So the rips have been released out on the net for Morning Musume’s new single, “Mikan.”¬† I’ve been listening to the radio rip and a concert rip (since that’s really all that’s out there), and while such low-quality files aren’t exactly the best to judge a single on, they’ll have to do for now. If you haven’t come across any of these and want to take a listen, here’s links to those files (both found at JPH!P forums):

Mikan: Radio Preview
Mikan: Concert Rip

Mikan clearly takes a turn from Morning Musume’s past few singles; Kanashimi Twilight and Onna ni Sachi Are definitely have that angry/edgy feel to them, and Mikan is a totally different change of pace. Mikan’s upbeat and fun to listen to, but it’s missing¬†two very, very vital things.