Review | VAZZY “Fly High”

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Vazzy presents itself in “Fly High” in a completely different manner from its usual remarkable sound and performances.

VAZZY comprises Tarusuke Shingaki (leader), Yusuke Kobayashi, Masahiro Yamanaka, Yusuke Shirai, Tsubasa Sasa, Shun Horie.

VAZZY is known for its intense blend of rock and electronica.


Title: Fly High
Label: Movic
Release date: 07/10/2022
Genre: Electro-Pop/Pop-Rock

Tracklist:

1 - Fly High
2 - Fly High -off vocal-

Track analysis:

1 – Fly High

Vazzy brings an uptempo electro-pop-rock tune with “Fly High”. This is not really the style you may be expecting from the band that, up until now, had strayed away from such style.

The verses have a big presence of synths, serving as the backdrop to this song. The synths bring an upbeat, bright vibe to this song, something that quiets down a bit on the verses.

The verses have an interesting duality to them. The first part of the verses is quiet and led by the bassy synths + bassline while giving the spotlight to the vocals. 

Things change when the 2nd part of the verses kicks in. Poly synths join in the background and the best is quite synthetic and feels too flat with that weak snare sound.

The chorus is upbeat, carrying over that excitement from the verses while putting the group in unison for the most part.

On the vocal end, there are several moments in which it seems listeners may be getting something interesting with members harmonizing or going for riffing but all those are just glimpses that never go anywhere.

It left me wishing the vocal direction for this song had been different to better showcase just how technical and amazing VAZZY’s members are. I was particularly baffled at finding Tarusuke Shingaki performing so high when his voice is naturally lower and warm.

It felt unnatural for the most part but then again, it was a perfect tone to bend with the song’s key as well as the other members of VAZZY (that are performing quite high in the chorus).

As this song wraps VAZZY presents itself in a completely different way from its – usually – amazing sound and performances. 

In my opinion, in “Fly High” VAZZY fails to show just how much of a vocal powerhouse the band is as well as how amazing their sound is. This song focuses too much on being bubbly and welcoming to new fans while disregarding the usual quality that the band has.

I honestly expected more from VAZZY in this single but oh well, you can’t please everyone and shouldn’t please everyone. This time the song was made with the aim of attracting new fans into the franchise so it was understandable the drop in overall quality in favor of an easy-listening sound.

Hoping to see something a bit different from the band in future releases, especially knowing their usual quality.


Fly High” is available for purchase at CDJAPAN.


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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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Fly High

SUMMARY

"Fly High" fails to demonstrate the full extent of VAZZY's vocal powerhouse and the excellence of their sound. The song focuses too much on being bubbly and appealing to new fans, while neglecting the usual quality that the band is known for, completely putting their vocal prowess on the backseat in favor of an overall pop-centric type of performance. For long-time fans of the band, this release will certainly fall short in terms of its overall quality however, for newcomers, it might be the perfect, welcoming spark to get into VAZZROCK and fall in love with this amazing franchise.

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"Fly High" fails to demonstrate the full extent of VAZZY's vocal powerhouse and the excellence of their sound. The song focuses too much on being bubbly and appealing to new fans, while neglecting the usual quality that the band is known for, completely putting their vocal prowess on the backseat in favor of an overall pop-centric type of performance. For long-time fans of the band, this release will certainly fall short in terms of its overall quality however, for newcomers, it might be the perfect, welcoming spark to get into VAZZROCK and fall in love with this amazing franchise.Review | VAZZY "Fly High"