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moumoon – NEWMOON March 12, 2019

Filed under: moumoon — solarblade @ 4:42 am

newmoon

Track Listing

  1. Yui Tsumuni
  2. Catharsis
  3. One Time
  4. LED
  5. Hitotsu Dake,
  6. Watashitachi wa, Hikari wo Erabou
  7. Afureru Hikari
  8. I can fly high
  9. Dream in Paris
  10. Heartbeat
  11. Kin no Sabaku, Gin no Hoshizora
  12. Eternal
  13. Love Song
  14. Yes
  15. Love, unbreakable

1. Yui Tsumuni

Opening the album, a nice strings melody kicks things off and I find myself kind of liking the tone of the song already!  YUKA does sound a bit more alive in this song and her voice is as fluffy as it has been.  It really does remind me of the most back to basics sound they began with as a duo.  That said, its simplicity made it quite cute and refreshing…definitely a nice track to kick things off.

2. Catharsis

At first I was kind of wondering if there was going to be more fluff like what happened on “Flyways”, but YUKA sings Catharsis in a lower tone in its verses before lightening up and the tune brightens up.  Kind of reminding me of a BONNIE PINK song (well, many of them).  Actually, this song is rather catchy too and I think YUKA pulled off a better performance here.

3. One Time

Kind of an interesting tidbit for this album, all of the songs that are bolded are because all of those songs were released in compilations they did through the last couple of months.  Though it seems all those exclusive tracks made the album’s tracklist.  One Time is one of those tracks and this one definitely gives me slight “Flyways” feels, but it also sounds a bit like the previous two tracks with its main acoustic pop sound.  Not bad, but not memorable either.

4. LED

The last of the new songs, LED is quite the oddball song of the 3 new songs mostly because it’s a little more electronic than the others (something I’ve kind of missed for a while from moumoon).  It’s also a bit complex of a song which is a nice change of pace.  It might’ve been Masaki’s musicality, but I definitely dug this song even if it does feel longer than it actually is!

5. Hitotsu Dake,

So the remainder of the album are songs that were previous released, but considering I never got any of those compilations, they’re all new to me.  Hitotsu Dake, is kind of harkening back to when moumoon did cuter songs like “moonlight” and the like.  YUKA’s light and airy vocals really suit that soft-spoken vibe it gives.  Not bad and I’m happy the duo brought this sound back.

6. Watashitachi wa, Hikari wo Erabou

Next up, we have another acoustically driven pop tune with Watashitachi wa, Hikari wo Erabou and it’s a bit more progressive than the previous ones I’ve heard so far and this also reminds me of moumoon of yore which is a nice throwback and YUKA sounds pleasant and a bit stronger in the vocal department as well!  I was definitely surprised by this one and its an early favorite here!

7. Afureru Hikari

This song was actually also released as a digital single (before this Four Seasons compilation release happened).  At first, I was expecting a ballad out of this one, but it quickly builds itself to a rather upbeat pop track with piano/strings tacked on to it and I was surprised as it reminds me of stuff like “DREAMER DREAMER” and I kind of enjoyed the feels of this…even more than with “Watashitachi wa, Hikari wo Erabou”!

8. I can fly high

Then we run into I can fly high which begins by YUKA singing pretty calmly and positively like the song would suggest.  It does feel a bit minimal compared to other songs on here, but it has this kind of dreamscape vibe (like songs from “No Night Land” actually).  The song is OK, but doesn’t quite reach the levels of the previous two tracks.

9. Dream in Paris

With the jingling bells and wintry tone, Dream in Paris is definitely from “winter moon” and it shows it blatantly as the song sounds a LOT like other moumoon songs they’ve done with this in mind.  It’s got a boppy vibe to it and screams Christmas to me, but I’ve kind of liked their wintry songs and while this might not be their strongest one, the tune does a good job of sticking to me!

