she was the first ace).  With Fukuchan & Odasaku helping as backups (though you really don’t hear much out of them), I was only thinking that it was going to be a remake of “Furusato”…but luckily that isn’t the case.  It’s a pretty relaxing ballad with some light synths and acoustic guitars.  I mean, I know it’s a Nacchi solo, but this feels more like something that belongs in Natsumi’s solo discography and not much in Momusu’s…I really wasn’t into it very much.

5. Otenki no Hi no Matsuri

Oh!  I see matsuri and think of festival music that’s fun and rambunctious.  What I wasn’t expecting was a more mellow effort that sounds kind of Western in arrangement and instrumentation.  I guess I should be happy this wasn’t an A-side to go along “Hana ga Saku Taiyou Abite”.  This feels like a leftover song from their most recent album but wouldn’t have worked because of all the EDM.  I actually am not sure about this one either…seems very vanilla, but at least there’s plenty solos to be had.

6. Tane wo Tsubasa (Wings of the Seed)

When I saw that the original members were getting a song to themselves titled this, I immediately knew that this would’ve been an answer song to their debut song, “Ai no Tane”.  Since the people who originally made that song came back, I thought this was an awesome circle back around.  It definitely has a certain charm about it and it really has some themes that pull from the song of the past, but overall, the song just sounds really nice and hearing Yuko, Kaori, Natsumi, Aya, and even Asuka together again just felt special and this song was a TREAT!!

7. Gosenfu no Tasuki

So back before “15 Thank you, too” released, Momusu kind of randomly dropped this song like a week beforehand and made me wonder why they didn’t they just throw it on the album as a last track.  I guess like “Otenki no Hi no Matsuri”, it really would’ve sound out of place.  While I had a long time to settle with this, I still can’t find much interest out of this ballad besides hearing Miki, Sakura, and Fukuchan having the lone solos.  There seems to be so many of these kind of songs in Momusu’s discography.  It’s definitely a song to be performed as a closer, but otherwise, not my kind of song.

8. Ai no Tane (20th Anniversary Ver.)

Closing the album and circling back around is Ai no Tane as its performed by the original members and current members.  The song didn’t get quite the changes that “Morning Coffee”, but slight instrumentation differences to make the tune sound up-to-date and what not.  When I first heard the preview, I was so happy to see Asuka return as she was the lone member to not have come back to singing with members since her graduation.  This was just nice and with Ai no Tane, it felt so right and the tune just still is breezy yet upbeat.

 

 

To kick H!Ps 20th Anniversary, Momusu released a mini-album and it was just interesting to see.  Hatachi no Morning Musume is alright, but it’s not a great album IMO.  Stuff like the updated Ai no Tane & Morning Coffee was to be expected, but the real treat was hearing the original 5 taking part in the celebrations was awesome and their track, Tane wo Tsubasa was a stand out.  The current Momusu only songs were a mixed bag.  Hana ga Saku is a great EDM song, but doesn’t quite fit this album, Otenki no Hi no Matsuri & Gosenfu no Tasuki unfortunately feel generic to me and if those 3 songs were to have been a single together…oh god no.  That leaves us with ENDLESS HOME which felt like a throwaway Nacchi B-side and WE ARE LEADERS! was a great way to bring them together.  I kind of wished more of the OG were brought in (I know some were dealing with kids but still Tsuji & Reina are on the Blu-ray performances…why couldn’t they take part?  Either way, this mini isn’t bad, but more could’ve been done.

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Morning Musume ’17 – ⑮ Thank you, too December 7, 2017

Filed under: Morning Musume — solarblade @ 2:10 am

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Track Listing

  1. Jealousy Jealousy (Album Version)
  2. Romance ni Mezameru Mousou Joshi no Uta
  3. CHO DAI
  4. Watashi no Nanni mo Wakacchanai
  5. Jama Shinaide Here We Go!
  6. Style of my love
  7. Narcissus Kamatte-chan Kyousoukyoku Dai 5ban
  8. Seishun Say A-HA
  9. Wakaindashi!
  10. Mou Gaman Dekinai wa ~Love ice cream~
  11. Dokyuu no Go Sign
  12. Koi wa Toki ni
  13. Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari (Morning Musume ’17 ver.)
  14. BRAND NEW MORNING
  15. Ai no Tane (20th Anniversary ver.)

