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UVERworld – ODD FUTURE July 22, 2018

Filed under: UVERworld — solarblade @ 6:57 am

oddfuture

Track Listing

  1. ODD FUTURE
  2. PLOT
  3. CORE STREAM
  4. ODD FUTURE (short ver.)

1. ODD FUTURE

As the leading song to promote the anime, My Hero Academia, ODD FUTURE definitely had to show up since the anime is pretty big right now and this song is pretty different after coming off from “TYCOON”.  The tune isn’t quite as hardcore as I was expecting UVERworld to normally pull off and instead we get a lighter affair of a song that slightly eye-raising and yet so totally them.  Most of the interesting things revolve around TAKUYA’s vocal style (and that cool robo filter).  It’s definitely their poppiest song in recent times but I really dug this for some reason!

2. PLOT

Let’s just clap it up for our first B-side, PLOT and I guess to make up for how light “ODD FUTURE” is, PLOT is more aggressive sounding and TAKUYA’s growling and aggressive singing just pulls me back to what UVERworld is well-known for!  Other than the synths in the song, PLOT sounds like a track that just missed the cut from “TYCOON” because it’s loud and has that overall feel!  Cool track!

3. CORE STREAM

I see this title and instantly wondered if it had anything to do with “CORE PRIDE”.  Unfortunately, I really couldn’t tell you one way or another because the song is entirely an instrumental track (which is nothing new to UVER fans).  There are some chanting going on, but otherwise there’s no vocal lines from TAKUYA so I’m left with the band just jamming out (even Seika joins in with some cool sax lines of his own).

 

 

This single comes out at an odd time because it’s coming out before their next best album (though the A-side does make their digital best ironically) but I suppose there’s a chance it won’t make the next album?  Either way, ODD FUTURE is definitely an interesting step for the band since the track is poppy and not hard-hitting like some of their previous singles.  That’s where PLOT comes in with the harder sound I’m used to from UVERworld and it’s OK, B-side material though.  Then there’s CORE STREAM which is here nor there, shows the band jamming out and that’s always cool to hear.  Overall, nice single and good follow-up after “TYCOON”.

 

UVERworld – TYCOON July 7, 2018

Filed under: UVERworld — solarblade @ 5:19 am

tycoon

Track Listing

  1. TYCOON
  2. Q.E.D.
  3. Serious
  4. SHOUT LOVE
  5. IDEAL REALITY
  6. LONE WOLF
  7. DECIDED (Album ver.)
  8. PRAYING RUN
  9. ALL ALONE (Album ver.)
  10. Itteki no Eikyou (Album ver.)
  11. Honoo Sukoshi
  12. Boku no Kotoba de wa nai Kore wa Bokutachi no Kotoba (Album ver.)
  13. WE ARE GO (Album ver.)
  14. Collide
  15. Sou Zeniki
  16. I LOVE THE WORLD
  17. Emu
  18. Shuuen

1. TYCOON

Opening the album up, the title track TYCOON sounds pretty experimental for an intro with a darker and mysterious sound, but then it switches into this cool dance beat with some cool sawtooth synths and some screaming (I doubt that’s TAKUYA, but hey…).  Unique introduction though!

2. Q.E.D.

The song sort of flows into our first vocal track of the album and TAKUYA’s loud and strong vocals enter in with a pretty neat rockin’ arrangement that kind of goes between being hard, but also a smidge sing-along with the acoustic parts into a pretty powerful chorus to round it out.  I dug it a lot, even when Seika comes in with a brief sax part before TAKUYA gets in with a pseudo rap.  It’s a song that has many parts to it, but I kind of liked it~.

3. Serious

It doesn’t feel like too many change going into our next track at first as the sound almost felt like “Q.E.D.”, but after TAKUYA’s intro, the piano enters the song and the tune kind of goes in between those sounds.  I will say the one thing that stands out about this one are the small passages of pure jazz in the small breaks, but otherwise, it’s a pretty straightforward song and wasn’t a bad listen.

4. SHOUT LOVE

I almost thought the next track was going to be like a crowd screaming song, but SHOUT LOVE starts off quite a bit more mellow than I expected with a little bit of synths and acoustic guitar.  I’m not sure where it stands as it feels like a mid-tempo ballad, but the band makes things loud and aggressive enough to not quite fit the style.  TAKUYA does sound like he’s slightly straining his voice for this one so it’s not a favorite sadly.

5. IDEAL REALITY

I already started digging the funky vibes from the intro of IDEAL REALITY with the saxophones and bass playing around while TAKUYA is rapping in between the melodies.  It’s definitely different enough to stand out on the album away from the rock songs that filter out and I thought it was an impressive switch (even if the tune later on does bring back the remainder of the band).  Definitely an early favorite on the album!

