1st Goodsal was Ongaku Gatas’ 1st album. It was released February 6, 2008. It sold 7,506 copies in it’s first week, 8,695overall and reached #24 on the charts.
- Dakishemete… Namida
- Osaki ni Sunzurei
- Narihajimeta Koi no BELL
- Seishun no Custard
- Kokoro no Tanima
- Chikyuu to Tsuki Kare to Watashi
- Kara Genki
- Koi Uranai Doori ni wa Naranai wa
- Kiss Shiyou
Starting up the album is the pretty funky trackDakishemete… Namida. Usually every album has a “best” new track and this song would be the case for this album. It as an enjoyable disco like instrumental similar to their first single and a strong chorus. This song even sounds pretty sexy at times with the way the girls sing, it’s also pretty Tsunku heavy. I enjoyed the piano as well.
Osaki ni Sunzurei begins with some clapping and drum beating, I guess their taking the whole futsal thing pretty seriously. The song has a nice light rock instrumental and fun verses with a brass filled chorus. The vocals were also fun sounding and matched well with the easy going instrumental of the track. A nice new song.
Up next is Narihajimeta Koi no BELL, the first single of this era. It still sounds as good and fresh as it did in the single and matches the style of the album well, though it would have flowed a bit more if it followed the first track instead of the second.
Beginning with Seishun no Custard, the songs begin to be sang in groups of members, instead of Ongaku Gatas as a whole. This song is sung by Yossie and Satoda Mai. I wasn’t sure what to predict with that song name but Seishun no Custard is actually a brass heavy aggressive track with a really funky beat. The duo’s vocals sound great as their just a tad bit fast paced and fit perfectly with the song. It manages to maintain the funky theme of the album, which I was glad to see.
Sung by another duo, Kokoro no Tanima is sung by Mano Erina and Noto Arisa, a.k.a., the more popular Eggs. I was excited to see those two get to sing a song together, it’s just too bad the song reeks of boredom. The song itself is really slow paced with a pop genre. The girl’s vocals are REALLY high pitched and cutesy sounding which I didn’t really enjoy. Honestly, this song didn’t catch my attention at all.
Fortunately, the awesomeness that is Yattarouze! comes in to save the day from what was the failure of the last track. I wish Tsunku would have placed the singles better as this one seemed even more out of place than the last one, or maybe it was Kokoro no Tanima that was out of place…
Two eggs and two seniors(Rika Ishikawa, Asami Konno, Minami Sengoku, and Yuri Sawada) are brought together to sing Chikyuu to Tsuki Kare to Watashi. I kind of got a Christmas vibe at first but that went away once the first verse began and unveiled the thumping instrumental. This is a pretty standard pop song but I did enjoy the vocals.
Kara Genki is sung by the four senior members(Yossie, Rika, Konno and Mai). This song reminded me of Morning Musume’s Iroppoi Jirettai single due to the heavy hand clapping and Spanish sounding guitar. It’s a solid track though I thought it was missing some power to it.
Koi Uranai Doori ni wa Naranai wa is an Egg only song and I was surprised to hear the rock heavy opening instrumental. The verses are mid paced and have only the piano and vocals until the song begins moving toward the chorus where the rock elements kick back in. Unfortunately, that’s all thats interesting about this song. Unless you REALLY like rock music, this song is forgettable for it’s lack of any kind of hook or memorable melody.
Closing up the album is Kiss Shiyou, sung by all the members. It’s a slow paced rock/pop song with some bad sounding vocals. The instrumentals are bland and the vocals just sound plain weird.
1st Goodsal was such a strange listen to me. I was expecting it to be a bad album but upon listening to the first 4 tracks I was REALLY impressed, until the album made a HUGE u-turn and got completely generic and boring. I would have liked it if it kept the funky/disco theme along the entire album but that wasn’t the case. Even though it had more or less 2 memorable tracks, not even the awesome singles could save this album.