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  • Jay 11:56 am on 2010-12-10 Permalink | Reply  

    Review – Morning Musume – Fantasy!Juuichi 

    Fantasy!Juuichi is the 11th studio by Morning Musume and was released in commemoration of Kamei Eri, JunJun and LinLin’s graduation in just a week and a half. I wanted to share my thoughts on the songs on this album.

    1. Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game (AL Version) – I’m not gonna lie, I didn’t like this song very much in the beginning but the more I listen to it, the more I enjoy it. As usual, the single is very Ai, Reina and Eri heavy but overall it’s very good solid song. In a rare turn of events, this single gives each member at least one solo line. Unfortunately, this means that if your name isn’t Ai, Reina, Risa or Eri, you litterally only get one solo line. It’s a pleasant change. We haven’t heard JunJun or LinLin singing a solo since their debut single Onna ni Sachi Are so it’s nice to hear how much they’ve progressed as singers since their debut. It’s a very synth heavy song but overall, I think it’s going to be a love it or hate it type of song. Or in my case, it’s a hate it and then love it. I had the same experience last year with Kimagure Princess. The AL Version of this song has a string intro before starting into the main portion of the song. 7/10

    2. Bravo! — If there was a song that defined the phrase “Spunk in a Can” this is it! It’s a very intense rock song and sounds like something that Buono! would have released but instead, this genki pop-rock tune is giving to Morning Musume. It’s a good sound for them. It’s pairing up the usual suspects like in Genki Pika Pika! and I’m in no form complaining at all. The pairings in both of these songs oddly complement each singer in all the pairings. This is the perfect concert song and I quite this rock influenced song very much. 8/10

    3. Fantasy ga Hajimaru — Another synth heavy song on the album. It’s the same synth sound to boot on every single Morning Musume single as of late and it’s getting really old. Old Meme anyone? Also, I can understand using Autotune on Sayumi because of her tonedeaf nature, but throughout the entire song? It’s particularly noticeable in the verses. The song sounds very tinny to me and while it’s an enjoyable song, autotune ruins this song for me. Tsunku you are not T-Pain and your singers can more or less carry a tune without having the autotune. If they’re singing consistently flat or sharp (this is Sayumi to a tee) than I can understand the autotuning. Seriously, autotuning Ai? It’s not even necessary. However, the ad-lib’s in this song are gorgeous and give the song a nice touch. Overall, this song sounds like something you’d hear in a club or on a DDR soundtrack. 6.5/10

    4. Onna Gokoro to Nanto Yara — An upbeat rock ballad! It’s very generic sounding though but the girls sound great! It plays up the lower vocal ranges of the girls nicely which can be quite difficult for a soprano but they all pull it off flawlessly. Despite the fact that it’s a generic song, it’s very easy on the ears. None of the girls sound squeaky and the guitar riffs in the background show the hand of a skilled guitarist. Overall, a nice song but not very memorable. 6/10

    5. Ai no Honoo — :\ This song sounds nice and everything but it should’ve gone to someone who doesn’t sound like they sing with olives shoved up their nostrils. Sorry to all the Reina fans out there but this song isn’t a good match for her. It’s another upbeat ballad and arguably could’ve gone to someone with better musical chops than Reina. To me, it feels like it’s being sung with feeling whatsoever. Besides, doesn’t Reina have enough solo songs already? This song and Reina just… don’t mesh. I think one of the Panda’s would’ve been a better match for this song. Tsunku’s always said that LinLin has the perfect voice for a ballad and this would’ve been a perfect opportunity to show it off. Too late now I suppose but it’s a damn shame. 5/10

    6. I’m Lucky girl — A synth pop song that I can get behind! It’s an up-tempo dance number and I’m quite digging this track. It’s better sounding to my ears than Fantasy ga Hajimaru and once again, it’s in a key that all members can sing in comfortably. I must say though… why is the title in Engrish? It just detracts from the awesome that is this song. Near the end of the song and constantly looping synth in the background, it’s easy to tune out after awhile. It’s a decent enough song though. 7/10

