Only You RE

Regular Edition

Only You Limited A

Limited A

Only You Limited B

Limited B

Only You Limited C

Limited C

Track Listing

  1. Only You
  2. Yameteyo! Sinbad
  3. Only You (Instrumental)

DVD Track Listing

  • Only You Dance Shot Version (Limited A)
  • Only You Close-Up Version (Limited B)
  • Only You Another Dance Shot Version (Limited C)

Review

Only You is the 2nd single for the newest members of Morning Musume. Unlike Maji Desu ka Ska there are very few 9th generation members featured. The only new voice you hear is that of Sayashi Riho. Otherwise it’s back to the status quo of Ai, Reina as front girls & Risa batting clean up. If you heard the b-side of Morning Musume’s last single you could probably tell this was going to be the case.

Even with that step back I can safely say that Only You is actually a good song. It does tend to have a little bit of a schizophrenic arrangement music wise going from short stacatto beats during the verses and more traditional 4 on the floor during the chorus.

It is a bit jarring upon the first few listens & it may take those who are not accustomed to quick changes of pace to get used to how Only You is structured. If you can get past all that then you will definitely find a song that is finally something that deviates from the tired recycling trend the group was stuck with before the 9th generation.

For that fact alone this gets a pass. But seriously Only You is really quite catchy & who knew Riho had a voice like that? Impressive. Perhaps she will be more than the little girl who can dance like a mofo.

Even though this song is surprisingly good the one common complaint about it is when Gaki gets auto tuned. We all know how this vocal effect can be used as a crutch to help the less vocally talented sound less like they’re making whale sounds, which is why many are upset.

Gaki doesn’t need auto-tune. But in this case the effect adds to her verses so it’s not exactly a detriment to the song at all and it’s kind of cool tha they used it on one who can sing. Instead of the regular recipient of auto-tune that we all know and love, Sayu.

The b-side Yameteyo! Sinbad is similar in tone to the first single with the 9th generation. (Maji Desu ka Ska) Meaning that it’s up beat, fun, silly and features the new members more than the a-side. It’s an interesting contrast to the slightly emo-ish Only You. It definitely has its charms and sounds a lot like a throwback to old school Momusu tracks like those from the 4th Ikimasshoi album.

As a whole I have to say that both songs  on this single are great. Only You may be a step back to relying on the go to vocal crutches but considering the kind of song it is that’s not really a bad thing. The biggest surprise of this entire package is Riho. Again, impressive.

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