6. LONE WOLF

Wow, an almost 6 minute track up next!  I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the tune is quite stripped down and includes a lot of acoustic guitar and strings and a rather pretty emotional performance out of TAKUYA who sounds a LOT better than he did in “SHOUT LOVE” at the least.  I thought the song was going to be a harder song, but unfortunately because of that, LONE WOLF does feel that it drags on a smidge too long without really hitting it big.

7. DECIDED (Album ver.)

I’m surprised that all the A-sides (except “I LOVE THE WORLD”) were all given edits on the album, especially this one because it came out a couple weeks before the album did so it’s just odd to me.  I’m not quite sure what changed about DECIDED though as they both sound the same to me, but there could’ve been some small edit (or the arrangement got updated?).  Either way, the song is still pretty awesome and TAKUYA gave a pretty explosive performance that makes some of their older power tracks so damn good!

8. PRAYING RUN

It feels like it’s been forever since I listened to PRAYING RUN (a B-side from “I LOVE THE WORLD”).  As the album’s longest track at over 6 minutes, I still am not quite a BIG fan of TAKUYA’s breathing in the opening, but after that, the tune brings us to more of an experimental track that has their acoustic/hip-hop groove to synth usage and hard rock all wrapped in one package.  It’s an interesting song, but it feels as long as it really is…

9. ALL ALONE (Album ver.)

As part of the 3rd single released in the era, ALL ALONE’s changes are a bit more easier to tell here!  With a different ending (instead of only piano, it’s this time alongside acoustic guitar) and some minor additions throughout the song and a shorter time (by a couple seconds) ALL ALONE is still kind of an odd one for me amongst the A-sides.  It’s a lighter affair like “LONE WOLF” but this song was the better one of the single it came from even if I don’t think too much of it on the album.

10. Itteki no Eikyou (Album ver.)

As one of the more least likened songs released for the TYCOON era, Itteki no Eikyou was to me just your normal UVERworld song with the anison tones and heavy rock vibes.  The album version seemed to be mostly the same but with more saxophone and the ending was shortened (with the acoustic guitar).  Otherwise it’s the same song still.  I guess it has slightly grown on me because of the album needing a little nod to their anison stuff, but it’s still not up there with the bests.

11. Honoo Sukoshi

Taking a break from the already released songs, we get back into a new track with Honoo Sukoshi.  I was pleasantly surprised the tune begun with some repeating bass synths and this ethereal background as well.  For some reason, once the chorus kicks in, I get this Western-kind of feeling from it beyond TAKUYA’s howling vocals.  It’s a pretty interesting song, especially for one being mid-tempo.

12. Boku no Kotoba de wa nai Kore wa Bokutachi no Kotoba (Album ver.)

As the first A-side released for the album, I had to go back to the original and take a quick listen, but I do still quite like this one.  The album cut is a bit longer and with an updated ending as well.  Still, after hearing the other “album edits”, I’m wondering why they even did it when they’re only small minor things.  Either way, this song still sounds great and the experimentation did wonders for this song!  Like I said in the single review, I still think this is the softest you’ll be hearing TAKUYA on this album!

13. WE ARE GO (Album ver.)

Though as my least liked A-side of the era, WE ARE GO feels super loud and just feels like a song used for concerts.  The difference really comes only in the beginning as the album version omitted the TAKUYA-only intro.  The song though to me is just the same thing and I’m still not quite the biggest fan of this.  It’s loud and in your face and it kind of grates on me after a while.

14. Collide

At least they didn’t touch this B-side from “Boku no Kotoba de wa nai Kore wa Bokutachi no Kotoba” because this song was just as good as the A-side if not moreso!  It’s definitely going back to some pretty hardcore stuff with the arrangement on top of adding Seika’s sax melody and the bits of synth throughout!  It just did a great job of waking me up after “WE ARE GO” and TAKUYA sounds amazing through this track, I’m so happy they included this track!!

15. Sou Zeniki

Back to another new track, Sou Zeniki continues this burst of energy, but the song has a lot more synths throughout and TAKUYA is singing in a slightly higher pitch like in “SHOUT LOVE”, but there’s something that’s fitting here.  Yeah, this feels like a more experimental “Collide” but with more synths and sax in the arrangement, yeah this is pretty cool!

16. I LOVE THE WORLD

I’m so surprised that somehow I LOVE THE WORLD didn’t get changed up for the album, but that’s just fine because it was my favorite amongst the 5 singles released!  This one definitely gives me those “GO-ON” & “GOLD” vibes with the awesome even mixture of rock and synths.  Though I will say it leans a bit more on the synthy side of things.  I just love the craziness of the song and being in this string of badass songs (“Collide”, “Sou Zeniki” and “Emu”) is just perfect!

