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.

Music

4.5 out of 5.0 stars

Rating highly because it’s so experimental.

Performance
4.0 out of 5.0 stars

This seemed pretty challenging and they did a good job.

Lyrics

3.0 out of 5.0 stars

Cheesy, girly love song.

Video

4.5 out of 5.0 stars

Rating it high for sheer guts and the dances looked challenging.

Total Lone Stars

3.5 out of 5.0 stars

I didn’t really like it.  But it stands on its own and demands to be respected for what it is.

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