UVERworld “I Love the World” (Review)

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UVERworld are back with a new release. Months after the release of 僕の言葉ではない これは僕達の言葉, the band fronted by Takuya∞ brings us the new single “I Love the World“.

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Single: I Love the World
Label: Sony Music
Release date: 26/08/15
Genre: J-Rock

Tracklist:

1
I LOVE THE WORLD
2
PRAYING RUN
3
CHANCE!04

Track by track analysis:

1 – I Love the World

The heavy synths, vocal manipulations and build up in the pre-chorus makes “I Love the World” one of the most electronic tracks the band has released so far. Progressive synths and aggressive guitar riffs lead the way in the intro. Soon the track transforms in our typically unpredictable UVERworld: Takuya∞ mixes a bit of hip-hop and rock in his approach to the lyrics, blending perfectly with the instrumental track that features a funky slap bassed bassline, the irregular drums, the powerful guitar riffs and melodic acoustic guitars in the verses. The funky guitar riffs in the chorus and the minimal synths set the track with an imcomparable groove. Although you might get a wrong feel of the track with this explanation, the track is incredibly well crafted and complex – as any of UVERworld tracks – and that is because of their genre fusions. In our ears this track is a perfect 5. 5/5

2 – Praying Run

With elements from ska, jazz and chilloutPraying Run” is a full fledged funky track with a hip-hop vibe. The rhodes piano sets the groove in this song alongside the melodic sax and the meticulous bass.

Kicking it off with the chillout rhodes piano and the acoustic guitars leading the way, the first verses are more melodic than the rest of track. The first chorus is simplistic, more acoustic than expected. The same can’t be said for the second pre-chorus which is, by far, “heavier”, featuring aggressive guitar riffs and powerful drums – the following chorus follows the same pattern but more changes are bound to happen throughout the song into the bridge – where the instrumental resorts to quieting the majority of the instruments, leaving only the sax, acoustic guitars and piano with Takuya∞, providing the stage to make his vocals shine. The song is in constant mutation throughout the 6 minutes of it. It has an enormous array of genres mixed together and variable vocal approaches to the lyrics. The essence of UVERworld is right here: mixing genres and making them work together. 4.5/5 

3 – Chance!04

Chance!04 is more simple than any of the previous tracks. With a pop-rock approach to both the instrumental and the big part of the vocals, it impresses with how great a track like this can sound with UVERworld on the helm. The piano is the core of this song dictating the pace of the track, the melodic guitars and the mid-tempo drums envelop the listener without overcrowding him. This is quite possibly their strongest track in their repertoire – if we only look at those more simplistic tracks. A laidback track with a good vocal performance with Takuya∞ rapping his way into the song. If you want something with that “summer” feel, this is the best option. 4.5/5

Final rating:4.5 stars

This wasn’t a boring release at all – we were on the edge of our seats during the whole listening session. The energy UVERworld put on their music and the complexity of their sound makes them masters at what they do. It’s impossible to not bang our heads listening to tracks like “I Love the World” that, despite the fact that it sounds like a progressive dance track it is unexpectedly heavy in the chorus. For the most part of this single it was interesting to listen to UVERworld picking some of their best traits and putting them to use, but also not forgetting to incorporate new things. And we talk about the title track once again. It’s true that, in the past, some UVERworld releases were more electronic than others, but this track especifically is on a league of its own in their repertoire. On another note: Chance!04 sounds like anything the band has made so far. And we love it.

As whole this release is incredibly powerful, even better than the previous one. It’s exciting, experimental, diversified and manages to pick all the good bits in each and every music genre.

I love the World” 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.