NEWS - LPS
CD + DVD
LPS is NEWS's 22nd single & it was released on 17th Jan .
This's NEWS's 1st single release of 2018 . LPS stands for Love Peace Smile & it's described as the group's most 'peaceful' song in their discography .
LPS was used as a special song to promote NEWSICAL . NEWSICAL featured NEWS creating a 6 minute long musical of the same name from scratch & the musical comprises singing , dancing & acting .
NEWS began working on NEWSICAL last Aug with each member making use of their own individuality & strength to fulfil different roles .
The mic relay making good use of the members' singing voices is showcased in LPS . This Winter , NEWS brings fans a warm & life sized fight song .
4 B-sides are included in LPS . The 1st 1 is something called NEWSICAL that shares the same name as the musical that NEWS worked on .
madoromi is found in the CD Regular version of LPS while the next 2 B-sides are only available in the CD Limited version of the single which're newly recorded versions of some NEWS old classic tracks .
Cherish -Represent NEWS Mix- is an updated version of NEWS's 3rd single Cherish while Mafuyu no Nagareboshi -Represent NEWS Mix- is a newly recorded take of Mafuyu no Nagareboshi which was originally found as track #14 in the CD Regular version of NEWS's 2nd album pacific .
NEWS sings of "Love Peace Smile" in their new single LPS . The group warms up the Winter with a supportive message in the title song .
LPS overall is a really solid release & unlike NEWS's previous single EMMA which took me a while to get into , that's not the case for LPS as it's a heartwarming song which brings out the best in NEWS , vocally .
Likewise , the B-sides included in LPS are pretty good . I have heard NEWSICAL prior to hearing the song in the CD & it's a fun festive track while madoromi is a touching ballad .
On the other hand while I'm pleased to see NEWS re-record Cherish & Mafuyu no Nagareboshi as both are still great no.s , I don't find anything special on the new versions of both songs which's the same problem I faced regarding them re-recording Sakura Girl & I・ZA・NA・I・ZU・KI in EMMA .
Nonetheless , all the 4 songs NEWS chose to re-record are still timeless classic tracks but I still think the original versions are better .
2018 is NEWS's 15th anniversary & seeing that an Arena tour will commence end of March , I wouldn't be surprised if a new album will be released prior to the start of the tour .