This is the third time for me to review HSJ's single and songs. But this time, I'm gonna rank them based on my liking and then give my comments.
This is considered ballad, right? Yeah. I'll consider it ballad. My definition of ballad is when a song can be a great background song when I feel down or whenever I want to listen to it if the weather is bloomy. Sort of like that. No one can deny that the opening sounds almost too alike with Canon. Most of the time they sing together, almost no single line for each member until the bridge. That fact surprised me because when it comes to ballad, either Yabu or Yama stand out or given more lines. I love that they're giving other their time to shine. Again, I've come to appreciate Chinen's voice like I did with the songs from the previous singles. Sorry for judging too soon, Chinen. I have this tendency to be overly-critical when it comes to my bias, like what I usually do with Takaki. I find his long note ("hana") in the bridge flat. No doubt he has a great singing voice but what he lacks is dynamics unlike Yama and Yabu. But in all, I feel like this is one of HSJ songs I could never skip so as of now, this is my fave song from this single.
This is the B side that also has a PV. But let's talk about the song first because I need preparation before talking about the awesome PV.
It sounds clichè, idealistic happy moment, friendship song. The one you would play in your roofless car on the way to the beach with your friends. (Pretty much like Kira Kira Hikare lol.) But no. I don't mean to give it a negative note. I love the light, easy-going feel to this song but I appreciate it more because of the PV.
I said on Twitter that I'm looking forward to a PV with amateur, candid shots, just the boys showing their dorky, natural side. And SURPRISE! We really got it! With the red double-decker bus and English suits, they've reached end of the boy band spectrum. I was not surprised that most people from twitter find the PV too One Direction vibe. The PV wasn't promoted so when it came out, tobikkos almost forgot about OTT. (But guys, watch the OTT making, it's like OTP wonderland *cough takaino *cough yabuhika *cough ariyama.)
I don't know why but this reminds me of Traffic Jam from the GML singIe. I didn't really appreciate this at first but as I repeat it more and more, it has grown on me. Mature JUMP strikes again. This song sounds so erotic and sensual with all the whispering and those (unholy) moans in the background. Please help me distinguish the one who whispered "feel it, feel it, feel it, love" at the end of the first verse because I swear if it's Takaki... I'm gonna lose my shit. Can someone confirm this. But no. Guys. Bias aside, this is Takaki's song. Taking advantage of his low, sex voice for this sexy song. Also, I noticed that they always pair Takaki with Daiki when it come to singing. And come to think of it, because yeah their voice complement one another. (So annoying. Takaki here, Takaki there.) Then let's talk about how they're starting to appreciate and give attention to Keito recently. Thanks to whoever is distributing the song lines of these boys.
Over The Top
Before the actual release, even before hearing the full song, it's like the song has been playing in my head since the day the short version was released for the OP of an anime. A bad case of major Last Song Syndrome for me. I'm so delighted with this song because Yabu stands out so much. He owned the song and his line in the bridge but yep. Slay it, Yabu.
When the preview for the PV of this song was released, I stayed up with a lot of tobikkos from Twitter and we've gone nuts with how JUMP looked overly-cool with just black shirt and black pants. Simple costumes. Sleek dance. The warm tone of the PV. Honestly, I haven't seen the full pv making as of this time of writing this but I've seen some clips and translation and as I've said, it's OTP wonderland for Takaino, Ariyama shipper but most esp Yabuhika.
Let's talk about Keito again. Okay. His deep voice here is like a dirty talk to my ears. So teasy! But honestly, I never really liked party songs and this song is not an exception. They're not trying hard to be original with this song. The chorus was to conventional especially with the "Say Hi! Say Ho!" Though, I was playing this song yesterday while showering and I just can't help but to dance along. No denying that this song is fun. I'll give it an extra.