One thing I’ve always loved about JPop is how creative it tends to be – unafraid to try new things and experiment. With nearly every JPop group I’m familiar with, they have never “nickelbacked” it – every song is a different creation. Some groups, such as Babymetal, take this to rather absurd extremes, but Morning Musume is no exception.
The last song I reviewed, Love Machine, I reviewed as incomprehensible. This song wasn’t. I understood exactly what they were going for. The song and the video itself have a heavy middle eastern vibe, from the set decorations, to the dances, to the melodies (which were done in a very unusual musical mode for Western-style music), and there’s no way that wasn’t a homage to middle east culture. Which is all fine and dandy.
The lyrics themselves are just a simple little silly girly love song. Nothing wrong with that, it’s Morning Musume, after all, but at least they were comprehensible, and I can accept it for what it is. Unlike the previous song I reviewed, I at least know what they were going for with it, and they did a pretty good job.
But with all that said, did I like it? Not really, honestly.
Trivia: Mari Yaguchi did her “sexy beam” in this one for the first time. Whatever that means. I wonder if that’s where the whole “beam” thing came from, like Nakamoto Himeka’s “Himetan beam”. (In looking that up, I found out something interesting about her I won’t put here, but it’s interesting nonetheless).
Let’s do a Lone Star rating. I’ll be gentle.
Rating highly because it’s so experimental.
This seemed pretty challenging and they did a good job.
Cheesy, girly love song.
Rating it high for sheer guts and the dances looked challenging.
Total Lone Stars
I didn’t really like it. But it stands on its own and demands to be respected for what it is.