Quartet Night return to the fans, and this time around they presented us with a duets single titled “Idol Song“. The duet single has been divided into two. One of them is Reiji & Camus, which we will be reviewing today, and the other is Kurosaki & Ai which will be reviewed on a separate post.
More details regarding the single.
The tracklist is the following:
ON YOUR MARK!
MELTING OF SNOW
KILLER KISS (off vocal)
ON YOUR MARK! (off vocal)
MELTING OF SNOW (off vocal)
Track by track analysis:
1- Killer Kiss
Killer Kiss is the sole duet track in this single. In order to suit both of their usual genre, this track has a mix of both a classy instrumental with a funky and jazzy feel to it. With that said, one cannot ignore the saxophones and the e.piano with the typical Uta no Prince-sama’s instrumental piece, namely the bright synths that normally are more prominent in the chorus, but also the piano, that this time around is not the your typical piano but it is an electronic one. Amidst all this elements, the end result is a classy yet funky and jazzy instrumental piece which although it incorporates some old-school elements it also managed to sound fresh and modern. Not to mention Tomoaki and Showtaro are killing it in this track, vocal wise. Usually the tracks that each one sings are amazing, though we must admit sometimes the instrumental piece is to blame. In Killer Kiss their voices are perfectly harmonized, not overshadowing one another and leaving space for each one of them to shine. One interesting fact is that the solo in this track has been delivered to us by a saxophone instead of any other instrumental. 4.5/5
2- On your mark
This one is delivered to us by Showtaro. The main instruments in the intro of this track are the guitar and the piano. Although this track has more of a pop-rock oriented feel to it, one can clearly tell that the violins and the piano on the background instrumental piece are some of the trademark elements of the series. The synth drums also add the rock vibe to the track as well as the guitar that sometimes has a moment to shine with a quick guitar solo. One must say that this tracks instrumental suits Showtaro really well, be it for the rock elements that are innate to himself or for the typical instrumental pieces from the Uta no prince-sama series. 5/5
3-Melting of snow
This one is delivered by Tomoaki. With an intro clearly typical of the utapri series we have Melting of snow, a overly upbeat track with the violins, piano and bright synths that are so well known to the fans of the series. However the pre-chorus is rather different from any other song he has sung so far. Although this track may appear to be rather fresh and different from what Tomoaki has been singing as Camus, one must say that because the track is so bright that it does not seem to quite fit the image of Camus, though we still have a cello performance at some point in the track. 4/5
This single was full of surprises, some were good other were bad. Overall Tomoaki and Showtaro’s vocal performances were on point, although due to some of the instrumental pieces, their potential as not as noticeable. In fact Melting of snow is a track that goes against Camus usual “sound” and therefore does not fit his image. This song itself is overly bright and upbeat, and the only good points of it are Tomoaki’s vocals and the cello performance. On your marks was a lovely surprise, especially since the track has a more pop-rock oriented instrumental piece, which any fan of Showtaro’s solo work will definitely admit that it suits him. Killer Kiss was also a surprise. Through that track one was able to really grasp why their voices blend so well together without overshadowing each other.
“Idol Song” is available for purchase on CDJAPAN for all overseas fans.