Momo “100% Happiness” (Review)

Re:vale‘s Momo (Soichiro Hoshi) gives a fancy shot of energy and happiness to the 12 SONG GIFT series.

For those that have been out of the loop: “12 Songs Gift” is a series of solo songs that started being released in this past January. A total of 12 singles, one for each member of IDOLiSH7TRIGGER and Re:vale, are scheduled to be released throughout the year. The solo songs releases coincide with the character’s birthdays.

Title: 100%ハピネス 
Label: Lantis 
Release date: 11/11/2018 
Genre: J-Pop/EDM


1 - 100% Happiness

Track analysis:

1 – 100% Happiness

The 12 SONGS GIFT is graced with upbeat pop tune that nods at the fun of 90’s Japanese pop music. 100% Happiness brings a simple mix of late 80’s, early 90’s Japanese pop and EDM. Groovy bass lines, fancy piano parts, oldschool synth hits and a simple bass-driven beat make this song instantly likable. The instrumental’s brightness or peppy vibe isn’t overdone, making this song incredibly enjoyable to listen to. Additionally, 100% Happiness has one of the fanciest and catchiest choruses so far in the 12 SONGS GIFT series.

On top of this addictive and fun instrumental are the vocals of Soichiro Hoshi (as Momo). Hoshi has rather unique vocals that, at times, make him sound off key and, at others, make him sound the best out of everyone performing alongside himself. And it is known that he’s rather inconsistent when it comes to his solo parts in Re:vale’s songs.  However, just like we noticed in Re:vale’s most recent releases, Hoshi keeps on improving on the vocal end, now being more than able to hold his own in a solo song, he goes the extra mile to deliver a complete and smooth sounding performance. He’s the main reason why this song is so catchy. His performance is energetic and upbeat, exuding happiness in his performance.

All in all, 100% Happiness is a bright entry in the 12 SONGS GIFT that will make you sing and/or dance along to it. It’s catchy, the vocals are the best we’ve heard from Hoshi and the whole vibe about this song is enjoyable. A gem in this 12 SONGS GIFT series.

Final rating:

This song is available for purchase at iTunes US.

Vanessa Silva
The Hand That Feeds HQ founder and music reviewer writing about Japanese music since 2010. Also, the only person managing everything The Hand That Feeds HQ related. In 2011, I stumbled upon Mamoru Miyano's "Orpheus". Since then I have been writing about male seiyuu music. You may find me writing almost essays whenever music is really good (not limited to, but it happens a lot with Soma Saito's music). I also host the male seiyuu-centric podcast, SEIYUU LOUNGE (see Spotify link in this profile).





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