Finally, got a hold of Morning Musume's 32nd single "Egao Yes Nude" ~ 笑顔ＹＥＳヌード ~ from Hello!Online. It's a radio rip, but excellent quality. Special thanks to the uploader.
Get it here.
"Egao Yes Nude" is first single to feature the 8th generation member Mitsui Aika, and the last single to include Yoshizawa Hitomi. It will be released on Valentine's Day 14th February 2007.
At first, I wanted to write a post to poke at the weird title for a single. For a girl-group that holds the "clean image" close to their image, it was an unusual title, thought that it will draw the type of attention equivalent to "Iroppoi Jirettai". I guess it's one of those... you know, the result of some Japanese doing puns and play-on-words with their limited English.
After listening, I thought it was a nice song. I think the costume for the PV isn't going to be the same as the one we saw on the jacket photoshoot. As for the music genre, it's my kind music - fast paced, hip-pop music. I had thought that "Egao" is a ballad, since Tsunku chose Mitsui for her "languidness", but it seems he have high expectations for the rookie. Good for her!
So what we have here - lots of brass, synths, running bass... and of course the return of the "Tsunku ghost" (Or maybe it was somebody else). The lyrics... about some confused and love-hate feelings towards a certain guy. In other words, a typical Momusu material.
Although... forgive me for saying but... I can't help but notice similarities between "Egao" and Mihimaru GT's music. But then again, it's mainstream hip-pop.
The leads sounded like Fujimoto Miki, Tanaka Reina, Niigaki Risa and Kusumi Koharu. Funny, I couldn't detect Mitsui's lines in the song. There were parts of the song that I was thought it was her, but I wasn't sure. Maybe because I was looking for her nasal-like voice that I thought could be distinctive. Overall, seems like she blended in real nice.
I'm looking forward to watching the PV, and see how Mitsui fared on dancing, since even Tsunku acknowledged that her dancing was bad during the 8th gen audition. It will be interesting to see how this song fare on the Oricon charts, thought I don't have high hopes for it to reach the top spot. But, I have been wrong before... :) ^_^
UPDATE 10:46 A.M.:
JPH!P Forums has the color coded lyrics.
After looking at the line structure, it's the same as Morning Curry, overall a fairly good mix, with Yossie-Gakisan + Mikitty-Tettekette pair leads on verses....(!)
Reina, Koharu and Mitsui(I'm still looking for a nickname for her) handles the bridges.
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