Archive for the ‘Morning Musume’ Category

Morning Musume’s 9th Album
February 3, 2009

Morning Musume will finally release their 9th album titled Platinum 9 Disc on March 11th.

I’m really looking forward to this. It’s been two years since we had an original Morning Musume album. I hope JunLin will actually get some more lines, I really want to hear more from them since they don’t see to be doing much yet.

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Naichau Kamo Covers
January 22, 2009

Below are the covers for Morning Musume’s latest single.

The Limited Edition A comes with “Another Version” of the PV for the song while the Limited Edition B comes with the Close Up version. The Single V features the dance shot.

The limited edition covers are quite hideous, but I really like the normal cover and Single V. The blue tint is a simple but nice effect.

Naichau Kamo will be released on February 18th, the Single V on February 25th.

Naichau Kamo PV
January 17, 2009

The PV for Morning Musume’s latest single has been released.

Naichau Kamo

I like it! It matches the song pretty well and unlike their last two singles, it isn’t just a dance shot. I like the crying scenes the most, some of the girls look very convincing. I like the outfits they are dancing in and both sets also look really good. The song is also amazing, I think I like it more than Resonant Blue and it’s already near the top of my favorite Morning Musume songs. This is a really strong single so far, all we need to know about are the covers and B-side, I hope this single will continue to stay good!

The single will be released on February 18th.

New Morning Musume Artist Photos
January 10, 2009

The artist photos for Morning Musume on the Official Hello! Project Website have been updated showing the girls in their outfits for their new single.

Everyone looks great! I can’t say anything extremely negative, that’s a first lol. I love love love the outfits, you have no idea. Ai-chan looks really good, she has a cute scarf and a simple but nice outfit. Risa is one of my favorites here, I LOVE her outfit. The silver and purple go together really well surprisingly and also seem to make her hair look more noticeable. I have no idea what is on Eri’s head, nor do I think I want to know, but you work it gurl. Sayumi is also with Risa as one of my favorites, she has the simple but fashionable look going on. Reina looks…like Reina. As in, she still has that same hairstyle, but I guess she knows what works. Her outfit is a bit plain too but she doesn’t look bad at all. Koharu looks really good with that hairstyle, she looks more mature and her outfit is cute. Aika actually looks great for once, the hat and earrings are pretty cute. Jun Jun I think looks one of the best too, cute hat and I love her outfit. Lin Lin’s hat is a bit weird, but she pulls it off somehow.

Naichau Kamo Preview
December 31, 2008

Below is a preview of Morning Musume’s new single, Naichau Kamo.

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Love it! It’s almost like Resonant Blue – takahashitanakatakahashitanaka. Although I heard Risa, Eri and Sayumi – I don’t think the others got any solos. But I could care less about the line distribution right now because this song is AMAZING. I’m hooked on first listen. If you like it, I recommend downloading it, because the quality is much better. (thanks to amped for the rip)

The single will be released on February 18th.

Cover You Review
December 14, 2008

Cover You – Morning Musume’s 1st Cover Album

01. Nagisa no Sinbad

Rating – 8/10

I really like the opening for this song. The song is really catchy, but unfortunately, it’s also very short. I really like how Risa sang her first line. My favorite part is ANATA WA SEXY~ haha. There really isn’t very much to say about this song, it’s not bad but it’s just not that notable. It does make a good opener though. If it was anywhere on the album I don’t think it would fit in so well.

02. Dou ni mo Tomaranai

Rating – 9/10

I believe this was supposed to be a W single. Although honestly, I can’t really imagine it…I would like to have heard Aibon and Nono sing it though. The song is very catchy (the chorus is win), but what really stood out to me is the voices, especially those of Ai, Risa and Eri. Their voices fit the song so well and it would have been awesome if they were the only ones singing it. Sayumi and Aika kinda ruined the song. And is it me, or did Jun Jun not get any lines? Everyone else did, I believe. It’s so hard to pick out the voices, they all so sound different!

