CD Review :: Matsushita Yuya - #musicoverdose
2) Up To You
3) All MY LOVE
4) What Are We ?
6) Sweet Love
7) Go Get It
8) Wait For You
9) Kanata e ‐Dokushou‐
11) LAST ALUCARD SHOW by ALUCARD
12) Second World
13) Nobody Knows
14) It's my Day off
#musicoverdose is Matsushita Yuya's 3rd album & it was released digitally via iTunes last month on 28th Aug .
No physical singles are included in #musicoverdose . Matsushita's latest album release was preceded by Sweet Love EP which this EP was released digitally 2 months ago on 31st July .
#musicoverdose (the song) & Nobody Knows are tagged with Explicit on iTunes .
Matsushita's last physical album release was his 2nd album 2U which was released last Feb while his most recent physical release was his 1st best album U ~BEST of BEST~ which was released last Dec .
From Sweet Love EP onwards , all future material of Matsushita will be released under his own independent label Japanese Dream Records & distributed via tunecore JAPAN .
Sharing the same title as the album , #musicoverdose is the 1st song in the tracklist . 1 of 2 explicit labelled songs , it's actually a very fun energetic R&B dance tune , something great to warm things up .
And frankly I don't find #musicoverdose (the song) explicit as the certain choice of swear words Matsushita said/sang in the song is quite commonly accepted although I couldn't help but find it rather amusing hearing him swear in English .
That said , the 1st 4 songs in #musicoverdose (the album) are solely written by Matsushita & he had a hand in co-composing #musicoverdose (the song) with √A so kudos to him on that note .
Up To You is the next song & another strong memorable R&B dance tune , it most certainly flows well after #musicoverdose (the song) .
On the other hand , the next song All MY LOVE has plenty of character if not attitude with it having such an aggressive if not very cool melody . I haven't heard any past album tracks of Matsushita that sounds like what ALL MY LOVE offers so it's definitely a nice change hearing this never before side of Matsushita .
What Are We ? originally serves as the B-side in Matsushita's Sweet Love EP in which this song was written by Matsushita + with him sharing co-composing duties with √A .
I still think What Are We ? is a really solid B-side & I definitely have no complaints seeing this song being included in #musicoverdose as it has a great contrast to Sweet Love .
Helpless is the next song . After 4 back to back rather upbeat R&B tunes , it was good for Matsushita to slow things down quite a fair bit in the form of Helpless .
This song is a nice mid tempo tune but I don't think it's a fave album track of mine seeing that there're other more great songs in #musicoverdose .
Sweet Love is found in Matsushita's Sweet Love EP , in which this mini album was released digitally on 31st July .
I still like Sweet Love & up to now , I feel that this song is on par with Matsushita's other Summer inspired song which's 4 Seasons . This track is 1 of 2 songs that Matsushita's long time composer Jin Nakamura composed which didn't surprise me but that said , Jin Nakamura still has it even up to now .
Go Get It follows after Sweet Love . Another rather unusual song , I wasn't sure what to expect before hearing Go Get It but turns out it's another fun sounding no. . Once again , Go Get It was written by Matsushita with him co-composing the song with √A .
From another self penned song to the next , in comes Wait For You . 1 of the more slower sounding songs in #musicoverdose , this piano driven no. was composed by Yuuki Odagiri whom also arranged the song too .
The next 2 songs are new re-recorded versions of tracks in which both of them originally serve as B-sides in 2 of Matsushita's past single releases .
Kanata e ‐Dokushou‐ was originally found as the B-side track in Matsushita's 3rd single Honesty . This served as the ending theme song for the musical adaption of the manga series Kuroshitsuji in which Matsushita portrayed Sebastian Michaelis .
I was definitely surprised to see Kanata e ‐Dokushou‐ in #musicoverdose because with regards to the original take of Kanata e ‐Dokushou‐ , it was 1 of my least fave B-sides of Matsushita .
That said , the updated/newly recorded version of Kanata e ‐Dokushou‐ is actually better than the original & when I listened/compared both , I prefer the updated version as Matsushita sounded more stronger vocally , unlike the original take where he sounded quite weak .
In addition , the version of Kanata e ‐Dokushou‐ found in #musicoverdose has a much more polished orchestra driven melody which's plain lovely to boot .