    7. Sungoi My Birthday — This songs like something you’d hear in the sixties but aaaaaaah AIKA! :D LINLIN! :D I’m starting to see a big trend with this album. Synth pop, upbeat ballad et ad naseum. The clapping noise I’m hearing in the background though during the instrumental interludes needs to die in a fire. JUNJUN! :D This song stars the singers that don’t get featured that much on the singles and is a great song for the 8th Gen in particular. Sayumi just… doesn’t suit the character of the song. I know, it’s a cute sounding song and therefore, Sayumi must be involved in some way but… Sayumi should just be speaking and I LOVE Sayumi. 7/10

    8. Ichi Kara Juu Made Aishite Hoshii — A break in the theme! Wait… no it’s not. It’s another generic synth pop based disaster! This song sounds much too young for the group that’s singing it. This song would sound better sung by Berryz Koubou or C-ute if I’m to be honest. I’m not a fan of this song and I firmly believe that it should’ve gone to another group. It should be noted that I’ve skipped the rest of the song. :\ 3/10

    9. Itoshiku Kurushii Kono Yoru ni — It’s upbeat, it’s pleasant sounding and Reina’s removed the Olives from her nose! EXCELLENT! The girls are singing this in a softer voice which gives this piece some beautiful expression and gives it a very mature sound compared to the previous track. This track features Eri very heavily and I’d like to say that she sings her parts amazingly well! Ai as always is flawless in her delivery and everyone is giving this song their best effort. I’m enjoying this song very much. It could do with some more evenly distributed lines throughout the entire song however. 8/10
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    10. Denwa de ne — First initial reaction upon the second listen? Sounds like something out of Atelier Iris. Here we have another mature sounding ballad that just does nothing for me. It’s bland and… it’s an Ai solo. Of course they’d give her a horrible song. Ai has an amazing range, let her show it off a little bit! Don’t give her these drab sounding blobs of crap. She’s an energetic gal and sounds best when she’s singing energetic music. Not my kind of song I have to admit. 3/10

    11. Seishun Collection — First listen of this single? I liked it well enough. Now? I skip it everytime. It outgrew its appeal. It sounds far too much like previous singles (Shoganai Yume Oibito and Nanchatte Renai for example) and doesn’t live up to those previous singles at all. It’s an upbeat, pleasant sounding ballad but it doesn’t live up to its inital charm. If this is the theme song for the play Fashionable… what does that say about the play? It doesn’t really say a lot of good things if you ask me. It has to be one of the badder Morning Musume singles released. 3/10

    Overall, Fantasy!Juuichi doesn’t live up to the stadard that was set by the excellence that I heard in every drop of Juu My Me. Where Juu My Me had spunk, charm and tons of character, Fantasy!Juuichi is left with the sloppy seconds that didn’t make the cut for that album. That’s exactly what several songs sound like to me. They’re just sloppy seconds that were slapped onto a new album that overall sounds very rushed and generic. It did manage to sell over 10k in its first week but I don’t think it’s going to sell much more than that. It’s a damn shame because so many of these songs show so much promise. If only they’d been given a little more time to fine tune these songs or give them extra little tweak, this album could’ve been fantastic. Instead, we’re given some very subpar songs and immature songs that no longer fit with the mature image that Morning Musume is trying to project.

    Final Rating: 6.5/10

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    • Adam 6:38 pm on 2010-12-13 Permalink | Reply

      It’s funny, I agree on the overall score you’ve given the album but I prefer totally different tracks; I loved Fantasy ga Hajimaru and Ai no Honno for instance!

      • jaydesummers 1:55 am on 2010-12-14 Permalink | Reply

        I love that you added the pic of the album cover which is fantastic! I really love the doll theme of the cover, it’s very pretty. Oh I really love Fantasy ga Hajimaru too but I loved I’m Lucky Girl more.