1. Jealousy Jealousy (Album Version)

Opening the album is the secondary A-side from the single that kicked the era off (strange as there were more singles left off the album anyways),  Jealousy Jealousy.  Right from the start, I was curious to see what was so different between the album version and the single version but couldn’t quite tell initially.  I think the difference is that Maachan & Chiichan is included here which I mean in the long run doesn’t make too much of a difference.  Like literally it doesn’t feel like anything changed sadly.  Still, it’s a decent song and quite interesting they chose this to open the album instead of “BRAND NEW MORNING”.

2. Romance ni Mezameru Mousou Joshi no Uta

Funny enough, this song was the only song that hasn’t really been performed prior to the album’s release so having this song be the next track is curious.  The tune is aligned with more of the recent EDM tracks they’ve pulled off.  It’s a fun track and the chorus is a real cute one.  Reminds me a little of “Zenbu Owatta Kaerimichi” but with a stronger amount of electronics.  Decent!

3. CHO DAI

Seems like most of the album is once again laced with some kind of EDM.  The opening has this gritty bass synth and beats as well.  The tune is pretty interesting and I like the verses being all mysterious and whatnot.  I will say that some of those higher notes they land sound like they’d be difficult to do during live performances.  Unique song I’d say, definitely a cool song for them.

4. Watashi no Nanni mo Wakacchanai

GODDAMN FINALLY!!!  It feels like it took forever for this song to come out.  What I mean is is that this song was performed 2 years ago when both Riho Sayashi & Kanon Suzuki were still part of the group and before 13th/14th Gen entered the scene.  A lot of fans were clamoring for this one and I am so happy to see this on the album.  Though it’s no surprise that Riho and Zukki aren’t in the song (though Riho does some chorus parts here).  I’ve always loved this song and hearing it in full 320 is just an experience!  All of the members do end up with solos so it’s just awesome to hear.  This is just an epic song for them and this breath of relief is just welcoming (and closes this long ass wait!).

5. Jama Shinaide Here We Go!

Moving to one of the A-sides of the era, Jama Shinaide was pretty underneath expectations on the single just simply because this was the safe EDM track.  On the album, this song does pop out more, but it still kind of feels like it’s mixed in deep amongst the other tracks here.  Being as this is Chisaki’s debut with the group she had a bit of time here and she sounds like she fits in (but also feels like she could get lost with the other vocalists).  Overall, a decent song for the group.

6. Style of my love

So we have small grouping tracks to deal with on the album starting with Style of my love which was sung by Harunan, Odasaku, and Maria.  I was interested because I didn’t know how Sakura would handle to of the less powerful singers, but everyone seemed to handle it well.  I like the saxes in the arrangement and the tune is pretty Platinum era-like to me.  Surprising turn out and I enjoyed it a lot!

7. Narcissus Kamatte-chan Kyousoukyoku Dai 5ban

Next track and Narcissus is pretty similar to “Style of my love” with the glossy EDM synths and riffs and I’m ok with it here since it has a certain 90’s spark to it.  There’s some catchy parts, but some of the chords are a bit odd in transitions, but I’m OK with that overall.

8. Seishun Say A-HA

Another song that’s been performed for quite a while (not quite as ridiculous as “Watashi no Nanni mo Wakacchanai” but this was a while).  I kind of like the weird intro and the chanting chorus was a great to grab my attention.  The tune does feel a little empty in places and goofy in others and the bridge is funny to listen to as well up to the synths really take over.  I kind of dig it and it’s one of the more memorable tracks on the album!

9. Wakaindashi!

Surprised to see Duu’s graduation song make the album cut, but it was the best off that single so I’m not complaining here!  The whole tropical house feel I get from the song is refreshing and the whole sentimental feeling I get is just adorable.  Of course, Duu is all over the song with Akane, Maria, and Reina being secondary leads is just so cuuuute!  It’s a song that really makes me emotional and I love it for that…great track!

10. Mou Gaman Dekinai wa ~Love ice cream~

Next up is a track sung by Haruna O., Akane, Reina, and Kaede and I was quite worried because besides Kaedii all the other girls have weaker voices in comparison so I was slightly intrigued coming into this one.  It does feel like unlike other tracks on the album, this is more pop/rock which is a nice change of pace.  I love the atmosphere and the hooks are just impressive all around!  All 4 members really suit the song quite nicely.  What a cool song to have run into!

