Review | SOARA “Himitsu no Treasure”

Excitement and loads of energy are brought on stage by SOARA in the uptempo pop-rock tune “Himitsu no Treasure”.

Title: ひみつのトレジャー
Label: Movic
Release date: 25/03/2022
Genre: Pop-rock

Tracklist:

1 - 夜通しの黙考 (QUELL)
2 - ひみつのトレジャー (SOARA)
3 - 夜通しの黙考 -off vocal-
4 - ひみつのトレジャー -off vocal-

Track analysis (only “Himitsu no Treasure” was reviewed):

2 – ひみつのトレジャー

Exciting guitar riffs and riveting drums kick off “Himitsu no Treasure”, song with a playful and ambitious tone.

The verses are all about its overdriven guitar melodies and a distorted bassline on top of a comfortable mid-tempo beat. This is a combo that SOARA doesn’t use with frequency, adding a dirty twist to this pop-rock tune.

The build-up to the chorus brings a bit more technicality to the guitar at the same time as it quiets down all instruments so that the vocals can smoothly take you to the chorus.

And if you are a fan of uptempo, upbeat choruses, SOARA does have the thing for you. 

The chorus in “Himitsu no Treasure” picks up the pace, bringing intense splashy drums, a thunderous bassline, and simple piano work – not as prominent as in other songs by the band. Fast and intense, the chorus will either make you want to sing or jam along to the song. 

The passion and excitement in the vocals ooze through this song, making “Himitsu no Treasure” quite the entertaining tune to listen to.

As far as the vocals go, SOARA goes for unison in the chorus – fitting all the energy in the song – and clean, mid-toned solo parts for all members in the verses. There is some vibrato by Toshiyuki Toyonaga, Makoto Furukawa, and Yuki Ono but that doesn’t end up being a major feature, it’s more like an accent that adds a bit more color to the vocals.

Now, where listeners can get a bit on the fence is with the chorus. If you are not a fan of hyped-up performances with several members singing in unison, raising the tension far into the chorus, then this song may not really click with you or the chorus may sound underwhelming. 

On my end, it’s not the vocals that end up tiring me after a couple of listens. It is instrumental in the chorus. The synths that, up until now, were not as obvious, start to be obvious and sound a tad bit high pitched and all over the place, clashing with the cymbals and vocals (the higher ranged sounds in this song). 

It really gets a bit tiring after a couple of listens something that affects the replayability of this track. 

Of course, this is in my opinion and you can have a completely different approach to this type of music composition, and mixing. 

All in all, SOARA’s “Himitsu no Treasure” is a fun song with quite an exciting and hopeful tone to it. However, there are some things going on in the chorus that make it so that this song drags a bit of itself down.


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Vanessa Silva
Vanessa Silvahttps://www.handthatfeedshq.com
The Hand That Feeds HQ founder, content creator, and music reviewer. Basically, the only person managing everything at The Hand That Feeds HQ. Stumbling upon Mamoru Miyano's "Orpheus" in 2011 was the start of this journey. If music is thought-provoking or deep, you may find her writing almost essays (not limited to, but it happens a lot with Soma Saito's music). She's the producer and host of the male seiyuu-centric podcast, SEIYUU LOUNGE (see Spotify link in this profile).

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SOARA’s “Himitsu no Treasure” is a fun song with quite an exciting and hopeful tone to it. The passion and excitement in the vocals ooze through this song, making “Himitsu no Treasure” quite the entertaining tune to listen to. However, there are some things going on in the chorus - in the higher range - that make it so that this song drags a bit of itself down.

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SOARA’s “Himitsu no Treasure” is a fun song with quite an exciting and hopeful tone to it. The passion and excitement in the vocals ooze through this song, making “Himitsu no Treasure” quite the entertaining tune to listen to. However, there are some things going on in the chorus - in the higher range - that make it so that this song drags a bit of itself down.Review | SOARA "Himitsu no Treasure"