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NEWS – WORLD QUEST/Pokopon Pekorya December 17, 2012

Filed under: NEWS — solarblade @ 5:40 am

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Track Listing

  1. WORLD QUEST
  2. Pokopon Pekorya
  3. Hello (Regular edition only)
  4. Quintastic! (Limited B only)
  5. 36ºC (Limited B only)
  6. WORLD QUEST (Original Karaoke)
  7. Pokopon Pekorya (Original Karaoke)
  8. Hello (Original Karaoke)

1. WORLD QUEST

I was wondering what NEWS would pull after that ick that was “Chankapana”, but it seems that the quartet would release WORLD QUEST which has a lot of similar K-pop ties since it’s very danceable and all the guys get to have some solo time with the song for sure.  I actually really enjoyed the song and even though one of the guys kind of sounded strange in the song (who that might be is kind unknown at the moment, Shigeaki perhaps?).  Still this is actually a pretty awesome song for the most part ^_^.

2. Pokopon Pekorya

Moving to the other A-side of the single, Pokopon Pekorya might be the strangest Johnny’s song I’ve heard yet because at first the marching drums were kind of cool, but using bagpipes (or keyboards that sound like such) was just a tad weird.  Once the guys comes in, it sounds really cutesy (even for them) and I’m just kind of turned off by the song entirely.  The chorus is catchy, but goddamn is this song corny as hell.

3. Hello

Then the single kind of forks off into it’s version exclusives.  Hello only appears on the Regular edition of the release and it’s your typical Johnny’s ballad here, but it’s a little more of a mid-tempo but still classified as a ballad.  I think it’s a nice track and the guitar solo (as random as it was) is pretty damn good as well.  Kind of makes up for that ickyness in the last track.

4. Quintastic!

For the NEWS fans that liked “Chankapana”, it feels like Quintastic! might be the answer to that.  It’s also got a funky, disco-like aura about it and oddly enough, I found myself actually enjoying this song because all the guys really sound surprisingly awesome in the track.  If it wasn’t for “WORLD QUEST”, I’d prolly say this was my favorite off the single…that says a lot lol.

5. 36ºC

The other track found on the Limited B alongside “Quintastic!” it felt like 36ºC was supposed to replace “Hello” because they have a VERY similar sound.  It’s also a mid-tempo ballad, but this feels a bit more to-the-books so it just kind of came off as plain to me.  There’s even no guitar solo to be found either!  Yeah, borrrrring.

 

 

As this is NEWS’ second single as a quartet, WORLD QUEST/Pokopon Pekorya is a better single but it also has some shocking faults.  WORLD QUEST, Quintastic!, and Hello were pretty good songs and they all stood out more than any of the songs from “Chankapana” did.  36ºC is just really plain and sounds like similar ballads they’ve done as a group so it really is forgetful while Pokopon Pekorya (even with the catchy chorus) is just an embarassment from them…they’re too old for this kind of shit…leave it for Sexy Zone for Kisumai….

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NEWS – Chankapana July 16, 2012

Filed under: NEWS — solarblade @ 10:24 am

Track Listing

  1. Chankapana
  2. Full Swing
  3. Starry
  4. Vampire wa Kakukatakiri
  5. PeekaBoo…
  6. Addict
  7. Chankapana (Original Karaoke)
  8. Full Swing (Original Karaoke)
  9. Starry (Original Karaoke)
  10. Vampire wa Kakukatakiri (Original Karaoke)
  11. PeekaBoo… (Original Karaoke)
  12. Addict (Original Karaoke)

1. Chankapana

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.

3. Starry

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.

5. PeekaBoo…

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.

6. Addict

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.

