‘one Sexy Zone’ to rule them all

Yesterday I bought Sexy Zone’s very first album in the huge Tsutaya in Shibuya. Even before entering the store big Sexy Zone posters greeted me outside the entrance. The first thing I saw when I entered the store was the cd stand made for the Sexy Zone album with a screen showing Sexy Zone PVs. The next thing I noticed was the numerous Sexy Zone banners hanging from the cealing. Seriously, it was amazing! (wish my camera hadn’t gone out…) I had pre-ordered the anniversary box limited edition of the album and went to the second floor to receive it. When I came up to the second floor they were playing the Sexy Zone album in the speakers and I saw another cd stand with the albums lined up. So excited! I also noticed a cd stand with Fairies new single, White Angel, which had a screen showing the making of the PV.
Practically the whole store were filled with various single stands showing PVs or making ofs. I really liked it a lot, especially because you could listen to the songs before buying the single/album! And then also because they were so pretty with pictures and autographs attached. Almost pieces of art (haha).
When I received the album it came with 6 postcards and a special Sexy Zone themed Tsutaya bag. But I didn’t get to flash the baby, because they immediately packed it all up in a plain bag (you know Japanese people and their fear of getting embarrassed!). After having paid I didn’t feel like leaving yet, so I looked around a little longer and noticed there even was a cozy cafe as well on the second floor. Will definitely check that out when I come with a friend next time.
The first thing I did when I came back to my dorm was of course opening and listening to the album. Felt like I had waited forever to do this, even though it was only a month ago the release was announced (but you know!).

The anniversary box was so incredibly beautiful; a simple white cardboard box with the members on the cover in these classy clothes, their names written in gold on the sleeve and another group shot on the back. I think the subtle but beautiful style just blew me away. It got even better when I opened the case, which contained two discs and photobooks all in gold and white, whuaah! I totally didn’t expect such great design and style for Sexy Zone, but I’m so glad they cared to make the album timeless.
The photocards  were Christmas themed as promised and the photobook pictures so gorgeous! The black and white theme works so well for Sexy Zone, yay~

But now to the songs! Shall I start from the beginning?

1. Kanzen My Way
A very energetic song to start off the album. Even though this song is probably the only genetic and a tad boring song on the album I still love it, because I just can’t help love all Sexy Zone songs. It fits well for an intro song though and the instrumental reminds me a lot of a Buono song actually (haha).

2. Silver Moon
The intro to this song is so beautiful~ And then it’s even song by Shori! That fact alone is enough reason for me to like this song already. This song isn’t that great the first time listening to it though, but actually it grows surprisingly much on you, the more times listen to it. I love the chorus and melody and the name is kind of cool don’t you think?

3. Lady Diamond
I don’t know what it is with this song, but it’s just impossible to get tired of! The sound is energetic, the lyrics adorable, the PV magical and the song catchy as hell (lol). Oh and I must not forget to mention Shori’s haiku; so random and weirdly captivating, I can’t help loving it. No matter what, Lady Diamond just always make my day!

This song being on this album is just like the best Christmas present anyone could give me! Yes, I love this song to death. I really hope Sexy Zone will get more songs like this in the near future, especially if they are aiming for the “Michael Jackson style/sexiness” (or whatever they started out saying). The perfect harmony of the members’ light and deep voices and the catching melody is just killing me~ I also love Fuma’s rap part, so great! But I must also admit the live performance sort of raised the epicness bar with a major margin (lol). But my only complaint is they left out the cool intro part with drums, rock guitar, violin, quick breaths and breaking glass sound effects (that almost takes a minute!) in the beginning of the song… It was sort of part of that song imo (cries).

5. rouge
Fuma’s solo song really surprised! Of course I know he’s the best singer in Sexy Zone, but I just didn’t expect his solo to be so well-composed if you know what I mean? It’s almost in league with Justin Bieber imo. I’m also in love with Fuma’s rapping – he’s really talented! This is one of the really strong tracks on this album. Am impressed.

