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UVERworld – AS ONE May 24, 2020

Filed under: UVERworld — solarblade @ 7:38 pm

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Track Listing

  1. AS ONE
  2. Spreadown
  3. AS ONE (instrumental)

1. AS ONE

I was wondering what I was getting myself into with AS ONE, especially after all the songs that they released for “UNSER”.  AS ONE though continues this experimentation with more synths and unique quirks about it.  Though it does lean towards more like “GOOD and EVIL” with the beautiful combination of the new things and the band’s explosive sound.  Another banger out of this one!

2. Spreadown

As for the B-side, Spreadown sounds a bit more edgier than “AS ONE”, but still carries the band across and fuses a lil less of the synthwork found in the lead track.  Though it is strong sounding and its various sections are cool and unique…it’s just an instrumental track, something UVERworld tends to do on singles.  So it’s good for the band, just could’ve used an actual vocal track.

 

 

As the first single after “UNSER”. AS ONE is OK for the most part I suppose.  Not their strongest offering though.  AS ONE does feel like a track leftover from their last album which is good because of the high praise I gave it and enjoying they’re continuing with that ideal, but it’s literally the only track because Spreadown was just an instrumental (which sounds like it could’ve used some vocals).  Not bad, but I’m hoping for more in their singles.

 

UVERworld – UNSER

Filed under: UVERworld — solarblade @ 6:34 pm

unser

Track Listing

  1. Making it Drive
  2. AFTER LIFE
  3. Touch off
  4. Kyoukai
  5. stay on
  6. First Sight
  7. ODD FUTURE
  8. Muimi ni Naru Yoru
  9. EDEN e
  10. ConneQt
  11. OXYMORON
  12. One Last Time
  13. ROB THE FRONTIER
  14. GOOD and EVIL
  15. UNSER

1. Making it Drive

Wasn’t expecting the album to open up with something a little more electronic like Making it Drive.  Hearing TAKUYA rapping and having a lot of interesting quirks like filters and synths in the track that isn’t the band itself is really interesting and makes me wonder if this album will be something more experimental (especially after a lot of the A-sides showed off this side of UVERworld).  Making it Drive is unique I will give it that and kicks the album off in a unique way.

2. AFTER LIFE

Yeah, next track in is definitely giving me vibes of both “Making it Drive” and “EDEN e” with it’s darker glow and kind of leniency towards the synths and TAKUYA’s raps and vocals.  Though not as powerful as those two tracks, it’s quick-paced lyricism and just ethereal glow really makes it interesting, but I’m happy to hear the band does finally come in towards the end.  Yeah, interesting as well!

3. Touch off

Then we get into our first of the old tracks with the band’s 3rd A-side released, Touch off.  I did appreciate finally hearing SEIKA on the album since he wasn’t really a part of the first two track and Touch off is the first kind of hard-hitting song which is great since I’ve was wanting something more aggressive.  While I was kind of middle of the road when I reviewed the single (especially since it was after 3 amazing A-sides and this tune felt more like what I had come to expect from UVERworld.  On the album, it’s much better to me and the loudness of the song really caught my attention.  The only thing that threw me off was TAKUYA near the end where he’s kind of spittin words out without rapping and it felt like it was a bit out of place for me.  Still, Touch off is pretty good on the album now!

4. Kyoukai

Back to new tracks, Kyoukai takes the band to a more brighter sound for it that’s kind of giving me slight synth/pop/rock vibes like “ODD FUTURE” did, but then you get something like beatboxing included here and the song gets more interesting.  There’s just this thing about this track that catches me off guard and once again makes me think UVERworld is experimenting which is great because it brings out a lot of colorful works such as this.  Though I should mention that it is under 3 minutes which is a bummer.

5. stay on

Next up, stay on brings back the mixture of trap beats and synths on top of TAKUYA’s filtered vocals and cool stylings.  It feels different to me because now the band is also on full force as well, but not too much because the song changes so much throughout, like it’s a combination of many songs that didn’t get elaborated on to make this one lol.  I’m not sure if it mixed together very well to be honest and feels messy IMHO.

6. First Sight

Next up, First Sight pops up and I think for the first time I felt like UVER really felt more poppy than one is to be expected.  I think it’s mostly due to the synths and piano and the more laidback feel I get from the band themselves.  I mean, I don’t mind that aspect from them, just not something I would’ve expected they’d tackle.  It’s not terrible, but it just lacks energy (and maybe that’s what they were going for?).