 

NEWS – Fighting Man November 5, 2010

Filed under: NEWS — solarblade @ 5:31 am

Track Listing

  1. Fighting Man
  2. Gamushara Cha Cha Cha
  3. Winter Moon (Regular Edition only)
  4. Ai wa Simple na Curry Rice (Regular Edition only)
  5. Wake Up (Limited Edition only)
  6. Fighting Man (Original Karaoke with NEWS) (Limited Edition only)

1. Fighting Man

For a song with a title such as Fighting Man, I didn’t think the song was actually going to be a poppy and light as it was.  That being said it kind of doesn’t do anything for me since it doesn’t showcase the guys’ voices in the song.  Even the chorus was kind of bleh.  Why are they going backwards???  Blah…

2. Gamushara Cha Cha Cha

I think we’re very late if we’re releasing summery songs on a single in November of all times (unless it’s summer there then nvm I’ll shut up).  Still, for me it’s not getting any better after “Fighting Man” since it’s almost the same emotions thrown out there.  It’s probably a bit more annoying with the whole happy-go-lucky chorus that sounds like something pulled from the 80’s.  At least the singing was better off here than in the last song.

3. Winter Moon

Splitting off into the edition’s exclusives starting with songs we get from the Regular Edition of the single, Winter Moon is definitely more in tune with the timing of the release.  When it began with the opening piano melody, it made me think of Charlie Brown and the happiers winter montages.  Now it’s not a ballad, but more like a happier mid-tempo R&B tune from the guys.  I definitely enjoyed this a bit stronger than the main B-side and the A-side…I just wondered why this wasn’t the lead track…

4. Ai wa Simple na Curry Rice

Really, the other song had to follow “Fighting Man” and “Gamushara Cha Cha Cha”?  I really got tired quick of this song even though the song’s title is a bit lulzy to read.  However, it still doesn’t distract me enough from the kind of meh song since it has the same style going on here.  I just can’t remember this enough…well maybe the interesting, but short solo section, but in time I’ll enjoy it’s pseudo-disco style going on here.

5. Wake Up

Being the only other song to review from the Limited Edition, Wake Up takes things a little more towards R&B for this song and it’s good that it does try to be seperate itself from the meh three songs, but it somehow lacks the interest that at least all the songs had which is probably the weakest part about the song TBH.  It’s just B-side material.

This is why you don’t release things so shortly after your album.  NEWS’ did great with the “LIVE” album for sure, but coming off it, Fighting Man was just too plain and forgettable to really stand out on its own and kind of goes back to the “color” era where things sounded a bit dated.  Don’t get me wrong though Winter Moon was pretty good of a song and should’ve been the A-side (hell, it made more sense).  The other OK song was prolly Ai wa Simple na Curry Rice, but that’s because it got catchy towards the end.  The other 3 songs, meh…

 

NEWS – LIVE September 18, 2010

Filed under: NEWS — solarblade @ 6:51 am

Track Listing

  1. Koi no ABO
  2. LIVE
  3. Umareshi Kimi e
  4. Supernatural
  5. Aki no Sora
  6. Futari/130000000 no Kiseki
  7. Dancin’ in the Secret
  8. Wonderland
  9. Sakura Girl
  10. BE FUNKY!
  11. D.T.F
  12. Naiyou no Nai Tegami
  13. Endless Summer
  14. Share (Regular edition bonus track)
  15. Forever (Unplugged Ver.) (Regular edition bonus track)

1. Koi no ABO

Fitting that NEWS’ album begins with the first A-side of the era.  Like I said on the single review I did recently, Koi no ABO doesn’t do much for me.  I’m not sure why I don’t like it since it’s what I do enjoy more from the guys, but otherwise it’s kind of over my head.  Then again that chorus is just not harmonizing right and they sound off.  Still, even the arrangement sounds a bit dated even for me!

2. LIVE

Since majority of the album has brand new tracks, LIVE kicks things off quite loudly with the title track.  I do like the synths and electric guitar riffs are found throughout.  I think they should’ve kept that hard sound and not have gone the route it did (which is happy synthpop/rock.  I do like the guys’ voice in the song a lot more than in “Koi no ABO”.  Definitely something I wanted to hear from the boys even though the opening throws something better out the window.

3. Umareshi Kimi e

Here’s another song where the beginning is definitely not like the rest of the song.  I was expecting the album’s first ballad but after the guys finish the opening, it opens into another positive and happy song.  I do like that instead of them focusing on synths for the most part, there’s more acoustic guitar present and that’s enough of a change for me to enjoy it more.  I think the soloists did a lot better in their lines than in the previous songs combined so hahaha.