The “rivalry” theme in this song is so nice~ it also sort of has a latino sound to it with the guitar play, which I love in Johnny’s songs ♥ But my favourite part has to be Shori’s solo line. That particular solo line was the first one I ever heard Shori sing  as opposed to his mostly spoken parts like “sexy rose” and the Lady Diamond haiku. Otherwise this is just a cool and very likeable song!

7. Kimi to… Milky way
This song starts out all epic with beautiful piano play and then usually in Johnny’s songs that would change into a typical energetic beat and turn boring, but this doesn’t! Was truly impressed with this song all the way through. First – I didn’t know they could do this sort of ballad style – second – Shori’s solo parts OMG!  (dying) This song is just so beautiful I can’t express how much I love it. I know I have always been a sucker for ballad songs, but this is really something! Both Kento, Fuma and Shori’s solo parts really surprised me. Their voices have such a good chemistry, I’m just wow. This has turned into my new favourite Sexy Zone song and is without a doubt the best song on their first album imo.

8. Sexy Zone
Sexy Zone’s signature song following that amazing ballad just makes me love the album makers so much. Sexy Zone’s first single is such a fitting song for a first single. It has that natural “let’s do our best”  feel to it and is great for concerts. Well done Johnny-san!

9. Don’t Stop Sexy Boyz!
Wait a minute, when did Sexy Boyz actually turn sexy? This song is kind of kakkoii ikemen potential (haha). The only thing that ruins it is maybe the title and line “Don’t stop Sexy Boyz!”. It just sounds so comical I can’t help grinning when listening to this song. But otherwise I like this song. I’m looking forward to hear more from them. I’m only wondering when will we actually hear Marius and Sou in this unit? They are sort of the main members right?

10. Kimi wo hanasanai kimi wo hanarenai
This was rumored to be a Shori solo song, but unfortunately it’s not… It’s still a pretty nice song though. Maybe a bit typical as a Johnny’s song, but overall pretty catchy. It’s just not the best song on the album that’s all.

11. We can be one
This song is kind of Sexy Zone turning K-pop, but then again not really. It’s just some parts of it (especially when they sing “you know I want it”) has that feeling to them. I have a feeling this song has a connection to the album title “one Sexy Zone” and “We can be one”, but then I could be wrong. This song is sort of mysterious (haha), but I like it! Lol’ed so hard when Kento broke out in that “boku ga iru yo!” line though – almost over the top (haha).

12. Teleportation
This song really grows on you. At first it sounded kind of bland and typical, but with more listens it turned really catchy, wow! I think this type of song fits Kento’s style a lot and even I must admit he’s kind of sexy when performing this song ♥ (I’m not that much a fan of him).

13. Sexy Summer ni yuki ga furu
でたーThis song is so random and crazy it’s actually pretty cool. Who can pull of performing in Christmas costumes with Hawaiian style hibiscus flowers and sing about Christmas taking place in summer apart from these adorable guys? The whole idea of this song is just sort of intriguing to me (haha). Was it really Johnny-san who came up with the idea for this song or was it perhaps Sexy Zone themselves? Well, I’ll probably never know… As a song though, it doesn’t beat Lady Diamond in cuteness, but it’s very close! I still like it though (obsessed, I know).

14. Sukisugite
Yay another concert song included on the album! I’ve always liked this song when they performed it at concerts and Shokura, so was really glad to see it included on their album. The best part is definitely the chorus (tied with the cute dance moves of course lol) and then I also like the “I love you” individual member lines.

15. Kyou wa arigatou
Shori intro again (wee~). His voice is seriously way too cute for my health. It could turn a fangirl crazy okay? But I still want more~ Ehem! Well back to the song (lol). This is a nice ending track (I know it’s not officially the last track, but if we don’t count the bonus track it sort of is) and reminds me a bit of earlier HSJ ending tracks. Not anything in the league of  “Kimi to… Milky way”, but still pretty awesome.

