A Review of the Album Rainbow 7 by Pop Music Group Morning Musume Released in 2006
Rainbow 7: the front album cover
Track Listing for Rainbow 7
- How do you like Japan?
- The Manpower!!
- Let the Future be one where the blue sky extends forever!
- Osaka Love Song
- Indigo Blue Love
- Rainbow Pink
- Sexy Impatience
- In a Colorless, Transparent State
- Purple Wind
- See You Again… BYE BYE
- The Story of Noisy Girls 3
- The Fish that got away was big! (That’s Right Totally Remix)
The album Rainbow 7 features the contributions of Mari Yaguchi and Rika Ishikawa
Pop music group Morning Musume entered 2006 still in their 8th year of existence. On February 15, 2006, their 7th studio album Rainbow 7 was released. This was the first Morning Musume album that I bought. However, it is not as good as 2010’s 10 MY ME. I wrote all the song titles in English to make it easier for readers to follow along. The album did very well in Japan, reaching #7 on the Oricon music charts. It would stay on the charts for five weeks and sell 44,714 copies. Rainbow 7 would be the last album to feature original member Kaori Iida and second generation member Mari Yaguchi. Note: at the first writing of this article Yaguchi was on a hiatus period following her major sex scandal. Also making their appearances on this album are Hitomi Yoshizawa (Hangry & Angry) and Rika Ishikawa, one of the most beautiful and charming members in the history of Morning Musume. Perhaps it is no coincidence that her nickname is Charmy.
Why is Rainbow 7 a Significant Album?
This album would mark the debut of Koharu Kusumi. It would also be the last album for Asami Konno and Makoto Ogawa. Ogawa would graduate from Morning Musume in 2006 and live in New Zealand until 2008. Ai Takahashi and Risa Niigaki are members for this album as well. They would hold the record for the most number of days spent in Morning Musume until that record was broken by Sayumi Michishige. The entire 6th generation of this group would also sing on Rainbow 7. Rainbow 7 would also be the first album for Yoshizawa as band leader. It has now been over ten years since the release of Rainbow 7. So how good is the album?
A photo of former Band Leader Sayumi Michishige
Rainbow 7: a Controversial Beginning?
Note: back in 2016 when this album was first reviewed, the first song didn’t appeal to me as much so this first song is an acquired taste. Now in 2019, the first song “How Do You Like Japan?” is a better song than it felt to me three years ago. Give this one a chance if you can.
The album opens up with “How do you like Japan?” It is one of the weakest songs in Morning Musume’s career. Or is it really that weak? It may be just different than what listeners may be used to from this group. It sounds like the kind of song that a rap artist would write. It definitely has a pop kind of feel to it. However, it is a song that is sub-standard. The Manpower is certainly an improvement from the first track. The chanting style of singing makes this one an interesting song. Morning Musume would use this vocal style later in songs such as Password is 0. The first half of the album is average at best. The first song has quite a bit of male grunts and it is slow.
The official music video for the song called The Manpower!!
Koharu Kusumi the only 7th generation member of Morning Musume
The album gets better in the second half with songs such as Purple Wind
But then with Rainbow Pink, the band starts to show some of their singing and songwriting prowess. The song was performed LIVE with lots of narration involved. The song talks about someone that has fallen in love. The next song called Sexy Impatience has some classical guitar in it and sounds like an upbeat Gipsy Kings style song. This song would be followed by the one called In a Transparent, Colorless State. The song is soft and soothing to the ears. You can relax in a chair and listen to this one. However, I don’t think that there are any songs on this album as good as the one called Wagamama ki no Mama Ai no Joke). That’s just fine because these girls know how to sing and express their talents. See You Again… BYE BYE is a repetitive song that can lose its appeal after a while, so this one might be skipped over by some of us.
One of my favorite members of the group Makoto Ogawa
"Purple Wind" LIVE Performance
Final thoughts about the album Rainbow 7
Of all the discussion that Rainbow 7 has received, we did not really address what is on the album’s cover. The cover shows all the participating members dressed in charming white dresses, similar to what we would have seen movie stars such as Audrey Hepburn wear back in the day. I am sure she would have been proud of Morning Musume had she been alive to even know of this group. Hepburn died in 1993 due to cancer but it’s worth mentioning that the Morning Musume members’ style of dress is similar to what she would have been wearing. On this analysis in 2019, Rainbow 7 is definitely a stronger release than initially thought.
The Song Osaka Koi no Uta (Osaka Love Song)
The song called Sexy Impatience
© 2016 Ara Vahanian