Nanchatte Renai is Morning Musume.’s 40th single and it was released on August 12, 2009. It reached #2 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and has sold 70,299 copies.
1. Nanchatte Renai♠
2. Aki Urara
3. Subete wa Ai no Chikara [40th Single Commemorative]
4. Nanchatte Renai (Instrumental)
Momosu keeps the trend of the synth and string heavy crossover songs with Nanchatte Renai, a song very similar to Shouganai Yume Oibito but by Naichau Kamo‘s producer, making it that much more unoriginal. The song isn’t bad at all, in fact, it has very pretty string work, along with a lovely harp and a great use of synth but there’s something lacking in the song. Maybe it’s that I’ve gotten tired of this style for them. Ai and Reina take care of the vocals, as always, while 8th gen, Sayu and Koharu shine during the rapping bits of the song right before the chorus. Although they’re quite short, it’s nice to see rapping back in a Momosu single after such a long time. The chorus is excellent but the song itself just lacks that immediate catchy flair that SYO had.
The b-side featured on normal versions of the singles is Aki Urara. It begins with a promising intro and a very solid first verse with smooth vocals and a constant keyboard but as the song reaches the chorus, it get progressively worse. The vocals maintain the same, thus not matching the heavier instrumental of the chorus and the overall harmonization was pretty bad executed. It’s a sexy song but is weighed down by its uneven vocals. Still, props go to the song for having a non-generic H!P b-side instrumental.
The b-side exclusively on the 40th anniversary version is Subete wa Ai no Chikara. It’s an improvement over the previous b-side’s line distribution but by only that. The song itself is pretty loud, obnoxious and annoying. The instrumental is a messy mix of synth and typical b-side beats and when paired up with a very disturbing chorus, the overall result isn’t that great.
For being the group’s 40th anniversary single(not to mention their highest selling one in years), I wasn’t very impressed. The a-side has its good points but failed in trying to renovate the synth+string combo. The b-sides were 50/50. One was passable but the other was an absolute mess. Hopefully Tsunku will focus more on the overall package instead of just the a-side with further releases.