    • AoiUsagi 3:13 pm on 2010-12-14 Permalink | Reply

      “This song sounds nice and everything but it should’ve gone to someone who doesn’t sound like they sing with olives shoved up their nostrils.”

      Oh. My God.

      That line made me burst out laughing… in the middle of class… when I was supposed to be researching Political Action Committees online.

      • jaydesummers 4:00 pm on 2010-12-14 Permalink | Reply

        Oh no! I’m so sorry! D: Just say that you read something really funny on one of the Political Action Committees websites? o_O

  • TH!P 11:21 pm on 2010-11-27 Permalink | Reply  

    Review: Matsuura Aya – Click you Link me 

    So, Matsuura Aya recently released her 7th album, click you link me. Matsuura has been veering towards a more mature style for a while now and this album enters new territory with a sort of psuedo-jazz feel. I’m not sure how I feel about this, I’m not a huge fan of jazz but I do like Matsuura, so I’ll now give a track by track review.

    1. The Difference – This is definitely jazz, or at least wannabe jazz. The “plug” of the song, is “the difference that makes the world go round” which Matsuura sings accompanied by backing singers throughout the song. This song was one of the first previewed from the album and it got a lot of bad press, it’s not been well recieved and it is a different style for Matsuura but you know, I don’t actually dislike it. I wouldn’t listen to it when out running or anything as it’s quite laid back and chilled, but it’s not an awful song. Sometimes a little bit cringey, there is a speaking section by an unamed singer and it’s almost a social commentary on various things such as “the money the vatican has…” – a bit much Matsuura, don’t you think? Anyway, it’s not great, but not all that bad, I could listen to it as BGM. 6/10
    2. Feel Your Groove – This is a self cover, originally found on her Naked Songs album. The arrangement for this version is quite different and I can’t say I’m a fan, it’s a little cringey and way too lounge-music-esque. I don’t love the original either, but it’s nowhere near as awkward as this. I think it’s the jazz flute that makes my stomach turn the most. 2/10
    3. Suna wo Kamu You ni…NAMIDA – Another self-cover, I really like the original version of this song, and this “jazzmake” of it…isn’t too bad. I prefer the original and I don’t think this adds a great deal to it, it’s not awful though, just not anything special. Matsuura does have lovely vocals though. 4/10
    4. Yokohama Rondo – I really like the opening of this track actually, not a jazz flute in sight. Matsuura also has lovely vocals in it and it’s more ballad than jazzy, still has a bit of a lounge feel but it’s more listenable than the self covers really. I would listen to this when studying or relaxing, thankfully this track offers something new and worthwhile from Matsuura. 8/10
    5. Home nite – This too actually is alright, not as good as Yokohama Rondo, but…it has a charm. It’s pleasant and the arrangement is understated. 7/10
    6. Click you Link me – The title track, definitely more of a jazz-pop-lounge arrangement here, a bit more upbeat than the other tracks though. It’s okay, not something I’d want to listen to often, but not awful. Doesn’t leave a lasting impression really, the chorus is quite nice I guess. 5/10
    7. Katari Tsugu Koto – Okay, this track starts in a totally different vein to the others with some koto playing. Matsuura’s vocals are nice and the arrangement is delicate and not overpowering, this is nice and doesn’t fit with the album too much, which isn’t a bad thing in this case really. It sounds almost like an alan album track.8/10
    8. Interlude ~Okay~ – So weird. Not really reviewable, lasts only 33 seconds, thankfully.
    9. Watarasebashi – A self-cover of a cover, this time with the original singer, Moritaka Chisato. I really, really like this song, it’s a classic. This version is okay, I prefer Matsuura’s original cover and indeed Goto’s version of it. Still, it’s pleasant enough.  7/10
    10. dearest. – Another self-cover from her Naked Songs album. I think I may actually prefer this version to the original, which is marginally shocking. I wasn’t a huge fan of the original, but it’s not awful, and definitely something I could listen to in the background. Matsuura sounds good. 6/10
    11. only one – A very chilled track, it’s not standout by any means but it’s not awful, pretty much how I feel about most of the album really, isn’t it? 6/10
    12. Hitori – Shock! Another self-cover, this time the c/w to her single Kizuna. I like the original quite a lot, this version not so much, the arrangement is a bit too lounge again. 5/10
    13. Minna Hitori – An appropriate end to the album, pretty much like the other tracks, not awful, not standout, pleasant vocals, hints of jazz-flute making me feel faint. 5/10

    Overall Rating: 5/10 Passable

    Some Oricon Ranking data is available for the album, over it’s first three days it charted at 37 and 47 on two days only.

