CD Review :: Tegomass - Tegomass no Seishun
CD + DVD
1) Aoiro Jubunairu
3) Itsuka no Machi
6) Time Machine
7) Saynonara ni Sayonara
8) Shounen ~Re: Story~
10) Neko Chudoku
11) Iro Azayaka na Kimi ga Egaku Ashita no e
13) Kireigoto (CD Only Track)
14) Tsuki no Tomodachi (CD Only Track)
Tegomass no Seishun is Tegomass's 3rd album & it was released last month on 22nd Jan .
The duo's last original full length album release was 2011's Tegomass no Mahou .
Tegomass's latest album offering includes 2 singles . Tegomass no Seishun is a collection of nostalgic & refreshing music . Songs are provided by popular artists such as The Gospellers and DEPAPEPE . In addition , the album features former Tokyo Jihen member Kameda Seiji as an arranger .
The concept of Tegomass no Seishun centres on songs about youth & written for youth .
Tegomass no Seishun kicks off with the 1st album track , titled Aoiro Jubunairu which's a pleasant mid tempo sounding no. that has a really nice soothing guitar melody .
Harumeki follows after Aoiro Jubunairu & this song is a fun peppy no. that's memorable + catchy sounding .
The 3rd album track , Itsuka no Machi is a piano driven no. . 1 of the strong points about this song is the harmonisation of vocals brought together by both Tegoshi & Masuda respectively which I enjoy .
With a song title like DONUTS , I was expecting a cheesy track but I was surprised that it's not the case . Instead , it's a cool finger snapping ditty that feels very old school which displayed a different music side from Tegomass that was not seen/heard before until now .
Fantasia is track #5 . This is actually 1 of my fave tracks in the album . It's piano driven just like Itsuka no Machi but to me Fantasia stands out more as it's more memorable & the melody is more prominent/easy to recall .
Time Machine follows after Fantasia . 1 of the album's slower sounding no.s , this ballad has an under-stated feeling which allows Tegoshi & Masuda's vocals to shine a great deal .
Saynonara ni Sayonara is Tegomass's 6th single . Produced by prolific music producer Matsuo Kiyoshi , Sayonara ni Sayonara is a mid-tempo ballad that enfolds a listener with a soft & happy atmosphere .
Shounen ~Re: Story~ is the 7th album track & it's 1 of the few songs in the album that its melody emphasis is on the guitar + not on the piano .
On the other hand , the next album track innocence is an interesting no. & it's quite upbeat driven . Just like DONUTS , innocence is those type of songs that drawn into you immediately & it's also a new type of music style that Tegomass never tried before but surprisingly in this case , it worked quite well for them .
Neko Chudoku is Tegomass's 7th single & it's the last single release included in Tegomass no Seishun .
Without a doubt , Neko Chudoku is still the duo's most craziest if not over the top single release to date . Suffice to say it's completely different from what they've done in the past . Hence , including Neko Chudoku in Tegomass no Seishun might be a bit of a sore thumb with it being the odd 1 out but I suppose you need a bit of randomness in order to balance out the serenity of the overall feeling the album offers .
Iro Azayaka na Kimi ga Egaku Ashita no e is an unique sounding no. & this's definitely a standout track in Tegomass no Seishun as I can't compare it with the other songs found in the album . As such , this mid tempo song with a lot of great things going on in the melody is something worth checking out .
Hikari is the last song in the CD + DVD edition's tracklist of Tegomass no Seishun . It's also the only album track that gets a music video .
I think out of so many great songs in the album , I can see why Hikari is the only 1 that has a music video as it's an inspiring soaring uplifting ballad . There're others that should have gotten a video too but Hikari deserves so without question .
Kireigoto & Tsuki no Tomodachi are 2 songs that're found exclusively in the CD only edition of Tegomass no Seishun .
I feel that Kireigoto is the most simplest sounding track in the album but yet it's done very well . It's just Tegomass being backed up by an acoustic guitar but the result turns out in the form of this heartfelt no. which struck a chord in me .
Tsuki no Tomodachi stands out in Tegomass no Seishun as this's the only song in the album that has personal input from the duo .
This song was written by Masuda while both Tegoshi + Masuda composed the melody together . I frankly was expecting a ballad but definitely not this slightly crazy sounding no. . Not that Tsuki no Tomodachi is a bad song but I guess after hearing the majority/bulk of how Tegomass no Seishun goes , I thought so otherwise .
That said even though Tsuki no Tomodachi is not a fave song of mine , I have to give the duo credit for having personal input into the song .
3rd time is definitely the charm for Tegomass who's back again with full force in the form of putting out their latest full length album Tegomass no Seishun .
With the release of Tegomass no Seishun , this album can be seen as their most mature if not defined sounding record to date & I definitely can sense just how far the duo has come since they make their presence felt some 8 years ago when they released their debut single Miso Soup in 2006 .
Tegoshi & Masuda all the while always have some if not the best/strongest sounding vocals in NEWS if not in the whole Johnny's & Associates talent agency so it's not really a surprise when you pair both of them together , their strongest focal point lies in great sync in harmony , vocals wise .
Getting a lot of established artistes such as The Gospellers and DEPAPEPE to work + leave their mark on Tegomass no Seishun is a huge music gamble but I feel it pays off a great deal as now Tegomass is at a stage where they're ready to progress to the next level , be it music or lyrical themes found in their material .
As such it's not a surprise that the album tracks in Tegomass no Seishun stand out a great deal significantly against the 2 singles included in the album which ironically are the duo's weakest if not my most disliked singles they've put out to date .
That said , Tegomass no Seishun is Tegomass's most mature/finest sounding album to date & it's 1 record to kick off 2014 nicely . This's 1 album that's well recommended to try if not listen & it's a testimonial just how well both Tegoshi + Masuda gel well together as a duo .