[rêve parfait] “CHECK MATE TONIGHT / K O I” (Review)

The well-known group [rêve parfait] have comeback with their 3rd release CHECK☆MATE☆TONIGHT/K・O・I., and with it the fans are eager to know what they have been doing. With Eguchi as the front-man, the band has been steadily gaining popularity since their first single 「JUDGEMENT/Snow-White」, but also since the group first appeared in the otome game Dynamic Chord feat. [rêve parfait]. Last year, the group released『BEAUTIFUL DREAMER』, a mini-album which was also well accepted by the fans, so it is fair to say that the expectations have also become higher for this release.

So, without any further ado let’s get this review started.

More details regarding the single.

Title: CHECK MATE TONIGHT / K O I
Label: Asgard
Release date: 26/04/17
Genre: J-Pop/Rock

The tracklist is the following:

1 CHECK MATE TONIGHT
2 K O I
3 CHECK MATE TONIGHT (instrumental)
4 K O I(off vocal)

Track by track analysis:

1-CHECK MATE TONIGHT

For starters, one must mention that Eguchi’s voice in this track is rather peculiar, which in fact makes it quite difficult to recognize him. With its main focus on his vocal performance and the bass CHECK MATE TONIGHT’s intro is done. Despite the slow passed instrumental piece, this track has a jazzy yet loungey feel to it, delivered to us by the guitar and bass’s performance. Although the track itself is somewhat simple one cannot disregard the fact that it was well conceived, meaning that all the instruments are in harmony and are not overshadowing each other. As it could not be left unnoticed, Eguchi’s rap is evermore on point. The guitar adds just the right amount off heaviness to the instrumental piece. However, the track itself does not appear to bring out the full potential of Eguchi’s vocals, which is a shame. The instrumental on the other hand is rather impressive, even though it also appears to be lacking some energy. 4/5

2-KOI

If the previous track was lacking some energy, KOI is overflowing with it. This one has a powerful intro lead by the guitar and drums which bring to life an altogether different track for the previous one. One can easily say that this track is without a doubt a one that brings out Eguchi’s potential, enabling him to sing without uneasiness, which will then have an impact on the rest of the track. One must say that the guitar and the drums’ work are in complete harmony and in fact they are the ones making this instrumental piece into something so great, though it may make one remember liar-S instrumentals. 4.5/5

Final rating:

CHECK MATE TONIGHT / KOI is overall a good single. Although there are some aspects that the group could change in order to be able to bring out the best of Eguchi’s vocal performance, one should not disregard the fact that KOI, for instance, is an amazing rock track that really makes the any vocal performance shine. It’s instrumental piece is also on point, the guitar and drums being the focus made it heavier, therefore Eguchi had the perfect setting for his vocal performance. However we must not forget CHECK MATE TONIGHT.

This track not only lacks in energy but it also does not make the most out of the different elements of its instrumental piece. For instance the loungey / jazzy feel that we get from the it is quickly wiped out since throughout the track the momentum is not built up, instead we have quite some awkward breaks and changes of rhythm which could be a good thing if well executed, but in this case we cannot say that.

All in all, CHECK MATE TONIGHT / KOI was an ok single which only makes us look forward to the group’s next release, and expect that the group learns from this time’s mistakes.

CHECK MATE TONIGHT / K O I” is available for purchase on CDJAPAN for all overseas fans.

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