- Itteki no Eikyou
- Forever Young (AK-69 feat. UVERworld)
- CORE PRIDE
- Itteki no Eikyou (short ver.)
- Emu (short ver.)
1. Itteki no Eikyou
Leading the single off, Itteki no Eikyou starts off with a pretty cool intro from TAKUYA, but then it leads into this kind of mix of acoustic rock/synth splotches/and anison…with bongos? Yeah, the track is a weird amalgamation of various ideas and while this worked in some of their older works, I don’t think it worked in Itteki no Eikyou…the chorus is a bit odd at the beginnings, but it does become a bit more standard? Not a song that’ll stick around tbh.
As the B-side, Emu is mostly explained as the experimental UVERworld song. I do like the groove a lot more than I did in the leading track and TAKUYA is sounding a bit more invested in the track as its got a harder punch and there’s even a female vocalist (who shouts ~don’t run away~). There’s something cool about the song and it has a unique kind of kick to it whereas I had trouble finding it in “Itteki no Eikyou”…oh and some sax solos! Cool song and I think I wished it was the leading song…
3. Forever Young (AK-69 feat. UVERworld)
Originally found on AK-69’s recent album, “DAWN”, I’m surprised that UVERworld would include it on their single since it’s already on something else y’know? Unlike the previous two tracks, Forever Young does start up slowly but it does get a cool beat that has piano layered on top of the band’s riffs. Most of the song is rapping from AK-69 but TAKUYA does his singing in the choruses which is cool. It’s a bit strange on this single, but it’s a decent track overall and a good collaboration at the end of the day.
4. CORE PRIDE
Ohhhh, we’re seeing old songs on an UVERworld single again (just like what happened on “Qualia”). Considering this single is tied to the Ao no Exorcist series, it’s no surprise that the other tracks would find themselves returning here. CORE PRIDE was a pretty cool song back then and the saxophones really were a new thing for UVERworld to bring back (a little before they made Seika an official member). It’s an awesome song and still rocks today!
The other track was a recut single from “THE ONE” and good choice because it was one of the better songs off that album! Unlike the heavy lean on saxes in “CORE PRIDE”, REVERSI takes more of a synth driven rock sound and the intro always gets me pumped up for the rest of the track! It’s a pretty powerful song and TAKUYA is sounding controlled while the rest of the song keeps things wild and interesting (especially that short jazzy pre-chorus). Great song and awesome to see reappear.
So UVER has gone and released their Ao no Exorcist single and it’s OK I guess? Itteki no Eikyou is the weakest A-side they’ve released of the three singles so far. I just don’t know why, but the song doesn’t gel well for me and it’s kind of messy in some ways. I was more impressed by Emu though and thought that should’ve taken lead. Throwing in CORE PRIDE and REVERSI to fill the single out was a good choice and both are still awesome tracks to listen to from the group…though I do find it random that Forever Young got placed here…doesn’t seem to fit the single’s theme really. Album next?