Title: Itteki no Eikyou Label: Sony Music Release date: 01/02/2017 Genre: J-Rock/Fusion
1 - Itteki no Eikyou 2 - EMU 3 - Forever Young (AK-69 feat.UVERworld)
Track by track analysis:
1 – Itteki no Eikyou
Ao no exorcist‘s opening theme is right here. “Itteki no Eikyou” goes for a milder sound in the verses provided by the acoustic guitars, mid-tempo drums and synths. In the chorus the song literally explodes with the drums quickly raising the tempo of the song alongside the raging guitar riffs. Although has UVERworld‘s touch all over it, it doesn’t really sound as great as some of the band’s previous releases. In particular, the first part of the chorus is overcrowded and the song as a whole lacks a bit of groove we’re used to from the band. Vocally there’s nothing to point out as it was a spotless performance. 4/5
2 – EMU
Kicking it off with powerful drums and daring synths, EMU is the grooviest of the tracks on this release. Funky guitar riffs mix with synths in the verses creating a slow paced melody that goes incredibly well with Takuya’s vocal performance. That melody progresses into what is a powerful, mid-tempo chorus that puts its focus on aggressive guitar riffs and irregular drumming patterns. In the bridge things calm down enough to slow everything down with dubstep-ish drums and a guitar solo. Beatbox and a saxophone solo complete this rich song. This is one of those songs to sit back and enjoy. 5/5
3 – Forever Young (AK-69 feat.UVERworld)
An emotional piano melody leads the way into UVERworld‘s collaboration with rapper AK-69. Despite the fact that this song isn’t exactly from the band, it still retains the band’s trademark sound, blending well the rapper’s flow and tone. When it’s time for Takuya to tackle the chorus we’re already amped up enough to enjoy this track without any sliver of hesitation. Given UVERworld‘s impressive versatility that comes with the territory – only band in Japan that doesn’t have a set music genre -, the mix with AK-69‘s rap was done smoothly. In the end “Forever Young” is a good closing song for this release. 4.5/5
“Itteki no Eikyou” is a solid release but with its fair share of mistakes. The title track lacks a bit of punch and flavor despite the fact that it still sounds like a typical UVERworld song. “EMU” is by far the highlight in this release. With strong drumming, funky guitars and groovy bass, this song really sums well what UVERworld are all about: being a unique blend of music genres that is able to energize its listeners. The drumming is downright punk-rockish, the synths are undoubtedly drum & bass oriented, the guitars and bass wink at us with jazz and funk in its minds, the vocal performance is neither sang nor rapped, it’s a natural mix of the two that no one other than Takuya can pull it off. The final track is a bit of a surprise. In what is a featuring song, UVERworld managed to be the big stars on it.
All in all, “Itteki no Eikyou” is a single well worth your time. It has everything a fan need.
“Itteki no Eikyou” is available for purchase on CDJAPAN for all overseas fans.