T.M.Revolution “Committed RED” (Review)

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T.M.Revolution brings us a fiery release. “Committed RED” is yet another release to solidify Takanori Nishikawa status as one of the top performers in Japan.

Let’s kick off this review.

Regular edition
Regular edition
Single: Commited RED
Label: Sony Japan
Release date: 06/04/16
Genre: J-Pop

Tracklist:

1 - Commited RED
2 - Inherit the Force -インヘリット・ザ・フォース-

Track by track analysis:

1 – Commited RED

T.M.Revolution doesn’t spare the theatrics in this song bring lots of orchestral elements right off the bat. With timpani and strings, the song quickly escalates to a power rock track with his trademark synths as the core of the track. Adding to the already impressive formula T.M.R has going in these past 10 years, we are presented with the shamisen and the shakuhachi playing a big role on this track.

Orchestral + rock + electronica + traditional japanese elements? Yeah, killer formula in a top track that winks at “Cloud Nine” era. Vocally Takanori is exemplar. His memorable vocals are aways the talk in town, that is a given, but due to this track’s arrangement he shone even more. The power and control on his vocals are of top tier status, in the end giving an invigorating and dramatic feel to the track. This is a memorable track capable of erase last year’s underwhelming releases. 5/5

2 – Inherit the Force -インヘリット・ザ・フォース-

It’s not the first time fans have heard this track. “Inherit the Force” was released in 2015 as an exclusive digital single, only now finding its place on a physical release. This track has a more heavy electronica driven instrumental than the previous song. The solemn piano melody is the main appetizer for a track that explodes right after those first dramatic notes hit our ears. With splashy drums, lending a bit of dubstep elements and progressions, slow paced heavy guitar riffs on the background and a barely noticeable bass, the track relies heavily on the synths to progress the track. It’s a bit like how his 90’s songs were arranged. If you were a fan of his earlier work you’ll certainly love this instrumental. Vocally this is a track that is a lot harder to perform. With lots of changes in tone, some high notes as well as lots of vibrato, Takanori has his hands full throughout the track. As a result we get an exciting track with an explosive chorus that we can’t find anywhere else. 4/5

Final rating:4.5 stars

T.M.Revolution is on fire this year. With a series of releases already slated to see the light of day this year, he still manages to release relevant tracks. Looking back into his releases and lending some of the best formulas he’s used before seemed to be a nice plan. “Commited RED” is by itself a winner track. There’s no way around this. Given the amount of elements mixed, people might thingk that it’d turn out badly but it was the opposite. This track might be his best in the past five years. The same can’t be said about “Inherit the Force“, track that winks at his 90’s trademark sound (minus the guitars) but lacks a little bit of punch in the verses. Takanori is once again releasing relevant music and this single is proof of that.

“Committed RED” 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.