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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 – 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. 

 

 

Momoi Haruko – Sunday early Morning September 20, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. Sunday early Morning
  2. Romantic summer -momo-i version-
  3. 21 Seiki
  4. RADIO DAYS RADIO NIGHTS
  5. Enter!
  6. Ima, Anata ga Suki
  7. Party!
  8. High Energy -momo-i version-
  9. Lumica
  10. Night de Naito
  11. Thunder Shot!
  12. Good Morning!
  13. Get Wild (bonus track)

1. Sunday early Morning

Haha, Famison 8-bit much?  That’s what I thought, but then there’s lower synths and guitar.  So there’s a little bit more of control in this song.  Her voice is a bit more singer than seiyuu like which is cool to hear.  Her voice though is under the vocoder.  Other than that this was a pretty cool electro-pop track.  So much vocoding.  The thing that gets me and makes this song stand out from the entire tracklist is how she handles the lyrics.  It’s pretty much gibberish, but putting the syllables together gets various names of animes…unique for sure!!!

2. Romantic summer -momo-i version-

There’s obviously a change between the single and the album version.  One, this is more to her style on this album, which is electropop and second is that its a bit longer.  Her seiyuu voice does come out pretty strong here.  I do like the 8-bit stuff that was written in.  The chorus though was loud and pretty messy for me.  Not the best here.

3. 21 Seiki

21 Seiki which screams 8-bit pop all over.  I do like how it sounds though with some interesting synths.  Momoi doesn’t sound terrible here because she’s on the edge between cute and overly cute.  It’s still nothing new to me.  So I found it to be a little fillerish.

4. RADIO DAYS RADIO NIGHTS

I actually enjoy this track since there’s a combination of guitar and synths.  Momoi comes back to being a singer for this one.  Musically it’s pretty happy and a little strange with guitar solos.  Even scarier is how she pronounces ~Rajyo dates Rajyo nights~.  Freaky.  Somehow it is one of the memorable songs from here.

5. Enter!

No, SEIYUU alert especially with the whole trying to be cute factor I found this 80’s pop track very hard to intake.  I just despise her vocals in this track.  It makes me want to rip my hair out.  Please don’t do this again.

6. Ima, Anata ga Suki

Interesting, a ballad?  I don’t think I’ve ever heard a ballad from Halko.  To be honest it’s pretty beautiful.  Her voice doesnt scream “Kill Me!”.  Comparing this to the rest of the album this is the standout track.  It shows her versatile Momoi can sort altogether, even though ballads aren’t totally her thing.  I still enjoyed it.

7. Party!

I like the opening until we get back into the crappy seiyuu voice.  It’s not as ridiculous as in “Enter!” but it’s still pretty scary.  The music is more for the kids and stuff because it just has this children’s feel to it.  I’m on partial for this.  I like it’s peppiness but at the same time Momoi is killing it with her voice.

8. High Energy -momo-i version-

~High, High, Higheee Energy!!!~  Ok, I really fell for this track hard.  It’s like a TF6 track but there’s something that seperates it from her stuff.  It’s like classic 80’s pop.  I didn’t see much difference between the single and this version.  Definitly a better track from this album.  Totally awesome interlude too.

9. Lumica

Wow, that is a pretty epic opening.  I consider this the Nami zone since it’s like her arrangements.  Seiyuu voice is used but I actually thought it fit with the song which is rare don’t you think?  Lumica is my favorite track from the album.  It’s just is dance-crazy and the guitar oh friggin sweet. 

10. Night de Naito

Icky track this is.  It’s very fast and upbeat but is ultimately destroyed by Momoi’s high seiyuu sound.  Plus, the chorus is failure and just so annoying to me.  Musically though it is kinda cool and is very girly/anime like.  It’s just everything else that got to me in this song.

11. Thunder Shot!

Thunder Shot! is prolly the rockiest track and its her most mature sounding track.  She’s using a deeper tone and it took my by surprise and she sounds exceptionally good in this tone.  Her power in her voice tripled for this song and it’s just awesome and epic.  Though her English def needs work and some control on her notes, but this is her strongest performance.

12. Good Morning!

Why did we have to end it on such a girly seiyuu track.  This sounds very incomplete to me.  Her by herself with low 8-bit synth and percussion is strange and the use of vocoder puts more emphasis on it.  I hate the chorus too, it just screams lame and stupid.  What a bad way to end the album.

13. Get Wild

Comparing this to Nami Tamaki’s version this one is more faithful to the original TM Network track.  Her voice though once again fails in this song for some reason.  I hate how she sounds muffled and sounds bored.  Not a good remake if you ask me.  Sigh, and this was a bonus track XD

Tracks Recommended

  • Lumica
  • Thunder Shot!
  • High Energy -momo-i version-
  • Ima, Anata ga Suki
  • Sunday early Morning

Song of Avoidance

  • Enter!

