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  • TH!P 3:50 pm on 2007-07-09 Permalink | Reply  

    Coconuts Musume Discography Review 


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    As I just recently managed to get a copy of each Coconuts Musume single I’ve finally had a chance to listen to each full single, previously I hadn’t heard most of the c/w tracks and so I’ve decided to do a mini-review for each, even although the singles are old I thought it might be informative.

    Single 1 – Halation Summer / Summer Night Town (English Version) (1999-07-23)

    1. Halation Summer
    2. Summer Night Town (English Version)
    3. Halation Summer (Instrumental)

    Some people forget that Coconuts Musume’s first single was indeed a “double A-side” featuring their first original song; Halation Summer and a cover of the Morning Musume single Summer Night Town in English. Halation Summer, as the title implies has a “sunshine mood” and is a very upbeat song with nice vocals, Chelsea has a majority of the main lines with the other girls getting fewer solo lines. The song has never been concert performed as far as I am aware of. Summer Night Town (English Version) sounds quite different from Morning Musume’s in terms of vocals, Coconuts Musume sound more high pitched and the English lyrics are quite suggestive and at times a little odd.

    Single 2 – DANCE&CHANCE (1999–08-25)

    1. DANCE&CHANCE
    2. Zurui Onna (English Version)
    3. DANCE&CHANCE (English Version)
    4. DANCE&CHANCE (Instrumental)

    Coconuts Musume’s second single contains four tracks and is the first of their singles to be released on the now standard 12cm CD. DANCE&CHANCE is a pretty decent song though it took some getting used to for me. The Japanese version is far better than the English version in my opinion as the lyrics of the English version have clearly been tailored to suit the rhythm of the original composition. Zurui Onna (English Version) is a cover of a SharanQ song and isn’t too bad. Mika’s American accent at the start is quite humorous. I find it odd that it is a direct translation Zurui Onna as the song is about being in love with a girl. Like Halation Summer, DANCE&CHANCE features Chelsea as the main vocalist and in the PV she takes center position.

    Single 3 – Tokonatsu Musume (2000-05-17)

    1. Tokonatsu Musume
    2. Tokonatsu Musume (Reggae Version)
    3. Tokonatsu Musume (Instrumental)

    This is where I think Tsunku began to get lazy. Although the a-side of this single is a very fun track and somewhat like Haltion Summer, the c/w is a poorly remixed version of it and I myself don’t class a remix as a proper coupling track.  As for Tokonatsu Musume, it’s Lehua Sandbo’s debut single with Coconuts Musume and although she’s not quite as good a singer as Chelsea her voice is pretty cute. You get some Coconuts Musume stickers with this CD which is a nice surprise.

    Single 4 – Watashi mo “I LOVE YOU” (2000-07-26)

    1. Watashi mo “I LOVE YOU”
    2. Watashi mo “I LOVE YOU” (SAMBA DE CoCo Remix)
    3. Watashi mo “I LOVE YOU” (Instrumental)

    Again instead of a proper coupling track this single has another pretty awful remix of the a-side which in all fairness is a rather good song. Watashi mo “I LOVE YOU” is a very fun song continuing the feel from Tokonatsu Musume. Each girl has a balanced number of lines in this song and all of them sound pretty good, Lehua’s inexperience in Japanese is notable however, though she manages to make it sound alright. The remix isn’t as bad as the Reggae Tokonatsu Musume, but it’s still not very good and sounds quite strange.

    Single 5 – Jounetsu Yuki Miraisen (2001-08-22)

    1. Jounetsu Yuki Miraisen
    2. Koibito Boogie-Woogie
    3. Jounetsu Yuki Miraisen (Instrumental)

    In a change of style from the last two singles Jounestu Yuki Miraisen is a more serious song though still fast paced and fun to listen to. Ayaka, Mika & Lehua all sound very good in this single and it’s possibly their best single in terms of musical arrangement and vocals. What’s more, the single includes a completly original coupling track, not an English cover or a shoddy remix. Koibito Boogie-Woogie is a great song and the “Oh Yeah!”  line which is repeated throughout the song seems to fit very well.

