STYLE FIVE “Rising free” (Review)

It has been three years since this unit with a luxury roster has made a comeback. Rising free is the ending theme of the newest Free movie Free! -Timeless Medley- Original Soundtrack Bond and Promise. This unit is composed by Nobunaga Shimazaki, Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Miyano MamoruDaisuke Hirakawa and Tsubasa Yonaga, the main characters in the Free series since 2013 having released a total of two singles, Splash Free and Future Fish. 

More details regarding the single.

Title: Free!-Timeless Medley-Original Soundtrack Bond and Promise
Release date: 19/07/17
Label: Lantis
Genre: J-pop



Track by track analysis:

33- Rising free

Having withdrawn from their EDM influences provided by the progressive synths and the bass, which was the main focus in the majority of their tracks, Rising free goes in a completely different path and instead what is presented to us is a track with an intro delivered by the violins and a fast tempo-ed drum performance as well as a synth that is most of the times masked by the instrumental piece, only having a clear presence here and there, namely the chorus. To add some jazz to the track, the sound of droplets hitting the water is a constant in this track, which is a clear reference to the anime. 4.5/5

Final rating:

Although Rising free is by far better than the unit’s last release Future Fish, we cannot forget that aside from the instrumental piece being good, though slightly different from what had been released so far, the fact that we don’t have a clear and distinct moment to have each member shine with his vocal performance, at least other than the intro, is rather disappointing, especially if we take into account that we have powerhouse vocalist Miyano Mamoru as well as Nobunaga Shimazaki, Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Daisuke Hirakawa and Tsubasa Yonaga, each one having their unique talent which could be brought out.

STYLE FIVE is a unit that started off with they first single Splash Free, an up beat and fresh release. The synths and bass made the track’s instrumental piece into a  funky and dance floor appropriate track. However with the unit’s second release, Future Fish, this elements were overly used and instead of having another powerful track we got a overcrowded and even nonsensical track that not only didn’t brought out the vocal potential of STYLE FIVE’s luxury lineup but it also was hard to listen to. On another note, Neo Blue Breathing had all that was lacking in the other track.

With Rising free we can say that though not completely satisfied with the unit’s performance, because we know they can do better, we can say that the unit has at least redeemed itself after the fiasco Future fish was, a track that sounded more like a rodeo than a anything else.

In the future, we hope that STYLE FIVE present us with good quality music, so we’ll look forward to see how they’ll surprise us.

Rising free” is available for purchase on CDJAPAN for all overseas fans.
"Theatrical Anime Free! - Timeless Medley -" Original Soundtrack / Animation Soundtrack (Music by Tatsuya Kato)
Animation Soundtrack (Music by Tatsuya Kato)