17. Emu

As the B-side from “Itteki no Eikyou”, Emu is on the other side of the coin compared to “I LOVE THE WORLD” by having a louder rockin’ arrangement and punch with the lines given by TAKUYA & that female singer that comes in the choruses.  Just an awesome track and powerful B-side and like “Collide” excited to see making the album cut!

18. Shuuen

As the album’s final track, Shuuen slows things to another mellow rock track but appropriate due to its placement on the album!  Though beyond that, by itself, Shuuen isn’t quite a memorable track for me due to its swaying rhythm and just slower singing.  I just think after the long strings of powerful songs, Shuuen just halts it for the ending and like I said, makes sense, but not memorable.

Tracks Recommended

  • Collide
  • I LOVE THE WORLD
  • IDEAL REALITY
  • DECIDED (Album ver.)
  • Sou Zeniki

Song of Avoidance

  • WE ARE GO (Album ver.)

UVERworld after “Ø CHOIR” took quite a while getting this album out and from the output of TYCOON, it’s not quite as good unfortunately.  A lot of the new tracks were kind of in the middle with two exceptions in Sou Zeniki  & IDEAL REALITY, but I think the album relied a lot on the singles released.  Which on that topic, I don’t think any of the songs needed to be edited any and didn’t make sense why they did.  It’s an OK album though and there’s some great tunes to be found, but their last album was just that good!

 

UVERworld – DECIDED July 14, 2017

Filed under: UVERworld — solarblade @ 4:30 am

decided

Track Listing

  1. DECIDED
  2. RANGE
  3. DIS is TEKI

1. DECIDED

UVER returns again with an interesting A-side in DECIDED.  Unlike previous singles, this one feels like a song that will be amazing to hear live from the hard performance and the synth riffs that give the tune more depth.  Add on TAKUYA’s signature voice and the track is just loud, in your face and powerful!  It’s one of their more regular tracks where it’s just the band letting loose and something that isn’t totally experimental.  It’s a pretty awesome track overall!

2. RANGE

As for the B-side, it begins as a much lighter affair with TAKUYA’s vocals behind some piano & synths.  As the song moves forward, the track shifts over into this mix of synths and a march style which is definitely putting this song in the more experimental category.  I don’t know, I thought it was going to hit a little bit harder.  It does get there once it goes into the pre-chorus and it’s still good regardless, but I think “DECIDED” knocked it out of the park.

3. DIS is TEKI

The other B-side of the single though caught my attention the most due to the fact that it’s over 7 minutes long.  Granted, most of this track is kind of like studio rambling.  The first little bit of song is kind of poppy and weird (and not sung by TAKUYA primarily).  The next bit of song is a pretty edgy song and VERY cool from UVERworld, but considering I’m not sure what song this is, baffles me.  The 3rd track and final out of this one is pretty standard UVER as well and does a good job too…though I’m wondering if this is more of a preview of what’s to come on “TYCOON”…

 

 

As the 5th and final single before the band releases their next album, “TYCOON”, DECIDED was even more awesomeness from UVERworld.  The leading track continues this line of awesome A-sides the band has been putting out for quite a while and they don’t seem to even feel like slowing down.  RANGE on the other hand was a bit disappointing on the other hand, maybe a little too out there for me, but I think it could grow on me.  DIS is TEKI is just randomness and while I’m sure there’s a reason it exists, it feels more like a medley to me.

 

UVERworld – Itteki no Eikyou February 10, 2017

Filed under: UVERworld — solarblade @ 6:36 am

ittekinoeikyuu

Track Listing

  1. Itteki no Eikyou
  2. Emu
  3. Forever Young (AK-69 feat. UVERworld)
  4. CORE PRIDE
  5. REVERSI
  6. Itteki no Eikyou (short ver.)
  7. 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.

2. Emu

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!

5. REVERSI

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?

 

UVERworld – WE ARE GO/ALL ALONE September 10, 2016

Filed under: UVERworld — solarblade @ 5:30 am

wearego

Track Listing

  1. WE ARE GO
  2. ALL ALONE
  3. Colors of the Heart (Live at Marine Messe Fukuoka 2015.12.30)
  4. Kokoro ga Sasu Basho to Kuchiguse Soshite Kimi ga Tsuite Kuru (Live at Zepp Tokyo 2008.06.02)
  5. WE ARE GO (short ver.)