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    • Anton_91 5:10 pm on 2007-07-09 Permalink | Reply

      This was really fun to read, I truley enjoyed it. Your reviews are always nice to read so please more of these. =)

      I sort of disagree with you on “Tokunatsu Musume”, sure the remix sucks and they don’t fit with this song. But I wouldn’t blame the song cause the ZYX Version is really great. Oh, and you might wanting to mention that Tokunatsu Musume is also in ZYX Version & that Halation Summer is in Berryz Version.

    • Totally Hello! Project 6:27 pm on 2007-07-09 Permalink | Reply

      I think Tokonatsu Musume is a great song too and maybe I didn’t make that clear.

      The ZYX version of Tokonatsu Musume is good but I prefer the original, as for the Berryz Koubou version of Halation Summer…I’m not sure which I like best, the Berryz version is faster and a bit more “hyper.”

      I’ll be sure to continue to review things as I get them!

    • Anton_91 8:37 pm on 2007-07-09 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, sorry I missed the part where you said that you liked it.

      Looked over my post again btw, sorry if it’s seems rude in someway. ^__^;;

    • Totally Hello! Project 8:40 pm on 2007-07-09 Permalink | Reply

      No it doesn’t seem rude at all, I appreciate any comments.

      I assume that you are the same Anton_91 that modifies wiki.theppn?

    • Anton_91 9:30 pm on 2007-07-09 Permalink | Reply

      Indeed, that’s me. =)
      Are you also a modifier there?
      (Sorry for using this place as a chatroom. ^^)

    • Totally Hello! Project 9:46 pm on 2007-07-09 Permalink | Reply

      No it’s perfectly fine, I invoked it. Yep, username is Kirigirisu on Wiki.theppn.

    • Anton_91 9:55 pm on 2007-07-09 Permalink | Reply

      Oh yeah! I’ve seen you around. :D
      Thank you very much for uploading better Coconuts Musume Covers. =D

    • Anton_91 9:57 pm on 2007-07-09 Permalink | Reply

      ^ For DANCE & CHANCE. ;)

    • Totally Hello! Project 10:01 pm on 2007-07-09 Permalink | Reply

      I’m gonna try and do the rest though my scanner is a bit sucky so…

    • Anton_91 10:14 pm on 2007-07-09 Permalink | Reply

      That’s great, I was really looking for better Coconuts Musume covers to decorate my Coconuts Musume songs on ITunes. :)

    • Daniel 4:11 pm on 2008-03-26 Permalink | Reply

      Very cool, where did you find the singles? I’ve looked online for where to buy them but no luck. I know “Jounetsu Yuki Miraisen” is an easy find but the rest seem hard to come across.

    • Ian 10:16 pm on 2009-04-25 Permalink | Reply

      Could you please upload a pis or scan of the stickers that came with the Tokonatsu Musume CD? I’ve never seen em. Thank you ^_^

  • TH!P 12:52 pm on 2007-06-09 Permalink | Reply  

    Review – Ashita wa Ashita no Kimi ga Umareru 

    Ashita wa Ashita no Kimi ga Umareru is the first single from AKB48 sub-group, Chocolove from AKB48. When I heard the title of this group I was pretty sure the song was going to be something cute and sickly, I was very pleasantly surprised. Instead this song is a really nice ballad with extremely great vocals from the three AKB48 members. The title track is really very enjoyable to listen to and has a great melody, I’m constantly surprised by how good the AKB48 girls generally are.

    The second track, Chocolate again is a slow-paced song though a little more upbeat than the first. It’s pretty relaxed and the melody is really nice. Again the girls sound very good.

    The third track, is a “Choco-Remix” of the title track though I must say I don’t really notice much difference.

    Overall, a very, very good single: 9/10

     
    • Hotaru 4:18 am on 2007-06-10 Permalink | Reply

      The PV for this song is like “Mm, yummy chocolate blood!!!” Its weird, but I like the song!

    • jinryuichi 4:50 am on 2007-06-11 Permalink | Reply

      Chocolove?
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joco

      Sorry, I couldn’t resist….. ^_^
      Anyways, first time I’m heard of this sub-group. Looks interesting….

    • Totally Hello! Project 10:34 am on 2007-06-12 Permalink | Reply

      I see what you mean about the video, it’s really good but very strange, the director deserves some kind of artistic award, or a free coupon for psychiatry treatment.

  • TH!P 8:28 pm on 2007-05-24 Permalink | Reply  

    Review – 1st GAM~Amai Yuuwaku~ 

    GAM’s latest album 1st GAM ~Amai Yuuwaku~  was released on the 23rd of March. This review will be a track by track review with a final overall score.