4. Supernatural

At least they’re taking things at a slower pace now.  Now I know the song is full of solo lines (and I still can’t tell who the hell is who in the group, so forgive me if I don’t have biases for members).  There’s parts where the harmonizations works amazingly.  Mostly the beginning and the end.  Still, it’s not bad and the slight lounge feeling it puts out is sweet to listen to.

5. Aki no Sora

Finally we get into our first ballad from the guys and Aki no Sora has a hopeful kind of sound to it and it’s definitely like something I would’ve expected NEWS to have made a PV.  Once again, the boys get their harmonies right and the solos aren’t bad either, but there’s a slight plainness to the song that I can’t shake off.  Whoever sings the lines before the final chorus has the best vocals IMO.

6. Futari/130000000 no Kiseki

I guess we’re only having one slower song for right now because Futari/130000000 no Kiseki brings the synths back before turning into a pop/rock song.  The arrangement has this strange Owl City synth playing in the background and it made me laugh and shake my head at this.  I however love the song since it’s got a damn catchy hook for the chorus and once again the synths are interesting XD.  Sweet song for sure!

7. Dancin’ in the Secret

I know that recently JE’s other groups have been dabbling in the electro style for a little bit and NEWS is definitely not a part of the exception.  Dancin’ in the Street is probably their most synthiest song off the album and it shows because I actually enjoyed this tune as well.  Once again I’m loving the vocals in the song (more the solos in the verses and everyone in the chorus).  It’s funky and kind of cool to listen to!

8. Wonderland

I did say I actually love “Dancin’ in the Secret” with its heavy dance style, but Wonderland is the opposite in where it’s that dated synthpop sound that NEWS has had for a while, but it’s still good but just has weak harmonies.  There’s just something about it that’s kind of underwhelming about it.  It’s like a lighter sounding “Koi no ABO”…

9. Sakura Girl

Being the second A-side and last of the LIVE era, Sakura Girl continues this light synthpop sound but since this came first, Sakura Girl has a few good parts about it, but something about it since the single review just kind of knocks me off a few points.  I do like the part in the chorus where they say ~sakuraaaaaah~ I do like those parts of the song and since it mixes piano with the synths, it worked for me…just it’s died down a bit.

10. BE FUNKY!

Just like the title suggests, it’s one of the funkiest songs off the album, but once again, bad harmonies fill up the speakers since it’s the chorus and it really put a damper on the experience.  BE FUNKY! though does have a pretty cool arrangement with electric guitars being the base of most of it.  Though I swear they screw up saying funky…I mean ~fucky fucky fucky liiiiife!~  It just is hard not to comment about that…

11. D.T.F

I’m not sure what it stands for, but just like the previous song, it’s kind of funky since it uses brass throughout the song and of course the beginning of the song is just as funky.  There’s just something that’s “Koi no ABO” about it, but w/e this song is a feelgood party song and it keeps my interest most of the time!

12. Naiyou no Nai Tegami

And to disrupt the flow, Naiyou no Nai Tegami is unsurprisingly the second ballad of the album, but something about it just feels plain once again.  The beat sounds like it’s been used for many different artists way to many times.  Of the songs on the album, I think this is probably the weakest one for me, then again I’m usually disliking these kind of songs already so it’s just salt on the wound.

13. Endless Summer

Ending the album, Endless Summer probably should’ve came before “Naiyou no Nai Tegami” because it’s in between being upbeat and being a ballad because it has strings mixed in with the pop/rock sound that some of the songs have pulled off.  I noticed that this song doesn’t have any solos and one guy gets a lot of the chorus.  To me, there’s a guy who has a deep voice and it bothers me XD.  Still, it’s nice but doesn’t make sense to finish the album with this.

14. Share

Since we only got a live version to really compare it to (it’s on “Koi no ABO”) and being a bonus track, Share sounds pretty good in its studio form since a bit more has been added to it since.  I mean the synths might’ve been better left off, but the piano and beat added a nice touch to what could’ve been an easy ballad for them.  They are singing pretty fast though, so I miss most of the lyrics.  Still, it’s a pretty good tune!