03. Izakaya

Rating – 8.5/10

This song is just Ai-chan with some old man who I don’t know but has a nice voice. Their voices go well together and even though the guy is not in Morning Musume, I don’t mind him being there. And honestly, when I first saw “Izakaya – Takahashi Ai featuring Some Old Guy”, I thought this song would be boring. But it’s actually very calm and relaxing without being boring. Not something I’d listen to a lot, but not a bad song at all. The chorus is my favorite part of the song, very mesmerizing~

04. Pepper Keibu

Rating – 8/10

To be honest, this song has still not grown on me that much. When I listen to it, I usually just turn off the song after the second chorus. It’s the only Morning Musume single where I do not know all the lyrics by heart. It is catchy, but…I don’t know, really. There is just something about it that bugs me. I can’t put my finger on it. Maybe it needs more Risa. Or Ai. Or maybe I just really don’t think it should have been a single, rather just have been a new track. I think Dou ni mo Tomaranai would have been a better single.

05. Shiroi Chou no Samba

Rating – 9.5/10

The music for this is so catchy and omg Jun Jun and Lin Lin are AMAZING. Finally they get to lead a song. Jun Jun has a very soft voice while Lin Lin has a louder, but pleasant voice. This is the most we’ve heard from them in a song, I believe. The one bad thing about this song is that I feel it is too short and a bit rushed. Still awesome though. Defiantly listen to this song if you’re a big JunLin fan, you won’t be disappointed.

06. Seishun Jidai

Rating – 8.5/10

This song is mostly sung by the 6th generation members Eri, Sayumi and Reina. Eri, omg. When did she become such a great singer? I never thought of her as a bad singer but I didn’t know she was this good. She did nothing but impress me throughout this album. Her voice is much lower than normal in this song and I LOVE IT~ Reina was also great, but sounded the same as usual, maybe just a little steadier this time though. Even Sayumi sounded better than usual. The song is good, but not one of my favorites from the album.

07. Ringo Satsujin Jiken

Rating – 10/10

This song is one of my favorites. Very catchy and has a different vibe out of the other songs from the album. Also, it is the longest song from the album, lasting four and a half minutes, FINALLY we get a longer song. I really enjoyed hearing Ai, Risa and Eri in this song. Very strong presence they have. I also like the “furi furi furi” parts that Sayu and Koha have. In the chorus, if my Japanese skillz are correct, they are singing about an apple being eaten? Haha I LOVE IT. Kanashii ne~, Kanashii ne~ haha this song is amazing and so catchy~~ Sadly I haven’t heard of that many people who like this song…do you? :P

08. Romance

Rating – 10/10

For some reason, I feel so weird when I like a b-side more than an a-side. And that’s only for recent singles – for older singles, I have no problem with it. It’s so weird. But yeah, I really like this song way more than Pepper Keibu. The chorus is so catchy and I even listen to the original sometimes. This should have been a single T_T And I prefer hearing solos rather than the girls singing together…this song has tons of awesome solos. And it has lots of Risa, which we all know is automatic win. Anata ga…..suki nan desu~~~~

09. Machi no Akari

Rating – 8/10

This song is an Ai and Risa lead. Which means it should be automatically awesome. But sadly, they only got an average song. It’s even slower than Izakaya, and a bit boring. A good song in it’s own way, but doesn’t really fit the others on the album and it’s not something I would listen to a lot.

10. Koi no Dial 6700

Rating – 1000000000/10

WIN. That’s all I can say. Lin Lin singing “RIN RIN RIN RIN RIN RIN”, cute lines by Sayumi, Risa and Eri being awesome again, it has it all. Amazing song and my favorite from the album. KIMI NO TELEPHONE NUMBER 6700 loveeee that part. And I love the chorus, so so so catchy. I love this song. According to iTunes, I’ve listened to it like 50 times while I haven’t listened to any of the other songs over 15 times haha. Amazing~~~~~~

11. Pinpon Pan Taisou

Rating – 8/10

Koharu lead but Aika is also prominent. This song is amazing annoying but I don’t hate it at all for some reason. It sounds like a Kirari track. There isn’t anything else to say about it, although if you can listen to this song more than one time in a row, you are an amazing person. It would drive me crazy.

