CD Review :: Yusuke - Ano .. Konnan Dekimashita Kedo.
Cover For Both CD Only & CD + DVD Editions :
1) Minna no Uta (Everyone's Song)
2) Himawari (Sunflower)
3) Naminori (Surfing) My Story
4) Ichou (Gingko)
5) Hane (Wings)
6) Machi (Town)
8) Wanpaku Yakyuu Baka (Mischievous Baseball Fool)
9) 10nen (Years) Feat DOHZI-T
10) Tanpopo (Dandelion)
11) Kaizokusen (Pirate Ship) ~1-bannin no Sen'in (10,000 Crews) Ver.~
12) Ijime (Bullying)
13) Never Ever Feat lecca
14) Suimen (Water Surface)
Ano .. Konnan Dekimashita Kedo. is Yusuke's debut album . It was released on 16th Dec '09 & his debut offering contains his 1st 3 singles which were released last year .
The album debuted at #2 with 1st week sales of 167,499 & most if not all the songs were written & composed by him .
Minna no Uta (Everyone's Song) is a nice upbeat song to kick start Ano .. Konnan Dekimashita Kedo. & I definitely find it catchy & light hearted after listening to Minna no Uta .
Himawari (Sunflower) is Yusuke's debut solo single & this was used as the theme song for his biopic drama Kamiji Yusuke Monogatari .
This's the song that got me interested in his material to begin with & I still like it even up to now . You can feel the sincerity/maturity he displayed in his debut solo offering which I felt it was a good stepping stone for him .
Naminori (Surfing) My Story is the 2nd album track & just like the title of the song itself , you can hear the sounds of sea being echo in the music background & I think this's something you might visualise yourself listening to if you're chilling out in a beach .
Ichou (Gingko) is Yusuke's 3rd single & this's the last single that he released before Ano .. Konnan Dekimashita Kedo. was released .
This's no doubt is a touching love song which sampled the classical music piece Pachelbel's Canon in its melody & I still think it's clever of Yusuke to sample this classic melody & utilised it to his advantage .
Hane (Wings) is track #5 & it's the only album track that received a music video .
The opening of Hane caught me by surprise because it had some gorgeous orchestra strings & I thought it might be another modern meets classical song just like Ichou but it morphed into a pop no. as soon as the opening's done .
Pity I say because I honestly do not mind another Ichou part 2 but Hane's fine with me .
Machi (Town) is the next album track & this's a light hearted mid tempo track & this has a nice piano driven melody attached to it . It's 1 of those songs that you might catch yourself humming alongside without realising as each listen goes by .
U-sic is the only album interlude & this flows straight to track #8 Wanpaku Yakyuu Baka (Mischievous Baseball Fool) in which it's probably the most amusing song , title wise .
I thought Wanpaku Yakyuu Baka was going to be a crazy song but it turned out to be a fast paced pop song that's somewhat electro driven . It's catchy but I was hoping for another Kaizokusen or something from Yusuke LOL
10nen (Years) is the 1st collaborative song you can find in Ano .. Konnan Dekimashita Kedo. & this no. features rapper DOHZI-T .
I find that 10nen 1 of the stronger album tracks seeing that both Yusuke & DOHZI-T's vocals gel extremely well together in this piano driven ballad .
In fact , I took an instant liking to 10nen when I 1st listened to it as well since there're not much album ballads you can find in his debut album offering .
The next 2 songs are the 1st 2 A-sides of his 2nd single Tanpopo / Kaizokusen / Sono Kobushi & Sono Kobushi is excluded from Ano .. Konnan Dekimashita Kedo.
Tanpopo (Dandelion) is a simple man's sincere love song & if you have watched the video pertaining to Tanpopo , I suppose Yusuke more or less convey the message behind this no. pretty well & nicely .
It's almost like a follow up from Himawari since both song titles are the names of flowers to begin with .
Kaizokusen (Pirate Ship) is the energetic Soca dance number & in Ano .. Konnan Dekimashita Kedo. , it has been given an album mix in the form of a ~1-bannin no Sen'in (10,000 Crews) Ver.~ .
This's probably still Yusuke's most craziest song to date since I did had a shock when I 1st listened to Kaizokusen .
The difference between the single & album versions of Kaizokusen is that in here , the background vocals are more louder which almost like 10,000 people shouting stuff in the background hence the whole ~1-bannin no Sen'in Ver.~ .
Ijime (Bullying) is a laidback guitar driven no. . After the introduction's out of the way , Ijime becomes a more pop driven no. which's something that Yusuke sounded at ease in here .
Never Ever is the 2nd collborative song you can find in Ano .. Konnan Dekimashita Kedo. & in here , this song features the vocals of lecca .
On 1st listen , I found Never Ever to be a cool somewhat upbeat Christmas driven no. & just like 10nen , both artistes's vocals complimented each other pretty well for that matter .
Suimen (Water Surface) is the final track & incidentally , it took me quite a while to remember how Suimen sounded like .
For once , it's a mellow tune & it has influences of Enka which's something that Yusuke didn't ventured into .
I wouldn't consider Suimen as a fave album track of mine but this closed the album off pretty nicely .
Overall , Ano .. Konnan Dekimashita Kedo. is quite a solid debut offering coming from Yusuke . There're many different music styles he showcased in his debut album & he pretty much showcased everyone that he's quite versatile .
Also considering the fact that he wrote & compose pretty much the whole record , it's something worth commending about/for .
I sure hope to see more top quality releases from him & I think that will happen as 2009 was a really great year for him .