Mamoru Miyano is back with another release titled SHOUT!, a single with a lot of already known names behind it, namely STY, in SHOUT!, and Jin Nakamura in UPSIDE DOWN. This single features the opening theme of the currently airing anime Cardfight!! Vanguard G, as well as the opening and ending themes of Mamoru’s “Mamoru Miyano Radio Smile” radio show. So without any further ado let’s get this review started.
More information regarding the single:
Single: SHOUT! Label: King Records Release date: 11/05/16 Genre: J-Pop/Dance
Track by track analysis:
Kicking off this single we have SHOUT!, a track with an intro mainly focused on the synths and the synthetic drums that scream of NEW ORDER, an easy explanation is giving to us as soon as we see that STY was the one who produced the track. With the fast tempo synthetic drums, the bass and guitar plus the piano, we have the main instrumental piece laid for us. This track shows us a familiar yet comforting side of Mamoru‘s songs for the fans. SHOUT! has some space for Mamo to make the best out of his crystal clear high pitched notes, always on point. 4.5/5
A synth pad and the slow percussion, plus the mellow sequence pad, that resembles a music box, make this track’s instrumental a slow tempo song with a chill-out vibe to it, however it still retains the usual Mamo in ballads, a sweet and perfect vocal performance from this top-tier singer. The guitar comes as part of the instrumental piece and to add more of a laid-back genre to the whole track. 4.5/5
3- UPSIDE DOWN
To end this single we have a track that starts with a piano and some pads, UPSIDE DOWN quickly turns into an up-beat track with fast tempo drums and bass that make this track different from any other in Mamo’s repertoire. The guitar and the slightly perceptible synths were a good mix, given the thought that they don’t overlap themselves. This track’s instrumental piece screams of spring/summer, be it for the synth pads or for the piano. 4.5/5
SHOUT! is a good single, however, it only shows the fans Mamoru’s already known side, which is by far not a bad thing but if we think about bringing something new to the fans, then this single just sounds like many of the previous ones, which we refered once and we refer it once again as not being a bad thing, it simply is a little of a let down for those who were waiting some new experiments from Mamoru.
SHOUT! is a good track, that make the fans remember tracks like NEW ORDER, UNSTOPPABLE , just to name a few, an expected conclusion since it was STY the man behind this track, so obviously we have those electronica elements such as the fast tempo synthetic drums and the actual synths, elements that we can already say are a trademark.
RINNE was a more of a relaxed track with a chill-out genre instrumental, a surprise if we take into account that Mamoru does not have a track like this in his repertoire. UPSIDE DOWN was a good track, that as mentioned before really seems perfect for the current season, spring, still it is important to mention the fact that we don’t have any major experiments in the track.
This single was good and it was good to see that STY and Jin Nakamura worked with Mamoru once again in SHOUT! and UPSIDE DOWN, respectively, so we could notice a lot of similarities from other releases. In the future we hope Mamoru continues with his good work and releases some more tracks.
“SHOUT!” is available for purchase on CDJAPAN for all overseas fans.