Quartet Night have once more returned to the fans with a single in the form of a duet series. Previously we reviewed Reiji & Camus single, this time around we will focus our attention on Kurosaki & Ai’s. So, without any further ado, let’s get this review started.
More details regarding the single.
The tracklist is the following:
HARU HANA (off vocal)
BE PROUD (off vocal)
SYNCHRONISM (off vocal)
Track by track analysis:
1- Haru Hana
Haru Hana is the duet track in this single featuring both Tatsuhisa and Shouta. This track has a peculiar intro, more on the funky, with a lot of highlight to the bass as well as the acoustic guitar, which is in fact giving hint of a Spanish track for flamenco. This track’s instrumental piece is rather unexpected, but in a pleasant way. Who would have thought that both could pull off this track’s genre and sound completely merged with itself? Haru hana is overflowing with sexiness and funkiness making it perfect for summer but also to listen to it in loop. We most certainly are amazed by this track’s instrumental piece as it does sound different from anything they have sung so far, for the series. 5/5
2- Be proud
This one is delivered by Tatsuhisa, and although it has the orchestral elements, such as violins and the piano, this track has above all else a strong presence of a rock oriented song, which is a great mix. Be proud appears to be a power ballad that brings out the true potential in Tatsuhisa’s vocal performance, making him able to use his control to give power and emotion to the track. Even though this track sound like a power ballad, one cannot disregard the fact that it somewhat lacks momentum and its buildup in the pre-chorus is also suddenly broken which in fact, made it seem like the instrumental piece was lacking something. Nonetheless, it is a great song in which Tatsuhisa did indeed finished singing with his flawless high notes. The guitar solo with piano really complemented the instrumental. Be Proud is by far one of the best songs Tatsuhisa as Kurosaki in the Uta no prince-sama series. 5/5
With Synchronism, it is Shouta’s time to shine. This track’s intro is delivered to us by the bright and hyper synths that usually are present in Ai’s tracks. Although they make this track into an upbeat one, one cannot forget to mention the fact that because they are ever-present in the instrumental this track may in fact be a little difficult to like, especially for those who don’t like this type of synths. Regarding the instrumental piece of this track we have our concerns, however Shouta’s vocal performance, which by the way is on point, makes one enjoy this track. 5/5
This single is not only interesting but it is also fascinating. From Haru Hana which, by the way we were expecting to be a ballad of some sort, turned out to be a funky track overflowing with sexiness delivered to us by the acoustic guitar with its Spanish influence. Then we have Be Proud which did in fact made us feel proud of Tatsuhisa seeing as he managed to sing a power ballad and nailed it, he even made use of his higher pitched tone to make the track totally on point and full of emotion. Shouta’s performance was equally amazing, though as Shouta never fails, performance wise, we don’t have any complaints whatsoever, so we can only say that Synchronism was a very good track though the synths may be a little too much for some people, but Shouta managed to make up for that with his amazing, angel-like vocal performance and with his crystal clear voice. In comparison with Reiji & Camus single, we must say that this single stands out for all the aforementioned reasons.
Ranmaru and Ai‘s “Idol Song” is available for purchase on CDJAPAN for all overseas fans.