     
  • TH!P 9:42 pm on 2009-06-09 Permalink | Reply  

    Review: Ama no Jaku 

    Smileage Ama no Jaku

    Artist: S/mileage
    Title: ぁまのじゃく (Ama no Jaku)
    Release Date: 2009-06-07

    Tracklisting:

    1. ぁまのじゃく
    2. ぁまのじゃく(Instrumental)

    Fresh from Hello! Pro Egg, S/milage released their debut indie single Ama no Jaku a few days ago under the TNX label though as far we all know, they are still under the Hello! Project umbrella and may release their major debut under a different, Up-Front label.

    Their debut single was supposed to portray a mature yet cute image and the single manages this to varying degrees. The song opens quite nicely with a pretty cool, edgy sounding intro, different to the usual fare of nursery-rhyme like melodies we’re used to hearing from young groups in Hello! Project. The song continues on a similiar vein with a pretty decent menu and above average vocals from the girls, especially Fukuda Kanon and Maeda Yuuka.

    I can’t help however but be a little disapointed by the chorus, it was, for want of a better word, a little bit bleh. It lacks a distinctive melody and isn’t too markedly different from the rest of the song, throughout the entire song I find myself waiting for something bigger to happen and sadly it never really happens.

    Overall, Ama no Jaku is a pretty decent debut single from S/milage and as an indie release of it’s pretty decent quality. From the previews the PV looks pretty impressive and this is a cut above both Mano Erina and THE Possible’s indie debut as far as I’m concerned. I hope their major debut will have a little more oomph though.

    Overall Rating: 7.5 / 10

     
    • Kenny Yi 12:04 pm on 2009-06-12 Permalink | Reply

      I am 100% with you on the chorus. I was expecting something so good after the strong verse, but it was disappointing.

      I guess you can’t expect tooooo much from an Indies single. Strong members [excluding Ayaka D:!] though, I’m excited to see where they go.

  • TH!P 12:15 pm on 2008-07-21 Permalink | Reply  

    Hello! Project 2008 Summer Wonderful Hearts Kouen ~Hishochi de Date Itashima Show~ – Initial Thoughts 

    Wow, long post title. Anyway this is just a little song by song review of the 2008-07-19 Osaka performance of the ongoing Wonderful Hearts tour. i haven’t done one of these for a while so don’t expect any professional musical analysis as you’ll end up rather disappointed!

    Opening

    The opening music reminded me strangely of the opening music to “Super Mario 64.”

    1. Natsu LOVE Romance – All

    I’d never actually heard this song before as I don’t have Pucchi Best 4, it’s a pretty solid summer song and and I think everyone sounded pretty decent. It was fun though I wonder if another song with a little more “wow factor” would have been a better concert opener. Nevertheless I’m pleased that they’re starting to expand the number of songs the girls actually sing and we get to hear many more live performances of things that had previously gone untouched in concert. 6/10

    2. Manatsu no Kousen – All

    This song used to bore me and was one of my least favourite Morning Musume songs however due to all the recent concert performances it’s climbing in my rankings and I’m actually starting to enjoy it rather a lot! The singing her sounds pretty good and although I can’t identify all of all the solo lines the few solos that there are sound good. 7/10