15. Forever (Unplugged Ver.)

Also as a bonus track with “Share” we get basically an acoustic cut of Forever, which was an album track off of “color” (which I did review as well).  Back then, the original was a bit boring and kind of bland when compared to its fellow album tracks.  Now being a little bit less R&B and a bit more acoustic, it’s nice…but it doesn’t totally make things better because you can still tell it’s a bit R&B-like but with more organic instruments and at least from my ears, they resang it.  Still not enough to make a full impact and difference.

Tracks Recommended

  • Dancin’ in the Secret
  • Futari/130000000 no Kiseki
  • LIVE
  • Share
  • Aki no Sora

Song of Avoidance

  • Naiyou no Nai Tegami

Since we’re at NEWS’ 4th album, I thought LIVE was a huge step-up after “color”.  Most of the songs didn’t sound overly dated which means JE is finally stepping up their arrangement skills for once and the guys did a bit of a better job harmonizing, but they still need to work on it on their upbeat songs where some of the guys end up yelling it out.  Besides that, not a bad collection of songs from them…but let’s not take a long time between releases x.x!

 

NEWS – Koi no ABO September 12, 2010

Filed under: NEWS — solarblade @ 2:56 am

Track Listing

  1. Koi no ABO
  2. Labyrinth
  3. OPEN YOUR EYES (Regular only)
  4. Share (Live at TOKYO DOME) (Regular only)
  5. Koi no ABO (Original Karaoke) (Limited only)

1. Koi no ABO

I’m not sure why but Koi no ABO really comes off as a tour-ish song since a lot of it comprises of the boys yelling things here and there with some solo lines from the boys.  Sorry, but I don’t know who’s vocals are who’s, but they for the most part they sound pretty good for sure.  Well, that is until the chorus comes in and the guys are having a harder time getting their voices to mesh together.  They still get some notes together, but most were kind of ouch.  I think “Sakura Girl” is way better than this song xD

2. Labyrinth

I did love the fact that Labyrinth begin differently with some guitar and beautiful strings making it sound like it was gonna be epic.  What we ended up getting is something that is light and sort of latin-y in execution, but at the same time it sounds tons better than “Koi no ABO” but it feels like someone is missing from the song, but it could just be me.  Whoever sang the first verse though sounds really nice ^_^

3. OPEN YOUR EYES

I know NEWS’ music has a little bit of synth involvement, but when OPEN YOUR EYES started, I didn’t think it was going so like something that’d work in a Western movie because of the overall sound.  Then again, that idea is erased very fast with the chorus when it becomes like sappy, bubblegum-ish.  If they took that out, I would’ve been more happy with this B-side.

4. Share (Live at TOKYO DOME)

It’s a little strange when the other B-side is first released as a live version before a studio version is released.  Share at TOKYO DOME sounds like it’d be good enough since it’s a mid-tempo song from the group, but not like the positivity found in “OPEN YOUR EYES”.  Since it’s my first time hearing them live, NEWS sounds great together of course, but some of the guys in their solo sections kind of suck XD.  Not a bad rendition and I warmed up to this quickly.

 

 

Beginning the “LIVE” era, Koi no ABO is kind of meh when compared to their next single, “Sakura Girl”.  I’m not sure why but both Koi no ABO and OPEN YOUR EYES is just a bit under them this time, but Labyrinth took NEWS into a latin side and I enjoyed that and by going by the live version of Share, I’m hoping the studio cut is better! 

 

NEWS – Sakura Girl March 30, 2010

Filed under: NEWS — solarblade @ 10:06 pm

Track Listing

  1. Sakura Girl
  2. Anata ga Tonari ni Iru Dake de
  3. Love Melodies (Limited Edition only)
  4. FREEDOM (Regular Edition only)
  5. Sakura Girl (Acappella version) (Limited Edition only)
  6. Sakura Girl (Original Karaoke) (Regular Edition only)

1. Sakura Girl

While I’m still rather new to NEWS, Sakura Girl kind of helped me to get into them a little more.  The song has a pretty mellow dance sound going for it with a pretty cool beat.  I find it funny they don’t really say the title but say ~sakura onna~ which roughly means the same thing, but whatever.  While I don’t know the members by heart yet, I kind of like the solos too.  It’s a quirky lil tune and doesn’t sound dated like some of the stuff back on their last album “color”.

