CD Review :: B'z - C'mon
Cover for both CD & CD + DVD's editions
2) Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo (Goodbye , The Days Of Wounds)
3) Hitoshizuku no Anata (Only A Tiny Bit Of You)
5) Don't Wanna Lie
8) Too Young
10) The Meister
11) Dead End
13) ultra soul 2011
C'mon is B'z's 18th album & it was released on July 27th .
The duo's last album release was 2009's MAGIC & in C'mon , the album contains 2 singles & 1 B-side .
Sharing the same title as the album , it's C'mon which's concidentally the very 1st (album) track .
Just like the duo's 48th single Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo (Goodbye , The Days Of Wounds) , C'mon was selected to be used in the ads of Pepsi's NEX (which the duo appear in the ad) & it's the only album track that gets a music video .
I can understand why C'mon is the only song in the album that received a video because it's such a simple under-stated no. . I haven't heard that many songs of B'z that presents a somewhat more raw feeling which I really like .
From another Pepsi's NEX ad promotion song to the next , in comes Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo which's B'z's 48th single .
Before C'mon , Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo was 1st used to promote in the ads of Pepsi's NEX , which B'z appears in the ad alongside with model Kagami Reina .
It was fairly recent Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo was released this year but still , this's 1 song that I really like as it's basically a downright bad ass & angsty driven song which's more or less classic B'z at its best .
Hitoshizuku no Anata (Only A Tiny Bit Of You) is the 2nd album track & I wasn't sure what to expect when comes to this but it more or less pick up from where Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo left behind .
The mood is still set in a rather upbeat & heart thumping tone with 2 of such songs that're similiar sounding back to back with each other .
Homebound was 1st found as the B-side track of B'z's 49th single Don't Wanna Lie . This was served as the ending theme song for TBS's nationwide television series NEWS 23X .
Described as a grand ballad number , I was really pleased to see Homebound make the cut in C'mon because this's 1 B-side that I enjoy & it does contrast Don't Wanna Lie really well .
From a B-side to an A-side , in comes B'z's 49th single Don't Wanna Lie which's also the last single to be included in C'mon .
Don't Wanna Lie was used as the theme song for the Detective Conan movie Detective Conan : Quarter of Silence .
Unlike Homebound , Don't Wanna Lie is an upbeat medium-tempo tune & this's still something that I like as it somehow has a more happier sound attached unlike Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo .
After Don't Wanna Lie , the reminding tracks found in C'mon are all new material .
DAREKA is track #6 & this's an interesting song because it has a bit of an American flair which I detected when I heard this . With that said , DAREKA is quite fun to listen to .
Boss & Too Young are the next two songs & I believe both no.s are connected with each other to a certain extent because after the mid tempo Boss finished , the melody for Too Young continues on where Boss left .
Out of all the album tracks in C'mon , Boss & Too Young are probably the 2 slower sounding no. but luckily , there's a bit of experimentation going on , especially for Too Young which had quite a Bossanova flair which I thought it's quite refreshing to boot .
From 2 mid tempo tracks , in comes Pilgrim which's basically a no nonsense uptempo track .
Unlike the standard rock no. , I'm able to detect a faint bit of Orchestra influences in the melody which's more than enough to give Pilgrim an edge it deserves to have .
In addition , I can't help but feel that Pilgrim sounds a bit similar to the duo's 47th single MY LONELY TOWN . It's not as prominent as somewhere in Pilgrim , I'm able to draw comparision with both songs , so there .
Following after Pilgrim , The Meister is yet another uptempo track . Honestly , I don't find anything special about The Meister . It's a standard rock fare that B'z does but that's that .
Also , it took me quite a while to recall how The Meister sounds like as well but I noticed that The Meister has some music resemblances to MAGIC's long time no see .
Dead End fares much better than The Meister because for Dead End , it's almost like an identical cousin of the song that shares the same title as MAGIC .
I'm not sure if this's a good or bad thing but considering that I like MAGIC (the song) , I don't really have any issues with regards to Dead End .
Meimei is the 2nd last album track & despite the rather strange name , this's 1 song that I really enjoy listening to as it's probably the only album ballad available in C'mon .
Immediately when the song started , I was drawn into just how emotional Meimei is & the melody is very beautiful .
Coupled with shades of Orchestra & acoustic guitar strings , it makes Meimei a winning combination
ultra soul 2011 is the conclusion track for C'mon & this's actually a remake of the duo's 31st single ultra soul .
For the updated version , ultra soul 2011 was selected to be used as the theme no. for the 2011 World Aquatics Championships which was held in Shanghai .
I never heard the original take for ultra soul but I have to say , the updated version for ultra soul 2011 is very cool & unique .
Out of the many album tracks in C'mon , I thought it was great for B'z to wrap up their album with an updated version of 1 of their earlier single releases & after listening to this , it makes me feel complied to give the original take of ultra soul a listen .
After being in the music business for close to 23 years , the best selling Japanese act of all time , B'z , shows no signs of slowing down & it's evident in the release of their latest album offering C'mon .
Artistes come & go but I feel B'z is 1 of the rarity few that is able to display a really long standing power in line with the impact , numerous accomplishments & records they have attained since making their presence felt for the past 23 years .
With the release of C'mon , they have once again set a significant number of new records & C'mon definitely will not be the last this legendary rock duo has to offer , that's for sure .