    3. Edo no Temari Uta II – C-ute

    C-ute’s upcoming 6th major single Edo no Temari Uta II is the best thing I’ve heard from them since Tokaikko Junjou. I just love the fresh sounding melody, it’s something a bit different for C-ute. When C-ute are opening this song the crowd go pretty wild which is nice to hear. The singing here is very impressive in my opinion although Maimi does sound a little shaky. The main thing I like about this song is the musical arrangement, I just can’t get over how good it sounds, is that just me? Overall a good performance. 8/10

    4. Namida no Iro – C-ute

    The crowd really get into this one and with good reason, it’s a pretty awesome song. I think the singing sounds a little weaker here than with Edo no Temari II, again especially with Maimi. I think I just have a problem with her voice! Overall this is a good performance and no complaints can be made really! 7/10

    5. Papancake – Kusumi Koharu

    Okay, I’m going to try and remain open minded about this despite how dubious I find Kusumi’s solo career. I like the opening of the song and the singing sounds spot on though I very much doubt it’s completely live. This song has actually grown on me a little and maybe after a few listens I could grow to tolerate it? Overall Kusumi makes a good performance however lipsynced it may be, I supposed I’d need to see this one to properly review it. 6/10

    7. Anataboshi – MilkyWay

    This was one Kirarin Revolution song I did actually like when it was released, possibly because the inclusion of Kikkawa Yuu and Kitahara Sayaka. It doesn’t sound like the Eggs are lip-syncing but again I’m pretty sure Kusumi is. It’s a good performance and there aren’t any real flaws, Kitahara sounds a little quiet though that isn’t a real niggle. 7/10

    8. Yuke Yuke Monkey Dance – Berryz Koubou

    This song has risen to the top of my most played list, I seriously find it addictive! Again I like how the crowd get into this one. Sugaya sounds pretty good which isn’t something you’d usually find me saying, she does mess up a little at one part though I don’t this detracts from the performance really. 8/10

    9. Dschinghis Khan – Berryz Koubou / Hello! Pro Egg

    So…are Hello! Pro Egg like members of Wonderful Hearts now or something? They’re getting to sing. I really enjoyed this fun song when it was released though I know some Berryz fans aren’t too keen on it. It’s performed equally as well as Yuke Yuke if not slightly better, it’s possibly improved by the inclusion of Hello! Pro Egg. All of the solos present are performed well and I have no qualms with this! 8/10

    10. Resonant Blue – Morning Musume

    The opening to this sounds very promising though once we’re into the actual song Tanaka’s solo lines sound a little shaky to me. Takahashi sounds amazing as always, her voice sounds strong! Overall the song sounds great, I feel like I’m becoming a bit of a broken record as I don’t really have any criticisms for the songs so far! 8/10

    11. Mikan – Morning Musume

    Although I actually prefer Resonant Blue as a song I find Mikan to be a more “concert appropriate” one. I think it performs well and manages to get the crowd going. Yet again I don’t have any problems with the singing and I actually prefer the line distribution in this song (not just Takahashi / Tanaka with a sprinkle of Kusumi.) 8/10

    12.KoiINGTakahashi Ai / Noto Arisa / Sengoku Minami / Sawada Yuri / Mori Saki / Kitahara Sayaka / Kikkawa Yuu / Maeda Yuuka / Fukuda Kanon

    So we have Takahashi and a whole troop of Eggs singing this popular coupling track from Morning Musume’s Go Girl ~Koi no Victory~ I really like this song and unfortunately it opens a little weak, the singing sounds a bit too shaky, this continues for a little while and then it picks up towards the chorus. As the song goes on the singing improves and it starts to sound very good, I find it hard to identify all of the voices as I don’t really know a few of the featured Hello! Pro Egg members too well. Overall I have to say I liked this performance, I’m really glad that Hello! Pro Egg are getting more exposure this year 7/10

    13. Hajimete Kuchibiru wo Kasanata Yoru – Linlin / Suzuki Airi / Ogawa Saki

    I Love, Love, Love this Matsuura Aya song and love hearing it performed in concert. This is possibly one of the oddest groupings I’ve seen of late but I’m glad Linlin is getting some solo exposure for once! They all carry the song as good as can be expected, after all none of them can really match Matsuura’s ability. It’s becoming evident how popular Ogawa Saki has grown this year, she’s quickly becoming one of best known Hello! Pro Egg members. The performance was very good but I feel it was possibly a little too challenging for this trio. 6/10