1. WE ARE GO

Ignoring the Engrishness of the title, WE ARE GO is pretty different for the band, but yet familiar to many of their loud and proud songs.  Including a good amount of saxophone and a pounding beat, WE ARE GO is one of the hardest A-sides they’ve done in quite a while.  While the melody is hard to pinpoint sometimes because of its chant-heavy sound…it’s a loud song and would be amazing live!

2. ALL ALONE

As for the other A-side, ALL ALONE is a lighter affair that has TAKUYA rapping alongside some light arrangements and acoustic guitar though it does come and go with heavier sounds throughout the song.  I do feel like this is more akin to what I expected of UVERworld at this point.  It’s actually not bad and while TAKUYA sounds all over the place (once again, normal) it’s sticking out better than “WE ARE GO” did.

3. Colors of the Heart (Live at Marine Messe Fukuoka 2015.12.30)

So the remainder of the single contains live songs of tracks of the past starting with Colors of the Heart (which was their 4th single).  Returning to a song from the past is nice and I was a pretty big fan of this one when I took a listen and hearing it live is just awesome!  Even the crowd was way into it which is pretty rad!

4. Kokoro ga Sasu Basho to Kuchiguse Soshite Kimi ga Tsuite Kuru (Live at Zepp Tokyo 2008.06.02)

Then we get to the other song which is an album song from their sophomore album, “PROGLUTION” and honestly, I’ve actually never heard this song (hint,hint).  What surprised me more is that they chose a performance from 2008 (wow…that’s 8 years ago >.>).  As one of the more serious songs in their discography, this long titled track sounds pretty good live and TAKUYA sounds a lot more youthful (thanks 8 years).  One of the few slow UVER songs I can dig!

 

 

Has it really been almost a year since they released “I LOVE THE WORLD”?  It sure doesn’t feel like it.  Anyway, their return with WE ARE GO/ALL ALONE is OK for the most part.  I would say the weakest track is WE ARE GO because it feels more like a B-side or a tour-only track for pumping crowds up but in a studio…didn’t really mesh well.  At least ALL ALONE is a bit true to form so I suppose it saved the single.  Though the live versions were a nice treat (weird for the 2nd live being so old).  Interesting single overall!

 

UVERworld – I LOVE THE WORLD September 2, 2015

Filed under: UVERworld — solarblade @ 1:52 am

ilovetheworld

Track Listing

  1. I LOVE THE WORLD
  2. PRAYING RUN
  3. CHANCE!04
  4. I LOVE THE WORLD -Short Edition-

1. I LOVE THE WORLD

Hey! it’s been a while since we’ve seen a hard hitting UVER A-side with synths involved in a long time!  I actually was kind of surprised because it doesn’t sound something that UVERworld has really pulled off.  The interesting areas of the song while doesn’t mix together too well (like “GO-ON” and “GOLD) but I suppose the similarities are there and all three songs are songs I enjoy tons.  TAKUYA saying the title is humorous, but he does put his all in this song and it’s pretty wild and reckless!  Great A-side!

2. PRAYING RUN

The main B-side opens up with TAKUYA and what sounds like him running before turning into this chilled out (beat boxing/heavy breathing) thing.  After he starts singing the tune opens up with a heavy sound with their saxophonist playing behind too!  It’s an interesting song and funny enough, could’ve saw this be an A-side as well as it’s really strong and I do like the chilled back kind of arrangement (with bursts of their rock sound).

3. CHANCE!04

The single ends with a new version of their 2nd single of their careers, CHANCE! at first doesn’t sound any different from the original released back in 2005 so I’m not sure the reasoning of bringing it back so much later.  Though after listening to it, there are some changes to the song, but really it doesn’t feel like much was done beyond that (didn’t sound like it was resung).  Still a great A-side for them, but why was brought back?

 

 

 

Seems like UVERworld is getting another blast of awesome songs in this era so far!  I actually really liked this single and was altogether a smidge better than “Boku no Kotoba de wa Nai Kore wa Bokutachi no Kotoba” due to all three songs being upbeat and striking a huge spark in my interest.  I LOVE THE WORLD wasn’t what I was expecting (with a title, I was expecting a ballad xD) and PRAYING RUN is cool and has a really good sound to it.  CHANCE!04 might seem a bit unnecessary, but it’s still a great song from their early days.

 

UVERworld – Boku no Kotoba de wa nai Kore wa Bokutachi no Kotoba June 20, 2015

Filed under: UVERworld — solarblade @ 3:31 am

bokunokotoba

Track Listing

  1. Boku no Kotoba de wa nai Kore wa Bokutachi no Kotoba
  2. Iwanakute mo Tsutawaru Are wa Sukoshi Uso da
  3. Collide
  4. Boku no Kotoba de wa nai Kore wa Bokutachi no Kotoba (TV size)
  5. 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!

3. Collide

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!