Vampire wa Kakukatakiri
Chankapana (Original Karaoke)
Full Swing (Original Karaoke)
Starry (Original Karaoke)
Vampire wa Kakukatakiri (Original Karaoke)
PeekaBoo… (Original Karaoke)
Addict (Original Karaoke)
It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen NEWS last and they return with…a song that’s kind of unique to their style. It seems like it has some light Indian influence and on the other hand seem to take notes from Arashi’s “Wild At Heart” which doesn’t surprise me much because both groups are Johnny’s. Now with just four vocalists left, it’s surprising to see some of the others take charge and they don’t sound half bad. Not an amazing song, but it moves them forward.
2. Full Swing
The main B-side kind of sounds like your run-of-the-mill NEWS/Johnny’d song which is kind of disappointing and dated but whoever sings lead sounds really good in the song. Then again the other 3 members don’t sound half-bad either. It’s just this song is uneventful and I kind of forget it after a while.
The rest of the single is split into 4 each containing a solo song for each member starting with Koyama’s song which is oddly the only ballad on the single. With only piano and strings helping him out, it seems really plain but Keiichiro sounds pleasant but it lacks something to bring it out to the forefront of the single.
4. Vampire wa Kakukatakiri
Shigeaki’s song is up next and seeing the word Vampire in its title, I was expecting something really cool and it kind of is. Though I’m kind of surprised Shigeaki isn’t really singing and is more riding the line between singing and speaking. Adding salt to the wound, he’s under heavy auto-tune which doesn’t work with his vocals very much. I will say that I do like the funky arrangement but I just couldn’t take this song very seriously.
The same problems seem to be present for Takahisa’s song in the fact that he’s under a lot of auto-tune as well. At least the song is a bit more suited but it lacks power behind it which is a little unsettling for me because I do think it’s needs more bang. At least he can pull off sexy well.
Tegoshi gets his song and this was a lot more of what I was hoping “PeekaBoo…” would sound like because Yuya sounds really pleasant and doesn’t rely heavily on the auto-tune and he sounds really strong singing throughout. It’s definitely my favorite song from this single hands down!
It’s been a hard time for the guys of NEWS since “Fighting Man”. I mean they lost two of their core members (Yamapi and Ryo) and had to release a best-of to bsically start anew with the rest of the members. I do seem to find that Tegoshi and Koyama are now the leads while the other two now sing a bit more than they’re used to and that’s great. Chankapana is a smidge better than “Fighting Man” but not by much because most of the single is still feeling like it’s missing something or it just feels super dated. I will say that I loved Addict the most and that stood out to me a LOT. The rest of the single…eh….I hope they get better as this quartet.