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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!

 

UVERworld – Ø CHOIR July 2, 2014

Filed under: UVERworld — solarblade @ 9:10 am

0choir

Track Listing

  1. Rei HERE ~SE~
  2. IMPACT
  3. Dare ga Itta
  4. Nano・Second (album ver.)
  5. Fight For Liberty (album ver.)
  6. ENOUGH-1
  7. KICK ga Jiyuu
  8. a LOVELY TONE (album ver.)
  9. Nanokame no Ketsui
  10. Bessekai
  11. Born Slippy
  12. Wizard CLUB
  13. Arubeki Katachi
  14. 0 choir

1. Rei HERE ~SE~

So the album begins with an introductory piece from the band and it’s an odd thing to hear a ladies voice sing (reminds of the intro of “GO-ON”) but then it turns into a rapping section with Seika playing in behind them.  It goes on til the end where the two voices (the girl and a guy) says the title of our next track….Weird opening for a 1 minute intro.

2. IMPACT

So entering the album, IMPACT starts nice we TAKUYA and some acoustic guitar and it’s actually a pretty interesting song that features some slowdown parts and some time signature changes.  It’s a really section-heavy track like “GOLD” which some could deem messy, but I think it’s one of their more easier to follow section-heavy songs.  I would say it did leave an impact on me and I’m hoping the rest of the album follows this style through!

3. Dare ga Itta

Interesting that our next track would open with TAKUYA ,Seika, and acoustic guitar.  After that the band does enter the fray and the tune gets a little more edgy and moves at a much quicker pace than the intro of the song.  Though like “IMPACT”, it’s very sectional and will more than likely throw you off but there’s parts of awesomeness and some no-so-much (like the minor piano chords that act like a transition).  It’s a good song, but I like how the previous tune sounded more.

4. Nano・Second (album ver.)

So we get to some of the previously released tracks and some of them got the album treatment.  As the 2nd single, I was surprised none of its B-sides are on here, but was surprised this tune got changes.  Sadly the thing that pulled me in, the harmonica is gone and was replaced by saxophone.  I mean it still sets up an awesome track which funny enough, the majority remained unchanged.  It’s still that awesome electrorock tune that I just loved so it’s a badass song still.  Plus I love the whole ~just do it, keep your head up~ line…Super cool!

5. Fight For Liberty (album ver.)

We get an album ver. also for the first A-side released and it has a different intro, but I think that was it because the strings remained and the overall track remains the same.  Not a big change, but a song like this didn’t need it because it’s still a great track from UVERworld.  TAKUYA still sounds powerful and it just amazes me how much style he has in songs like this.  Great song!

6. ENOUGH-1

Back to new songs, ENOUGH-1 kind of halts the album with this kind of trippy tune.  I mean you can’t be original til you use acoustic guitar, piccolo and a didgeridoo.  Though that seems to disappear when the band enters and kind of jams…It’s a pretty unique song on the album because it takes a more laidback style and TAKUYA is more rapping than singing which shows a different side.  I can get behind this a lot…very refreshing after the previous 4 songs.

7. KICK ga Jiyuu

The intro of our next song starts off shaky as they mess up and then really gets it started.  After “ENOUGH-1” this acts to kind of bring it back slowly and I admire something that if it wasn’t for the next couple tracks lol.  I would actually say this is a bit straightforward and slightly poppy for me until the drive gets a little more punch.  Not bad, not bad.

8. a LOVELY TONE (album ver.)

So we get an album version of the B-side from “Fight For Liberty/Wizard CLUB” and instead of that guitar/synth mix…the intro is done by Seika.  I have to say I REALLY like the change to that since it adds a little more of that sensual glow.  TAKUYA’s voice is light and more controlled but then again it didn’t sound like the tune change otherwise.  At least it’s not as bad as I was going to expect.

9. Nanokame no Ketsui

Sadly I wish there was changes for this song.  Even though it’s been out a few weeks, I still am not all that interested in this song.  On the album, it is a bit more louder than “a LOVELY TONE” but it’s goddamn long at 7 minutes.  Plus we’ve already had clapping beats in the last track, so I’m just kind of like why is this placed here.  I’m just not interested in this one sorry lol.

10. Bessekai

Which baffles me more when we see the B-side from that single makes the album cut once again coming after the A-side.  Bessekai if you don’t know is an instrumental and little lyrical content.  It acts somewhat as the interlude of the album which is cool I suppose.  I mean I still like the sound of the band and throwing in that dubstep was actually working here.  Still, I can’t help but feel like this didn’t really belong and it’s a tad long for an interlude…so meh.

11. Born Slippy

NO…they didn’t?!?  Really UVER?  If you guys don’t know, this is actually a cover of a classic 90’s electro song from Underworld (oh, I see the semblance)…  I had thoughts that this was that particular song, but couldn’t think of why.  It kind of tries to be faithful by having it somewhat sound like its original, but the band also fills in the sound which is an interesting take.  TAKUYA though…ehhhhh his English here (which is all of it) is kind of hit and miss and funny to listen to.  There’s some genius moments like the acoustic part and the edgier parts.  UVER did changed some parts to make it less long?  It’s a very out there cover for the band, but I like the risk they did even if it did have some iffy parts.

12. Wizard CLUB

The only A-side that got no changes huh?  Wizard CLUB was such a fun track to listen to andI’m glad that at least they didn’t touch this one.  It’s a wild song and Seika was already in front row on this one.  Like “IMPACE” and “Dare ga Itta” it’s pretty section friendly, but it’s pretty straightforward and TAKUYA gave a fun performance and I still love the sort of Street Fighter passage in the song a lot haha.  Fun song from the band and happy it made the cut!

