KAT-TUN - Ask Yourself
CD + DVD
Ask Yourself is KAT-TUN's 27th single & it was released on 18th April .
KAT-TUN's last single release was 2016's UNLOCK which was the last single that featured former member Taguchi Junnosuke .
Ask Yourself is the 1st single release by the now trio KAT-TUN & the A-side was used to promote the drama FINAL CUT , starring member Kamenashi Kazuya .
The song was performed for the 1st time at Johnnys Countdown 2017 - 2018 , when KAT-TUN made a surprise appearance which they announce restart of band activities after they underwent a 'charging process' in May 2016 .
The sexy & melodious tune is typical KAT-TUN & the lyrics express the feeling of continually groping for a path & believing in the future as you walk on into tomorrow .
There're a total of 6 B-sides in Ask Yourself .
These 3 B-sides are only available in the CD regular of the single :
- Sweet Birthday
The song was chosen to be used in JR Hakata City AMU Hakata's 7amuse , 7colours , 7th anniversary ads with Kamenashi Kazuya starring in it .
The song has 2 promo tie in's
-- Broadcast tie in song for NTV's professional baseball broadcast Fun! BASEBALL which Kamenashi Kazuya serves as the baseball special supporter
-- theme song for NTV's Going! Sports & News
- Real Face#2 which's a newly recorded version of KAT-TUN's debut single featuring the now trio's vocals
These 3 B-sides are only available in the CD Limited of Ask Yourself & they're all solo songs :
- Wonderful World (Kamenashi Kazuya's solo) ;
Wonderful World was also used as the theme song for NTV's Going! Sports & News .
- Ore Melody (Ueda Tatsuya's solo)
- The way (Nakamaru Yuichi's solo)
KAT-TUN is back ! The group returns from their recharging hiatus with the anticipated new single Ask Yourself , the theme song of Kamenashi Kazuya's TV drama FINAL CUT . The sexy & melodious title song features strong lyrics about perseverance & believing in the future .
To say that I'm so ecstatic that KAT-TUN is back is an understatement as 2 years ago when they were supposed to celebrate their 10th anniversary , it was overshadowed considerably by the impending departure of Taguchi Junnosuke .
To see KAT-TUN go from 6 members to now 3 members over the years , it's a really awful feeling & fans who supported them from their pre debut days felt it even more than me .
Nonetheless for KAT-TUN to finally make a proper comeback after their surprise appearance at Johnnys Countdown 2017 - 2018 , it's a great feeling & they didn't disappoint with their comeback single , Ask Yourself .
Just like their past singles , Ask Yourself is full of angst & attitude . My concern was how the now trio will pull things off but after hearing what they did with Ask Yourself , my fears are now squashed in that yes they're able to carry on KAT-TUN's name as per say .
Group B-sides wise , I think Sweet Birthday & FUNtastic contrast the A-side quite well & it's surprising that the now trio KAT-TUN chose to re-record Real Face .
While I thought it's a commanding effort with Ueda who did the rapping portions of the song , somehow I feel Real Face#2 doesn't have enough gruff & angst as compared to what the original offered .
In fact , I didn't quite liked Real Face#1 either so in this case if it ain't broken , why fix it ?
Solo B-sides wise , Ueda's solo is my least favourite as it's just noise which's a shame as I was hoping to like Ore Melody . Somehow , Ueda's solos that're Rock driven are not good which in a way is ironic .
On the other hand , the other 2 solos are pretty good . I'm surprised I like Kamenashi's Wonderful World . After last year's ~Follow me~ (which's still a fantastic song) , I thought he might go for another song with a similar music route but guess not .
As for Nakamaru , all the while his solo songs have been consistently good so I don't really have much complaints over The way .
All in all , it's great that KAT-TUN are back . While I don't like all the B-sides , the A-side itself is stellar & the accompanied video elevates things to another level .
I'm sure Ask Yourself will not be the trio's last music release seeing that they will be going on tour in the later part of 2018 but I'm already looking forward to what they have plan in store next .
Welcome back KAT-TUN !