12. Watashi no Aoi Tori

Rating – 9.5/10

Eri lead, oh yes. She sounds so heavenly and the song fits her perfectly. I remember when first seeing the tracklist, this is the song that I wanted to hear the most. I like the title. And the song certainly didn’t disappoint, although I didn’t think it’d be a Kame solo, but that makes it even better. Kuu kuu kuu kuu kuu kuu kuu~

13. Jonii e no Dengon

Rating – 10/10

This is my second favorite song on the album. Can you guess why? RISA LEAD. She’s so amazing I can’t believe it T_T This is the perfect song for her and I love love love it. I like how suspenseful it is. The song builds up. It’s like “wataSHI WA DAIJOUBU~~~~♪” haha I love that part, she sounds so cool when she sings that. I can’t really explain it that well though haha, you should go listen to the song yourself. :3 I also like how even though you can tell other members are singing, Risa is the only one you can hear. That’s how it should be. :3

14. UFO

Rating – 8.5/10

A lot of people were happy this song was on this album, but to be honest, I don’t see the hype. I like the song but I don’t think it’s omg spectacular. It’s just a normal song for me. The singing really just sounds like normal Morning Musume. The opening of the song is awesome though, so suspenseful~ haha. I really don’t know what to say…good song but not really a great one. It’s a bit on the boring side.

Overall Rating – 9/10

Amazing album! The songs are great and the girls’ voices have really improved, I still can’t even reconize some of them. I was particularly impressed with Risa, Eri and Lin Lin, they really stood out throughout the whole album and they are the most easy to reconize. Although each of the girls did a good job. I really didn’t hear that much Aika and I heard more Lin Lin than I did Jun Jun. Hmm.

A Bunch of New Releases!
December 2, 2008

Four new releases have been announced –

Morning Musume’s 38th single Naichau Kamo to be released on February 18th

C-ute’s 4th album 4 Akogare My Star to be released on January 28th

Kusumi Koharu’s 6th single Hapi☆Hapi Sunday to be released on February 4th

Matsuura Aya’s 6th album Omoi Afurete to be released on January 21st

Excited~! I’m getting the Morning Musume single for sure and I am considering the C-ute album…their last album wasn’t that great though so I might wait until previews. But, I was also going to get Buono!’s new single and album, but now these are announced and I certainly don’t have that much money now…ah, decisions.

New Morning Musume Artist Photos
November 21, 2008

The Hello! Project Official Site has updated Morning Musume’s artist photos for their new album Cover You.

Love the outfits! Retro is so cool. I really like Ai-chan’s outfit, the colors really make it stand out. Risa’s outfit is only OK but I love her hair style. Eri, on the other hand, is the opposite. The granny bun only works on a few. Sayumi I think looks the best here – so cute! Reina doesn’t really stand out to me, but she doesn’t look bad at all. Koharu looks good but her headband ruins the outfit. I really like Aika’s outfit, it’s so cute~ Not a big fan of Jun Jun’s hairstyle but her outfit is cute. And Lin Lin looks really good too! The pink really makes her stand out.

Alo Hello! 3 – Morning Musume
November 4, 2008

Morning Musume will release their third Alo Hello! DVD on December 24th.

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All I can say is YES!! For those who don’t know, Alo Hello! is basically just the girls strolling around Hawaii doing random things. (at least, that’s what it was like in the last one) I have never seen their first one but their second one was amazing. It’s so fun to watch. For those who haven’t seen it, I believe you can find it subbed either on Youtube, Veoh or the Hello! Online Tracker. You should defiantly watch it, it’s one of the most entertaining DVDs Hello! Project has ever released in my opinion.

Cover You Covers
October 28, 2008

Limited Edition Cover

Regular Edition Cover

Above are the covers for Morning Musume’s new cover album, Cover You.

Love the retro theme! Although, I wish Reina wasn’t always being pushed to the front. I have nothing against her, but I think Ai-chan is more suitable as the center girl for the current Morning Musume. Maybe it’s just me.

The album is being released on November 26th.