16. Namae no nai omoi (bonus track)
This is a Kento and Fuma duet, kind of slow-paced (some would think boring perhaps), but I like relaxed songs like this once in a while as well. This track is actually only available on the limited edition of this album, so that makes it sort of special I guess. It’s not that amazing though. Still a nice relaxed ending to the album (am not fond of fast-paced ending songs) so it’s definitely approved by me~

 All in all I’m really satisfied with Sexy Zone’s first album. Heck, I’m practically just grateful we are already getting an album from them! I hope they will keep the releases coming (haha). But back to the album; I think the balance (if you can use that word) of the songs in this album is simply spot on. For example the number of happy and lively type of songs opposed to more cool/serious songs and ballads. From the new songs there appeared some real pearls as well, like “Kimi to… Milky way”, “Silver Moon” and “rouge”. Yes even the Sexy Boyz song was surprisingly good! Apart from the new songs, Sexy Zone already had tons of great songs to include on this album, so it wasn’t really possible for it to fail. My only complaints are probably the missing presence of Sou and Marius in the new songs. It was only Fuma, Kento and Shori who got solo lines and in a couple of songs I actually wondered if they were even present at all… I could also have done with a Shori solo, now they made me think he was going to have one and all! (cries) But putting that aside this is really a fantastic debut album, who has a lot to offer and which I’m sure will become a favourite album of mine in my Johnny’s collection. Let me finish with saying I have big expectations for you Sexy Zone and may you rule over them all~

Momoiro Clover Z’s first album is here!

I got this shiny beautiful album in my mailbox two days before it’s actual release (CDjapan I love you ♥o♥) and was surprised to find a wonderful little photo of ninja Momoclo added to the lot ^o^ Yay! The title of Momoclo’s first album is Battle and Romance which is just a cool bad-ass name if you ask me xD The cover is fantastic and as you can maybe see on the picture there’s shine on the paper too :O Cool huh? The design on the discs themselves are also a piece of art and I love how Kanako’s member color red clearly dominates the picture (well, she’s not the leader for nothing ^^). The booklet photos are really funny too and I liked how the pictures and lyrics were seperated (probably because there are so many tracks :P) Well,  I promised a review of Momoclo’s album and here it is! I’ve decided to only review the new songs or else this would take forever to finish (there are 19 tracks in total on this album! O_o) Yet again I’ve ended up nearly writing a novel, instead of a normal length post, but I hope you will read to the end anyway! ;3

Let’s begin:

Z Densetsu ~Owarinaki Kakumei~ (Z伝説~終わりなき革命~)
This song is like taken out of a Ranger series, with the melody and the announcer who introduces the members while shouting their colors xD lol. Great stuff~ They really underline that they are Momoiro Clover Z now as Z is mentioned again and again throughout the song ;) I love when some of the members get to the high notes in this song, it sounds really good ♥ ^^ I’m glad this song was used as intro song, it really introduces Momoiro Clover Z in a throughout and crazy way in perfect Momoclo style~

Whoah~ This song is so cool! The electric beat in the beginning is a killer choice and the deep voices of the girls are a nice fresh sound from Momoclo. I think the girls really shine in this song and the melody is very catchy (as all Momoclo songs are), especially the first instrumental after the first verses! I really like this song and it’s probably one of my many favorites of the new songs :D

Wani to Shampoo (ワニとシャンプー; Alligator and Shampoo)
I love Momoka’s lines in the beginning of the song, the voice she uses is just hilarious xD I really feel this is Momoka’s song, I don’t know why… Her voice sort of stands out :3 I keep wondering what they are singing about though – the title is Alligator and Shampoo – lol! It’s hard not to wonder. They keep singing “yabai, yabai”, which means something is bad. Hmm… I hope someone will translate that song one day ^^; But otherwise this is a funny little song, which I really feel would be even better if I knew what they are singing xD Haha

