Review | Yuma Uchida “Shot”

Yuma Uchida

While Yuma Uchida’s “SHOT” properly captures the excitement and pace of the sport it’s tied to, it falls short when compared to the previous entries in the ongoing digital series.

In celebration of this 5th anniversary as a solo artist, Yuma Uchida kicked off a digital single series featuring 6 consecutive releases starting with “1 LOVE 1” and followed by “DangeR“.

Review

Yuma Uchida Shot
Title: Shot
Release date: 29/07/2023
Label: KING AMUSEMENT CREATIVE
Genre: Pop

Tracklist:

1 - Shot

Track analysis:

1 – SHOT

The 3rd entry in Yuma Uchida’s 5th anniversary digital single series is here and it arrives with a completely different tone and vibe from the previous ones.

“SHOT” opens with big synths with a retro feel. Despite its big entrance, the synths quickly take a spot in the background, giving the spotlight to Yuma Uchida’s clear vocals.

The bassline is massive in this song, serving as a contrast to the big synths playing in the background.

The chorus brings an upbeat, happy tone to this song, in which Yuma Uchida’s vocals crank up the energy and good vibes in it. This is easily the big hook in this song, making you want to sing along to it.

There are little details to this song – which was chosen as the official song for Japan’s ping-pong league – that nod at the sport. You have the sound of the balls hitting the table, the running shoes, with the rubber creaking with each movement change. Even down to the fast hits on the racket.

Everything about the beat in this song feels like the rhythm of the ball going from side to side of the table.

As far as a song created specifically for an event goes, it perfectly captures the excitement and pacing of the sport in question; however, if you compare it to everything released up until now in this digital series, “SHOT” is, easily, the weakest entry so far.

I feel like “1 LOVE 1 ” and “DangeR” did a far better job at showcasing Uchida’s versatility and quality as a singer and performer.

Still, even if “SHOT” has its shortcomings, this 5th anniversary digital single series is all about showing different sides to Uchida’s singing, his versatility and the new possibilities.

And I am all in for it. Flaws and all.

So far it has kept surprising me with unique entries that consistently show how much of a technical and talented singer, Yuma Uchida is.

Yuma Uchida’s “SHOT” misses the mark to impress but it is nonetheless an entertaining song.


“Shot” is available for streaming on Spotify.


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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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SUMMARY

"SHOT" opens with prominent retro-inspired synths that soon settle into the background, allowing Yuma Uchida's clear vocals to take the forefront. The track features a robust bassline, providing a striking contrast to the synths that permeate the background. The song includes subtle auditory references to the sport of ping-pong, for which it was chosen as the official song for Japan's league. The sounds of balls hitting the table and the unique sounds of sports shoes on the court, including the rubbery creaking, are cleverly integrated as part of the soundscape. Even the rhythmic beat echoes the back-and-forth movement of the ball across the table. While "SHOT" is quite fun and perfectly captures the excitement and pace of ping-pong, it falls short when compared to the previous entries in this digital series which more effectively showcased Uchida's versatility and vocal quality.

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"SHOT" opens with prominent retro-inspired synths that soon settle into the background, allowing Yuma Uchida's clear vocals to take the forefront. The track features a robust bassline, providing a striking contrast to the synths that permeate the background. The song includes subtle auditory references to the sport of ping-pong, for which it was chosen as the official song for Japan's league. The sounds of balls hitting the table and the unique sounds of sports shoes on the court, including the rubbery creaking, are cleverly integrated as part of the soundscape. Even the rhythmic beat echoes the back-and-forth movement of the ball across the table. While "SHOT" is quite fun and perfectly captures the excitement and pace of ping-pong, it falls short when compared to the previous entries in this digital series which more effectively showcased Uchida's versatility and vocal quality.Review | Yuma Uchida "Shot"