10. Heartbeat

Another synth heavy track comes in this way with Heartbeat and this one takes pages from stuff like “Yes/No Continue?” and “Love is Everywhere” by being upbeat and poppy with the synth beats and arrangement from Masaki.  I was happy to see a song like this one the album as I craved this on the last album and didn’t receive it.  It’s catchy and really sticks out to me (like “cocoon” did).

11. Kin no Sabaku, Gin no Hoshizora

After the peppiness of the previous track, I was mildly surprised to see that they’d slow things down for Kin no Sabaku, Gin no Hoshizora for another minimalistic approach here.  Though I’m happy things can a bit more interesting in its chorus, but it definitely once again gives me “Flyways” vibes which I didn’t truly care for too much.  I do like the verses though…but that chorus is just bland to me.

12. Eternal

Another synth track?  I kind of enjoy whenever moumoon decides to experiment, but Eternal is something else completely…working with abstract time signatures and just an otherworldly sound overall.  I am rather curious to know what was behind creating this song because it’s unique and just interesting even if the rhythm is obscure and hard to follow sometimes.

13. Love Song

After that, things seem to go back to normal with Love Song which goes back to the pop/rock vibes that songs from like “LOVE before we DIE” & “PAIN KILLER” mostly had and Love Song is kind of a bit more sullen and straightforward for me.  Not the strongest track off the album, but this is pretty middle-of-the-road.

14. Yes

Ohh the glossy synths that open Yes caught my attention because this is the track before the final one and Yes is kind of cool and slick of a pop track.  It gives me some 80’s nostalgia, but then the chorus is just fluttery and light and just puts me in a good place!  I’m not quite sure why but despite not being a hard dance track, it’s just enough to get me to sway and move with it.  YUKA sounds sweet too, even if she spends most of the song in the higher registers of her voice.

15. Love, unbreakable

As the final track for the album, Love, unbreakable kind of ends the same way it opens with an acoustic pop track with a nice beat behind it.  After “Yes”, jumping back to YUKA’s more middle range is nice and relaxing.  Like I said with “Catharsis”, I feel BONNIE PINK in this setting and I enjoyed it…but I think I like the former better.  Still, a very nice way to close things out!

Tracks Recommended

  • Yes
  • Heartbeat
  • Afureru Hikari
  • Eternal
  • Catharsis

Song of Avoidance

  • One Time

Doesn’t seem too long since “Flyways” was it?  Well, we’re finally here with NEWMOON and boy was it a much better album than the aforementioned by a long shot.  With a lot of variety to be found here, NEWMOON’s best assets definitely came from that and pulling from their different albums for a kind of best-of sound-wise.  Though, it is worth mentioning that 4/5 of the album is considered old material (by that a couple months), but at least these are on a physical disc now and not just digital-only.  So overall, NEWMOON is a pretty good album overall…sadly Masaki has taken a hiatus, so I wonder what will come next for YUKA!

 

moumoon – Flyways July 7, 2018

Filed under: moumoon — solarblade @ 6:15 am

flyways

Track Listing

  1. Flyways
  2. Serendipitous
  3. Triangle
  4. BIG FISH
  5. Koe
  6. Let it shine
  7. Circulation
  8. Yasashii Yami
  9. Reflection
  10. Hana Saku Basho
  11. Heart
  12. Hikari no Kage

1. Flyways

As the title track to open the album, Flyways feels like a nice organic first track with a nice acoustic-based sound with some bass and YUKA’s pleasant vocals that fly throughout the track.  I always seem to appreciate her singing in English a lot more than she did before (kind of reminds me of BONNIE PINK in a way).  Solid song to open the album!

2. Serendipitous

More of the same continues with Serendipitous but the song is a bit more alive and active in a way?  The arrangement keeps the acoustic guitar for the most part and the bass isn’t quite in the forefront as it is in “Flyways”.  Not quite sure if I like YUKA’s higher range in this one.  Does remind me of something back in their early days, but not quite sure.