Kimi no Ato (キミノアト)
The first ballad on the album starts out with a beautiful verse sung by Kanako. Really her voice is just so pure and lovely – I love it! In the first part of the song the instrumental is only piano, which sounds really nice and then there are added more instruments as the song evolves. I really feel this is the best ballad I have heard from Momoclo yet. Now they haven’t made that many ballads (^^;) but this really brings out some beautiful tunes from all the members ♥ Now I’m already a sucker for idol ballads, but it’s probably just because I love how you can hear voices much better in calm and slow songs and then it’s also just a nice break from all those energetic songs Momoclo (and many other idol groups) usually do ;)

D’ no Junjou (D’の純情)
This song is just totally badass. I think it’s the violin and the melody – it really sounds like a villain’s theme and before watching the PV I was sure that was the idea of this song (as the other song was a heroine song). But then it turned out to be a ninja song and I was like “that’s even better!” xD Ninjas are so cool, but maybe they are “evil ninjas” in this song, because the melody very much indicates a villain’s theme to me ^^;  Heh and then I also love the “dash, dash, dash” parts of the song lyrics, really catchy ^o^ ♪

Ame no Tachikara wo (天手力男)
This song has a very different style as well and is probably the most original song on the whole album – it’s without a doubt also the catchiest. God I’ve had this song in my head forever since I heard it for my first time (it’s actually quite terrible) but then again it’s also a really great song, so I just keep listening to it again and again! Lol xD With this song I also wonder what they are singing about – the song title means something like “from us in the rain?” (According to google translate) so I’m not so sure about it… they also sing atsui a lot in the song, which means hot; could it be they are singing about the hot rainy weather?? Probably not (laughs) ^O^;;; But nevertheless this is a really good song (probably my favorite on this disc), which I just can’t wait to watch a live performance of! :D

Orange Note (オレンジノート)
I’m happy this song finally made it to the recording studios ^o^ It’s just one of the true/original Momoclo songs that have stuck with them since their debut and it’s a really fantastic song too ♥ Too bad Akari isn’t in this version, as I really love her rap in this song (even though I actually think Shiori did a good job at covering Akari’s part too) but I guess it can’t be helped as she’s probably never coming back and I have to get used to that fact :/ I’m just happy it got recorded though, I love love this song :3

Stardust Serenade (スターダストセレナーデ)
A calm and soothing song this is, it’s probably not the most noticeable song though, but I like it anyway xD (Yes I’m a sucker for calm songs and ballads…>_>;) I like when the girls go: “ah, ah~”, sounds nice ;) The bridge part is actually also very nice in this song and is definitely my favorite part of the song ^-^ I don’t know what else to say about this song that I think it’s cute and I’m sure it will grow on me J And btw, am I the only one thinking the word stardust in the title could be a possible reference to their agency? :P

Kono Uta (コノウタ; That Song)
Yay, another song where Kanako is the first person to sing (bonus!) xD Haha, I like the fast singing parts of this song and the rap parts ♥ Kanako’s voice is also really good in this song as they sing in really high notes sometimes for this song and Kanako’s amazing voice can reach those high notes like they were a piece of cake ;3 But then again this song is probably the least interesting of the new songs. I don’t know what it is, but it’s just a bit bland imo. What do you guys think? :O

MomoClo no Nippon Manzai! (ももクロのニッポン万歳!) (Bonus Track)
I had a smile on my face the whole time listening to this song, to me it sounds like they are mentioning as many cities and areas of Japan as possible; it’s really hilarious to listen to! ^o^ The girls also try on some really crazy dialects and funny expressions xD Love it! But the “hyoto, hyoto” parts drive one a little crazy too I guess (lol) >o<;; Otherwise, a really fun and original song too, I would very much like to read a translation of this song, like many of the other songs on this album > <;  *sigh*

Now to the solo songs! :D I think it’s so cool that each member got a solo song on their very first album (wow!) That’s probably a first in the history of debut albums in the idol world (lol) ^o^  and I really hope it’s a tradition they are going to keep *3*