    14. Chu! Natsu Party – Michishige Sayumi / Sugaya Risako

    Sticking to the summer theme with 3nin Matsuri’s chart topping single, Chu! Natsu Party. We’ve seen this pairing before at the last big Hello! Project concert and I have to say they work pretty well together. This song fits both of their unique singing voices pretty well and I can’t wait to actually see it performed! I find it a little strange that they didn’t create a trio for this song but nevertheless Michishige and Sugaya pull it off. 7/10

    15. C\C (Cinderella Complex) – High-King

    This is High-King’s concert debut and it opens very well, everything sounds perfect, perhaps a little too perfect. The song isn’t lip-synced however as I can hear the shakiness in the singing at times and I’d have to say the most guilty of this is Maimi. I really liked this song when it came out and got a little addicted to it though that’s worn off now I still enjoy listening to it. Everyone sounds good, even with the shakiness. 7/10

    16. Kioku no Meiro – High-King

    The c/w to C\C (Cinderella Complex) is pretty epic and actually fitting to be a title track in itself I feel. It’s good that they choose to perform this in concert as this is perhaps the last time we’ll see High-King as a group. I think this actually sounds a lot better than the previous song and it’s performed quite a bit better. Is that a piano I hear opening the song as well, Mano Erina? 8/10

    17. Manopiano – Mano Erina

    Because it’s only an audio recording I can’t tell if Mano is accompanying herself in this live, it would be awesome if she was though. Mano’s singing sounds strangely perfect and I wonder if she’s lip-syncing? This is after all her Wonderful Hearts debut, maybe they choose to play it safe? Either way I really like Mano Erina and this is the most recent single I’ve bought. I was hoping for some sort of announcement of her next solo work or maybe another performance of another song but unfortunately nothing of the sort was mentioned. Later on in the song it sounds like she slips up a little which makes me question if it is lip-synced but due to the quality of the recording I can’t really tell. 7/10

    18. Tokonatsu Musume – Niigaki Risa / Kamei Eri / Mitsui Aika

    Ah how nostalgic! A Coconuts Musume song! It pleases me that they’re still performing songs of disbanded units, how about some Sheki-Dol, Tsunku? I’ve always really liked this song and I think this trio do a decent job of singing it, Niigaki’s voice somehow doesn’t fit however, Kamei on the other hand sounds excellent. 6/10

    19. Tropica~l Koishite~ru – Junjun / Sudou Maasa / Kumai Yurina / Okai Chisato / Hagiwara Mai / Arihara Kanna / Noto Arisa / Sengoku Minami / Sawada Yuri / Mori Saki / Kitahara Sayaka / Kikkawa Yuu

    A big group performance of basically everyone who hadn’t had a smaller group performance up until now! I really like how well they’re sticking to the summer theme, Hello! Project concerts are often all over the place. I can’t really identify the voices too well but I can say that Junjun sounded pretty good and as a group they sounded good together, they all seemed to fit quite well. 8/10

    20. Kousui – Tanaka Reina / Shimizu Saki / Tokunaga Chinami / Umeda Erika / Nakajima Saki

    This is quite an interesting group of people, my favourite Berryz and C-ute members are in there. I found this performance a little bit boring though and the singing sounded a little lackluster. Maybe they were tired? Towards the end it picks up quite a bit though and the singing does sound pretty good from Tanaka. 5.5/10

    21. Gachinko de Ikou! – Buono!

    I really liked this song, I’d never listened to a rip before but It’s a really rather good and certainly gets the crowd going. I’ve never had too much interest in Buono! before as it doesn’t really consist of anybody I have a particular fondness for. This is a good performance though and I can’t deny that their musical style is pretty cool. 7/10