3. Triangle

At least it feels like there’s a different sound for our next track.  The tune feels a bit more busier with some other instrumentation filling the holes of the song and I welcome the slight tribal-like instrument in the background with piano at the front.  Still not quite an energetic track for me, but at least its a shift after the previous two tracks.

4. BIG FISH

Not surprised that the only CAPS song is also the longest track off the album (over 6 minutes), BIG FISH seems to pull us back into the breezy acoustic pop sound.  YUKA of course is also singing in a higher register and alongside this dream-like state of a song, it’s kind of relaxing in a way, but that said, 6 minutes of a song like this might be stretching it too far and for me it kind of makes me lose focus.  Just went a little too long for me.

5. Koe

Slowing down, Koe seems to be a ballad for the album and right from the start YUKA opens with a nice English line with some piano.  Koe though kind of stays in the same place for its entirety, though there’s some sprinkling of some other instruments (and bass).  I do like how it grows into a bigger song and it’s like they kept the dreamscape vibe that “BIG FISH” was doing but the song is more easier to digest.  Better, but still makes me a bit sleepy.

6. Let it shine

As one of two digital singles moumoon released back in 2017, Let it shine slows things down even more by giving us a straight up piano ballad.  Well, as I thought, like “Koe” does grow into more of a piano/strings/synth ballad towards the end.  You can easily tell, the later half pleases me more than anything else, but damn the first half was just sleep-inducing.  YUKA though sounds great (she has been so far all on this album, to be honest).

7. Circulation

Oh hey, is this where we might get some fun?  Circulation is the first track on the album I heard a constant thumping beat with Masaki chiming in singing along with YUKA.  Though not quite the level that “cocoon” brought with its EDM-ish feel, it’s like a light EDM that fuses up with the light acoustic pop sound moumoon is striving for with this album.  Not bad, but so far…it may be the best the album is offering.

8. Yasashii Yami

Even more slight experimenting with Yasashii Yami with a smidge more focus on synths and beats here.  The tone of the song remains light and flowing like the album has been, but the interesting synthwork caught me by surprise.  The synth melody doesn’t budge through the song which can become repetitive, but I feel YUKA’s soft vocals keeps you going.  It’s unique, but I feel like it doesn’t quite live up to some of the standards moumoon has put up.

9. Reflection

Why does Reflection at the start remind me of “I’m Scarlet” with the acoustic melody?  Anyways, this track definitely has this night time charm about it (like “moonlight”, but not as romantically tied).  I kind of liked this though and YUKA’s vocals just once again makes me happy to hear, but this time its to an arrangement that I liked on the album!

10. Hana Saku Basho

Unfortunately things don’t quite bode quite as well with Hana Saku Basho which is straight up a piano/strings ballad with not too much to keep it above water for me.  It’s just painfully plain and typical sounding to me and even YUKA has a little vocal filtering, but not enough to do much.  It’s just a blah song.  Though I’m surprised it was a digital single released with “Hikari no Kage”…

11. Heart

At least moumoon has a cutesy song to throw on the album.  Not quite sure what it’s all about but the bouncy, repetitive nature of the song is interesting at first, but then the song is still within the lines of the piano-heavy arrangement.  YUKA sounds playful and cute though and whatnot, but it’s such an odd song to put towards the album…

12. Hikari no Kage

Closing the album, the oldest song (released digitally last year), Hikari no Kage starts off quietly with YUKA and strings and it just builds as the song goes on.  Though it makes for a good closing, the song itself just kind of wraps the album up in once more without much of the song sticking to me.

