Toki no Namida
Yasashisa no Shizuku
ai ta Kokoro (Album Version)
just Melody (Album Version)
Lump Of Affection
D-tecnoLife (Album Version)
Beginning the album off with the era’s middle single, CHANCE! was definitely the era’s best A-side and it’s just because it’s so relaxed for the band and didn’t really call for TAKUYA to overload on his vocals. I like the upbeat J-rock from the band and it’s exciting in its own way and pretty epic. I love CHANCE!
2. Toki no Namida
Getting into our first new track, Toki no Namida really pushes the energy levels high and while it does remind me of a more refined version of “D-tecnoLife”, Toki no Namida is a pretty awesome song from UVERworld and everything feels right and strong, no problems from me.
Turning the mood into a darker setting, Rush is heavier than the previous two songs featuring some rather loud yelping from TAKUYA. I was so unsure what to think because while I love the dark stuff UVERworld releases, whenever they get more edgy it seems things get messy and vocally hard to handle as well. Especially with the swervy wail we got in the chorus. Not too bad, but it can get annoying after awhile.
What began UVERworld’s career and beginning off with a song that was tied-in with Bleach, D-tecnoLife was a pretty good opening for the series that’s for sure, but the problem here is that the song got pwned by both “CHANCE!” and “just Melody”. I’m not sure why I don’t enjoy the song as much as I used to when I first heard it through the anime. It just feels empty and sadly just feels so iono…”Ichirin no Hana” fixed things up 😄
5. Yasashisa no Shizuku
After getting through some of the louder stuff from the band, Yasashisa no Shizuku calms things down a little bit…well at least it did at the beginning. I’ll admit that I love how it sounds and the more need of bass in the song. I finally take notice at TAKUYA’s Engrish in the song and it’s sometimes hard to understand what he’s saying, but it’s still a good relaxing song from the band.
6. ai ta Kokoro (Album Version)
The only B-side found on the album, AI TA Kokoro from the “D-tecnoLife” single got changed and the caps was toned as well XD. Actually shorter than its single counterpart, ai ta Kokoro’s changes don’t really pop into my mind, cept maybe a shortened ending and perhaps a little more involvement in the music. I still enjoy it’s light side and is one of the more memorable songs from the singles.
The shortest song off the album, Burst is definitely like what the title suggests. It’s a powerful burst of energy after the last two songs and they fixed the problems that made “Rush” hard to listen through. TAKUYA’s energy is just through the roof. It’s these songs that really take me by surprise and I’m happy there’s at least a few of these here.
After such a fill with “Burst”, I was thinking Nitro was going to be just as hard hitting and I was right actually. The opening doesn’t really sound like it would lead in, but it does and I like the aggressive arrangement. TAKUYA’s vocals are more strict and deeper which is a nice change to the vocal work, but it sounds rather iono sloppy and his English also kind of fails a bit again as well. The chorus is weird with that ~so sorry~ line hahaha. Interesting song haha.
9. just Melody (Album Version)
Adding 34 seconds to the final single released in the era, just Melody’s additions only really are the extended guitar/synth opening which was a pleasant idea since it was one of the best parts of the song. While it’s not the best of the era, just Melody reminds me of a more lightheated “GO-ON” since there’s parts that reminds me of it. Not a bad song at all.
10. Lump Of Affection
I kind of like the more experimental side of this album, but I’m not really liking the song much. I’m not sure why, but there’s just something about this song that rubs me the wrong way. It’s a slower song, but I’m not finding anything that makes it stand out.
Which we get into Tobira which is like a clone of “Lump Of Affection” but with edgier guitar parts and a whole lot more interest from TAKUYA. That being said, it’s a little better than the last track, but there’s not much going for it still besdies the plus’s of the song. So much for that I guess.
After two meh songs, I think we make it into the home stretch with something good. SE is totally different from anything on the album. Especially with that weird solo opening turning into a pseudo electro track. Then again, as this is the lone interlude of the album I was surprised UVERworld would actually supply an interlude that’s all trance and such…so random but it does make a nice transition into our final track.
13. D-tecnoLife (Album Version)
So we have two versions of D-tecnoLife on Timeless huh? Whatever…the chances to their debut A-side was surprisingly major when compared to the changes on the other tracks. They fixed the emptiness that plagued the original, but it still feels under both of the other singles. It is the better version, but it’s definitely not a strong song still.
Song of Avoidance
UVERworld’s debut album was actually kind of nice. I mean strong new songs mixed in with the pretty good singles representing it. It did however start to wane near the end where things got too boring and outrageous…I mean does SE even make sense here? Still, a pretty good start for the band!