1/18/09

Morning Musume - Naichau Kamo



I was slightly hesitant to write about Morning Musume's latest effort for 2 reasons...

1) Most people don't like to read things loaded with negativity

2) I don't like wasting my energy/time on things I don't enjoy

Well I think I'm a fairly honest person so I'll just come right out with it ...

IT'S TERRIBLE

Why? well lets start with the actual song itself 'Naichau Kamo' which translates into 'I might cry' hardly fills you with optimism and warm fuzzy thoughts that I've come to expect from J-pop, it makes you wonder if this will be a heart rendering ballad or a powerful love song ... its neither, it's just an extremely typical bland filler type song, if this were to feature on an album I would instantly skip it.
I heard the preview to this a couple of weeks ago and I could tell instantly that its a very un-catchy tune, last night at work I was trying to remember the rhythm for this song and I honestly couldn't ... now this could be blamed on my poor memory or the fact that there's nothing worth remembering, I'm opting for the latter.
The lyrics are typical which isn't that much of an issue, the main cause for concern is the track, cheaply thrown together synth keys and boring uninspiring melody, the only thing that stands out is when the girls shout 'Kamo' and that's only because they keep annoyingly repeating it.
Next up ... the outfits, like a majority of H!P releases the girls wear 2 types of clothing, as you can see in the photo above it looks like a secondhand clothing store has vomited upon them, the only girl that looks half decent is Koharu, I understand that clothing needs to stand out for promotional reasons but they stand out for all the wrong reasons, Lin Lin looks like a dutch milk maid, Jun Jun looks like a 60's reject, Aika appears to have a small animal nesting upon her head, and Eri ... I really have no idea whats going on there.
The secondary outfits consist of short leather red/white jackets which are quite nice if worn with clothing that coordinates with it ... which isn't the case, short black ruffled skirts with black stockings and pvc/leather knee high boots ... one word springs to mind ... WHORE ... yes that just happened, all these items of clothing can look good if worn correctly, even black fishnet stockings ...



So now I've firmly established my thoughts so far, can the PV sway me in any way?
lets move forward...


The set consists of two mock skyscrapers parted by and arc of umbrellas and some sparkly ribbon crap thrown in for good measure (probably left over from the pepper keibu PV).
The floor looks remarkably like the floor used in Berryz Kobo's 'Jiriri Kiteru' PV.


The dance used for this is fairly bland, there's no crazy dance break downs or high energy jumping, as you can see in this capture they are performing a flamenco style clap which seems totally out of place.


Aichan is looking ravishing as usual, her hair style is really cute.


Throughout the video the girls shed tears and look upset which is totally ripped off from ...


Berryz Kobo 'Jiriri Kiteru'


Mmmmm Miyabi, I love this video ... uh anyway back to Naichau Kamo...


Sayumi with a pearl necklace ...


Jun Jun is looking incredibly sexy, yet she fails to get hardly any screen time or solo lines


Eri on the other hand gets plenty of screen time and vocal parts


Like the crying parts we also get 'girls standing in the rain' shots, there's probably some hidden symbolism in this that I fail to see, all I see is the girl getting wet and making a grumpy face


Reina (princess wonk) gets a helluva lot of screen time, she is a total line whore also


Koharu gets very little screen/vocal love, which is quite surprising because she tends to get quite a alot normally


It's also quite strange to see Koharu with a serious face, I'm so used to her grinning like an idiot and bouncing off the walls


Aika is hardly even featured at all in the video, I do quite like her hair style.


There's a dance move in this that looks alot like the '1000 hand slap' made famous by E.Honda from street fighter 2


The video ends with a simple pose and then thankfully fades to black.

I'm confident that many people will disagree with my opinions but you cannot deny that this single is very lacking in style and substance.
I'm almost certain that the sales for this will be quite low ... will they be lower than 'Mikan'? unless this single gets a lot of advertisment and tv spots it probably will.
One last thing that bugs me about this ... what the hell is going on with the 8th generation? why recruit new members if you are not going to use them? I have yet to see Aika, Lin Lin or Jun Jun featured prominantly at all in any single (especially this one) of course I don't mind Aichan taking the vocal lead because she is the best, but I would love to see some variety in the future.
Like all my reviews I was going to end it with an upload of the PV, but considering I don't like it I wont subject you to it.
What I will do though is post a GOOD pv ...

I bring you 'Gee' by Girls generation ... awesome song and great PV ... Tsunku please take notice.

And please remember ... Life would be boring without different opinions.

137 comments:

TIMMII said...

The PV is quite boring, really, But I like the background that you can see the umbrella from upper view when you are actually in the eye-level view.

Reina got to much lines, She sang good, but I want to hear others too.

I just had negative mind against the Korean boy and girl band. Girl GEN is f**k up.