Tracks Recommended

  • Circulation
  • Yasashii Yami
  • Flyways

Song of Avoidance

  • Hana Saku Basho

If there was one word to describe the album, it’s that it’s boring.  Like the first half was reminding me of their early works, but the 2nd half was a little more experimental, but altogether, it lacks the energy of their last couple of albums, I mean there wasn’t a bop to be found or a song that has that emotional boom like what I was expecting moumoon to have, but Flyways was just one soundscapey borefest to me.  It might be my least favorite album from them yet x.x

 

moumoon – It’s Our Time August 21, 2015

Filed under: moumoon — solarblade @ 5:26 am

itsourtime

Track Listing

  1. It’s Our Time
  2. Never look back
  3. IROIRO
  4. I’m Scarlet
  5. Eclipse
  6. Fight Back
  7. cocoon
  8. ICE CANDY
  9. WATASHINOSUBETE
  10. BF
  11. Hello, shooting-star
  12. It’s Our Time (English version) (CD only)

1. It’s Our Time

~We’re all set to have fun~ yeah that’s a really nice and straightforward way to open the album.  The tune is a bit strange because it starts with a lack of bass before YUKA comes in for the first verse and that’s when we finally get it.  I just think it’s a quirky little tune and has its moments, but there’s some better songs from the duo out there.

2. Never look back

Onto the next track, Never look back focuses a little more on Masaki’s acoustic sound and I do tend to like this kind of track.  The chorus does open up to a more synth-centric sound (ala “It’s Our Time”), but I do like the bright sound and YUKA once again sounds chirpy and effervescent altogether and I always enjoy that from her.

3. IROIRO

I feel like moumoon is just trying to be happy-go-lucky (like “SPARK”) with this album so far.  IROIRO is kind of like the previous track but taking a more piano-laced direction (alongside the acoustic guitar).  Add the sparkling sounds from “DREAMER DREAMER” and you basically get this laidback track.  Not bad, but YUKA is in her higher register for majority of it.

4. I’m Scarlet

As the 1st single represented from the album, I’m Scarle was an actual decent track when I first reviewed it.  I’m slightly still melting from this song because it was such a good, relaxing track.  After “IROIRO” though, the light atmosphere is slightly stretching, but I do love the song’s chorus because it just kind of wakes me up and YUKA sings in a stronger tone (and that kind of call and response direction)…still a great song!

5. Eclipse

Then things come to a slow pace with our next track, Eclipse.  This track starts off with some light piano (and other instrumentation) to YUKA’s ethereal voice adding in the spacing between the piano.  It’s a slightly haunting ballad, but the chorus kind of shakes off the dust and adds drums which kind of took out the feeling I got from the verses.  Basically, the verses are amazing while the chorus is somewhat disappointing.

6. Fight Back

With such an aggressive title, I wasn’t sure what I was getting into, but the song is actually an EDM track and strangely I hear both YUKA and Masaki singing together with this really interesting synth melody (and beat).  It’s a simple sounding track, but it’s mesmerizing…just a dreamy vocal melody mixed with electro…is interesting (plus that bridge) that was pretty cool and something I haven’t heard moumoon do.  Cool song overall!

7. cocoon

Seems the EDM continues onto cocoon which is set up to be a stronger club-friendly song and I’m enjoying that moumoon are finally trying new ideas for their songs.  It’s a really cool setting and hearing YUKA do some interesting things (like a speak/rap section and singing in a stronger tone through some parts).  I just found this track epic and sticks out on the album in a REALLY good way.

8. ICE CANDY

This seems really weird that the duo decided to include ICE CANDY (the only new song from their best album…of the same name).  It’s a lot like the stuff featured on that album (mostly takes ideas from “LOVE before we DIE”) with the kind of pop/rock mixed with synths and such.  I wasn’t a big fan of this song mostly because it kind of faded into the album which had some many similar songs.  On this album though, it seems strange to put it after “cocoon” but for some reason I’m able to recall it better here.  It’s a filler track though.

9. WATASHINOSUBETE

As the last new track, I was expecting a little more from a song titled in all caps and no spaces xD.  What we did end up with an acoustic ballad that made “Eclipse” sound stronger and more fulfilled.  YUKA’s voice is nice and the light backing instrumentation tries to lift the song from boredom, but I was just snoozing here.

