If you’ve followed my blog even slightly you’ll know that Momoiro Clover has been my favorite idol group for some time now. I discovered them just as they were making their major debut and have been following them since. I’ve loved every single thing they’ve done since their release.
However, I am not crazy about Otome Sensou, their newest single song, and that’s kind of disappointing for me.
I just have to say that I don’t hate it. The song itself isn’t bad, though I don’t think it was written particularly well. There are elements of greatness, to be sure, but it’s not a very well written and arranged song in my opinion. The 7 minute song is too drawn out, has an empty arrangement in parts (the beginning of the first verse comes to mind, when it’s just fake-y sounding electronic piano and drums), and is kind of all over the parts. The build up of the song at the end is nice, but ultimately it leads back to the chorus which feels incredibly anti-climatic. You may disagree on how you think it was written; I know multiple people who would argue that it’s an incredibly well-written song and an excellent piece of music aside from it being idol music. However, there’s one problem that both I and other MomoClo fans have with it:
It doesn’t feel like Momoiro Clover Z.
MomoClo has changed over the years, from being an indie street idol group to being a group that had traditionally inspired idol costumes to being major debut Momoiro Clover to being Momoiro Clover Z. They always try new things, but they always feel like MomoClo. This doesn’t have the same energy that MomoClo is.
Others have mentioned that it’s experimental and good on MomoClo for trying it, which I agree. However, it’s probably not the best song for the A-Side, and while I appreciate people experimenting with groups this isn’t successful for me. I’m just really disappointed in how I feel about this single and what they tried to do with Otome Sensou, especially since I think the PV is one of their strongest yet.
So I’m pretty conflicted. On the one hand, I appreciate risk taking, but I think this song isn’t doing it very well. All in all, I’m disappointed, and sad to feel that way.