    Track 1 – Thanks!

    GAM’s first single which was released last September, I’m sure most people reading this have already heard it. It’s a good single though for some reason I can’t help but feeling it would have worked better as the last track of the album. Anyway, this track gets a good 8/10.

    Track 2 –  Junketsu ~Only~

    The first new track on the album opens with a fairly upbeat feeling to it, it’s sort of disco I suppose. Both Fujimoto and Matsuura of course sound great in this and it’s got a great melody, the chorus especially is really nice. 8/10

    Track  3 – Melodies

    GAM’s second single, Melodies was released last October and when I first heard it I was totally in love with it, Matsuura and Fujimoto sound great in this ballad though sometimes either one is overpowered by the other in joint lines. It’s good a great melody and I’m sure most of you have heard it and seen the PV. 8/10

    Track 4 – Ai no Fune

    This track starts in a manner I can only describe as “cheesy commercial,” however after the introduction we are greeted to Matsuura and Fujimoto harmonising very nicely in what becomes a pretty stable melody. The song is a kind of upbeat ballad and is quite enjoyable. Again, the chorus is what makes this track good. 7/10

    Track 5 – Koko de Kisu shite

    In contrast to track 4 I absolutely love the introduction to this song, it’s pretty fantastic. The melody itself is really good accented with brief violin sections, which are very nice. (I’m having difficulty remembering the technical term at the moment, which is pretty awful considering I play violin). Overall, a strong track. 8/10

    Track 6 – LU LU LU

    GAM’s latest single, LU LU LU was released on the 21st of March 2007. Ignoring the strange title of the song, LU LU LU is a really fantastic single. I find it pretty hard to fault this one, it has a great opening, great chorus and Fujimoto and Matsuura sound perfect. 9/10.

    Track 7 – Ichaicha Summer

    When this song started I cringed slightly, the introduction is not of my taste and it overall just sounded pretty strange to me. The song as a whole isn’t terrible but it does have that whispered “icha” repeated throughout it which I don’t like. 6/10

    Track 8 – Aijou Oasis

    For me, the opening of the song is very important as it’s what allows me to listen to it in the first place. This song has a really nice opening and it’s unlike any of the other tracks on this album. The song as a whole, in need of a better word, is pretty cool. 7/10

    Track 9 – …H

    Again, ignoring the strange title of this track the song isn’t bad. It’s a disco/dance track and is okay though a little dull for my tastes, it’s lacking much instrumentals and is mainly electronic. The chorus is nice though. 6/10

    Track 10 – Amai Yuuwaku

    The title of the album, Amai Yuuwaku is an unbeat Morning Musume style song. The song is okay though it’s not really my kind of song, it reminds me of Manatsu no Kousen, though not as good. 6/10

    Track 11 – Thanks! (Yuuwaku Remix)

    Usaully I don’t much like remixes, but this one is rather good. It takes away the electronic replacements of the original and replaces it with strings, light percussion and piano. This song in comparisson with the original allows you to hear the vocals of Matsuura and Fujimoto better, for me it displays that Matsuura is the stronger singer of the two.  8/10

    Overall Score: 8/10 This is a strong first album from GAM with a good selection of tracks and no really awful ones. It’s one of the best Hello! Project albums I’ve seen in a while.

     
  • TH!P 1:00 am on 2007-05-12 Permalink | Reply  

    Review – SWEET & TOUGHNESS 

    Canaria Club’s debut single SWEET & TOUGHNESS was released on May 3rd 2007 and debuted at number #89 in the Oricon Charts. It’s very, very unlikely that the single will raise above this. It’s actually done better than some of THE Possible’s work (I think). The single is a cover of a track from a Tokito Ami album and this is most definately reflected in the quality of the single.

    The single is a quite an unbeat pop song with reasonable vocals though it’s most definately nothing special. It has that “album track you skip” feeling and I can’t help but get tired of the repeated melody which isn’t all that special. The phrase “Sweet & Toughness” is repeated too many times to even be cute.

    The B-side to the single, Yume wo Shinjite (roughly translated as Believe in your Dreams) is actually stronger that SWEET & TOUGHNESS I feel. The melody is much more enjoyable and it is more sang than shouted as with the A-side. It’s not a fantastic track but I think it tops SWEET & TOUGHNESS.

