CD Review :: Hey ! Say ! JUMP - JUMPing CAR
CD + DVD A
CD + DVD B
1) Fantasist (Instrumental)
2) JUMPing CAR
4) SHen SHera SHen
6) Kira Kira Hikare
7) Ai yo, Boku wo Michibiite Yuk
9) Boys Don't Stop
13) Asu e no YELL
15) Very Very Happy
Bonus Tracks In Each Edition :
16) Viva ! 9's SOUL (CD Only Track)
17) Puppy Boo (CD Only Track)
18) Koro Sensations (Hey ! Say ! JUMP ver.) (CD + DVD A Track)
19) DISCO JOCKEY !!! (CD + DVD A Track)
20) UNION (Arioka Daiki , Yaotome Hikaru & Yabu Kota)
21) 3-gatsu 14-nichi ~Tokei (Yamada Ryosuke & Okamoto Keito)
22) Pet Shop Love Motion (Chinen Yuri , Nakajima Yuto , Takaki Yuya & Inoo Kei)
JUMPing CAR is Hey ! Say ! JUMP's 4th album & it was released last month on 24th June .
Released about a year since the group's previous album smart , JUMPing CAR includes 2 double A-side singles . Through this album , the members want to tell their fans , "during fun times & sad times , get on the 'JUMPing CAR' & move forward with us !"
I will review the album based on the standard tracklist of 15 songs seeing that different bonus tracks are included in all 3 editions of JUMPing CAR . As such , this's done to prevent any bias from happening .
Fantasist (Instrumental) serves as the opening track & the 1st new song in the tracklist shares the same title as the new album .
As the song title suggests , JUMPing CAR is a Summer inspired track that has the inclusion of various special car horn effects pepped in the melody .
Likewise , the next 2 album tracks Walk & SHen SHera SHen are equally fun engaging numbers . Walk has a pretty cool xylophone driven melody while SHen SHera SHen is actually not bad once you get past the rather strange song title .
Weekender is the 1st A-side of the group's 13th single Weekender / Asu e no YELL which was picked to be used as the theme song for the drama Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo N(neo) starring members Yamada Ryosuke & Arioka Daiki .
Kira Kira Hikare is the only new album track to get a video & promo wise , it was used in the ads of House Vermont Curry .
I think out of the many happy sounding tracks in JUMPing CAR , Kira Kira Hikare definitely stood out in its own unique way & I guess because of this , a video was made for the song .
Ai yo, Boku wo Michibiite Yuk is the 1st of a few serious grown up tracks & this song to me is a standout no. because after a series of tracks that's targeted to the group's more younger demographic fans , something like Ai yo, Boku wo Michibiite Yuk is a welcome change .
The next song Fever is probably the weak link in the album as I don't think this song stoods out that much on 1st listen . It's only after a few listens that I get the hang of it but considering there're other tracks in JUMPing CAR , Fever is something I will skip if I have the option to do so .
Boys Don't Stop & Dangerous are arguably the best tracks in the album aside from Ai yo, Boku wo Michibiite Yuk . I like aggressive edgy grown up sounding songs & both Boys Don't Stop + Dangerous do not disappoint .
Let alone , both Boys Don't Stop & Dangerous are the type of songs that the guys should be doing on a more regular basis now .
Chau♯ is the 1st A-side of the group's 15th single Chau# / Wo I Need You . Despite being a double A-side , the 2nd A-side Wo I Need You is excluded from JUMPing CAR .
Described as a catchy party tune , Chau♯ was picked to be used in the ads of Bourbon's Almond Caramel Popcorn which starred the members themselves .
With a title like Yowamushi★Shooter , it's perhaps no surprises it's yet another fun loving track that's Summer inspired .
Asu e no YELL is the 2nd A-side of the group's 13th single Weekender / Asu e no YELL . The last single included in JUMPing CAR , it was used as the theme song for the drama Suikyu Yankees. that starred members Nakajima Yuto & Takaki Yuya .
Farewell & Very Very Happy are the final 2 album tracks in the standard tracklist . In a strange twist of fate , both song titles do not do justice to the songs themselves .
In fact , Farewell is actually a peppy sounding no. while Very Very Happy is actually a sad sounding ballad . Was this done on purpose I'm not sure but this goes to show at times you don't judge a song based solely on the title .
Speed into Summer with Hey ! Say ! JUMP's 4th studio album JUMPing CAR ! Just ahead of their nationwide Summer tour Hey ! Say! JUMP LIVE TOUR 2015 JUMPing CARnival that will kick off this month on 25th July , the popular Johnny's group returns with a release that guaranteed to get you in the mood for Summer .
It was a surprise for the guys to release a new album so soon after smart given that for their past album releases , they were released within a 2 years time interval frame . (2010's JUMP NO. 1 , 2012's JUMP WORLD & last year's smart)
JUMPing CAR on whole definitely is Summer inspired which's showcased in most of the new tracks . For this aspect , the group nailed it well but to me , I find myself not enjoying the album as much as I hoped for .
For starters , I only really like 1 single song (Weekender) out of the 3 single songs included in the album & also with JUMPing CAR deemed a Summer album , it's understood that most of the new songs are fun loving no.s but after a while not only do they get rather cheesy , it feels as though the more I hear of such songs , the more I find myself not liking them as each listen goes by .
Ai yo, Boku wo Michibiite Yuk , Boys Don't Stop & Dangerous are the real gems in JUMPing CAR seeing that in recent times , I'm starting not to like the group's cutesy inspired no.s which still applies to Chau# & given that all 9 members are already adults , it doesn't reflect well for them to continue to release such material any longer .
The group's younger demographic fans will not complain over the release of JUMPing CAR but for me I feel that their previous album smart was a lot more better as it included more grown up edgy sounding tracks & singles that I still like even up to now (such as Ride With Me & AinoArika) .
On that note , I hope in their next music move the guys will seriously consider to release more songs that will be geared more towards their older demographic fans as I can't imagine them releasing something like their debut single Ultra Music Power now which frankly will make me cringe .
But for now , since it's Summer , JUMPing CAR is essentially the album to plug in/listen to but after that , it's best to listen back to smart .