KAT-TUN - CHANGE UR WORLD's B-sides
The following 5 songs serve as B-sides in KAT-TUN's 13th single CHANGE UR WORLD which was released last week on 17th Nov
- GIVE ME , GIVE ME , GIVE ME
- NEVER × OVER ~「-」IS YOUR PART~
- NEET Man (Ueda Tatsuya's Solo)
- GIRLS (NTT presented by Taguchi Junnosuke)
The A-side CHANGE UR WORLD is currently being used as a theme song for Going ! Sports & News , a popular sport channel in Japan .
The 1st 2 B-sides GIVE ME , GIVE ME , GIVE ME & NEVER × OVER ~「-」IS YOUR PART~ are only found in the CD only regular edition of the single .
GIVE ME , GIVE ME , GIVE ME is a straight up no nonsense hard edge no. . It more or less pick up from where CHANGE UR WORLD leaves out while it's still able to maintain that signature gritty edgy tunes that KAT-TUN's known for .
Also just like the A-side , you can find quite a significant rapping presence done by Tanaka who goes by the pen name of JOKER when comes to writing the rap lyrics of the group .
NEVER × OVER ~「-」IS YOUR PART~ is a concept song where fans are supposed to sing the parts of the lyrics marked by "-" at concerts in order for it to become a complete song .
Tanaka had a hand in cowriting NEVER × OVER ~「-」IS YOUR PART~ while Ueda helped in co-composing .
The guys never had a mash up no. for a B-side & NEVER × OVER ~「-」IS YOUR PART~ is really a masterpiece in its own right .
If your ears are sharp enough , you're able to catch hold of various songs of KAT-TUN being used in NEVER × OVER ~「-」IS YOUR PART~ .
For me , these're some of the following songs which I'm able to catch hold of :
- Going !
- SWEET (Kamenashi's Solo)
- LOVE MUSIC (Taguchi's Solo)
- RABBIT OR WORLF ? (Ueda's Solo)
- FLIM (Nakamaru's Solo)
I'm quite sure I've missed out a lot more because it's not easy to catch hold the songs which were used in this really awesome unique mashup .
The next 3 songs REMEMBER , NEET Man & GIRLS are only found in the CD only limited edition of CHANGE UR WORLD .
Employing almost the same music style as GIVE ME , GIVE ME , GIVE ME & the A-side is REMEMBER .
Except in this case , REMEMBER has a very orthodox sound & it's partially rock with synths that's thrown in for good measures .
NEET Man is Ueda's solo no. & in this context , NEET stands for Not in Education , Employment or Training .
A light rock song , NEET Man is written & arranged by Ueda under his alter ego name MOUSE PEACE which's the same name being used for his solo concerts .
I always admire Ueda's singing/composing skills as I still consider him as the most musicially gifted in KAT-TUN .
For NEET Man's case , it's a lighthearted cheery no. which's a refreshing change from his previous solo offering in NO MORE PAIИ's RABBIT OR WOLF ? .
I haven't heard that much Ueda solos which have this style & I frankly like it as it's really cute but not cheesy .
Last but not least , GIRLS is an interesting track . In the single , it's credited as NTT presented by Taguchi Junnosuke .
NTT is actually 3 of the members in KAT-TUN ie Nakamaru Yuichi , Tanaka Koki & Taguchi Junnosuke , hence the unit name NTT .
Written & co-composed by all 3 members , GIRLS is described as Reggae driven .
I had no idea what to expect of GIRLS but I was pleasantly surprised when the melody hook grab my attention instantly . I don't know why it's described as Reggae but I feel more club vibes for this no. .
Still , GIRLS is really catchy & I think it's really cool that Nakamaru , Tanaka & Taguchi banded together to form NTT & singing this song in the process as it sounded as though they had a good time doing so .
CHANGE UR WORLD is KAT-TUN's 1st official single release onwards as a 5 piece member & after listening to the whole single , I can say it exceeded my expectations in more ways than I can ever imagine .
Fans who're worried that the departure of their former 2nd co-lead vocalist Akanishi Jin might hampen the quality of the group's material should heave a big sigh of relief as CHANGE UR WORLD overall on whole is really solid & the B-sides are stellar if not more superior than the A-side .
CHANGE UR WORLD is a marked improvement from what the guys offered in Going ! & let alone in NO MORE PAIИ & if their next release continues to keep up the same standard as what their latest single offer , then I say expect nothing but the best for the new KAT-TUN .