SOARA “Wonder Wand” (Review)

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SOARA returns with a new single. “Wonder Wand” might falter a bit in the instrumental department but it’s the vocal performances that standout to save the day.

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Title: Wonder Wand
Label: Tsukino-Pro
Release date: 24/03/2017
Genre: J-Pop-Rock

Tracklist:

1:ドラマ「朝、おはようございます」
2:ドラマ「いつかの場所」
3:ドラマ「ライブの舞台裏(望のハンディカメラにて)」
4:ドラマ「さぁ、声を出していこう!」
5:Wonder Wand
6:Wonder Wand -off vocal-

Track analysis:

5 – Wonder Wand

Wonder Wand is a pretty straightforward, simple pop-rock song with a preppy touch – although not delving into cursed cheesy territory but staying awfully close to it. If we must say, this song is closest to being branded a “country pop-rock” song due to the marching drums, simple guitar riffs played on a higher scale and the piano melody, rather than a preppy pop song but we felt like it was necessary to point out that the lyrics are bright – as it has been the trademark for this group – but the instrumental is robust enough to hold this song together.

Major props to the technical vocals of Toshiyuki Toyonaga and Makoto Furukawa. Both of them did stellar work for this song. Toyonaga giving his all with his flaweless flasetto and Furukawa with his thunderous vibrato. Ono, Murata and Sawashiro did an awesome job with both their individual but also with harmonizations and chorus parts, they were the foundation in which Toyonaga and Furukawa were able to shine. A good song that has a better chorus than it has its verses; and a song in which the vocal performances are eye/ear catching.

Final rating:

“Wonder Wand” is available for purchase on CDJAPAN for all overseas fans.

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