11. Dokyuu no Go Sign

Another A-side and another song where there’s a split between vocals & dance and it seems it’s just a nice segue between “Mou Gaman Dekinai wa” and “Koi wa Toki ni”.  Sung by Fukuchan, Maachan, Harunan, Odasaku, Akanechin, Haachin, Maria, and Miki, this song was wild and crazy and it’s been so long since the group has had a song like this up front and in your face.  I love the energy and all the members are quite keeping up with everything and it’s just so amazing to see.  I’m still thrown off by the bridge where it suddenly turns into this classical piece.  Otherwise, just a powerful song here!

12. Koi wa Toki ni

The rest of the members that haven’t been shuffled: Fukuchan, Eripon, Ayumi, Maachan, Duu, Miki, and Chiichan.  The song feels like an 80s new wave song mixed with some 90s tendency.  It’s a pretty straightforward song it sounds pretty in some places.  Makes me think of a happier and lighter “CHO DAI”.  Not bad, but I think this was the weakest one compared to the other 2 shuffle songs.

13. Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari (Morning Musume ’17 ver.)

It’s been quite a while, but here we are again with a new rendition of JKM (last time was done by a totally different set of girls back on “Rainbow 7”).  There’s just so much here to listen to but mostly because the group is so big these days!  Really it’s more of the same that we’ve heard those years ago (except for Miki who has an all English solo).  Still it’s a pretty fun song, although it can grow tiresome as it’s rather repetitive.

14. BRAND NEW MORNING

Not quite sure why it didn’t get the album treatment, but here we are with BRAND NEW MORNING and it still is quite a jam and a half.  The heavy march feel to the aggressive lyrics and cool verses and fun chorus just made a great song altogether.  Being this the debut for both Kaede and Reina was nice as well!  Odd placement being the last track and all, but still a great song!

15. Ai no Tane (20th Anniversary ver.)

So at the end of album we have an additional track, a remake of Momusu’s first song ever.  Though this is something different against the version that was released a month ago that featured the original 5 members.  This version is just the current members here but the same arrangement.  For what it’s worth I do think the version released with the original 5-nin is a lot more better than this take, it’s a nice update to a song that normally gets past over by “Morning Coffee” (hm…surprised “Morning Misoshiru” wasn’t on here).

Tracks Recommended

  • Watashi no Nanni mo Wakacchanai
  • BRAND NEW MORNING
  • Mou Gaman Dekinai wa ~Love ice cream~
  • Wakaindashi!
  • Seishun Say A-HA

Song of Avoidance

  • Koi wa Toki ni

It feels like forever but we finally got our new album from Morning Musume!  Being 3 years since “14shou ~The message~”, ⑮ Thank you, too was a lot of firsts for the group as the first album without Riho, Sayu, and Zukki and the first for 12th, 13th, and 14th Gens.  So there’s a lot of catching up to do.  For the most part, this album was pretty good with not a lot of songs that I would deem forgettable.  Though it does means that 15 A-sides are left without an album (a best album in the works?).  Overall a cool album and sad to see Duu graduate after this one.

 

Morning Musume ’17 – Jama Shinaide Here We Go!/Dokyuu no Go Sign/Wakaindashi! September 27, 2017

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Track Listing

  1. Jama Shinaide Here We Go!
  2. Dokyuu no Go Sign
  3. Wakaindashi!
  4. Jama Shinaide Here We Go! (Instrumental)
  5. Dokyuu no Go Sign (Instrumental)
  6. Wakaindashi! (Instrumental)

1. Jama Shinaide Here We Go!

Opening the single, we get Jama Shinaide Here We Go! with an intro from Harunan & Haachin before we actually kick the song off!  As this track in particular is here to sort of introduce the group’s newest member, Chisaki Morito, the tune does a fair job at showing her off on top of various other members getting a solo line here and there (hm did Kaede not get one???).  The track itself has this Colorful era feel mixed with one of the group’s earlier singles, “AS FOR ONE DAY” but synthy.  It’s different for the group, I can say that, not too interesting IMO though.  There’s something kind of low energy about it.