13. Arubeki Katachi

As we get into the last two songs, we get Arubeki Katachi first and this seems like it’s another rock staple from the group but it has an upbeat nature due to the bright piano chords playing along the speedy tempo of the track.  It reminds me somewhat of their classic anime themes (round their debut era).  It’s a pretty neat song and stands nicely on the album.

14. 0 choir

Then we end the album with the title track and I was wondering how’d they end the album and it’s heavy track.  It kind of reminds me of how “IMPACT” hit the beginning of the album so the full circle is kind of cool to me.  It does have more synths here which works for sure.  After a while it kind of drags for me which dulls my enjoyment, but it works for a final track.

Tracks Recommended

  • NanoSecond (album ver.)
  • IMPACT
  • Arubeki Katachi
  • ENOUGH-1
  • Wizard CLUB

Song of Avoidance

  • Bessekai

Wow that was actually a pretty good album for what it is.  UVERworld’s 8th album, Ø CHOIR might be one of my favorites, possibly even over “LAST” in how this album worked.  I thought Seika made a great impression here (than on the last two albums) and most of the songs were pretty awesome from them.  The only songs I was really not head over heels was basically the songs that came from Nanokame no Ketsui…both didn’t seem to fit IMO.  Still this album is a *RECOMMENDED*

 

UVERworld – Nanokame no Ketsui June 18, 2014

Filed under: UVERworld — solarblade @ 8:12 pm

nanokamenoketsui

Track Listing

  1. Nanokame no Ketsui
  2. Bessekai
  3. Nanokame no Ketsui (Instrumental)
  4. Nanokame no Ketsui (2013.11.9 Voice Memo)

1. Nanokame no Ketsui

I’ll be honest, it takes a good UVERworld mid-tempo to make me enjoy it and in recent times, the band has made good strides towards it.  However, when it comes to Nanokame no Ketsui…it’s way too long.  Being a 7 minute struggle, this song kind of just slightly bored me throughout.  Though the boom/clap beat with the acoustic guitar is an interesting touch and TAKUYA of course singing the way he always does sounds good, but after 3 minutes, it just killed me and I tuned out.  I thought the group would’ve celebrated the fact that their saxophone player, SEIKA had officially become a member of UVERworld…wasn’t expecting this in the least.

2. Bessekai

Then the B-sides happens and I felt like this song was to have SEIKA mesh into the band.  Funny enough this song is really the band having fun and utilizing all their styles into this kind of rock/dubstep rock session.  I’m loving the ideas but as a B-side that doesn’t have lyrical content, it makes this single feel bare.  Not bad though and an interesting listen.

4. Nanokame no Ketsui (2013.11.9 Voice Memo)

After the instrumental of the A-side, we get this 50 second track and I was curious to what this was all about.   It seems it’s just a short excerpt of the song performed of only TAKUYA and some acoustic guitar (wonder if he’s playing it…).  Despite the low quality of it, it’s a nice bonus I suppose lol.

 

 

As the 3rd and last single before their album, “Ø CHOIR”, Nanokame no Ketsui marks the first single with a new member in the band and I wasn’t expecting them to just slide by and release a 7 minute borefest.  It’s way too long for me and dragged a lot.  Bessekai is OK, nothing unique, but the jamming experimenting without lyrics.  Strange that it’ll be on the album though with no changes >.>.  Of course the little bonus track is nice, but eh…Hope the album will turn out great!

 

UVERworld – Nano・Second February 4, 2014

Filed under: UVERworld — solarblade @ 12:15 pm

nanosecond

Track Listing

  1. Nano・Second
  2. LIFE
  3. DEJAVU

1. Nano・Second

Hm? Harmonica and synth intro?  Can’t say that isn’t original and I thought that did well setting up the song sort of.  I wasn’t expecting the track to be focused more on synths as TAKUYA begun under auto-tune before the track turned into a electrorock track.  I enjoy the changes and the band is still very explosive and energetic and suits the electronic beats.  I just found myself jamming out to this and it’s really one of the band’s more unique songs in their discography!  AWESOME!

2. LIFE

As the band goes back into something they’re more used to, LIFE is heavy and very UVERworld as it has the normal things going on like TAKUYA’s pseudo speak/rapping, soft bridges, and then an explosive chorus.  I think as a song, it’s a little basic and there’s many other UVER songs that have done the same with better results…but this isn’t bad at all.

3. DEJAVU

Another synth-heavy track?  Well, at least we’re not given another track that’s just a glorified medley.  DEJAVU already from the beginning won me over faster than “LIFE” with more energy and the saxes return as well, but they aren’t a prominent feature as past songs have used it for.  I love the synth parts, I can’t lie and I tend to already love UVER’s heavy songs and this was a nice enough change to the formula…SWEEEET!

 

 

I’m just loving UVERworld ever since the “LIFE 9 SENSE” era ended…it’s like their chest of ideas burst open and they’ve been releasing pretty good A-sides since!  The whole harmonica/electro mix out of Nano・Second just caught me off guard but it was SO GOOD as one!  I hope they do more of this in the future.  DEJAVU took the synths and expanded it further by mixing it with just the band and I loved it as well.  LIFE is good, but it’s the typical UVER song they would release and I probably won’t remember the melody after this review.  Still great single!