2. Anata ga Tonari ni Iru Dake de

The true B-side of the single is of course a ballad from the ballads and from listening, I think Tomohisa and Ryo get solos through this song while the other guys play the chorus and background stuff.  I don’t know why, but I get a winter feeling from this song and I’m like aren’t we a bit late on this?  It’s alright, but I think there’s better NEWS ballads.

3. Love Melodies

So we start splitting off into the certain editions of the single.  Love Melodies appears on the Limited version of the single and I was expecting some mundane mid-tempo track, but then this beat and strings comes in and feels like a Nana Mizuki tune with how it moves.  I found this song charming for sure and a whole lot more catchier than “Sakura Girl”.  It’s cute and rather good for the guys. 

4. FREEDOM

I’m starting to think NEWS just sounds good under a dance arrangement and with FREEDOM which is only on the Regular edition of the single, they tried getting sexy going here and while the acoustic guitar does throw the mood off, it’s not bad.  Might be a little cheesy at parts and for that I don’t think I like this song as much as I did with “Love Melodies”.

5. Sakura Girl (Acoustic version)

Cutting the song down to 2 minutes, we get a very odd sounding version of the A-side.  I guess the whole acappella thing might fit them, but they really aren’t at Tohoshinki’s level of singing and someone in the group has a hard time harmonizing during the main singing which disappointed me, but I guess it’s not bad and luckily they don’t go through the entire song.

 

 

2nd single of the era, Sakura Girl is pretty good and I like their more upbeat music than their well, slower stuff.  I was impressed with Sakura Girl and Love Melodies and that’s where they sounded the best.  FREEDOM is alright, but a little corny while the other two tracks were just kind of boring and not really bringing much to the table.

 

NEWS – color November 20, 2009

Filed under: NEWS — solarblade @ 5:34 am

Track Listing

  1. weeeek
  2. STARDUST
  3. SUMMER TIME
  4. SNOW EXPRESS
  5. Forever
  6. MOLA
  7. Kesenai
  8. ordinary
  9. Minna ga Iru Sekai wo Hitotsu ni Ai wo Motto Give & Take Shimashou
  10. Murarisuto
  11. Taiyou no Namida
  12. Smile Maker
  13. Happy Birthday
  14. FLY AGAIN
  15. Towairo no Koi (Regular edition only)

1. weeeek

I guess it was appropriate that the guys would begin their 3rd album off with their first single.  I was told that it was written by the boys of GReeeeN and it shows with the synths and poppish sounds that came with the song.  The song though sounds like something to just sing along with the guys of the group and the verses include rapping by the members.  Now, me being a Johnny’s virgin do not approve of this method and a few of the guys have some issues singing.  I can’t saw this is their strong track, but it’s ok.

2. STARDUST

I was surprised that STARDUST was more of a rock track than that synth fest of the last song.  While boybands kind of suffer during rock tracks because the boys don’t play instruments, I can actually say they make it sound right, but there’s something missing here and I can’t nitpick it out.  It sounds like something that Porno Graffitti would release, but with more guys.  It’s quite cool.

3. SUMMER TIME

Released as the era’s 3rd A-side, SUMMER TIME feels like a rejected AAA song to me.  I mean it reminds me exactly of their summer tunes and in the most wrong ways.  The only differences is that there’s no females here so it makes it a little more different right?  It’s a pretty cheesy summer tune so I’ll just pass this over.

4. SNOW EXPRESS

Wait we go from summer to winter like that?  Where’s my Autumn song?  Instead of taking the more cheesier route for a typical winter track, SNOW EXPRESS is actually quite nice mixing acoustic guitar and dance beats and the rapping isn’t totally wacky here either.  It’s right now my favorite track off this album.

