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SINGLE REVIEW: Morning Musume- Mikan

Morning Musume- Mikan

Morning Musume’s music and I have had very rocky past. I have always disliked the entire concept of the group simply because of how inconsistent it is. If you’re going to do this kind of a constantly shifting group, the artists you allow in should be incredible so that people will have a reason to pay attention to them. I can honestly say that I don’t know the name of a single present or past Morning Musume member, despite that I’ve listened to their music off and on. I guess the group can be decent for getting girls noticed, but I really don’t think that it can make semi-talented girls famous. I will admit that Morning Musume can have talented girls, and I’m sure that they have come, I just find the idea so strange… Anyway, I do not have any bias against their music, and the fact that the composition of the group is fluctuating will not influence by opinion of their music. Don’t get any ideas.

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I actually thought that Mikan was a really cute song, though it isn’t really my style. I perfer pop with more instruments and depth, but it serves its purpose quite well. In all, I think that the performance is quite good, and the current lead singer (whoever she is…) does well leading the group. The musical composition is mostly synthetic with some mixed in (maybe?) brass. It’s definitely intended to be cute, and it is. The vocals are very sugary and popish, which I think actually works out quite well. All of them work pretty well together when it comes to harmony, although they mostly just sing in unison at the same time. I think Morning Musume could do some pretty interesting harmony-related things if they gave it a shot. There is certainly enough of them.

Vocal Grade: B+ — Musical Grade: B+ — Consistency Grade: A- — Harmonization Grade: A-

Overall Grade: B+

Next up is the very strange BONKYU!BONKYU!BOMB GIRL. If I had attach it to a genere, I guess I’d have to say jazz. The song is overflowing with brass and very fast-upbeat vocals. This song was kind of strange to me, and I didn’t like that they mostly said the same thing over and over again. However, technically the song is well done, I suppose. It has a very odd composition, but I guess that was the intention. Musically the song is brass and percussion, which fit well with the vocals. I think all of the different vocals I heard had their own redeeming qualities, which is good, but the song was just so high energy that it confused me. After listening to it a few times I still don’t really know what to say, but I guess it’s unique and showcases a style of music not usually seen in the Japanese industry. I guess it was just awkward for me to listen to. Not my style, but not badly done.

Vocal Grade: A- — Musical Grade: A- — Consistency Grade: B- — Harmonization Grade: B+

Overall Grade: B+

SINGLE GRADE: B+

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SINGLE REVIEW: Morning Musume- Onna ni Sachi Are

Morning Musume- Onna ni Sachi Are 

Morning Musume has been a Japanese super group for as long as I’ve been into Japanese music. The reason I really didn’t listen to them is that they are so unstable because of the constant flow of new members that enter after the old ones leave. When a member becomes a certain age, they ‘graduate’ from the group and mostly their careers then end. I really wish they would all just stay the same, but whatever. One of the things that I find strange is the new additions being Chinese… I have nothing against Chinese people, but it is a Japanese singing group… Anyway, I don’t have anything against Morning Musume as entertainers, but they are not really musicians. Thus, they are not high on my favorites list. Despite that, they mostly produce good music,. So here’s Morning Musume’s ‘onna ni sachi are’.

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For starters, I thought that the beat for Onna ni Sachi Are was super cool. The way they sang was actually really good. I was expecting some singing furbies to burst out, singing about absolutely nothing worth singing about. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Morning Musume’s music is a lot more mature and a lot nicer sounding than I thought it was going to be. I found the song really enjoyable, and I thought their vocals were quite good, and well controlled. I’m quite shocked at how much I enjoyed the song, but I’m not complaining. The beat was, again, super cool, and I could not help but do something with the beat be it tapping my foot or even headbaning {Which i’m totally against….}. I thought that they actually did a great job {Whoever is in the group at this time}, and I have found myself with the song on repeat more than a few times.

Vocal Grade: A — Musical Grade: A+

Overall Grade: A

I’m not really impressed with Please Jiyuu e no tobira, mostly because it’s kind of boring. The vocal aspects of the song are quite repetetive, which makes listening to the song a lot really boring. I think that Morning Musume’s voices are pretty good, and because of the way that they sing the mask the fact that they are vocally pretty dead. The music combined with a semi-high pitched vocal tone kind of hide the deadness, but it’s still there. I think the music is pretty good, and I liked it a lot more than the vocals. I thought the strings in the beginning were a cool touch, and the beat is pretty nice. Beyond the fact that their voices aren’t very outstanding, the song is pretty good. One thing that bugs me though is when they say ‘freedom’ there is a word in front which I can’t understand. It sounds like KINKY to me, but I can’t image that they’re saying “Peace, Kinky FREEDOM!’ xD. That would be a bit strange…

Vocal Grade: B — Musical Grade: A-

Overall Grade: B+

SINGLE GRADE: A-

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