Momota Kanako – Taiyou to Ekubo (太陽とえくぼ)
The intro is really sweet and cute, very fitting for the cute and adorable Kanako :3 I really love this song. It’s catchy and calming and brings me to think of summer and sun (which of course also is a bonus to me in the cold Denmark xD) ~ Kanako’s voice is good for all kinds of songs and this song is no exception. Even though it would have been cool to hear her in a song with a more challenging style, I really like this song and think it fits her very well ^^ It would be weird to hear Kanako sing a sad song or something, happy is more her style ;) With that said, I hope this is the first Kanako solo of many great to come in the future (^^)

Hayami Akari – fall into me
This is more to the gloomy side, but it’s also more to the cool side ^_~ Akari’s voice has also been good to rap parts and this song is mostly rap, but then she suddenly turn over to a more high note, which sounds totally amazing! The slow notes in this song is also really cool and the beat and rock tunes just makes this into a totally kickass song! xD Too bad it’s such a short song though (maybe the recording studio thought all this awesomeness in one song could be bad for the heart or something, so they decided to shorten it to make sure nobody would suffer a heart attack of over-excitement! Lol) xD Well, I wouldn’t mind a little too much excitement though ;P

Tamai Shiori – …Ai Desu ka? (…愛ですか?; …Love?’)
This is such an idol song in both body and soul ^o^; But nevertheless, Shiori’s loveliness shines bright in this song~ ☆ I have a feeling the lyrics must be very innocent, but then again, it suits Shiori. Shiori and the color yellow just has that feeling of innocence, am I not right? :P But yeah, it’s a cute song and good for the ears too, but it’s probably the least noticeable of the six soloes. (Sorry!) >-< But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great song, all the songs are! It’s just a bit more to the ordinary side xD If you get what I mean? ^^;

Sasaki Ayaka – Datte Aarin Nanda Moon☆(だって あーりんなんだもーん☆)
This is a song that’s far away from ordinary! (Haha) This solo song just screams A~rin in full force *U* Am I guessing right that this song is about cakes? (lol) Well I don’t have to ask; even the calendar page of A~rin in the Momoclo calendar had cakes all over it :P I loved how she squeezed in her “puni puni” trademark saying in the lyrics and it actually sounded great – yay! I think this is the funniest of the six solo songs and it’s probably also the catchiest one (can’t get the rin-rin-rin parts out of my head!) ^o^

Ariyasu Momoka – Arigatou no Present (ありがとうのプレゼント; Thank You Present)
This is a true ballad and a beautiful one too ♥ Gosh, I love Momoka’s voice; it has that hoarse quality, which just sounds great in songs and is a nice contrast to the light voices of for example those of Kanako and Shiori ^^ Momoka sings this song in a very heartfelt way and it wouldn’t surprise me if she broke out in tears when she sings this live. I’m happy she got a song like this.

Tagaki Reni – Koi wa Abare Ondekoza (恋は暴れ鬼太鼓; Love is a Raging Ondekoza)
Wow, an enka song? Well I guess that’s crazy Reni for you! ^o^; Haha! I actually like this song style and it really fits Reni’s voice imo. Again I wish this song was a little longer… When it stops I always just feel like “that’s it? I wanted more!” >_< Apart from that I’m interested to hear why Reni choose this type of song? It’s definitely a style that suits her ;)

Phew! I finally finished the song reviews, now to my overall opinion of the album: I think this is a strong debut album and it has a lot of energy. If anyone says he thought this album was boring, he must be lying. I really think MomocloZ has proved their ability to stand strong even after losing Akari as a member. I’m very glad to have bought this album and I hope it is first of many Momoclo albums, to be added to my music collection ^O^ Heh.

Btw, here’s a funny picture of Kanako I stumbled upon today! ;D

The beautiful bee queen! ♥ ^o^