ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

KAT-TUN Chain Review

Updated on April 25, 2012
Chain Album cover
Chain Album cover | Source

Spoken Review

Source

Quick Background of the Group

KAT-TUN is now a five member boy band from Japan, created by Johnny's and associates in 2005. The members Include Kamenashi Kazuya, Akanishi Jin,Tanaka Koki, - Taguchi Junnosuke, Ueda Tatsuya, and Nakamaru Yuichi. They made their debut with six members in 2006 with there first number one single Real Face. Since there debut KAT-TUN has had every one of there singles, albums and dvd's reach number one on the Oricon chart. In 2010 KAT-TUN dwindled from a six member group to a five member group losing Akanishi Jin to a solo career. They put out their first full length album since becoming five in February 2012.

Album Covers
Album Covers | Source

Chain

The album has 17 songs, 5 solo's from each member, 7 new songs, and 5 songs from previous single releases.

New Songs

Lock On - Lock on is the title track on the album. Although this was supposed to be the in your face comeback for KAT-TUN it felt lack luster. The vocals were in unison to much , and the one drum beat that kept playing in the back round was flat and unmoving. Combined with the music video this song was quite creepy.

One Day- This song really has an electropop feel to it but not a modern one. It has a sound similar to the europop sound of the early 2000s. The song has a catchy hook with the repeat of "You YOU" and "One Day" but it does not bring out the rock feel KAT-TUN usually represents.This song over all feels like a theme song rather than an album track.

ano hi no you ni- This is quite the relaxing song, it is a breath of fresh air on the album.The flow of this simple ballad really brings emotions to the surface. This is a couple song for sure, you just want to listen to it snuggled up next to the person you love. The only negative was the beginning, they could have cut it and Koki's rap, and just gotten to the beautiful song, the beginning actually kills it a bit.

Smile For You- Somehow the whole feeling to this song was a bit awkward on the album. It was upbeat, but not KAT-TUN's style it was more along the lines of something I would expect from Arashi or Hey!Say!Jump. I however enjoyed Koki singing on this track. Not a memorable track.

Hakanai Yubisaki- This song was great. This was a more upbeat ballad good to listen to when sitting outside on a spring day. Over all this track had a good showcase of vocals.

Hodokyou- This is a beautiful ballad with some upbeat pop elements, it is quite enjoyable, but at a little over five minutes it is a tad bit long. The song flows well with showcasing some deeper vocals from the group along with great vocal unison.

Soilder- By far the best of all the songs on the album, not including the solos. This was the song I had been waiting for from them. This song is upbeat and heavily influenced by both pop and rock genres. It is very moving it grabs your attention right away and is very much the sound KAT-TUN has exuded throughout their career. The song really enforces the fact that they will continue on as five together, leaving the past behind and moving forward However after about 3 minutes and 30 seconds, it switches over to a completely different song aka. Chain, this one is fast paced and very much a pop song, and does not quite fit with soldier so I don't know why its on the same track. Its quite the juxtaposition.


Source

Solo Songs

zutto (KAmenashi)- This song felt emotional and was different from any solo songs Kame has done before. It really showcased his vocal talent with minimal music in the back round, it really falls into more of a new wave genre than anything else. Though the song was pleasant it feels out of place on the album. It does not flow with the other ballads on the track, and is the least successful solo track.


Dangerous Cat ~Make Me Wet~ (Tanaka)- In typical Koki fashion this track brought a fresh rap, hip-hop sound. Although this is unlike anything else on the track, that is what makes it stand out. It's a very sensually charged song, which cases the ear right away. Koki's rap's flow well and are integrated into the pop music wonderfully, although his voice is a bit to animated at times.


Finale (Taguchi)- This song blew my mind. Taguchi did a great job with helping to write and compose the song, and it really shows his true ability. The song is very contemporary club pop, it is slow but sensual sounding. Although the lyrics reflect a deep sadness and pain the music is upbeat giving a dynamic to the emotion he is presenting in his song. This was by far the best solo track.


~again (UEDA)- Once again the creativity of Ueda's own personal style flows through this beautiful ballad. This song could be on any anime, the lyrics are simply beautiful. The song was written and composed by Ueda and is written in a girl's point of view. You can feel the lightness as if a female actually touched the song, and it brings out the emotions of a girl in a break up.


Steo By Step (Nakamaru)-People often complain that there is nothing to Nakamaru and he can't sing, but this solo track like many of his others prove that to be wrong. This mid paced pop song, suits his vocals and really shows off his range. One may wonder why he is not given the opportunity to sing like this on tracks with all the members, and it would be because his wonderful vocals would clash with Kamenashi's strong vocals. This song is the second best solo on the album.

Final Review

On a grading scale from A - F

I would have to give the album a low B. This is because the album seemed incomplete, and songs were incompatible with one another. The transitions between new songs, previously released songs and solos did not flow that well. Many songs left the question Why? But there were some high lights to this album.The Three stand out songs were Soldier, Finale and Step by Step. Everything else on the album was either a hit or a miss.I think they were trying to prove how dynamic they could be without Jin, but it only showed a lack of focus. Hopefully KAT-TUN can come back with something even more exciting in their next release.

What Was Your Favorite Solo?

See results

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)