12, スマート Album Review

Hey everybody!

Since I got my album in the mail a few days ago, I did a review!

It may come off as jotted down notes, but I wrote this down as I was listening, so these are my main reactions to the songs!

Give me Love:  Love the piano intro!  Sets the tone for the album.  Ai’s vocals are flawless.  Very strong.  I like the chorus echo bits.  The oohs and aahs sound nice.  Good blending.  Octave jumps sound GREAT.  Those are hard, and the girls pulled them off well!  Even Sayumi!  (There was a thrust at the end, but hey, she sounded pretty good.  I wish Gaki would’ve done it though, since she, like Ai, has a powerful voice).  I like the echoes of give me love (love love love).

Only You:  It’s a strong follow up from Give me Love, since it doesn’t switch gears to a different type of song, it helps the flow of the album, and doesn’t attack the listener’s ears with something different too quickly. I’ve always thought this song was fierce.   Gaki’s lines are so boss.  This gets stuck in my head really easily.  ‘nuff said.

Silver no Udedokei:  Another song with a piano intro.  Piano is used a lot in this album, which is nice.  The rapper guy at the beginning reminds me of the guys from “Memory Seishun no Hikari.”  I still want to know who they are…anyway, Reina sounds GORGEOUS here.  Love her high notes.  Riho sounds squeaky, but that’s just the type of voice that comes with her age.  Most kids her age sound squeaky.  It’ll be interesting to hear how her voice matures over the next few years.  Risa’s rapping is AWESOME.  She always puts in great inflection and has a warm, smooth tone.  Aika is shaping up to be a good rapper as well!  She exudes more of a cool tone than Gaki, which is an interesting contrast to listen to.  Hmmm…going back to Reina, it’s been a while since I’ve heard her sing with more than one dimension in her voice, and I think she may have developed some sort of backstory for this.  I don’t know, but whatever she did I hope she keeps it up!  Riho’s long high note at the end sounded nice, it was well placed.  I love the strings fading out at the end.

Suki da na Kimi ga:  The first thing I thought of when I heard this was Vocaloids.  If Hatsune Miku sang this, it would probably sell well.  I’m not the biggest fan of Vocaloids so I’m glad Sayu and Mizuki sang it instead. XD  I LOOOOOOOOVE Mizuki’s lower harmony!  It sounded great!  And she can blend so well with Sayu!  I didn’t think anyone would be able to blend with Sayu!  I really hope she gets some solo lines in the future because she’s super talented!  Some of the sound effects in the background remind me of video games…that gives it a whimsical, fun type of feeling.  This song makes me want to bounce.  This song fits Sayumi well since it’s a talky/speaky type of singing, and she’s good at that.  I like how I can hear Tsunku really clearly on the “sugirus.”

Kaiketsu Positive A:  Guitar intro!  And lol those fake trumpets. XDDDDD  Tsunku scares me in this one. XDD  I love that the girls have tons of energy though!  AHHH TSUNKU AGAIN.  Dude, just come and perform with them if you’re gonna sing so much.  Riho doesn’t sound as squeaky here, which is good.  I always love a good “WAO!”  The hook here is catchy.  Did Sayu just do a jump up to a high note?  Go girl!  She’s been surprising me in good ways on this album…This is a good car song methinks.  I’d be doing some chair dancing and bouncing. xP

Kono Ai Wo Kanasete:  The intro sounds really sentimental.  I like the light tinkling of the piano keys.  There are some beautiful harmonies in this song.  This is a very calming song.  It puts me into this mood of light contentment.  Almost nostalgic in a way (which is probably Tsunku was aiming for since it’s the two remaining Gokkies doing a duet together…).  The “oo’s” are really nice.  I enjoyed this one.

Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo:  OH HOT DAMN, THIS IS MY JAM etc, etc.  I love this song.  Way too much.  It’s number 1 on my top 25 most played.  I’m not going to write anymore, I’m just going to enjoy this and sing it really loud since my roommate is gone.  (If you want a more detailed review of this song, go back a page or so).

Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai:  This song is genki happy rainbows!  LOL.  It just is.  And the Reina/Sayu lead is super great!  😀  I’m always chairdancing to this song.  ALWAYS. XD  Again, if you want a more detailed review, go back a page or so, since I reviewed the single itself.

My Way ~Joshikou Hanamichi~:  More guitars!  This sounds like an opening/ending for an anime.  I’m not sure why.  But I can totally imagine an animation sequence to this.  I like that I’m hearing more of the kyuukies here!  They’ve improved a lot since their debut!  They actually sound like a part of the group now!  Good job kyuukies!  This song could also be on a montage video…I just see it accompanying something.  I hope it does at some point.

Otome no Timing:  It’s sugary cute time with Mittsi, Zukki and Eripon!  Aika sounds super cute here!  No granny voice in this song!  And OMG ZUKKI.  I think she has become a very strong singer!  Eripon is still a bit shouty, but she’s learned to tone it down, and I think she did a good job here.  ^–^  Here’s Aika again!  She still sounds so good!  I’m very pleased with her vocals in this song.  It’s a complete 180 from her rapping in “Silver…”  These three blend well together too, which is a plus.

OK YEAH:  PARA PARA TAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIMU!  This is so much FUN!  I may be a bit biased because I love para para and the music that goes along with it, but this is easily my favorite song off of this album!  The repeated “Yeah’s” add so much energy!  I love all of the cracked out rapping before the dance break. XD  If the review for this song seems too short, it’s because I’m too busy dancing!

Maji desu ka ska:  What a great way to end the album!  I like how this is formatted to show how the kyuukies have grown, then it goes back to their debut.  ^–^  I like this a lot because everyone gets a solo line and gets to show their stuff!  This song ends the album on a fun, happy note!

Overall, I think this is a great album for any Morning Musume fan, and it did a good job of sending Ai off well, and settling the Kyuukies in with the rest of the group.  ^–^

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