Review | Tetsuya Kakihara “GENERATIONS”

tetsuya kakihara - generations

Tetsuya Kakihara‘s “Generations” shows that, despite the noticeable improvements on the vocal end, there’s still a lot of work to do.

Album/single: GENERATIONS
Genre: J-Pop/rock
Label: Kiramune
Date released: 18/09/2013

Track by track analysis:

1 – GENERATIONS

The title track kicks off a single full of energy. “Generations” is clearly a pop/rock song.

The synths and the drums are the main propulsors in this song, Tetsuya’s voice is as smooth as ever and sounds better than in any of his previous work.

Great guitar work on the outro guiding us to the incredibly catchy chorus.

2 – U R my Sunshine!

A surprise on this single also a complete change of pace. “U R my Sunshine!” is a song more focused on the R&B genre.

Smooth, kind of a slow song. Besides the talent that Tetsuya has for singing in this song, he shows another one of his talents: his proficiency in English, sounding pretty good in the English parts of the lyrics.

This song just gives a good kind of feeling, an embracing, sweet song sung by one of the sweetest voices in the Japanese music business.

Maybe the song only lacks a bit of the rock elements that both “Generations” and “ラプソディー” have.

Overall a good song but a strange choice for a more pop/rock-oriented single. 

3 – ラプソディー

And to finish the single comes one of the best songs Tetsuya has released so far.

A rock song once again breaking the slow pace dictated by “U R my Sunshine!”. The guitar work on this song is top-notch, the riffs are strong, and addictive and give so much power to this incredible song.

The solo by the end of the song is powerful, clearly enriching the instrumental piece.

Regarding the vocal work, the same goes for the previous ones: Tetsuya’s vocals are incredible compared with his previous work, and there is some use of vibrato in this song as well showcasing Tetsuya’s growth in his singing.


Final considerations

This is one hell of a good and entertaining single, also a surprising one since most people won’t be expecting R&B songs from Kakki but it actually turned out pretty well with “U R my Sunshine!”.

The rock songs are well-conceived and extremely addictive with more catchy pop choruses than rock ones.

Tetsuya’s voice is more than a perfect fit for the rock genre, at least it’s with rock songs that his vocals shine the most.

If you’re up for a fun and rich single this one is totally recommended.


“Generations” is available for purchase at CDJAPAN.

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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Tetsuya Kakihara's "Generations" shows that, despite the noticeable improvements on the vocal end, there's still a lot of work to do. Album/single: GENERATIONS Genre: J-Pop/rock Label: Kiramune Date released: 18/09/2013 Track by track analysis: 1 - GENERATIONS The title track kicks off a single full of energy. "Generations" is clearly...Review | Tetsuya Kakihara "GENERATIONS"