7. ODD FUTURE

At least the energy is picked up immediately with ODD FUTURE (the first single released for the album).  I had worried it wouldn’t make the cut because it was a part of their 2 best album releases, so I was relieved to see it make its way onto UNSER.  While I thought it was poppy for them (at least until I just heard “First Sight”), hearing this being a theme for My Hero Academia was shocking, but like also badass in its own right.  I still do believe this song really kicked off this experimental kick that the band went through for the album and I mean ODD FUTURE is great because while it has many parts and lots of elements from various songs of this album (poppy/anison flow, quick TAKUYA raps and singing, SEIKA solo, and vocal filters), it just collided into something genius in a song like this!  Still one of my favorite UVERworld songs!

8. Muimi ni Naru Yoru

Getting into the next track, Muimi ni Naru Yoru brings things back down with more of a laidback sound that’s a little funky and jazzy and I’m really happy this tune was able to let TAKUYA rap a little more freely on top letting SEIKA play sax throughout the arrangement.  I will say this chill tone crosses my mind nicely though I will say, it’s a little odd they put it in between “ODD FUTURE” and “EDEN e”.  Still, as a track on its own, I’m really impressed by it and sticks out entirely in a good way.

9. EDEN e

Which goes into one half of the 2nd single UVERworld released for UNSER and EDEN e was another hit for me and I hit myself a lot for not reviewing it when it released initially because it’s just a powerful synth track for the band!  I’m a little beside myself with the sampling from “The Eye” from INFINITE still, but the song is still great and showcased TAKUYA’s vocals in a nice light.  Though I’m surprised it wasn’t somewhere around “Making it Drive” and “AFTER LIFE” because it had similarities, but a bit more loud in places.

10. ConneQt

Though it leads to our next track which was the lone B-side to make the album’s cut.  When I reviewed it on “Touch off”, I felt like ConneQt was decent, but familiar but then hearing it on the album, it reminds me a LOT of “First Sight” and the two could be confused.  I just know the difference because this was the older track.  Not sure why these two songs are making the band feel oddly more poppy, but I don’t think it works as well as they wanted it to be.

11. OXYMORON

Man these low, synths openings always has me curious to where a song leads and so far this album has been doing it in spades.  For OXYMORON, the song’s feel is definitely more inclusive for the band, though I wasn’t expecting strings to be in the tune.  Actually I just wasn’t expecting the tune to be bright and upbeat.  Like as if “EDEN e” was a little more happier.  I kind of found myself just enjoying this one a lot and has a lot of elements and a beautiful synergy between all the experimentation and the band themselves.

12. One Last Time

Seems like we’re back to having TAKUYA doing his rapping for our next new track.  Though after his lengthy verse, he and the band start going and it’s really nice as a chorus as it’s cool.  I mean I do like TAKUYA’s skills for sure, but I feel like we had a LOT of that on this album.  So unfortunately, I wasn’t heavily into this one since it really wasn’t popping out at me.

13. ROB THE FRONTIER

Then we get into the 4th and final single before UNSER released and ROB THE FRONTIER kind of still puts up the same opinions I had for it in the single review.  Though I will give it some points because despite being a pure UVERworld song with a relentless arrangement and heavy use of the band, it doesn’t have the heaps of experimentation that the rest of the album has.  Plus it’s just rockin’ and really pops off a lot better on the album than the single (though I mean it was the only track other than many live versions of past songs on it).

14. GOOD and EVIL

GOOD and EVIL coming after “ROB THE FRONTIER” shows what I mean from the pure rockin’ vibes of the latter and the fruits of the experimentation out of this track.  Yeah, this song is pretty wild and doesn’t suffer the same shenanigans that “stay on” suffered from.  It does slap hard in its own right and I love the arrangement out of this one a lot especially since it’s kind of the more serious UVERworld here.

15. UNSER

Then we get to the album’s outro which is the title track UNSER.  I’m not sure what they were going for here because the outro is definitely the most dance-ish track here with EDM beats and some other quirky things about it.  It’s only 1:40 in length, so it doesn’t leave too much of an impression, but just makes me wonder why it’s an outro.

Tracks Recommended

  • ODD FUTURE
  • EDEN e
  • OXYMORON
  • Muimi ni Naru Yoru
  • GOOD and EVIL

Song of Avoidance

  • stay on

If there’s anything I have to say about UNSER, it’s definitely experimental.  I don’t think I’ve heard UVERworld play around and try new things to this level since “Last” and even then that album had a lot of their usual rock songs.  I just wasn’t expecting them to go light rock here to synth music and of course the best tracks were the singles even Touch off and ROB THE FRONTIER sounded better with the album.  Yeah, this is now my favorite UVER album…I just hope they keep doing this! *RECOMMENDED*

 

