Melon's Not Dead / Melon Kinenbi

Release Date: February 17, 2010

Track Listing

  1. Melon Kinenbi no Theme (Rock Ver.)
  2. Don’t Say Goodbye
  3. Pinch wa Chance Baka ni Naroze (Album Ver.)
  4. Sweet Summer Suicide Story
  5. Seishun On The Road
  6. Melon Tea
  7. Romantic wo Tsukinukero! ~ Break It Now ~
  8. All Around Rock
  9. Ai da! Ima Sugu Rock On!
  10. Always Love You

Review

Melon’s Not Dead is Melon Kinenbi’s first album outside of Hello! Project and their final album as a group. Two days after this album release and after celebrating their 10th anniversary it was announced that the group would disband after completing their tour in May. With that said is this a fitting swan song for one of UFA’s under appreciated groups or a whimpering last gasp of life?

This album is a collection of collaborations with Japanese punk-rock groups Beat Crusaders, New Rote’ka, The Collectors, Midori and Going Underground. Melon Kinenbi has always had a bit of rock flavor to their songs but nothing to this extreme.  The first hints at their new direction was the song Don’t Say Goodbye (feat. The Beat Crusaders) which showcased the group in an entirely different light.

That song showed no traces of the H!P pop influence that tended to water down Melon’s rock influenced songs. Instead we are treated to a full on assault that is a huge leap over their previous tracks of this nature. The group sounds much stronger and it makes me wonder why they weren’t directed towards doing something like this earlier in their career.

Tracks like Pinch wa Chance Baka ni Naroze, Seishun On The Road and especially Melon Tea also echo the idea that Melon Kinenbi, while perfectly capable of doing pop songs, should have had been doing more stuff like this. I think it really would have set them apart from every other group and perhaps would have garnered them the attention they richly deserve.

This is just about the perfect way to end their time as a group. There’s not one weak song on this album and it displays Melon Kinenbi at their strongest. It’s also a reminder of what could have been. A shitty pill to swallow but it’s the truth.

Many thanks to MK for leaving kicking and screaming. Highly recommended.

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