Review | SolidS “LOVE ‘Em ALL”

SolidS
Title: LOVE ‘Em ALL
Label: Tsukipro/Movic 
Release date: 23/04/2021 (digital) / 09/07/2021 (physical)
Genre: Electro-rock / Jazz-Pop

Tracklist:

1 - LOVE ‘Em ALL
2 - LOVE ‘Em ALL -off vocal-

Track analysis:

1 – LOVE ‘Em ALL

SolidS are no strangers to making a big entrance with their music.

Their passionate, fast-paced electronic rock is addictive, their lyrics are suggestive and their performances carry a lot of allure on top.

However, in the past couple of months, SolidS have been maturing and showcasing completely different sides to their music – ballads and jazz were the biggest surprises – as well as flaunting the outstanding vocals by their members that now, more than ever, are on top of their game and on the same page at all times.

Nodding to that growth, SolidS’ “LOVE ‘Em ALLblends the electronic-rock that made them popular in 2015 with their matured, jazzy sound from 2020, repackaging that into an explosion of allure, coolness, and charisma.

The verses are jazzy, with a fancy piano melody and brass melodies on top, leading the way to the punchy bass-driven shredding rock chorus.

The chorus may be a bit overwhelming at first, as vocals, piano, and electric guitars are all fighting for the spotlight however, by the time the second chorus makes its big entrance, you’ll already feel like this intensity – characteristically of SolidS – feels and sounds good.

The bridge brings acoustic guitars and muted electric guitars, lowering the tone while focusing on a strong bass sound, closing the curtains, and going intimate for a suggestive couple of seconds

On the vocal end, there’s quite a lot to analyze. One a first listen it’s noticeable how much the group has grown in the past couple of months.

If you haven’t followed the CARDS or Neo X Lied series, then you’ll be shocked to find out that SolidS have grown a whole lot in 1 year and a half, being now on a high level and displaying a level of confidence over their skills that you couldn’t find before.

Takuya Eguchi continues to be the group’s pillar, being the core of the group in terms of performances. He’s in charge of those low and mid-tones that make SolidS’ performances shine.

Yuichiro Umehara is the member that has improved the most in the past couple of months. He’s got a renewed confidence in his performances and has been in the last 4 releases – this included – been insanely consistent. His mid-tones are solid, now being the perfect baritone that SolidS needed from the start.

The versatile tenors Soma Saito and Natsuki Hanae continue to push boundaries, improving their skills and harmonies.

As a result, you can find both ad-libbing their way through the song, lowering their tone in an alluring fashion – Soma Saito takes that task upon himself – and adding that unique delicate contrast to SolidS’ songs that fans love – Natsuki Hanae is the responsible for that -, but there’s more to them.

They are literally everywhere. The leading vocals, the pitch vocals (if you’re using high-resolution headphones, notice in the far back, behind you, Saito and Hanae’s insane ad-libs, harmonies, and high notes), as well as the occasional bits of fanservice.

They are the soul of SolidS by now, adding a lot of color to their performances while putting other members in the spotlight and, occasionally, stealing the spotlight to themselves.

As a unit, SolidS are a completely different outfit in comparison to their 2015 or even 2019 selves. They’ve grown a lot in the past year not only individually but also as a unit.

There are on the same page for their harmonies, they now perfectly cover each other’s voice tones and each member can come to the spotlight without lowering the quality of their performances.

SolidS deliver a riveting performance result of a lot of confidence in their allure and singing skills. It would be an understatement to say that the matured SolidS are awesome, more than that, they are now among the most exciting groups in the 2D industry.

If “LOVE ‘Em ALL” is an indication of anything is that SolidS continue to mature, their sound keeps improving song-by-song, their performances continuously impress their fans, and their quality is constantly on the rise.

Here’s me hoping that the group can follow up with awesome songs for TSUKIPRO the animation 2 (besides this one) and can improve on the quality of the songs released in 2017 for the 1st season of the anime.


This is going to be featured as 1 of the 4 opening themes for TSUKIPRO the animation 2, anime set to premiere in July 2021.


LOVE ‘Em ALL is available for pre-order at CDJAPAN.

SUMMARY

SolidS’ “LOVE 'Em ALL” blends the electronic rock that made them popular in 2015 with their matured, jazzy sound from 2020, repackaging that into an explosion of allure, coolness, and charisma. SolidS continue to improve their formula, growing as a group - with vast improvements on the vocals - and with a unique, fiery blend of electronic rock and jazz that suits not only their trademark mature vibe but also their maturity as artists. Intense, alluring and overflowing with energy, "LOVE 'Em ALL" is another awesome track by SolidS.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

LOVE 'Em ALL
Vanessa Silvahttps://www.handthatfeedshq.com
The Hand That Feeds HQ founder and music reviewer writing about Japanese music since 2010. Also, the only person managing everything The Hand That Feeds HQ related. In 2011, I stumbled upon Mamoru Miyano's "Orpheus". Since then I have been writing about male seiyuu music. You may find me writing almost essays whenever music is really good (not limited to, but it happens a lot with Soma Saito's music). I also host the male seiyuu-centric podcast, SEIYUU LOUNGE (see Spotify link in this profile).

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