UVERworld – ROB THE FRONTIER April 29, 2020

Filed under: UVERworld — solarblade @ 3:44 am

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Track Listing

  1. ROB THE FRONTIER
  2. Touch off (2019.6.6 Live at Okinawa MUSIC TOWN OTO-ICHIBA)
  3. Ø choir (2019.6.6 Live at Okinawa MUSIC TOWN OTO-ICHIBA)
  4. ConneQt (2019.6.6 Live at Okinawa MUSIC TOWN OTO-ICHIBA)
  5. ROB THE FRONTIER (short ver.)
  6. ROB THE FRONTIER (instrumental)

CD2

  1. EMPTY96 (2019.6.6 Live at Okinawa MUSIC TOWN OTO-ICHIBA)
  2. Arubeki Katachi (2019.6.6 Live at Okinawa MUSIC TOWN OTO-ICHIBA)
  3. ODD FUTURE (Remixed by R3HAB)
  4. EDEN e (Remixed by DJ White Shadow)

1. ROB THE FRONTIER

With ROB THE FRONTIER, I feel like UVERworld decided to at least make it pretty straightforward and kind of to-the-books like stuff in their first 3 albums by being more punk rock and loud about it.  Though it seems it’s like that up to the bridge where it kind of shifts into more of this synthy/heavy vocal filter section for its bridge.  Not bad, not great, just OK for the most part, but it’s still very much UVERworld.

 

 

*will review the remixes if they leak*  As the 5th A-side, they closed out the “UNSER” era with a rather safe song when compared to the rest.  I mean ROB THE FRONTIER is pretty much UVERworld without the eccentricities that the other 4 leading songs have.  Not their best single especially when it’s crammed with 5 lives and 2 remixes, but I suppose a single with no B-side would’ve been poor choice.

 

UVERworld – Touch off

Filed under: UVERworld — solarblade @ 3:07 am

touchoff

Track Listing

  1. Touch off
  2. ConneQt
  3. Touch off (short ver.)
  4. Touch off (instrumental)

1. Touch off

After 3 leading songs that was pretty unique, why not a 4th one to deal with?  Yeah, I will say that I’m enjoying that Touch off does sound quite different from songs before by utilizing the acoustic guitar much more in the front while the band plays behind it.  Though I can say for fact that I’m not quite into this song too much, I did appreciate SEIKA, but the thing I remember most is the whole ~sugoi ni fire~ line that pops in throughout the verses.  It’s OK, but definitely screams B-side to me.

2. ConneQt

As for the actual B-side, ConneQt tones things done white a bit for the band with it’s funky groove and slow jam tone which is nice to hear after all of the wild energy the band has put in for the last couple singles so this is essentially a breath of fresh air.  Surprised to hear the vocal filter, but it adds color to the song, but I feel like I’ve heard this kind of track before from them.

 

 

Yes, there is a second disc, but it’s just more live versions of past songs.  Anyways I felt like I didn’t hear about this song prior to release and not surprised I wasn’t too enthusiastic with its turnout as a whole either.  Kind of says something when both tracks actually do end up on “UNSER” ironically enough.  Touch off does fit the band’s current experimentation phase, but it doesn’t quite leave a mark like the previous 3 A-sides have and ConneQt is nice and needed in this era, as a whole, it’s nothing totally special sadly.

 

UVERworld – GOOD and EVIL/EDEN e

Filed under: UVERworld — solarblade @ 2:42 am

goodandevil

Track Listing

  1. GOOD and EVIL
  2. EDEN e
  3. KINJITO (Live at Yokohama Arena 2017.12.21)
  4. Halzion (Live at Yokohama Arena 2017.12.21)

1. GOOD and EVIL

As the leading track of the single, GOOD and EVIL continues with the band’s kind of experimentation since “ODD FUTURE” but this one is a little more in your face, but has a mix of synths, the band themselves, and some vocal filters to kind of gives us this frantic track that’s pretty nifty and impressive.  There’s a LOT of different feels throughout and it works once again.  I really do commend TAKUYA for his presence as his edgier vocals always seem to capture my focus pretty well!  Another strong A-side!

2. EDEN e

As for the other A-side, it begins with a little bit of Seika and follows through with a more darker sound in comparison to “GOOD and EVIL”, but also somewhat grounded in sound.  While I do love TAKUYA’s energetic vocals, his slower and more melancholic tone is just as unique and cool to listen to.  I’m pretty surprised EDEN e is more of the band stepping out and giving us an interesting sound (though there’s one point where I was reminded of INFINITE’s “The Eye” but that’s small). Double winner!

 

 

*Won’t be reviewing the lives*  Anyways, I was wondering where UVERworld was heading after the sheer popularity that came from “ODD FUTURE” and this single was really awesome and I’m pretty sure KINJITO & Halzion were good live performances since I enjoy those two tracks too!  This is pretty amazing and one of their better singles in recent times! *RECOMMENDED*

 

UVERworld – ODD FUTURE July 22, 2018

Filed under: UVERworld — solarblade @ 6:57 am

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!