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU. Since you said it all already, I can say I felt exactly like that about this piece of nasty shit. :D

Rick said...

Didn't hate the Morning Musume vid. It didn't stand out either. Most of the dance seemed to be borrowed from others. Oh, and thanks for getting me hooked on another Girl group. Thanks for the Miyabi pics to, can never get enough of her.

Henkka said...

Yep, I, too, thought Naichau Kamo was boring as shit. Both the song and PV. But more importantly, I also thought Gee was goddamn amazing! High five!

chanponchan said...

I lol'd when I read the part that says you don't like wasting your time on things you don't enjoy, to then find that you had spent time screen capping it XD

I think that shows that you secretly like the PV really ^^

You know my feelings on this, because I blogged it too. Looks a bit better with the subtitles. But I still find myself getting bored and switching it off half way through.

Shame...

Second Blossoming said...

Shirow.

You are the man.

I could have had more fun shocking myself to death than watch this utterly rubbish boring shitty PV.

Your words speak nothing but the truth. God, those other H!P blogs are just fanboy/girls. You sir, are a true motherfucking fan.

amyrulez said...

I'm agree with what u said about the 8 generation members though....

Chobi said...

FINALLY, I'm not the only person who feels Reina is a screen time / line whore XD

And I wish Morning Musume would go back to doing cute pop songs like So Nyeo Shi Dae :(

Shurastriker said...

i really like the jackets and JunJun looks delicious in the PV (at least all 3 screen i found)

and also, Gee is boss

jinalbert said...

I believe the funding for MM's PV, dance lesson, and clothes have been spent on their recent Hawaii trip.

Maria Catalina said...

You know, it's nice to read different opinions about something. I liked the PV, but to be honest, it wasn't a very good PV, it's just that I've been so disappointed with the crappy stuff MM has released lately that I just had to be pleased with almost anything they released...

Oh, and BTW, Kudos to you for knowing that the hand clapping is flamenco... I mean, everybody usually thinks that its as "latin" as "salsa" But uhh--- No. Spain isn't latin at all, it's in Europe, where people aren't latin either./endrant.

paul.thomas said...

Phew, thought it was only me thinking along those lines, good to see that it's not just me.
When I look at the really great PVs Berryz, C-ute and Buono had all of last year and then I look at this, it makes me so sad, there's so little originality going into it.
The song itself is growing on me with each listen, but the PV I can't see me ever taking a liking to it.

And totally agree on the Gee video, it looks great and the song is so catchy. It's totally turned my opinion on SNSD around.

Anonymous said...

flamenco is totally different to the salsa which btw isn't the only rythm in latinamerica (neither is flamenco in Spain) but latin is because origin of the language, is just that it derived in anything from latin america and that is wrong.

.Danny said...

The song is a total let down. I wasn't a huge fan of Resonant Blue either, but I could at least see how people could like it. This song is just...white noise, at best, and irritating at worst. I've come to the conclusion the Japanese or H!P or UFwhatever are incredibly stubborn. They get an idea in their head and it doesn't matter if it isn't what people want or if it's just not working out they just keep running with it. The pseudo-R&B/Eurotrashified MM is about as entertaining as "serious" Aya Matsuura. I feel like there are sincerely entertaining girls within MM that deserve better, and the MM name itself deserves better.

Make MM fun again christ.

Rad said...

Your Koharu pic takes my breath away.
Rad

Anonymous said...

Korean girl groups totally outshine their Japanese counterparts./sorry

Rishadan said...

Thanks for introducing Girls Generation <3

That Gee PV is bonerrific ;)

Silverglade said...

Also disappointed in the new MM song. What.the.hell.

bakaneko said...

i KNOW! the song sucks! there wasn't anything which stick to my head.. not the opening, not the bridge, not the chorus, not even one single beat! it's just one of those songs you forget right after listening to it... it didn't even piqued my interest level by half a notch...

though the PV may not be the best, it wasn't the worst... at least i like the outfit better than pepper keibu...

Everlasting_Dream said...

What you have to say about the MM PV is very interesting and highly amusing:)
I tend to agree:)
I think MM has started to decline in quality...and it probably ended with Yossie leaving. I love Ai and everything, but Tsunku ftw:/
lol-the reason why Berryz and MM rip off each other is because it's Tsunku:P I think I'm used to it by now:)
And Gee is highly addicting to listen to, but they all seem so vain...or is it just me?
Thanks for sharing your insights and opinions:)
~Anna

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Anonymous said...

Ummmmmmm guys i think that Reina , who appeared really sad in this video, was the reason this song was written HENCE she gets lines. also just because it is j pop doesn't mean it can't be sad not all their songs are super peppy. i admit to not being able to remember the rhythm but i love the song

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