2. Dokyuu no Go Sign

At least with the 2nd A-side, things get a whole lot more energetic.  Actually, I was surprised how quick-paced and powerful the song went right from the opening.  It reminds me of “Koko ni Iruzee!” with the pop/rock yet super genki vibes I get.  However, not all is great as we have the singing group/dancing group shtick once again (like in “Oh my wish!” & “The Vision”).  This time it seems like Eripon, Duu, Ayumi, Yokoyan, Kaedii, and even new member Chiichan are sitting this song out.  Which is odd and shaky as the rest involved: (Fukuchan, Maachan, Harunan, Odasaku, Akanechin, Haachin, Maria, and Miki) are at the forefront here.  I love the energy and hearing the 12th Gen getting this push is great to see, but I wish the newer members had more chances to stand out.

3. Wakaindashi!

Since this single is also Duu’s final single, it comes to no surprise that at least one track would be centered around her and she’s leading all over the track.  Unlike the other two A-sides, this one is quite poppy, kind of like a happier “ENDLESS SKY”.  I have to admit that it is also my favorite off the single.  The song’s bright nature and boppy nature is just cute and Duu sounds amazing.  Though interesting that the 3 youngest members, (Akane, Reina, and Maria) got lines too!  Interesting song overall and really is a nice way to send Haruka off.  I will say those male ~heys~ are so distracting XD.

 

 

Oooph…is 2017 over yet?  Momusu has been dealing with quite a bit this year as it is.  This single marks the beginning of a new member (Chisaki) who is from…well…what was the active Country Girls but since been inactive and the girls (sans Yamakki & Ozeko) were put to different groups.  On top of this being Haruka Kudo’s final single before graduation.  Honestly, the single was OK, not their best, but certainly passable.  Wakaindashi! is the clear winner for me as it was breezy pop and celebrated Duu quite nicely.  Jama Shinaide was serious and slightly brooding, but it’s got some interesting things about it and Dokyuu no Go Sign was an exciting and fast track to really get behind…A little bummed that some members got forgotten on this single (Kaede & Eripon in particular).  Also WELCOME BACK Maachan!!!

 

Morning Musume ’17 – BRAND NEW MORNING/Jealousy Jealousy February 27, 2017

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Track Listing

  1. BRAND NEW MORNING
  2. Jealousy Jealousy
  3. Morning Misoshiru (SP Edition only)
  4. Get you! (SP Edition only)
  5. BRAND NEW MORNING (Instrumental)
  6. Jealousy Jealousy (Instrumental)

1. BRAND NEW MORNING

As the debut song for 13th Gen, BRAND NEW MORNING seems like it signifies that this is a shift for a new era since half of the 9th left.  As another EDM song to put in their discography, I feel like this one is a little bit different and a bit more aggressive than I thought it would be.  I also love the kind of powerful march-like atmosphere to the kind of Arabian-esque verses which was something unexpected from the group.  As for lines, you have the usual suspects like Duu, Sakura, and Fukuchan, but there’s also a good line for Eripon and of course solos for the 2 new girls; Kaede and Reina.  What I can say is that Yokoyan oddly reminds me of Zukki’s voice (deep and a smidge hoarse) and Kaedii well…a powerhouse.  It’s definitely a favorite of mine and a great debut for our new generation.  If you’re curious, Maachan is actually absent in the A-side (she’s on a break due to a herniated disc in her back).

2. Jealousy Jealousy

The other A-side is a bit more funk-laced with brass elements and strings!  I definitely wasn’t expecting this to be the other A-side, but it’s a nice break from the usual.  There’s still some EDM elements present, but not quite at the level of “BRAND NEW MORNING”.  Also it seems that 13th Gen are not quite as up front as the other track, but I’m fine with that!  I do like that it’s Ayumi, Miki, Sakura, and Mizuki at the front of the song and even better is that the track has some rapping sections (focusing most on Miki & Ayumi).  It’s a fun song and brings back so spice to the group!

3. Morning Misoshiru

So a little backstory, this was a song initially created to promote Miso soup in Japan (with all the members having a specific flavor, including Maachan who is actually in both B-sides of the single!).  Morning Misoshiru is essentially a remake of Momusu’s major debut, “Morning Coffee” but with one lyric changed in the choruses (which to me screams lazy).  The arrangement was also updated, but not very much.  To be fair, I do prefer the original over this one, but it’s mostly the vocals that kind of did it for me.  Still, it’s nice to hear Masaki’s voice after missing it in the A-sides.  Overall, it may be the beginning to celebrate the group’s 20th anniversary!

