Going through Morning Musume’s early discography, I’m starting to notice patterns.  They had a very distinct style, they found it early, and I’m not entirely sure they ever really lost it.  I see their influences on AKB48 pretty strongly, except AKB48 kind of feels a bit like they’re doing it imperfectly – going for kawaiility over quality (did I make a word there?)

This song feels rather experimental, though, like they’re still trying to find their way.  This song, to put it as succinctly as I can, feels like what happens when you mix JPop, disco, and… rap?  Yes, they have a bit of a rap section in there, even with the rappish flexing that rappers do.  I’m actually kind of conflicted as to how I feel about this.  I really do like songs that go off the beaten path, and I feel like they did – and didn’t, all that the same time.

The lyrics appear to be about unrequited love, about clinging on to something that the author knows is going to go away, and soon.  She wants it to last, but he’s growing distant, and she knows the breakup is imminent.  I know that not all of their songs are about this kind of love, but so far, two for four.

I don’t know whether I like it or not.  I kind of like the visuals, but I’m not entirely sure why.  I kind of like the music, but I’m not entirely sure why.  I even kind of like the lyrics, but I’m not entirely sure why.  So it’s just a big ball of conflicted meh, for me.

But they are starting to find their identity here, I can see it forming, and it’s notable for that reason.

How about a Lone Star rating?

Music

3.5 out of 5.0 stars

Because it’s genre mixing, a little better than average.

Performance
3.5 out of 5.0 stars

I liked it, and for no reason I can think of.

Lyrics

3.5 out of 5.0 stars

Got the point across, I guess.

Video

3.0 out of 5.0 stars

Average Morning Musume video.

Total Lone Stars

3.5 out of 5.0 stars

I kinda liked it, and couldn’t tell you why.

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