    22. Kiss! Kiss! Kiss! – Buono!

    Much like the last song I haven’t really listened to this much but I though it sounded pretty good and Buono! could grow on me, all of the vocals were spot on. I think I prefer this to Gachinko de Ikou! just because the chorus sounds so awesome. 7/10

    23. Egao YES Nude – Morning Musume

    I like the crowd reaction to this song and love Takahashi’s “growl” at the start. The singing throughout this song sounds brilliant on all accounts! I still really like Mitsui’s solo though it’s hard to hear through the cheering! This in my opinion is Morning Musume’s best performance of the night. 9/10

    24. Massara Blue Jeans – Berryz Koubou / C-ute

    Seems like the Berryz / C-ute joint performances don’t end with their recent concert. This is a good performance of one of my favourite C-ute songs and the wota go pretty crazy for it, probably all the thrusting. 8/10

    25. Special Generation – Berryz Koubou / C-ute

    This is quickly becoming the LOVE Machine of Berryz Koubou, I think Tsunku needs to move on! I like this song a lot though it’s definitely getting to the stage that it is over-performed. Nevertheless this is a pretty good performance though not as good as Massara Blue Jeans in my opinion. 7/10

    26. Love & Peace! HERO ga Yattekita – All

    This seems to be a pretty popular coupling track, it’s performed pretty well and it definitely works in concert. I’ve never really listened to it, I’m ashamed to admit that I often ignore it but I’ll definately be looking out my copy of THE Manpower!!! now. 7/10

    27. Ame no Funari Hoshi de Aisenai Darou – All

    Oooh, mysterious, a new song! It has a gentle melody and opens nicely with nice sounding harmonies. It’s got a very plesant tune and Junlin even get a line or two in Chinese which was bound to happen at some point! The Chinese parts are probably my favourite parts of the song. It’s a nice song but perhaps a little strange song to choose as the ending to a concert. 8/10

    I wrote this review as I listened so it’s probably a little piece-meal! I found it to be a good concert overall and am particularly interested in what will become of the ending song.

     
    • Kenny Yi 1:48 pm on 2008-07-21 Permalink | Reply

      Eggs?

      SINGING?!
      MADNESS.

      No.

      SPARTAA.

      Excusing my nerdiness above, whoa. This concert seems really awesome, I love how they grouped people together. I guess Mano Erina would lipsync since she’s still not vocally trained to that…er, “Hello! Project” ranking. I’m really loving the BK and C-ute switchups though, I love seeing them perform each others songs.

      I can’t wait to see/hear it =P

    • Nozofan 9:44 pm on 2008-07-23 Permalink | Reply

      Can we have the link to download it ?! I really want to listen to the last song !!

    • Vivi 6:02 am on 2008-07-24 Permalink | Reply

      ^ unless it came off of fancam, there are no downloads yet, the concert was a mere 5 days ago.

    • Kenny Yi 7:04 pm on 2008-07-26 Permalink | Reply

      Ongaku Gatas have a new single coming up =O

    • missy 8:51 pm on 2008-07-27 Permalink | Reply

      It’s rumored that the last song is gonna be MoMusu’s new single.

    • nightmarest 8:26 am on 2008-07-28 Permalink | Reply

      wow i really2 want to watch this concert.. :D

    • renaye 4:45 pm on 2008-08-01 Permalink | Reply

      i too want to watch this concert. hopefully i would get the whole concert on youtube.

    • trose380baby 2:00 am on 2008-08-11 Permalink | Reply

      2ch says its Musumes New Single

    • Rad 9:54 am on 2008-08-22 Permalink | Reply

      Is there any indication when a DVD will be due out on this concert, or on the arena version of this concert? It will be hard for me to wait on this one!

    • JamixTwain 4:29 pm on 2009-01-27 Permalink | Reply

      Amazig Concert !!!

