CD Review :: Hilcrhyme - FIVE ZERO ONE
CD + DVD
1) NEW DAY , NEW WORLD
3) Your Smile
5) Theme of "6"
6) BAR COUNTER
7) SEA BREEZE -Instrumental-
8) Tsuginaru Oka E
9) Ao Tennjyou
10) Lost love song
11) We Like It
12) Welcome Back
FIVE ZERO ONE is Hilcrhyme's 5th album & it was released last month on 26th Feb .
The duo's latest album was released on the same day as their 2nd music videos DVD Hilcrhyme Theater vol.2 .
FIVE ZERO ONE includes 3 singles & 2 B-sides . This album , together with the prior release of their 15th single Yell / Lost love song (their 1st double A-side single release) were released in celebrating their 5th anniversary this year .
2nd singles back to back kicked off FIVE ZERO ONE , starting with NEW DAY , NEW WORLD which's Hilcrhyme's 14th single .
On the other hand , Yell is the 1st A-side of the duo's 15th single Yell / Lost love song . This song was picked to be used as the ending theme no. for TBS TV's Super Soccer for Feb & March .
In the single , the video of Yell is included in the DVD but not in Hilcrhyme Theater vol.2 . On the other hand , the video for Lost love song is included in Hilcrhyme Theater vol.2 but not in the single's DVD .
I think both single songs are equally solid & very encouraging sounding . NEW DAY , NEW WORLD is a mid tempo piano driven no. while on the other hand , Yell is an uplifting song but nonetheless both are on par with each other sound wise .
Your Smile is the 1st album track & it's considerably much more mellow as compared to the 1st 2 single songs in FIVE ZERO ONE .
Sosoka is Hilcrhyme's 13th single . This was specifically written & composed for TV Asahi's special drama Yurichika e Mama Kara no Dengon .
Regarding the song , vocalist/rapper TOC commented , "With the theme ‘to retain feelings’ , we left our ‘feelings’ that will not fade even after tens of years in ‘music’ ."
Theme of "6" is the 2nd album track & this's a really funky catchy no. . Likewise , the same thing goes for the next album track BAR COUNTER .
After the only album instrumental SEA BREEZE -Instrumental- , in comes Tsuginaru Oka E which served as the B-side of Hilcrhyme's 14th single NEW DAY , NEW WORLD .
Tsuginaru Oka E is 1 of the duo's more harder sounding B-sides in which it gives DJ KATSU the chance to showcase what he does best . Likewise , the same thing goes for the next album track Ao Tennjyou as well .
Lost love song is the 2nd A-side of Hilcrhyme's 15th single Yell / Lost love song & it's also the last single song to be found in the album .
Compared to Yell , Lost love song is much more chilled out with surprisingly slight Oriental influences which surprised me when I 1st heard it . All in all , both A-sides from their 1st double A-side single release are equally solid & have strong character .
We Like It is the last album track prior to wrapping things up in which Welcome Back which originally served as the B-side in Hilcrhyme's 13th single Sosoka being given the honour in doing so .
2014 is Hilcrhyme's 5th anniversary since their major label debut & in their latest 5th album FIVE ZERO ONE , it's 1 of many releases that they will be releasing in commentating this milestone landmark .
The duo's 1st remix album BOOST UP! ~Hilcrhyme Non-Stop MIX vol.1~ Mixed by DJ KATSU will be released next month on 2nd April & here's to wishing Hilcrhyme a very happy yet fulfilling 5th anniversary !