10. BF

Interesting that they’d only include one B-side here and it’s from the A-side that closes the album.  I find its placement just a tad weird, especially after “WATASHINOSUBETE”, but I could’ve seen it towards the album or even more after “ICE CANDY”.  Sadly, while I did enjoy it on the single, I think it’s just forgetful here because there’s other good happy songs.

11. Hello, shooting-star

The album closes out with Hello, shooting-star and it’s lullaby-esque arrangement is really sweet and relaxing to listen to, but at this point I kind of lost interest in the album and this song had trouble picking me up as the final song.

12. It’s Our Time (English version)

I’m not sure why this was necessary when the song was 80% in English.  It’s the same arrangement and same lyrics except for those small parts where YUKA was singing in Japanese.  Though, I suppose it could be nice to have around for completionists.

Tracks Recommended

  • cocoon
  • Fight Back
  • I’m Scarlet
  • Never look back

Song of Avoidance

  • WATASHINOSUBETE

Ahhh, moumoon’s 6th album just turned out a lot like how I felt with “LOVE before we DIE”.  What I mean the great songs were basically the ones recommended, but the rest was kind of plain and just normal moumoon fare.  I was expecting a little better, but meh overall.

 

moumoon – Hello, shooting-star March 5, 2015

Filed under: moumoon — solarblade @ 8:23 pm

helloshootingstar

Track Listing

  1. Hello, shooting-star
  2. BF

1. Hello, shooting-star

Ahhhh, how relaxing is moumoon sometimes, they just make sweet slow songs and even if recently they’ve been more upbeat, it’s great to see the duo go back to something light and slow such as Hello, shooting-star.  I love the pacing here and it’s just nice to hear YUKA’s voice lulling me to a calm state of mind in songs like these.  Add on Masaki’s acoustic guitar lines and it’s just a simple, but pleasant overall tune.

2. BF

Then of course we have an opposite with the B-side and BF is a more upbeat giving from them.  The fact that the song is about best friends and the friendship in between two people is so cute and it helps that YUKA is singing the song entirely in English which adds that bit of sheer cuteness here.  More adorable than the A-side that’s for sure lol!

 

 

moumoon’s 2nd single in this era was pretty simple, yet so cute and so them overall.  Hello, shooting-star is a nice and dreamy tune that still continues to show that the duo can really make ballads all their own and it was a cute and relaxing song.  BF on the other hand amped up on the cute factor by singing about friendships and the like…maybe a little too sugary cute, but moumoon’s cute songs have mostly rode on that line of cute and too cute.  It’ll be interesting to see what they’re next album will turn out to be like.

 

moumoon – I’m Scarlet August 27, 2014

Filed under: moumoon — solarblade @ 4:02 am

im scarlet

Track Listing

  1. I’m Scarlet
  2. Akai Telecaster
  3. I’m Scarlet (instrumental)
  4. Akai Telecaster (instrumental)

1. I’m Scarlet

Wow, didn’t think moumoon would be back so quickly after “ICE CANDY”.  The leading song I’m Scarlet is one of their more softer sung songs and I personally think it’s a nice change from their poppy songs they’ve been releasing.  I really like the relaxing atmosphere of the tune and YUKA sounds really pretty as usual, especially in the chorus where she does a call and response kind of thing and one side is mostly English ^_^.  Overall, it’s a definite nice song from the duo and was happy it was the A-side.

2. Akai Telecaster

On the other hand, we have Akai Telecaster which is kind of their poppier side which made sense to have and was nice to know it was relegated to not being the main song here.  I personally couldn’t remember this song much though since while it’s more upbeat than “I’m Scarlet”, it just seemed to lack something like excitement and a direction.  The chorus is rather catchy, but it still doesn’t leave much of an impression.