    The third and fourth tracks are instrumentals of the two vocal tracks.

    Overall, I think SWEET & TOUGHNESS is a rather disapointing debut from this new TNX group, I expected a lot more from the group and was excited at the possibilty of a new THE Possible-esque group. It’s not over for Canaria Club for me though, the B-side secured some hope that their single could be better.

    I recently also seen the PV for this single, if you can call it that. It’s very, very boring unfortunately with a pure white background, which didn’t work for this kind of song. Anyway, I’m reviewing the song.

    On the whole, it wasn’t terrible, it was saved by the B-side, 5/10.

     
    • Peter 4:51 pm on 2007-05-14 Permalink | Reply

      I always read your news and I like a lot (I’m always updated thx to you ^^), but you don’t have a single news about Takahashi Ai, the best singer of H!P e the one Tsunku loves ^^ lol

    • Totally Hello! Project 6:38 pm on 2007-05-14 Permalink | Reply

      Hmm you’re right I’ve never reported anything on Takahashi, she’s such a good girl I’ve never anything to say about her…

  • TH!P 12:47 am on 2007-05-12 Permalink | Reply  

    Review – Too Far Away ~Onna no Kokoro~ 

    Abe Natsumi’s 9th single, Too Far Away ~Onna no Kokoro~ was released 9th May 2007 in both regular and limited editions. The song has debuted at #9 on the Oricon Charts and has since moved down a few places, this is to be expected as the song is both a ballad and although popular Abe Natsumi has nowhere near the popularity she used to.

    The song itself is a cover of the 1988 single Too Far Away by Tanimura Shinji and it’s a beautiful melody, sung extremely well. I haven’t heard the original but I think that the A-side Too Far Away ~Onna no Kokoro~ is an updated version of the song with harmonies whereas the B-side is an exact cover of the original song sung solely by Abe with a piano playing. The third track is as always an instrumental. I find it slightly frustrating that both vocal tracks on this single are practically the same song, in fact, I feel that the b-side is a lesser version of the a-side.

    The single is frankly very, very nice and is sung beautifully by Abe. I’d have liked if their had been another B-side but overall, I enjoy both versions.

    Therefore, I give the single a nice 8/10.

     
  • TH!P 3:17 pm on 2007-05-02 Permalink | Reply  

    Review – Happy ☆彡 

    Koharu Kusumi’s latest solo single Happy ☆彡  was released today in both regular and special editions. The single is much like her last two although even more cute. There isn’t too much to the song, a lot of repatition and some pretty cool musical interludes. The song most certainly fits with Koharu’s solo image and the image of the anime the song appears in. Comparing it to her last two singles, Koi Kana and Balalaika, I’m not sure if it’s as good as either, it’s possibly around the same level but I still prefer both Koi Kana and Balalaika.  Overall, the song for me is around a 5/10 or 6/10.

    The c/w to the song, Koi no Mahou wa Habibi no Bi! is much better than Happy ☆彡 I feel, mainly because it’s rather like Balalaika which I liked as well as it isn’t quite as cute as the a-side.  I’d rate the c/w at maybe a 7/10.

    Overall, the single as a package is alright, the single isn’t awful but it’s by no means in league with her past releases, the c/w is good which for me brings the whole single up a notch. I’m not a big fan of Kusumi’s vocal skills and I find her voice a little annoying at times, including in Morning Musume songs. I think she can sell the cute image quite well but I’m not sure she can pull it of for too much longer, she’s starting to look a little more grown up.

    Anyway, overall, a generous 7/10.

     
  • TH!P 9:32 pm on 2007-04-24 Permalink | Reply  

    Impressions of Boom Boom Meccha Maccyo! 

    Gyaruru’s 1st single, Boom Boom Meccha Maccyo! is a kind of eurobeat merged with parapara style song. The song is very, very repetitive but that’s not necessarily a bad thing as what the song does it does well. The song’s the type that should have a very good dance routine so I hope the PV reflects this.

    All of the singers in the song sound really good actually, I especially like Tsujiji I have to say.  I’m surprised that I like the song as I was expecting something awful, if this is marketed well and has a decent PV it could do okay in the charts I think.

    You can download a fan recording at Hello! Online .

     
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