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UVERworld – Fight For Liberty/Wizard CLUB September 9, 2013

Filed under: UVERworld — solarblade @ 10:46 am

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Track Listing

  1. Fight For Liberty
  2. Wizard CLUB
  3. a LOVING TONE
  4. Fight For Liberty (TV Size)

1. Fight For Liberty

I thought it was due for UVERworld to come back and they come back with Fight For Liberty and honestly, I was loving they traded them saxophones from the last few singles and placed some strings and piano alongside their rockin’ style.  TAKUYA’s vocals really seem to stand out more to me than before and working with the whole anison sound around that was a smart move.  Definitely a great song from them a good start to the era.

2. Wizard CLUB

The other A-side, feels like the group is doing a bit more experimenting with the saxophones returning but with some trippy time sig changes which makes the song a bit more wild and random sounding.  There’s just so many different things happening in the song that it baffles me how they came up with such a unique track.  I actually kind of admire the songs approach and was glad it’s at A-side status.  That bridge though…why did I think of Street Fighter XD.

3. a LOVING TONE

I’m going to be honest, I’m happy we’re getting a straightforward song as the B-side and not some random instrumental or medley this time around.  Unlike the previous two, this track takes the band in a more mellow direction and TAKUYA can at least relax his voice for this song.  Though the song actually doesn’t bore me like some of their previous slow jams.  It’s strange considering the previous two tracks, but this song did a nice job closing the single.

 

 

After taking a rather small break after “REVERSI”, they came back at full force with “Fight For Liberty/Wizard CLUB”!  The primary A-side is your typical UVER rock track of course and they tackled the song quite nicely, not as good as “GOLD” or “GO-ON” but impressive.  Wizard CLUB on the other hand represented more of the experimentive side of UVERworld of recent times and strangely enough, I enjoyed it very much.  a LOVING TONE is a bit random to come across, but as an UVER ballad, it won me over pretty quickly.  I’d say this is a great single for them!

 

AAA – Koi Oto to Amazora

Filed under: AAA — solarblade @ 10:24 am

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Track Listing

  1. Koi Oto to Amazora
  2. MASK
  3. Koi Oto to Amazora (Instrumental)
  4. MASK (Instrumental)

1. Koi Oto to Amazora

After the kind of wavy era, the group has had, I was surprised they’d announce a 5th single, but whatever lol.  Koi Oto to Amazora slows down things after “Love Is In The Air” which places it as a slow jam of a song and kind of places itself next to “Miss you” in the whole mid-tempo slow jam.  Though this song is a bit more upbeat but not by a big margin.  Sadly, the song doesn’t really resonate with me much besidessome of the synthwork of the arrangement.  Was it necessary?

2. MASK

As the only B-side that will not be present on their upcoming album, “Eighth Wonder”, I was wondering why MASK was left off and was more curious to what it’d be like.  I’m actually sad that it won’t make it because this is a heavy track.  I don’t think they’ve done a mix of synths and guitars since “ZERO” and that’s saying something!  It’s definitely a much better song than the leading track and like the other B-sides, the line distribution is great!  Still wonder why it’s being left off, but really…we’ll get to that.

 

 

As the 5th and final single released before their 8th album, “Eighth Wonder” releases, I found Koi Oto to Amazora to be such an unneeded release just for the fact of what the album tracklist looks like.  ONLY ONE song is new on the album while the rest have been from the singles.  I’m already seeing myself being disappointed in the album.  About the single now, Koi Oto to Amazora is a rather unimpressive song as an A-side while MASK is just in your face and surprisingly really catchy!  It’s a 50/50 single for me.