4. Get you!

Last but not least, we have the 2nd B-side and this one is pretty out of the blue.  Announced back on Christmas last year, the group was going to collaborate with Rino Sashihara from AKB48 for a song on their upcoming album, “Thumbnail”.  That said, the song is arranged by Akimoto which means the song might not be quite as exciting as it should be.  Though what’s interesting is that this is a “single version” so to speak as this one focuses more on the Morning Musume members.  I do think the group sounds decent, but at the same time I felt like because of the arrangement and overall feel, it almost feels a smidge generic.  Not all can be winners I guess…

Their first single of the year, Momusu did a pretty good job ushering in our new generation of girls Kaede Kaga & Reina Yokoyama.  BRAND NEW MORNING is more EDM, but it did focus on the new girls quite a bit and it’s just an interesting song all-around while Jealousy Jealousy is something different and focuses more on our existing members and pushes Miki quite a bit (like how “Sou Janai” did for Maria).  The lack of Masaki in the A-sides is a bit disappointing, but it’s for her to get healthy again and return!  As for the B-sides, it feels like they were kind of thrown in just to make the SP edition a thing to get.  Morning Misoshiru is just a smidge lazy and Get you! feels like a forgettable AKB song (doesn’t help that Akimoto had arranged it…).  I’m sure it feels like the group may release a best album due to the 20th anniversary going on…and BOY ARE THEY DUE FOR AN ALBUM of sorts…

 

Morning Musume ’16 – Sexy Cat no Enzetsu/Mukidashi de Mukiatte/Sou Janai November 21, 2016

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Track Listing

  1. Sexy Cat no Enzetsu
  2. Mukidashi de Mukiatte
  3. Sou Janai
  4. Sexy Cat no Enzetsu (Instrumental)
  5. Mukidashi de Mukiatte (Instrumental)
  6. Sou Janai (Instrumental)

1. Sexy Cat no Enzetsu

Opening the single, we have Sexy Cat which stirred up some speculations at how “sexy” the song would actually come off and this song is more playful than anything else.  As usual, the saxophones really add some depth to the song and interestingly enough it works with Sakura, Fukuchan, and Duu (who are the leads of the song).  It’s a pretty cool song and just hearing the group is making all kinds of happy.  I will say the trio of leads are pretty impressive overall and the rest of the members pull their weight.

2. Mukidashi de Mukiatte

The 2nd A-side (the last revealed), Mukidashi is pretty much straight up EDM for them, but unlike past endeavors, I think the arrangers wanted to keep things a bit more simplistic and straightforward and honestly, it worked for them.  Each of the members have a solo line somewhere (except Haachel for some reason).  Even though I don’t have much to say about it, I really enjoyed the track the most of the single…a great dance track for the group to have!

3. Sou Janai

I guess you can say that the 3rd A-side is also classified as an EDM song, but the song is a little more focused on members here, specifically Maria who is the lead of the track means it’s also the first where a 12th Gen members actually has spotlight in a song!  Duu, Fukuchan, Ayumi, Odasaku, and Maachan also have lines throughout so it’s not all just her.  The song itself is growing on me and Maria sounds good (finally training is paying off).

As the last release as Momusu ’16, I feel this single did a whole lot better than their last single by giving us some exciting tracks and some spotlight on members who haven’t really been getting any.  I do think the space from Riho and Zukki has been covered for now and with the future really pointing towards a 13th Gen, I can oly wonder what’s in store for 2017

 

Engeki Joshi-bu Musical “Zoku 11-nin Iru! Higashi no Chihei, Nishi no Towa” Original Soundtrack (FULL) October 6, 2016

Filed under: Morning Musume — solarblade @ 3:12 am

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Track Listing

  1. Ai no Kotoba
  2. Higashi no Chihei, Nishi no Towa
  3. Otomodachi ni Naritai!
  4. Higashi no Chi Aritosca Le
  5. Nishi no Chi Aritosca La
  6. Tsuyoki Kuni wo Motemete
  7. Sensou ga Hajimaru
  8. Tsumetai Kaze
  9. Baceska wo Korose!
  10. Mayoi no Mori
  11. Bokura no Shinnen
  12. Nani mo Kataru na
  13. Ou no Tsutome
  14. Suki Dakara……
  15. Teki wo Ute!
  16. Maya no Hi

1. Ai no Kotoba

Ahhh it seems the mini single, features all three tracks on the EAST version of the OST.  As this version stayed the same, this is definitely where Ayumi leads the song before Duu comes in and joins.  It’s a nice ballad and has a grand middle, but as the opening track, it is a tad bit short.  The WEST version changes things up by being Duu and Sakura singing together…interesting change.