 

 

Like I said I wasn’t expecting the duo to release a single so soon after their best album.  With I’m Scarlet it was a pretty neat mid-tempo track with some beautiful melodies in it.  I really found myself just enjoying what we got.  Akai Telecaster though felt a little lifeless and didn’t stand out amongst the other upbeat tunes.  Wondering what moumoon will pull for the future releases.

 

moumoon – Jewel June 2, 2014

Filed under: moumoon — solarblade @ 5:08 am

jewel

Track Listing

  1. Jewel
  2. Super Sweet Spring Medley
  3. Jewel (instrumental)

1. Jewel

I was surprised moumoon released a single so soon after “LOVE before we DIE”, but here we are with Jewel.  To me, the song kind of has this certain “PAIN KILLER” sound with the clapping beats and guitarwork.  I’m enjoying the different ideas they throw in the song for sure and YUKA does a pretty good job keeping up with the different beats and keeping the happy energy going.  I was actually enjoying the song a lot!

2. Super Sweet Spring Medley

  • “Love is Everywhere”
  • Sunshine Girl
  • Chu Chu
  • Bon Appetit
  • Emerald no Oka
  • LOVE before we DIE
  • Tomodachi / Koibito
  • moonlight

What is it with moumoon and medleys?  Well at least I didn’t have to search what songs were used and it seems it’s mostly the popular songs that are actually involved here.  Granted, it’s a long medley with nice transitions into the next song.  Still, I just can’t get the fact that most of these tracks are going to be on “ICE CANDY” so this is kind of more of a digest for a best album…

 

 

As the lone single coming before the duo’s first best album, “ICE CANDY” I think Jewel missed the mark.  Granted, I love Jewel for what it is and makes a great A-side, but I think their could’ve been more to the single besides a medley (since moumoon has done them many times before as it is).  I think there could’ve been more to this single.  BTW, I’m really disappointed on ICE CANDY, seriously…only songs that were released after “Sunshine Girl”? *sigh*

 

moumoon – LOVE before we DIE February 11, 2014

Filed under: moumoon — solarblade @ 7:19 am

lovebeforewedie

Track Listing

  1. Emerald no Oka
  2. I Say You Say I ♥ You
  3. Baby Goodbye
  4. Will you?
  5. Yesterday today and Tomorrow (Mukiryoku Doumei Shoubonnu)
  6. Butterfly Boyfriend
  7. IN THE END
  8. memento
  9. Everyday
  10. LOVE before we DIE
  11. Lovin’ You (bonus track)
  12. Memories (bonus track)

1. Emerald no Oka

Starting the album, we have the first of a couple digital singles that were released (yeah, no physical singles represent the album >.>).  Things start off quick paced with Emerald no Oka but it also sounds almost experimental mixed with moumoon’s normal style.  I’m also loving YUKA’s energy in the song, it’s refreshing and just has interesting parts to it.  Interesting but a good way to begin the album.

2. I Say You Say I ♥ You

Another digital single released, but it was like shortly before the album did.  I Say You Say I ♥ You definitely has a certain “PAIN KILLER” vibe to it which is nice to hear.  YUKA’s voice is on the higher register for a good portion and she handled it well.  I actually found the song to be a bit more enjoyable than the opening song.  Definitely one of the album’s shining moments!

3. Baby Goodbye

Into some actual new songs, Baby Goodbye tones things down to more of a mid-tempo pop/rock track that actually kind of sounds slightly bland to my ears but I love how YUKA’s singing sounds playful a bit and she sounds stronger than the previous tracks.  I don’t know why but this song just kind of flew over my head.

4. Will you?

Moving on, we go into Will you? and it’s more of the same, but this one has a little more fire in its furnace being a tad bit more dramatic and aggressive.  I will say YUKA is pushing for them high notes all over this song and it kind of actually bothered me a tad.  I think it would’ve been better had she sung in her lower register rather than what we got.

