“Summer Night Town” is Morning Musume’s third single, and it looks like this is where they start to figure out what their identity is as a group.  The video is stylistically very different from the first two – I mentioned that they were very stiff, but in this video, they danced, were fluid, and interspersed semi-related shots with their dancing.  The dancing wasn’t particularly adventurous or choreographed, but hey.  All told, a very late 90s style video.

The song itself seemed to have some Mediterranean influences (something that I’m finding to be a little more common than I had expected in JPop).  The melody sounded like it would have been at home in a Spanish ballad.  I confess to not completely understanding what the words were trying to get across, but I think if I had to guess, it would be the conflicted mind of a young girl in love with an older man.  “I hate you I hate you I hate you I love you” seems to express that conflict quite well.  It has a very conflicted feel to it – she loves him, but doesn’t want to love him, and hates that he evokes those feelings in her.

It’s definitely coming into the well-known Morning Musume quality standards, but if I’m honest, not my favorite.  Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t hate it, but I’m not gonna be seeking it out.

Maybe a Lone Star rating is in order.

Music

3.0 out of 5.0 stars

It’s alright.  Catchy, but nothing special.

Performance
3.5 out of 5.0 stars

Much better than the first two.

Lyrics

3.5 out of 5.0 stars

Addressed the intended conflict well.

Video

3.0 out of 5.0 stars

Just a nice, average JPop video.

Total Lone Stars

3.0 out of 5.0 stars

I’m gonna say gloriously average.

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