- Boku no Kotoba de wa nai Kore wa Bokutachi no Kotoba
- Iwanakute mo Tsutawaru Are wa Sukoshi Uso da
- Boku no Kotoba de wa nai Kore wa Bokutachi no Kotoba (TV size)
- IMPACT mixed by Dave Schiffman (digital only)
1. Boku no Kotoba de wa nai Kore wa Bokutachi no Kotoba
Jeeze, UVER…could you name a song any longer? Being an anison song, I thought the start-up was refreshing to my ears and had a nice sound, then it kicks it out and has this strong beat and synth chords before the song amps everything up to something a lot familiar to me. It’s like the band really took itself much serious with this song and I like their more hard-hitting songs (even though it doesn’t come close to the punch that older UVERworld songs contain. Also, I think this is the first time where I heard TAKUYA tackle the song without stressing his voice. It’s definitely a new experience, also where’s SEIKA? Is he playing the piano/synths?
2. Iwanakute mo Tsutawaru Are wa Sukoshi Uso da
The first of the two B-sides, another long title, Iwanakute mo Tsutawaru Are wa Sukoshi Uso da is the ballad of the single and I’m fine with that, but also rather surprised since it sounds like a lot of effort was thrown into this track. The light atmosphere, the pretty piano melody and the kind of muted percussion adds a nice touch alongside TAKUYA’s vocals. After a while the song brings in the band to turn it into a mid-tempo track and it left me rather impressed. Finally, a slower song I enjoyed!
The 3rd B-side, I was happy to see SEIKA on the forefront with his saxophone for Collide and it has the strongest sound of the 3 tracks available. I love the power in this track and has a certain “LAST” and “LIFE 6 SENSE” kind of energy to it which is very much missed! TAKUYA’s voice is probably at its normal timber and energy too and in very good taste. It’s definitely by far my favorite of the single!!!
4. IMPACT mixed by Dave Schiffman
On digital versions of the single, it comes with a bonus track in the form of a remixed take on “IMPACT” (an album track from their last album, “0 CHOIR”). Now I wasn’t expecting this nor I don’t know the reason for it, but IMPACT is still the powerful song it was, just with more piano and some twists and turns which keep the song sounding totally fresh and awesome!
After taking a little break off, UVERworld returns with a pretty awesome single overall! Despite the overly long title, Boku no Kotoba de wa nai Kore wa Bokutachi no Kotoba is one of their better anison songs and hearing TAKUYA lighten up on his energy is a nice change of pace which also carried over to Iwanakute mo Tsutawaru Are wa Sukoshi Usa da with its lighter arrangement. Though the big winner for me was Collide where UVER does things best and that’s the powerful and energetic songs in their discography. IMPACT was pretty good too, a little weird to see and having only digital-only is strange too but it works. Can’t wait to see what comes next!