COVER YOU is Morning Musume.’s 1st cover album and it was released on November 26, 2008. It reached #27 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and has sold 12,037 copies.
1. Nagisa no Sindbad
2. Dou ni mo Tomaranai♠♠♠♠
3. Izakaya / Itsuki Hiroshi, Takahashi Ai
4. Pepper Keibu (ALBUM Ver.)♠♠♠♠♠
5. Shiroi Chou no Samba
6. Seishun Jidai<
7. Ringo Satsujin Jiken
8. Romance (ALBUM Ver.)♠♠♠
9. Machi no Akari / Takahashi Ai, Niigaki Risa
10. Koi no Dial 6700
11. Pinponpan Taisou / Kamei Eri, Michishige Sayumi, Tanaka Reina, Kusumi Koharu, Mitsui Aika, Junjun, Linlin
12. Watashi no Aoi Tori♠
13. Johnny e no Dengon / Niigaki Risa, Kamei Eri, Tanaka Reina
Opening up the album with some freaky noises is Nagisa no Sinbad. I had heard a version of this song sung by W and really didn’t enjoy it much, things don’t seem to change(much) with Momosu’s version. The verses are pretty solid, though not very interesting though the chorus does make things better, especially with the “Sexy” lines. I also liked the line distribution, I would have thought it was gonna be all Reina and Ai, but fortunately I was wrong. It’s an okay song, but not really the best opener nor very memorable. Good thing it’s the shortest track on the album as well.
Dou ni mo Tomaranai, however, would have made for a better and funner opening. As soon as the pounding instrumentals kick in, along with the AWESOME vocals(everyone seemed to be singing in a different way) I knew I was gonna like this song. It’s actually my second favorite new track of the album simply cause it’s so well arranged and has such memorable solo lines, especially from Risa.
Izakaya is probably the strangest song from the album as it seems kind of out-of-place. This song is actually an Ai duet with Hiroshi Itsuki. The beginning has a nice, relaxing sounding lounge atmosphere, which makes you just want to sit back and relax. This song reminded me a lot of Miki’s “Okitegami” single due to the style of the song. It’s a very safe track, never doing anything too wild. Nice vocals from Ai here.
Now we arrive to the a-side of the only single released for the album, Pepper Keibu. I’ve only fell in love more with the song since it was released and seeing it was gonna have an “Album ver.” made me really anxious, though I didn’t want to get my hopes up too high. This is probably the best song of the album, making the perfect fusion between Momosu’s and PInk Lady’s style. Unfortunately, the only difference to the song is an added 20 seconds of a soft instrumental to end the song. However, it feels really out of pace and unnecessary.
Shiroi Chou no Samba with some old sounding piano, giving you the impression that the song is going to be a ballad, however, the piano goes away and in comes some soft guitar rifts, along with JunLin! That’s easily my favorite part of this safe, relaxed and happy song, JunJun and LinLin are the centers! Apart from that, it’s an okay song that doesn’t really wow the listener much.
I love the way the piano that opens up Seishun Jidai sounds. This is one of the more upbeat tracks on the album, and features a lot of the 6th generation members. The vocal performance is my favorite part of the song as it features tons of Eri and the rock-ish instrumental isn’t bad either. One of the better new songs.
One of my favorite tracks on the album is Ringo Satsujin Jiken. It’s refreshing island style sounds very unique in the album, and Ai’s funny opening vocals are a pleasure to hear. The verses are ver soothing and the sudden brass during the bridge is nice as well, but it’s the chorus that really shines. It has the girls repeating “Funi Funi” multiple times, which sounds great especially since they left the professionals do it, Sayumi and Koharu(from what I can tell). This is a fun track you’ll enjoy where you can hear a bit of everyone singing(minus JunLin, I didn’t hear them…).
Next we have the b-side of the “Pepper Keibu” single, Romance. Along with the a-side, it has also been given the “Album ver.” treatment. Unfortunately(again), the only difference is that the song no longer fades out and has been given a proper ending, though it does sound a lot smoother than “Pepper Keibu”‘s. The song is still a very strong track and one of the highlights of the album.
Machi no Akari opens with some very pretty strings and piano and is the album’s only real ballad. Risa starts off the first verse with some very gentle vocals and then Ai starts her part along with the addition of water drop sounds and soft beats. The chorus has the girls harmonizing really well together. I didn’t think I would be very interested in it, but it prooves to be a very beautiful listen with soothing vocals. It could have been longer though…
Now for the enigma of the album, Koi no Dial 6700. It opens with Sayumi picking up a telephone with her usual cute voice and then LinLin chanting “Ring Ring Ring”(though she makes it sound like she’s saying “Lin Lin Lin”) over a steady bass guitar. As the first verse arrives, the song transforms into this poppy, brass heavy track. The chorus is sung very well by the senior members and right after LinLin begins her part again. During the instrumental break right after, LinLin also begins to ad-lib, which is just awesome. It’s possible you may find this song annoying(especially Koharu’s part) but you can’t deny it’s one of the funnest.
Now for my least favorite song on the album, Pinpon Pan Taisou. As soon as I hear Koharu’s annoying vocals, I know I wouldn’t be enjoying the song. This is a VERY Kusumi heavy track, along with Mitsui. I would have enjoyed the song a lot more if it were just Aika, but even than the song itself isn’t too good, just annoying. It really sounds like something you would hear in a Kirarin soundtrack, which combined with Morning Musume, doesn’t make a good combination. It doesn’t help it’s one of the longest songs on the album, even if it’s only lasts 4 minutes, 17 seconds.
KAMEI ERI SOLO!!! ABOUT TIME! Watashi no Aoi Tori IS ALL KAMEI! I was so freaking excited as I listened to this as I absolutely love Eri’s voice and her being my favorite member only made me love this song more. Her vocals are absolutely precious in this soft pop song, but of course, she isn’t the only one singing. The only other solo was by Risa and Sayumi, both of who I like, so it only made me like the song more. If it were someone like Reina singing this track, I would of absolutely hated it as the instrumental itself isn’t interesting enough to draw in someone who wasn’t a fan of the vocalist.
Now it’s Risa’s solo time! Jonii e no Dengon opens up with some moody sounding instrumentals but the song gets a brighter mood during the first chorus, with some acoustic guitar and piano. Risa’s vocals are excellent in this track, never straining them to a point where they get too high. The instrumental is more interesting than Eri’s song but I still can’t love it more. I mean, come on, it’s Eri!
Easily the best song on the album, UFO makes for one heck of an album closer. It begins with spacey sounds and then Risa’s crazy “UFO” line. The instrumental is constant in this track and the acoustic guitar sounds great on here, along with the random alien related sounds. The verses are a ton of fun to listen to and the chorus has great, deeper vocals form the girls. This is easily the best new song on the album and only behind “Pepper Keibu” in overall goodness. recommended listening.
On my first listen of the album, I was very disappointed. A lot of the tracks sounded familiar and boring while only “UFO” and “Dou ni mo Tomaranai” had caught my attention. After a few listens, I really began to see how unique each track was, though sometimes it was obvious that a song was boring. Although there’s a total of 12 new tracks, the album isn’t very long as only three tracks are over 4 minutes. This was both a good thing and a bad thing as some songs just needed to end quickly while others I could have listened more to. Another high point was the line distribution. While there is a lot of Ai, there’s also a TON of Eri and Niigaki, which I really wasn’t expecting. The overall absence of Reina is nice too. Even so, the album only has it’s few enjoyable tracks while the rest of the filler material is completely forgettable.