5. Forever

Acting as the album’s first ballad.  I’ll admit their vocals aren’t as amazing together like Tohoshinki’s are, but given where they are on labels, this is pretty passable.  The arrangement is also a little typical with R&B and acoustic guitar….it’s been done many times before.

6. MOLA

What in heaven’s name is a MOLA?  I can’t really think about it because well one of the members enters the song under some kind of vocal thing…I’m thinking it’s auto-tune though.  Then again the entire song is like that which is meh.  I’ve been told this was a Yamapi solo so it means a lot right? XD  Even then it’s all in English which is a first for the album and I kind of enjoyed it.

7. Kesenai

The next tune off the album, Kesenai is a chill tune, which almost borderlines a ballad, but the easy listening arrangement sounds kind of nice after that auto-fest in the last track.  Tegoshi is singing majority of the song, but after a while Shige and Ryo come in to fill in necessary gaps in the song while the other two members only come in at the end of the song.  It’s nice to see they were building up to a climax and I liked that about this song.

8. ordinary

Ryo’s solo comes up next in ordinary and I like the guitar line opening this song.  While it’s not exactly the most interesting track, I can say that this song is far from ordinary on this album.  First off the genre is more rock-oriented and that’s awesome.  Also, Ryo’s vocals aren’t bad at all.  Not a bad song and if he goes solo, I’d be interested to follow his music.

9. Minna ga Iru Sekai wo Hitotsu ni Ai wo Motto Give & Take Shimashou

I was kind of excited to hear this for some reason.  It’s kind of how like “weeeek” was.  There’s a lot of guitar and synth present and the energy was quite awesome to hear from the guys.  The verses are radically different with a lot of acoustic guitar and such.  I can picture a cheesy dance to go along with this, I’m prolly not even the only one.

10. Murarisuto

If there was one track that I thought was weird period, Murarisuto feels like a rejected H!P track which is so wrong and it shows the awkwardness with the groups vocals.  A few of them tried to be kawaii in this song and it came it out way creepy for me.

11. Taiyou no Namida

Of all the album, I’ve been waiting for a song that’ll take me by surprise and Taiyou no Namida did exactly that.  Their vocals fit so nicely and the bhangra/RPG-ish arrangement was a great touch.  It just flowed nicely and the since it was built differently and didn’t come off bad, I’m going to say that this is my favorite A-side.

12. Smile Maker

Here we go again with overjoyous pop track.  It’s a little more interesting because once again the members are rapping off in the song and singing fast.  It’s got a cool beat to it and the guys can rap nicely most of the time, but the chorus is probably the best thing about the song. 

13. Happy Birthday

Released as the last single of the era, Happy Birthday is cheese as it comes.  It also feels like they went a little overboard on not filling the song out to its full capacity since a good portion is all about ad-libbing.  It’s even funny to watch the members fail at saying ~birthday~….Ok NEWS, get working on that English.

14. FLY AGAIN

Honestly, FLY AGAIN is pretty bad on my scale.  I just felt it played too safe to its arrangement and felt tacked on last minute.  If the vocals were to be the lifesaving part of the song, it didn’t work because this was even more boring than “Happy Birthday”.  What a bad way to end the album.

15. Towairo no Koi

Luckily, Towairo no Koi ends the regular edition of the album the right way.  Instead of being lame and making another pop track I didn’t need to listen to, they made a ballad out of Towairo no Koi.  For most of the song I enjoying it and then the little acoustic breakdown came in and spiced things up.  I have to say, this was a way nicer song than expected. 

Tracks Recommended

  • Taiyou no Namida
  • SNOW EXPRESS
  • Kesenai
  • ordinary
  • MOLA

Song of Avoidance

  • Murarisuto

Ok, so I’ve said that there would be no Johnny’s on the site right.  Well, I guess I sort of changed and tried them out.  Though, this will probably be the only group that’ll be featured on the site for now.  NEWS’s 3rd album, color, was pretty nice overall.  Some of the times it makes me wonder why their music sounds rather dated for a Johnny’s group, but w/e some of the songs are great though like Taiyou no Namida and SNOW EXPRESS…best songs for sure..  Good album IMO