Ryuseitai’s “Ensemble Stars! Unit Song CD 3rd Series vol.1 Ryuseitai” is an exciting release that will leave a youthful vibe in the air. It’s a release that we could easily recommend to anyone trying to get into the Ensemble Stars!’s franchise.
Title: Ensemble Stars! Unit Song CD 3rd Series vol.1 Ryuseitai
Label: Pony Canyon
Release date: 09/08/2017
SUPER NOVA REVOLU5TAR
GROWING STARRY DAYS
SUPER NOVA REVOLU5TAR (off vocal)
GROWING STARRY DAYS (off vocal)
Track by track analysis:
1 – SUPER NOVA REVOLU5TAR
“SUPER NOVA REVOLU5TAR” brings to the table a youthful pop-rock sound that lends help from brass, strings and soothing synth pads to grab our attention. There are some sections of the song – mainly the pre-chorus – in which the instrumental shows some punk-rock influences but, for the most part, this song is more focused on their energetic pop-rock sound that has that “hero theme song” vibe. We didn’t find any major issues with the vocal performances. Taking into account that the group has some inexperienced singers on it, as well as those with higher ranges that could easily make this song sound completely different in tone if they took the front wheel, it was with Yuichi Jose and Yoshiki Nakajima that the unit found a middle ground. Exciting and fun song. 4/5
2 – GROWING STARRY DAYS
Enveloped in a sweet bassline, “GROWING STARRY DAYS” is a laidback addition to this release. The instrumental resorts to bassy drums, a noticeable bassline, simple guitar riffs, and adding to this simple formula is a bright piano melody. This song shines before our eyes, its bright vibe was carefully crafted to put a smile on the listener’s face. In the vocal department, we find everyone approaching their parts in a completely different way. All embraced a sweeter, more comfortable singing tone that, in our opinion, made this song shine even more on this release. Definitely the best song on this release. 5/5
Ryuseitai embrace a youthful pop-rock sound that will put a smile on your face. Their songs are exciting without being tacky and the vocals are rather interesting.
“SUPER NOVA REVOLU5TAR” is one of the most exciting songs we’ve listened to so far in the 3rd unit song CD series. Its vibe might not suit most people – especially those not fans of simple bright pop-rock tunes – but it really surprised us how likeable this song was right on its first listen in contrary to most songs with the same tone. On the other side we have “GROWING STARRY DAYS”, a laidback pop-rock tune that still has that youthful underlining vibe but that is determined to envelop the listener in a sweet, heartwarming and, at the same time, exciting tune. This is the kind of song you’d want, for example, to be played at the end of show as a sweet farewell that sits so well with the fans after an exciting live event.
The vocal performances surprised us. We confess that we came to listen this release with no prior knowledge of the group nor their sound since we’re reviewing Ensemble Stars!’s releases only since this past September. When we checked who was part of the group, we weren’t particularly excited about this release. Thankfully, we were surprised with solid performances. During the solo parts there are some members that struggle a bit but, especially during the choruses, it’s hard to not impress us with their teamwork and harmonizations. As we listened to this release we need to give kudos to two of Ryuseitai’s members: Yoshiki Nakajima and Yuichi Jose. Both were crucial in the vocal department to level tones and assure the consistency of the group during the chorus parts in which all members are singing together.
All in all, Ryuseitai’s “Ensemble Stars! Unit Song CD 3rd Series vol.1 Ryuseitai” is an exciting release that will leave youthful and sweet vibes in the air. It’s a release that we could easily recommend to anyone trying to get into the Ensemble Stars!’s franchise.
“Ensemble Stars! Unit Song CD 3rd Series vol.1 Ryuseitai” is available for purchase on CDJAPAN for all overseas fans.