5. Yesterday today and Tomorrow (Mukiryoku Doumei Shoubonnu)

It seems the next track is rather cutesy and I loved hearing YUKA singing in the song because she adds a really nice child-like atmosphere but also keeps it pleasant to listen to.  Oddly enough, it sounds like a Vanessa Carlton song almost with it’s chilled out feel, but poppy feel.  It’s nice but like “Baby Goodbye”, it also flew over my head.

6. Butterfly Boyfriend

I was wondering when the album would pickup again and I think Butterfly Boyfriend might be the song to do that.  It’s also another song that sounds really cute with a constant synth boop that acts as the backbone of the song.  I get kind of dejavu moments to “moonlight” when I’m listening to the song, but I love the synths the most especially when they go up and down in a wave motion.  It’s a really nice song and brought my attention back after the last few songs.

7. IN THE END

What a random intro to our next track, IN THE END.  I like the fact that YUKA is singing under some vocal filters for some of the song as it calls for a little more of that 80s punk sound almost and it’s got a catchy beat to it lol.  Though I could deal with less of the ~la, la, la, la-ing~ that’s going on as it feels so hokey and almost could’ve been a good chorus had it not gone in that direction.  I’m kind of uncertain about this song at the moment…plus it fades out to where it’s only YUKA and who I think is Kousuke singing alongside as it closes out…hmmm.

8. memento

I was wondering when we’d get that very atmospheric moumoon song and it turns out that we get that in memento and OMG it’s pretty!  I love the arrangement about it and hearing YUKA sound so ethereal and spacey is just pretty.  Though you have to go through 1:30 of spoken dialogue before YUKA starts to sing.  The synths kind of go to the wayside and the song is primarily YUKA, piano, cello?, and a little bit of some scattering synths.  It’s a unique song that’s for sure.

9. Everyday

Another slow song as we move towards the ending.  Everyday in comparison to most of the songs is pretty basic where it’s only YUKA and acoutic/electric guitar.  I suppose it’s a little more heartfelt of a song and tries to kind of lyrically set itself alongside “Aoi Tsuki to Ambivalence na Ai” which I suppose is nice, but it’s really hard to top that as it is.  It’s OK, but nothing amazing overall.

10. LOVE before we DIE

Fitting that the album would end with the title track.  For as dramatic as the art cover was, I thought we were going to get a heartbreaking ballad, but it seems this is more pop/rock and uptempo which is great beause it fuses strings with guitars and I’m loving this a lot.  It was definitely a great choice to promote for the album since it kind of stands as the best on the album strangely enough, though that ending was a tad abrupt lol.

11. Lovin’ You

Seems so odd that there’s two bonus tracks to this album.  The first was released digitally back in October and it’s a cover of Minnie Riperton’s classic hit!  Originally, the song was a nature-friendly ballad, but moumoon’s take is more danceable and bouncy.  Of course the song is also known for that uber whistle note and seems that YUKA took the safe route by taking it down an octive.  Overall, it’s not bad of a cover and honestly has a lot more personality than some of the other tracks.

12. Memories

The other bonus track is actually a theme tied to One Piece and it actually reminds me of “DREAMER DREAMER” with that intro and kind of sense of the guitar arrangement.  It suits as a song meant to end the album, but it’s strange it was just a bonus XD.  The song is nice and YUKA sounds pretty strong here as in none of those thin high notes.  You can definitely tell anison was all over this but still a good ending nonetheless.

Tracks Recommended

  • LOVE before we DIE
  • I Say You Say I ♥ You
  • Butterfly Boyfriend
  • memento
  • Lovin’ You

Song of Avoidance

  • Will you?

If there was one thing I had to say about moumoon’s 5th album, it has to be unfortunately dull.  There’s just some missing in the magic of moumoon this time around and I can’t put my finger what that might be.  The good songs on the album is really the tracks recommended basically…everything else felt like it was missing something or there was something that I couldn’t get into.  Though I can tell YUKA is trying to sound more broad.  Some of it is good, but the rest wasn’t all that memorable.