Y’know, this album was a mixed bag all over.  Her songs where she uses her seiyuu voice killed a lot of songs on this album.  I actually liked her more matured sounds a lot more.  I still like her other than that.  Not all of it was bad just a good portion

 

Momoi Haruko – FAMISON 8-BIT STAGE 2 August 25, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. Pegasus Gensou
  2. Bara wa Utsukushiku Chiru
  3. Dare Yori mo Tooku e
  4. Midori no Hidamari
  5. R-R-R-Russian Roulette
  6. Shin Obake no Q-Tarou
  7. Majokko Megu-chan
  8. Attack NO.1 no Theme
  9. Sukisuki Song
  10. Hana no Ko Runrun
  11. Tonari no Totoro
  12. Teleportation -Koi no Mikakunin-
  13. Youkai ni Goyoujin
  14. Banana no Namida

1. Pegasus Gensou

The instant you start this up you will figure out is that this album is all 8-bit music and Momoi is a seiyu.  Put the two things together and you have uber cute.  Pegasus Gensou sounds like Pokemon and it’s downright freaky.  I would say she is using sounds from said games and oddly the tune is a cute one.  Momoi sounds weird but that’s because seiyu’s are usually that way anyway.

2. Bara wa Utsukushiku Chiru

I don’t know what to say but this song has a dark feeling to it (then again I’m used to Nana’s version).  So, it’s pains me to say I wasn’t feeling this version.  I did like the descending lines after she says the title that was just perfect to me. 

3. Dare Yori mo Tooku e

OMG, her voice is painful in this song and just so awkward to even listen to.  Then again the video game theme works in this song and could be used in once again Pokemon…Yea it’s that 8-bit.  Not my favorite track.

4. Midori no Hidamari

What?  This has a bit more adventurous and got some interesting stuff going on but I’m still kind of turned off by her vocals.  I can picture her as a character and just going on an adventure on this song.  I love the sounds of this one though.

5. R-R-R-Russian Roulette

Though we continue the very strange vocals, we get a more consistent song with this one.  The synths are a bit more deeper and not so peppy and happy.  Oddly, this song is more catchier than the last few songs and has a good synth line! 

6. Shin Obake no Q-Tarou

Then we just get kooky here.  The song is really happy and full of fun sounds and there’s some BKGD vocalists here which brings more life to Momoi’s stressed cute vocals.  Sadly she turns up the ante on the cute and really strikes a chord with me.  Luckily it’s a short track so it doesn’t last long.

7. Majokko Megu-chan

This is got to be one of the better tracks since she sounds ok in this song.  There isn’t too much going on and it sounds like a traveling song which is nice to hear.  Though probably now regular listeners will be like this is just too much and will stop here.  There isn’t nothing new in sound that we haven’t heard earlier.

8. Attack NO.1 no Theme

If they stop there they’ll miss this gem of a song that is this one.  It’s pretty much slower and has a sweet introduction.  After the slow startup we get into a speaking part and it’s where the song shows its colors.  It’s one if her best songs on this album.

9. Sukisuki Song

This song is very fast and is very short too.  Sad most of the time she’s saying ~Suki~.  It wasn’t really memorable to me as it was so repetitive and just crazy.  Still, it is the fastest on the album I’ll give that.

10. Hana no Ko Runrun

Whenever I hear the beginning of the tune, it reminds me of Mario Tennis and how I always lost to Mario damn small buttons!  Still it’s got cute synths and cuter vocals from Momoi which really doesn’t bother me in the song.  It’s just got the right amount of cute but not being overbearing.  Well, it’s H!P’s lane of cute but with Nintendo sounds.

11. Tonari no Totoro

I’m really confused about this song.  One side it’s got a fantasy like sound to it, but on the otherhand, I really hate Momoi in this song.  There’s just something that really makes me cringe from this song and it’s Momoi’s awkward vocals.

12. Teleportation -Koi no Mikakunin-

I thought it was going to be a mysterious song but then it turns to another friggin happy song.  Not that there’s anything bad but there’s just too many uberly cute stuff here.  Thouch I love how she says ~Teleportation~ it’s just the right English. 

13. Youkai ni Goyoujin

Laidback is what this game track is.  Except it is ruined by the horrible sounds of Momoi.  IMHO she should have just gone with her natural voice because she sounds horrible being layered.  Then again it stands out because of it’s relaxed overall sound.  So it’s a case of good sound with bad vocals.

14. Banana no Namida

Well this is definitly catchy.  It’s got an islandy feeling to it which is a nice change then again it’s still 8-bit so you know how strange it would seem to be listening to it.  Then again the chorus was just boring and laaaaaame.  Seems like I was playing a Kirby game and if this song came up I’d be like it’s catchy!

Tracks Recommended

  • Attack NO.1 no Theme
  • R-R-R-Russian Roulette
  • Hana no Ko Runrun
  • Banana no Namida
  • Pegasus Gensou

Song of Avoidance

  • Tonari no Totoro

Seriously, this album was very different to me since, I’ve never heard this side of Momoi before.  Actually it’s kind of sad to say the first FAMISON is better, and had more difference and had “Moonlight Densetsu”.  Still 8-bit is at a high point in this album if it wasn’t for Momoi it could’ve easily put in some games easily!