2. Higashi no Chihei, Nishi no Towa

So here we are with another song from the small single and this one is marked as the theme of the stageplay.  I’m really like the ominous arrangement that gives this adventuring feel.  I do love the bongos and then the vocals gelling together to make it a really powerful theme.  The two versions here really don’t sound that different (but I assume the roles and voices are moved around, but that’s the case for the WHOLE album).  Overall, might not be the best title track from OSTs but it’s good enough.

3. Otomodachi ni Naritai!

Finally getting to songs I haven’t heard, my first thoughts were that this song is reminding me of some stuff from “LILIUM”.  The kind of folksy arrangement and bouncy arrangement wasn’t helping any.  It’s cute and such, but nothing that really sticks out to me.

4. Higashi no Chi Aritosca Le

Something about this musical’s feel right now makes me think of Medieval times.  This track continues to feel a bit folksy.  It does feel like no one gets solos in the song which is a surprising fact as this is a bit more serious sounding than other tracks.  HOWEVER, the WEST version of the song is definitely a bit more impressive as it makes it a bit more danceable and bright in comparison (the few differences between the two discs).

5. Nishi no Chi Aritosca La

It seems this is another song that’s different between the two discs.  The EAST version is a bit more stripped down to basics with light tam-tams and acoustic guitar which gives it this kind of mystical and enchanting arrangement (though strings to join in after a while).  It’s a simple track overall and I quite liked it.  The WEST version is a bit more dreamy because it has flute and piano as its main instruments.  While the former is Sakura-led, this is Ayumi-led and it’s interesting to say the least.  I do prefer the EAST version, but this is pretty as well!

6. Tsuyoki Kuni wo Motomete

Is that Maasa at the beginning?  She sounds so evil in this track and I appreciate it since she’s gotten better at singing through these Engeki Joshi-bu performances.  The tune does kind of break moods with the squeakier vocals, but after their quick disappearance the song just marches on and ends.  The WEST version does make the speaking voices less shrill so it’s the preferred version if anything!

7. Sensou ga Hajimaru

The OST continues and with Sensou ga Hajimaru does move back to the folksy sounds but it’s a little more upbeat.  To me it just kind of goes by with me not remembering too much as it’s straightforward and there’s no solo lines to be found.  The WEST cut doesn’t feel like it changes much except the vocals.  Overall, it’s just not a song that really sticks out.

8. Tsumetai Kaze

Our next track definitely screams like it’s from “LILIUM”.  I really like the deep vocalist here, but I’m not quite sure who it is as it doesn’t sound like Maasa really.  The dramatic track does have a deeper sound and some underlying electric guitar too.  Besides the voice, the tune just doesn’t stick out either.

9. Baceska wo Korose!

Each track makes it feel like a song I heard in “LILIUM” which is starting to slightly bother me.  Baceska wo Korose! does have some good movement and the electric guitars give push on top of the beating drums.  Maasa though sounds wild and it’s shockingly great to hear!  I also like the fact that it’s a full length track (passing 4 minutes).  Pretty heavy track and interesting how it flows (the WEST version had either little changes or none though).

10. Mayoi no Mori

Things calm down slightly for the ballad, Mayoi no Mori which is a solo for Sakura mostly (Ayumi in the WEST version).  Initially, the song is quiet and empty with just piano but it does grow a bit towards its peak with strings and a similar dramatic feel like the previous tracks.  It’s a tad short and the interspersed dialogue throws things off.  It’s alright, but nothing ultimately special.

11. Bokura no Shinnen

Of course vocals are splitting once again in both versions of the song but it does feel Haruka, Sakura, and Ayumi have the leading roles.  It sounds powerful and with the arrangement (while not jaw-dropping) fits this whole dramatic phase even up to the end with the yells.  It’s definitely nice to hear but a lot of this OST so far has been striking with its emoting.

