CD Review :: BREAKERZ - X
2 CDs + DVD A
2 CDs + 2 DVDs B
1st CD - 10th anniversary special collaboration album
1) GREAT AMBITIOUS Feat GLAY's JIRO & Toshi Nagai
2) RODEO DRIVE Feat GRANRODEO's e-ZUKA
3) BLACK SKY Feat SKY-HI
4) Golden Night ~Ogonshoku ni Dakishimete~ Feat Golden Bomber's Kiryuin Sho
5) Koi no Super Express Feat Choutokkyuu
6) Triangle Feat Trignal
7) NEVER ENDING STORY Feat MY FIRST STORY's Kid’z & Nob
8) She Is Devil
9) Hirari Mai Chiru Hana no Youni Feat Kuraki Mai
10) GOD Feat Ju-ken & ARIMATSU
2nd CD - Fans' Select Best
1) Ikusen no Meikyuu de Ikusen no Nazo wo Toite
2) SUMMER PARTY
3) Sekai wa Odoru
4) Ao no Mirai
6) Everlasting Luv
7) SUGAR BABY
9) Angelic Smile
11) Kokoro o Tsunaide
13) FAKE LOVE
14) DESTROY CRASHER
15) Yume Monogatari
X is a 10th anniversary special album by BREAKERZ & it was released last month on 18th Oct .
Pronounces as Cross , X was released in celebration of BREAKERZ's 10th anniversary . X includes 10 songs in the 1st CD titled 10th anniversary special collaboration album which BREAKERZ sang a different track during each of the 10 BREAKERZ 10 Shunen 10ban Shoubu -VS- 2 man lives with 10 different artistes which took place this year from Jan to April .
Writing/composing credits in the 1st disc of X :
1) GREAT AMBITIOUS ; words ： DAIGO music ： DAIGO
2) RODEO DRIVE ; words ： DAIGO music ： SHINPEI
3) BLACK SKY ; words ： DAIGO music ： AKIHIDE
4) Golden Night ~Ogonshoku ni Dakishimete~ ; words ： DAIGO music ： AKIHIDE
5) Koi no Super Express ; words ： DAIGO music ： DAIGO
6) Triangle ; words ： DAIGO music ： DAIGO
7) NEVER ENDING STORY ; words ： DAIGO music ： SHINPEI
8) She Is Devil ; words ： DAIGO music ： AKIHIDE
9) Hirari Mai Chiru Hana no Youni ; words ： DAIGO music ： DAIGO
10) GOD ; words ： DAIGO music ： DAIGO
Songs in X that have additional vocals in the songs themselves
- BLACK SKY Feat SKY-HI
- Golden Night ~Ogonshoku ni Dakishimete~ Feat Golden Bomber's Kiryuin Sho
- Koi no Super Express Feat Choutokkyuu
- Triangle Feat Trignal (dialogue , no singing done by Trignal)
- Hirari Mai Chiru Hana no Youni Feat Kuraki Mai ; used as the collaboration song to promote the 37th Sapporo White Illustration event that will take place during 24th - 25th Nov
Songs in X that have no additional vocals in the songs themselves
- GREAT AMBITIOUS Feat GLAY's JIRO & Toshi Nagai
- RODEO DRIVE Feat GRANRODEO's e-ZUKA
- NEVER ENDING STORY Feat MY FIRST STORY's Kid’z & Nob
- GOD Feat Ju-ken & ARIMATSU
The fanclub version of X includes BATTLE SE -VS- as a bonus track . BATTLE SE -VS- is the same music that's played at every start of the 10 BREAKERZ 10 Shunen 10ban Shoubu -VS- concert prior to the respective artiste and/or BREAKERZ come out onstage to perform .
This's the 2nd instrumental song that guitarist SHINPEI composed in the guys' discography , the 1st was for THEME OF FIGHTERZ in FIGHTERZ .
The 2nd CD in X is titled Request best which includes 15 songs that fans selected/voted online as part of Fans' Select Best . This year's single songs which BREAKERZ released ie. Ikusen no Meikyuu de Ikusen no Nazo wo Toite & Yume Monogatari made the cut .
BREAKERZ encapsulates the band's decade-long career in the special album X . As the title indicates , X captures the band's crossovers with other artists & with fans .
Typically when an artiste celebrates their 10th anniversary , they normally will release a best album but for BREAKERZ , they've chosen to do something a bit different from the norm .
I have to be honest to say that the guys' last studio album 0-ZERO- is my least favourite album of them as I thought the album could have been so much better (I'm still a bit sore that their 14th single RUSTY HEARTS wasn't included in 0-ZERO-) .
BREAKERZ's 1st 2 studio albums which were released 10 years ago , both of them had no singles but yet most of the songs are still timeless classics up to now .
Likewise , their 1st mini album Ao no Mirai have only 7 songs but they still stood the test of time even though it was released 9 years ago .
That said , I was genuinely surprised when I heard the 1st disc in X & the songs were more musically diverse than I thought .
I support/listen GLAY , SID & GRANRODEO so when I listened to the songs that BREAKERZ performed on the day/s when they shared the same stage with the respective artistes , they sound like something that the artiste themselves might sing themselves .
I like most of the songs in X & I especially enjoy BLACK SKY , Koi no Super Express & Hirari Mai Chiru Hana no Youni . I wasn't surprised that GREAT AMBITIOUS is the 1st song in the tracklist as it's definitely 1 of the standout songs .
Also X has a considerable amount of input from other musicians , be it the same ones that performed together with BREAKERZ during BREAKERZ 10 Shunen 10ban Shoubu -VS- and/or with guest vocals or not .
I suppose if the guys didn't released BREAKERZ BEST ~SINGLE COLLECTION~ 5 years ago , they wouldn't have chosen to do something like X but I appreciate that they've done something unique instead of releasing another typical best album .
End of the day , I'm really proud to support BREAKERZ & to be their fan for such a long time as I pretty much grew up with them over the years . Despite certain ups & downs in their fandom , I wouldn't trade it for anything else & I look forward to the next decade of their career .
Happy 10th anniversary !