Wednesday, July 08, 2015

CD Review :: Hey ! Say ! JUMP - JUMPing CAR

CD

CD + DVD A

CD + DVD B

1) Fantasist (Instrumental)
2) JUMPing CAR
3) Walk
4) SHen SHera SHen
5) Weekender
6) Kira Kira Hikare
7) Ai yo, Boku wo Michibiite Yuk
8) Fever
9) Boys Don't Stop
10) Dangerous
11) Chau♯
12) Yowamushi★Shooter
13) Asu e no YELL
14) Farewell
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 .



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