Hallucination was originally found as the B-side of Matsushita's 5th single YOU . This served as the theme song for the musical Kuroshitsuji -The Most Beautiful DEATH in The World- Sen no Tamashii to Ochita Shinigami in which Matsushita portrayed Sebastian Michaelis for the 2nd time .
I actually like the original take of Hallucination but what I didn't expect for the updated version , it's much more longer , duration wise .
The original take of Hallucination was 5:51 mins but for what's offered in #musicoverdose , it's 7:11 mins which's easily the longest track in #musicoverdose . It's also the 2nd song that Jin Nakamura composed in the album , after Sweet Love .
Just like the updated version of Kanata e ‐Dokushou‐ , Matsushita brings Hallucination more up to date in #musicoverdose & it's interesting to note that both songs back to back were originally previously used in both musicals that were related to Kuroshitsuji .
LAST ALUCARD SHOW by ALUCARD is track #11 . The shortest track in #musicoverdose , this song is actually 1 of my fave album tracks with it having plenty of attitude & spunk .
Just like All MY LOVE , it's another music side of Matsushita I've never seen before & LAST ALUCARD SHOW is just plain aggressive sounding/in your face . It feels as though it's almost like a full blown out Rock track & this could have been mistaken easily if not for the fact that Matsushita's music roots still lies in R&B .
The next song is something titled Second World & it's actually a resung/rearranged song as the original title for this track was Bird .
Bird was the 1st A-side of Matsushita's 6th single Bird / 4 Seasons in which this song was used as the ending theme for the anime Kuroshitsuji II .
Once again with relations to Kuroshitsuji , Matsushita presents another song in this aspect & I definitely didn't expect him to resing/rearranged Bird & transforming it into Second World .
Bird is actually 1 of my least fave singles of Matsushita but for Second World , it's quite nice . It's a lot more slower than the other tracks in #musicoverdose but it's still worth a listen .
In addition , I appreciate the extra efforts Matsushita put into resinging/rearranging Second World as he's the one that wrote & composed Second World .
Nobody Knows is the 2nd last song & it's the 2nd song in the album that's tagged with an explicit label on iTunes after #musicoverdose (the song) .
Actually I don't know what's so explicit sounding about Nobody Knows but what I do know is that it's just a really weird if not creepy no. as it doesn't feel Matsushita is the 1 that's singing (or is it rapping ?) in it but the upside is that for Nobody Knows , Matsushita cowrote it with √A & √A arranged it .
It's my Day off is the final track in #musicoverdose & it's the 2nd song that Matsushita wrote & composed after Second World .
I like what It's my Day off offers & I think from the 2 compositions that Matsushita contributed in #musicoverdose , it's definitely a big time as writing & composing are 2 entirely different matters but I do enjoy both compositions from him . Hopefully for his future releases , he will have a more bigger input on the composing aspect of his material .
Matsushita Yuya's latest album offering #musicoverdose could be seen as a rebirth if not a start of a new chapter for him since this's his 1st album release to get released digitally .
I must say I really like what #musicoverdose offers overall & Matsushita is 1 of a few artistes I've been supporting/listening to since pretty much his debut . And with the release of #musicoverdose , he has definitely come a long way since his foolish foolish days .
Matsushita's 1st 2 albums I AM ME & 2U were great but the 1 drawback I have from both albums were the inclusion of many singles & B-sides , something both albums suffered which didn't leave much room for Matsushita to showcase/display his music potential .
But from what #musicoverdose offers , it allowed Matsushita to be more musically versatile than ever before & unlike in the past where most if not all of his songs were composed by Jin Nakamura , in #musicoverdose more people were involved in the creation/production .
That said , the personal input that went into creating #musicoverdose can be felt quite significantly & I think it's great that Matsushita has a lot more say on what should/shouldn't be included in #musicoverdose , something that I feel Epic Records didn't allowed him to do so .
Overall , #musicoverdose is a really solid album & I hope that Matsushita will release #musicoverdose in a physical CD format because I know for sure I will buy a copy should that idea materialised & I can't wait to see what else he has up his sleeves in due time .
This's not the end but only the beginning of a new music chapter for Matsushita Yuya .