I just purchased my airline tickets for the trip out to L.A. I am still in disbelief that I am going. Nervous about flying, I’ve done it a zillion times, but I still don’t like it.
Morning Musume’s 9th album, Platinum 9 was released yesterday, March 18th, I checked iTunes on a whim and there it was! Sweet! I’m not sure why Cover You was unavailable there, perhaps something with licensing issues? Yet Pepper Keibu was available….
This song has such a weird intro and outro. The more I listen to it the more I like it, it just really struck me on first listen.
Resonant Blue ★★★★★
I still love this song. Love the attitude, love the beat. It’s just awesome. I am so hoping they perform it live, that and Egao Yes Nude.
Ame no Furunai Hoshi de wa Aisenaidarou? ★★★★
This song was leaked several months ago by one of the girls auditioning in the Taiwan H!P auditions so I’ve heard it before this. It such a pretty ballad. I love the quiet piano.
Take off is Now! ★★★★★
I’ve heard A LOT about this song before now, but haven’t listened to it yet as I wanted some songs on the album to be a surprise. By the title alone I was expecting something along the lines of Ambitious! Yashinteki de Ii Jan or even Koko ni Iruzee!, but it’s not at all. It does have a great rock sound to it. It’s just taking me a moment to adjust to what I thought the song was going to sound like to what it does sound like.
Even on first listen I can definitely state that this is going to become one of my favorite Momusu tracks. Wicked attitude.
Naichau Kamo ★★★★☆
Another single. When I first heard it I was really kind of underwhelmed by it. I thought it had a cool sound but the PV was really bland. Since then I’ve ignored the PV and listened to the song only and it’s really grown on me. Since I’ve heard it so many times since it’s release I don’t have much to say.
So on to the next track shall we?
Watashi no Miryoku ni Kizukanai Donkan na Hito ★★★☆
Poor Aika. In a way I think her singing voice has been ruined a bit by Momusu. She sings through her nose now, much more so than when she joined and struck that ball out of the park in Egao. Her voice is really nasal in some points of this song. I’m really glad she got a solo song on this CD, and that it has a really upbeat, poppy, anime-theme song sound. It’s just, at some points, if I had been coaching her while she sang this, I would definitely have told her to drop her voice out of her nose and into her chest. It’s a problem I notice with a lot of idols.
Guruguru Jump ★★★★
Koharu, Junjun and Linlin’s song. God this is cute! This is definitely a song to get them going at the concerts, jumping around and flailing. I bet there’s a cute dance on stage too. Tailor-made for wota. I won’t even pretend it didn’t get my foot tapping at my desk. It almost sounds like something you’d hear from Kirarin Revolution.
Mikan gets such a bum wrap, and I don’t understand why this is because I freaking LOVE it.
Jounetsu no Kiss wo Hitotsu ★★★☆
I like this song it almost sounds like something Melon Kinenbi or T&C would sing. It’s got that mature quality to it. Even still it’s not that stand out for me.
It’s You ★★★☆
Oh man did I go into this song with some trepidation! Sorry to all the Sayu fans out there, but I was nervous. A solo song from one of the weakest singers in the group? But color me both pleased and surprised with how well she does with it! A solid effort from Sayu-chan! It’s got a pretty interesting sound to it as well. A bit heavy, a bit sexy, but with the undeniable level of cute that Sayu has. Nicely done.
Onna ni Sachi Are ★★★★
It’s been out for so long I don’t have much to say. I don’t think they rerecorded the single because Junjun and Linlin are still sporting a pretty good accent.
Kataomoi no Owari ni ★★★☆
This is such a sweet little song, it has such a relaxing quality to it. I’m not quite sure why it was sandwiched between two songs with a much heavier/energetic sound. Song placement on H!P albums is kind of strange sometimes. Anyway, this is Kamei’s solo song. It’s about time! She sounds fantastic! Her voice is pretty clear. I think it really fits her personality well. The melody reminds me of a classical piece I can’t quite put my finger on at the moment.
Kanashimi Twilight ★★★★★+++++++++
Being that this was Hitomi’s graduation song I’m a little peeved that it’s on the album. I really like this song, but it will always be Hitomi’s song for me. It really shouldn’t be on here. This is the first Momusu album that’s all 5th Gen+, it should only be their songs.
That being said, it’s one of my favorite Momusu songs. It gets +5 rating. Two awesome to be legal! (Hitomi ~ I miss you!)
Anf there you have it, my rated review of Platinum 9. Overall I think it was a very solid album.