ARASHI - Tsunagu
CD + DVD
Tsunagu is ARASHI's 52nd single & it was released last month on 28th June .
This single was released 2 months + since ARASHI's previous single I'll be there .
Tsunagu was used as the theme song to promote leader Ohno Satoshi's new movie Shinobi no Kuni that opened in Japan theatres last Sat / July 1st .
The last single song that ARASHI used to promote a movie was 2013's Breathless , which was used to promote Platina Data that starred member Ninomiya Kazunari
Tsunagu lyrically leans to a world's view & melody . The high energy song follows a path to an era of hope & love even to war torn countries .
The thrilling melody of prominent electric guitars & shamisen which perfectly melds 2 different music styles of past and present resonates an emptiness that matches ARASHI's vocals , making Tsunagu their 'ultimate love song' .
4 B-sides are made available in Tsunagu . Reach for the sky ~Ten Made Todoke~ , Dakishimetai & Under the radar are found in the CD only version of the single .
Reach for the sky ~Ten Made Todoke~ was used in the ads for JAL's Sakitoku 「Paper Airplane」 Summer Vacation starring ARASHI themselves . The song is described as a shout out no. that inspires all to come out into the summer sky .
Oki ni Mesu Mama is only available in the CD + DVD of Tsunagu & this was also used in the ads of JAL's Sakitoku that ARASHI also starred in .
There's definitely no stopping ARASHI in delivering 2 singles back to back within such a short period of time & Tsunagu most certainly didn't disappoint .
I wonder why it took so long for ARASHI to release an Oriental sounding song as a single song but it's better late than never and to say Tsunagu is fantastic is an understatement .
Just like I'll be there , Tsunagu is extremely catchy on 1st listen and it's great that ARASHI manages to make it modern sounding by combining traditional Japanese music elements that pays homage to their country & including electric guitar riffs for good measure .
Tsunagu definitely sounds like something it could have been included in Japonism as it would fit in very well with the album's theme/concept and visual/video aspects wise , Tsunagu suppress I'll be there in both areas .
The B-sides this time round are pretty good . Reach for the sky ~Ten Made Todoke~ gives me Everything vibes and I'm surprised Dakishimetai is not a ballad .
Under the radar & Oki ni Mesu Mama are both upbeat no.s and when I 1st heard Oki ni Mesu Mama , it doesn't sound like something ARASHI might do as it doesn't have a Summer vibe unlike Reach for the sky ~Ten Made Todoke~ .
All in all , I'm glad that ARASHI hasn't lost their touch when comes to their singles yet . I'm sure they will release another single next prior to another album although I rather they slow down the pace of releasing albums on a yearly basis but we'll see .