THEME OF FIGHTERZ
LOVE FIGHTER ~Koi no Battle~ (FIGHTERZ MIX)
BAMBINO (FIGHTERZ Version)
Hikari (FIGHTERZ Version)
Feel so good (B.R.Z Version) (bonus track)
1. THEME OF FIGHTERZ
A beautiful and epic opening…well opens up the album. There’s a lot of strings and brass and a full orchestration. It’s probably the most intriguing album opening I’ve heard this year since it’s so strong and in your face like some epic Final Fantasy boss theme.
2. NEXT LEVEL
The first new track off the album, NEXT LEVEL is more angsty than most of the songs they’ve released this era. I really enjoyed DAIGO’s vocals in the song, but it feels a little throaty at points. Still it is one of their harder hitting songs off the album so I kind of enjoyed it besides DAIGO’s vocals. He did make up with the amazing chorus though, hmmm good start.
3. LOVE FIGHTER ~Koi no Battle~ (FIGHTERZ MIX)
Ok, so the song has a different opening than the version found on the single. I honestly think this was the best song of the era because it’s amazingly catchy especially with the whole ~love, love, love fighter!~. It’s the right amount of rock n’ roll and fun times. It’s a song not to miss form the album period!
I thought SUPER-HI-TENSION!! was going to be a kickass fast song from BREAKERZ and trust me they’ve done really hardcore songs. I was a little disappointed that the song was more of pop-rock status, but since its a more stable track on its own, I can’t bag it too hard. DAIGO sings good, but it feels like his vocals go nowhere at a lot of places. It’s alright, but it’s no “LOVE FIGHTER”.
5. BAMBINO (FIGHTERZ Version)
I love the trumpet solo that opens up BAMBINO. It’s also the new inclusion for the song so don’t expect anything more new here. BAMBIMO falls with “LOVE FIGHTER” because of the damn catchy chorus. There’s just something about these songs that get me excited and wanna rock out with them. This song proves that having fun with rock is so much better than just singing about love or loss.
6. Everlasting Luv
One of two tracks that weren’t touched on making to the album, Everlasting Luv was the right fit on its single with “BAMBINO”. Though having it after is a little weird, Everlasting Luv is still one of the better songs of the era with all 3 members singing together and sounding quite nice with the rock and orchestral mix. The solos though were great here!
7. SECRET GIRL
Oh, SECRET GIRL is a strange track indeed. Instead of the boys usual fare of rock n’ roll, they went with being a little jazzy. DAIGO’s vocals are a little bit whiny here and it makes just kind of tune him out for most of the song. I really like the verses with the string bass and little blips of the brass instruments. It’s nice, but that chorus has to go IMO
Bokura marks the first slowish song off the album. DAIGO’s vocals are better off like this than back on “SECRET GIRL” and the whole rock ballad arrangement worked here. Though what was with DAIGO’s fast singing in the 2nd verse….that was like so out of line. Nice track, and it makes for a nice break from the energetic stuff.
9. Hatsukoi Trampoline
I kind of thought Hatsukoi Trampoline would’ve been the new giddy and fun song off the album, but it turns out to be a mid-tempo rock track from the trio. It’s a lot easier to listen to DAIGO of course and there’s a nice hook to it which is great BTW. It’s my favorite new track off the album.
Why are their so many “Orion’s” this year? BREAKERZ’ Orion is of course a slow track so that’s not amazingly surprising, but there’s a stronger life flowing through this song. I love the string, piano and band ensemble that fills the headphones. It’s great and it’s the best Orion song I’ve heard.
11. Snow Rose
Another winter song on the album? I guess I didn’t see this one coming, but this is a lot more towards BREAKERZ rock stuff rather than the balladish “Orion”. It’s pretty epic as winter tracks go so I’m happy for that.
12. DEAR LIAR
DEAR LIAR is back to the harder sound from the band. While it doesn’t have that punch the earlier tracks had, DAIGO’s vocals are great here and are a lot more stronger too. Though once again it’s not as memorable as the other tracks it’s nice
13. GRAND FINALE
The other track that wasn’t touched on the album, the era’s first, GRAND FINALE feels more like something that should’ve ended the album altogether. DAIGO’s vocals are kind of bothering me again in this song, but since SHINPEI and AKIHIDE did a great job with the song’s arrangement, it’s one of the stronger songs that doesn’t include synths.
14. Hikari (FIGHTERZ Version)
Like the other new versions, Hikari has a different opening this time around. Starting with a nice strings solo and then DAIGO coming in with the opening. It’s still my least favorite A-side of the era, but that’s not saying much because it’s a ballad and such. I wish there was something to remember it by, but there really isn’t.
15. Feel so good (B.R.Z Version)
Feel so good ends the album off in a more acoustic way. While there’s no original cut of the song, I like this since it does feel like an album ending and DAIGO’s vocals are good. It might not be for everyone since it is acoustic and strings together, but I think it fills the album out in the end.
Song of Avoidance
Ahhh, FIGHTERZ is a nice album. I did feel the singles did overpower the new songs by a long shot, yes even “Hikari”. It wasn’t that the new songs were bad, but they felt a little short against the uber cool A-sides. Good 4th album from the group.