  • TH!P 1:17 am on 2007-07-29 Permalink | Reply  

    Itoshiki Tomo e – Initial Impressions 

    Morning Musume Tanjou 10nen Kinentai’s 2nd single Itoshiki Tomo e is due to be released on August 8th and the PV has recently been uploaded to Dohhh UP! Initially I was rather sceptical as to the quality of the single as although I thought their first, Bokura ga Ikiru MY ASIA was a pretty nice song I didn’t really think it was much to celebreate 10 years of Morning Musume.

    I watched the PV on Dohhh UP! and almost instantly became adicted to the song, it’s a very gentle melody and the voclas sound brilliant. The chours is especially nice and it’s nice to see that all of the members got some nice solo lines. The PV itself is pretty stunning and all of the girls look great. I thought that the dresses of the first single were a bit boring being all the same colour but I certainly cannot say the same this time. They all look amazing, though especially Abe and Niigaki, especially Niigaki.

    I’ve ripped the audio from the PV so you, if you’re eager to listen to it like me can put have it until the single is released. I’ve ordered a copy of the Limited Edition and I hope other people will buy it too!

    Itoshiki Tomo e Download

    Limited Edition Purchase: YesAsia – CDJapan (Sold Out)
    Regular Edition Purchase: YesAsiaCDJapan

     
  • TH!P 1:22 am on 2007-07-22 Permalink | Reply  

    Review – BINGO! 

    BINGO! is the sixth single from AKB48 and was released on the 18th of July 2007. As the single has yet to complete a week of sales no oricon weekly sales are currently availible though on my last check it had ranked at #6 in the daily charts, pretty good.

    BINGO! breaks away from AKB48’s past two singles which have had pretty serious themes, Seifuku ga Jama wo Suru dealing with underage prostitution and Keibetsu Shiteita Aijo dealing with teen suicide. This single has a much more light hearted feel, as if it would be hard, and is a fun summer song.

    The single has four tracks, BINGO! as the title track with Only Today as the coupling track as well as an instrumental for both.  BINGO! is a great song, I first heard it when I seen a preview of the PV and straight away ripped it and put it on my Ipod. It’s very cheery and the girls all sound great as always. This single is quite notable in that Team B members participate in it for the first time, not all of Team B though obviously.

    The coupling track Only Today is rather like BINGO! I think. It has a cheery summer theme to it and although not as pleasant a melody it beats a lot of coupling tracks out there.

    AKB48 is proving itself as a group of quality, their PVs look good and they sound good. Their daily theatre performances clearly give good practice.

    Overall: 9/10

     
  • TH!P 1:07 am on 2007-07-11 Permalink | Reply  

    Onna ni Sachi Are – Initial Impressions 

    I’ve been reading a few early reviews of Morning Musume’s 34th single: Onna ni Sachi Are and views are most certainly mixed. As I’ve recently decided to curtail my spending on Hello! Project/TNX/AKB48 merchandise it came down to the choice of two CDs for me this month; Canaria Club’s Seishun Banzai! or Morning Musume’s Onna ni Sachi Are. The choice was easy, Morning Musume.

    I myself actually really like Onna ni Sachi Are it’s sort of like somewhere inbetween Kanashimi Twilight and Ambitious! Yashinteki de Ii Jan I think, both of those singles I like.

    This is also the first single for Takahashi Ai as leader of Morning Musume and as always she has a great amount of lines and she sings them well. Koharu opens the song which in my opinion isn’t a great choice as her voice isn’t the strongest in Morning Musume and not the best way to start a song.

    This is also the debut of JunJun and LinLin the girls who I think make the eighth generation. I like Mitsui Aika and think she has a pretty nice voice but for me something was missing when Tsunku choose her as the sole member of the eighth generation, JunJun and LinLin have completed it for me. I absolutely love JunJun’s voice and expression in the PV, so much so that I’ve changed the site banner to JunJun.

    I think this single is a great single and I’m just waiting to hear the coupling track. I’ve ordered my copy of Limited Edition A with the DVD though I kind of want the photobook too…

    Do JunJun & LinLin a favour, buy this single!

     
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