12. Nani mo Kataru na

So another dramatic-like ballad follows with Haruka (Fukuchan on the WEST) and unlike “Bokura no Shinnen” this one lacked a lot of power and emotion and it just felt like it was going through the emotions.  So to me, it just felt blah and forgetful.

13. Ou no Tsutome

Wow, I really like Mizuki’s deep vocals that open Ou no Tsutome as it suits this rather forboding ballad.  At least it really fits the song and just sounds grandiose and powerful and while Ayumi does try her hardest on the WEST cut, it just doesn’t feel as believable as Fukuchan’s cut.  Interesting track.

14. Suki Dakara……

Finally we get to our 3rd track from the preview single and as I said it’s a duet between Haruka & Sakura, but that’s the WEST cut which is surprising since EAST is Haruka & Ayumi.  Either way, the song is still pretty decent and not much else to say at this point since it’s repeating from the last couple of tracks.

15. Teki wo Ute!

After the crazy amount of ballads we’ve had, Teki wo Ute! picks things up with a little more dramatic as seen from the middle of the OST.  I actually couldn’t tell who was singing solos between the two, but I like how she (they) powered through the song with such brevity.  It’s pretty strong, but I feel like at this point, I’ve already heard this somewhere else…

16. Maya no Hi

The final track of the OST, I really love the intro with the flute and sad feeling.  Though after that it kind of runs the same path as various other songs on the album on top of just simply vocal differences between the two versions.  So sadly, as the final track, I felt this was a weak closing and just didn’t stick out at all.

Tracks Recommended

  • Higashi no Chi Aritosca Le (WEST only)
  • Baceska wo Korose!
  • Nishi no Chi Aritosca La (EAST only)
  • Teki wo Ute!
  • Bokura no Shinnen

Song of Avoidance

  • Nani mo Kataru na

Finally, we have the full OST from Momusu’s recent stageplay!  Though while the single gave me some interest to see what the hubbub was with this OST, it’s definitely not from its music to be quite honest.  It feels like I was treading the same grounds as “LILIUM” did a couple years ago with the dark and broody atmosphere and yet striking arrangements.  Sadly the ballads were just one too many for me and a lot of the second half was putting me to sleep.  Add on that there was two cuts of the same tracklists and I just couldn’t be bothered with many of the songs.  Good idea, but could’ve had some better made tracks.

 

 

Morning Musume ’16 – Engeki Joshi-bu Musical “Zoku 11-nin Iru! Higashi no Chihei, Nishi no Towa” Original Soundtrack June 27, 2016

Filed under: Morning Musume — solarblade @ 3:14 pm

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Track Listing

  1. Ai no Kotoba
  2. Higashi no Chihei, Nishi no Towa
  3. Suki Dakara..

1. Ai no Kotoba

The single opens with Ayumi singing along with a simple piano arrangement.  It’s quite nice to hear her singing a lot less forceful and in turn ends with a pleasant tone.  Then Haruka actually shows up and starts to sing and she’s got the husky voice going on and it sounds like a stark difference between each other.  Simple track, but it’s OK I suppose.

2. Higashi no Chihei, Nishi no Towa

As the theme of the stageplay, Higashi no Chihei, Nishi no Towa, I figured that it was going to be a lot more grandiose than the other two tracks of the single and it has a powerful sound to it, especially since Ayumi, Haruka, and Sakura have leads in through the track.  Of the three, I was impressed the most out of this one!

3. Suki Dakara..

So the 3rd track is a duet between Sakura and Haruka and already it’s got a little more oomph going on than in “Ai no Kotoba” that’s for sure.  There’s a low-lying beat to it with a flowing piano/strings melody going on.  I’m really liking Sakura here a lot as she puts a lot of strong power behind her lines.  Add on the melodic tones Duu adds here and it just sounds great!

 

 

I really hope there’ll be a fuller OST down the line because the single made me want more from this stageplay.  Higashi no Chihei, Nishi no Towa & Suki Dakara.. left me hoping that a lot more of the songs in the play are just as grand and powerful!  Ai no Kotoba is the weak link here, but it does show that Ayumi is getting better at handling soft songs overall.  As a whole, it’s decent, but I want more…