Morning Musume / Best Vol 1 : 4 of 5
I first heard of Morning Musume during my first trip to Japan, and my pal Barron gave me some trading cards and a cool mouse pad featuring the smiling faces of these 10 ultra-cute girls. That's right, Morning Musume is a pop group of 10 teenagers, kind of like a Japanese girl Menudo (when they grow up, they leave to form other bands and new girls take over). Later, my pal Matt showed me a hilarious (but strangely compelling) video for Love Revolution, and I was totally hooked. I found this CD for a good price during an import sale, and I've listened to it several hundred times (at least). Of course, I only know enough Japanese to understand a phrase or two now and then, but the songs are incredibly upbeat and cute! I think they manage to get a "Yay!" and a few "Oooh Oooh!" in each and every track, even the ballads. Some of the melodies are actually pretty cool, and there are a couple of semi-hip hop tunes that kind of groovy. All I know is I like it, and I'm looking forward to buying Volume 2 (which I hear is even better) soon!