UVERworld “Boku no Kotoba dewa Nai, Kore wa Bokutachi no Kotoba” (Review)

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UVERworld make their comeback in 2015, after almost a year of hiatus. The last releases from this band were the album “0 Choir” and the single “Nanakame no Ketsui“, both released in June and July 2014. Now, the band fronted by Takuya is back with new music, the single “Boku no Kotoba dewa Nai, Kore wa Bokutachi no Kotoba“, already on rotation on radio stations in Japan and on action anime “The Heroic Legend of Arslan“, as its opening theme.

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Single: 「僕の言葉ではない これは僕達の言葉」(Boku no Kotoba dewa Nai, Kore wa Bokutachi no Kotoba)
Label: Sony Music
Release date: 27/05/15 
Genre: J-Rock

Tracklist:

1
僕の言葉ではない これは僕達の言葉
2
言わなくても伝わる あれは少し嘘だ
3
Collide

Track by track analysis:

1 – 僕の言葉ではない これは僕達の言葉

You wanted more UVERworld? And you wanted an awesome song? You got it. “Boku no Kotoba dewa Nai, Kore wa Bokutachi no Kotoba” might sound like a pain to memorize its name but it’s one of the most exciting singles/title tracks this band has released so far. It has jazzy a piano, dirty synths in all the right places, funky acoustic guitar and bass, powerful electric guitars, heavy drums and powerful, upbeat vocals as the main dish. As always when we think about UVERworld we need to expect something completely new inside the primary formula used in UW‘s releases so far, and that is exactly what we got in this single. Exciting from start to finish, a breath of fresh air as we approach the Summer. 5/5

2 – 言わなくても伝わる あれは少し嘘だ

Kicking off completely stripped off, this track shows us that not only UVERworld excel in mixing genres but they also work well when isolating one genre. “Iwanakute mo tsutawaru are wa sukoshi usoda” has all the right ingredients for a solid ballad: the acoustic guitars leading the intro and leaving place for Takuya to display his vocal skills. The instrumental piece keeps things as much as possible raw, with the acoustic guitars and the piano shining in this song, to add that extra bit of raw power and emotion to complete this song the electric guitars and the drums join in midway. An addition that didn’t deviate things away from its original setting: the acoustic emotional ballad. On the vocal side we find Takuya delivering the lyrics in a steady, gentle way, in what is one of the best performances Takuya has shown us so far. 5/5

3 – Collide

Changing completely in comparison with the previous tracks, “Collide” bring us back the all mighty saxophone, UVERworld‘s trademark and an ecletic, sligthly heavier instrumental. Powerful guitar riffs, the funky saxophone, heavy drums, dirty synths – the main engine to this track – and a reverberating bass. The outro led by the bass and sax leading to a technical guitar solo sounded great in this track, an incredibly satisfying and fresh part in the song. On the vocal track we need to praise Takuya‘s high notes in the pre-chorus and chorus and the energy he brought to the track. Overall, and besides the fact that this track is incredibly entertaining , it’s a slight letdown in comparison with the previous tracks. 4/5

Final rating: 4.5 stars

UVERworld is one of those bands that, when it’s on hiatus people easily notice it. And why? This band has everything that you could ask for in a rock band – if you want to categorize them in a genre – a versatile frontman, a great band backing him and the icing on the cake – the ability to mix so many genres into one track and making it work like a charm. That ability is what makes all the releases coming from this band always sound fresh.

僕の言葉ではない これは僕達の言葉 is a memorable single, one of the best this band has released in the past three years. Ranging from jazzy, heavy rock, funk, electronica and chillout, this band always shows us something new and addictive, one step ahead of other bands. The title track and 言わなくても伝わる あれは少し嘘だ really showed us an improved side to UVERworld‘s music. It had been years since they’ve released something so exciting, powerful and energising as this release.

Welcome back UVERworld, we’ve missed you.

僕の言葉ではない これは僕達の言葉」is available for purchase on CDJAPAN for all overseas fans.

Author: Vanessa Silva (midorin)

The Hand That Feeds HQ founder and music reviewer writing about Japanese music since 2010. Metalhead. Gamer. Based in Cascais, Portugal. Mamoru Miyano's "Orpheus" was the catalyst to start writing about male seiyuu music.