Release Date: February 10, 2010
- Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai
- Nakidasu Kamo Shirenai yo
- Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai (Instrumental)
Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai is Morning Musume’s 42nd single release and the first since the graduation of Kusumi Koharu. This is a slightly different direction for Morning Musume after the hyper (and chipmunked) Kimagure Princess. A lot of this song is driven by acoustic instruments with a few synth stabs and electronic beeps rounding out the pre-chorus and chorus sections.
It kind of sounds more like a Melon Kinenbi song than a Morning Musume song to be honest. I don’t find that necessarily bad as it a great change of pace from their typical heavily layered and busy productions.
Vocally the group seems to have spread out the love a little more with Gaki and Eri sharing the lines with Ai and Reina. Everyone else gets nothing, well not everyone. Sayu still gets her breathy grunt lines (or whatever you want to call them). No screaming in this song unfortunately, so I guess Sayu is still somewhat S.O.L.
This is where they don’t miss Koharu at all as she would only bring the vocal quality down instead of up. And I say that despite the fact that I like Koha, but it’s the truth. Morning Musume is a better group vocally without her.
The video was interesting but not a large departure from the H!P standard. I found the group walking down a hallway like a group of bad asses in those dresses kind of funny. Although I think Koha would have rocked that shit like no tomorrow if she were still around. (It’s all about the legs baby)
The runway shots were also of interest to me. I kept thinking that maybe RuPaul would show up in the video and yell “Work!” or something like that. Perhaps that’s just me thinking of ways to spice up the video but I think it would be one way to go. It definitely would be different.
Again, I think Koha would have hammed/sexed up those shots like a pro. And this is probably where they’re going to miss her the most as she had a strong on screen presence. Anyway… The only other observation I have is that Gaki looked supermodel worthy to me. It was hard not to look at her and go, “DAMN! She looks good!”
The b-side is an R&B song called Nakidasu Kamo Shirenai yo (Yes, another song about crying) that isn’t too far off from some of the songs on the Platinum 9 Disc album or High-King’s Destiny Love.
A lot of fans are not too crazy about Morning Musume adding a bit of Urban flavor to their repertoire but with the current lineup I think they’re actually capable of doing songs like this without sounding out of their element and I would encourage at least diving a little deeper into the genre. Nothing wrong with adding a bit more edge, it can’t be all genki all the time.
Overall, both songs on this package are great and neither outshines the other. I wasn’t sure what to expect post-Koha but I think this is a great start for the 8 member group.
Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai (Jacket A)
Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikeani (Jacket B)
Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai (Jacket C)
Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai (Jacket D)
Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai Single V