Music is subjective, and I get that there are people who love the current group and/or the Platinum Era, but I ain't one of them, lol. I went back and listened to some Platinum songs today, and I think I like them more musically for the most part, even though they're not my favorite. WRT the "individual talent is less important than overall group performance" stance, I agree so long as one very important consideration is met: the overall talent floor must acceptably high, and I don't think MM's talent floor meets that criteria. I've made this point a lot when talking with friends about rock bands, that I don't mind a bit of raw slop in my rock and roll, and if that slop is born of emotion and energy, all the better, but there is a level of talent that I expect from someone who earns a living on stage. It's not a staggeringly high bar to clear, either. I've also stated a hundred times on this forum that I don't mind idol groups employing a few tin-ears so long as they bring an engaging personality to the table. But the ratio of competent singers to tin-ears should never weigh in favor of the tin-ears as, IMO, MM's currently does.
This group needs an injection of talent in the worst way, because by my math this eleven-member group claims only four competent singers (Oda, Maa, Fuku and -- just barely -- Miki). Of those four, Fuku will turn 23 in a few months, and the others are either 20 or will be this year. I don't see Oda or Miki going anywhere anytime soon, and Maa -- who knows? She could decide to leave tomorrow, or she could stay until she's 30. My sense is that she loves Morning Musume like Sayu loved Morning Musume, and that she'll have to be told to graduate. Moving Erina and Ayumi out in favor of two or three actually talented girls would at least even good/bad singer ratio, which would go a long way to improving their performances. I don't even care if they can dance, because tbh, their dancing has slipped to the point where the only things I notice anymore are the cringe moments.