SolidS puts aside its sexy vibe and alluring performances in place of a laidback and fun performance in “KAN-ZEN-OFF-MODE”.
Title: TSUKIPRO THE ANIMATION 2 vol.1 Label: Tsukipro/Movic Release date: 26/11/2021 Genre: Pop-Rock
1 - KAN-ZEN-OFF-MODE (SolidS)
2 - LET IT BE (SOARA)
3 - KAN-ZEN-OFF-MODE -off vocal-
4 - LET IT BE -off vocal-
Track analysis (only SolidS’ KAN-ZEN-OFF-MODE was reviewed):
1 – KAN-ZEN-OFF-MODE
A playful saxophone melody and upbeat piano melody lead the way in ”KAN-ZEN-OFF-MODE”, being a constant throughout the composition.
The verses follow that laidback, fun vibe, with the piano leading the way as a drum & bass beat slowly joins in the background, adding a bouncy twist to this tune.
The chorus capitalizes on all that fun in the verses however, I feel like the transition to the chorus not only is insanely abrupt but also extremely loud – needlessly so -, only “calming down” a couple of seconds later when your ears have already settled to its intensity.
This part ends up being incredibly entertaining – past that point – if not for how strong the chorus comes at you, it is really like everything blows up at the same time as you transition to it.
Not the smoothest transitions and the song actually seemed like it didn’t need that to make an impact while having the “intensity” and “passion” that are SolidS’ trademarks.
As far as the vocals go, SolidS’ members have reached a point in which, only if someone learns/masters something really unique on the vocal end will we see/hear any changes to their performances.
Since late 2019, SolidS’ vocals have been pretty much flawless (it seems the group has finally found its perfect chemistry, as well as each member improved a lot, bringing polished techniques and skills into each performance).
As you can expect, this performance has that same quality of previous releases however, instead of it being required of Takuya Eguchi, Soma Saito, Natsuki Hanae, and Yuichiro Umehara to perform with a “sexy” edge – like in almost all of SolidS’ songs -, this time around the focus was on sound entertaining and making the song sound like mindless fun yet still with the same quality on the vocal end, with powerful unison sections, consistent solo parts with a lot of flair by each member and overall sounding great as a group.
They achieved that and are a constant source of fun throughout this song, with their energy adding up to the songs’ already hyped-up instrumental.
If not for the excessively intense chorus – or the way the chorus is introduced to the listener -, this would be another entry with top marks but as it is, even the most experienced of fans will find themselves overwhelmed by this part.
All in all, a solid vocal performance but an unexpected clunky chorus drags “KAN-ZEN-OFF-MODE” a bit down in quality.
TSUKIPRO the animation 2 vol.1 is available for purchase at CDJAPAN.