T.M.Revolution – UNDER:COVER 2

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Tracklist:

  1. LEVEL 4 feat. UZUMAKI
  2. Aoi Hekireki feat. Tomoyasu Hotei
  3. IMITATION CRIME feat. JESSE
  4. INVOKE
  5. Last Resort feat. May J.
  6. Dokusai -monopolize- feat. TATSUYA
  7. Totteoki no Ohanashi – Shinsetsu Renai Shinkaron
  8. O.L feat. Yasuharu Nakanishi
  9. Burnin’ X’mas
  10. SHAKIN’ LOVE feat. the GazettE, Masayuki Hasuo
  11. Out Of Orbit ~Triple ZERO~
  12. WILD RUSH feat. VERBAL
  13. Albireo
  14. vestige
  15. Tomorrow Meets Resistance feat. HOME MADE Kazoku
  16. Meteor (Bonus Track)

Review:

1. LEVEL 4 feat. UZUMAKI

LEVEL 4 starts off with synths, effects and a digital beat. There’s some heavily filtered vocals, before suddenly some heavy guitars come in, and then the song turns into a metal-synth combo, with more synths in the verse and guitar emphasis in the chorus. I assume UZUMAKI is the rapper/screamer in breakdown cos  I haven’t heard of him before. Quite an interesting way to start the album…

2. Aoi Hekireki feat. Tomoyasu Hotei

Next is Aoi Hekireki, on of my favourite T.M.R songs. Its rearranged version is a solid rock song, done by Kishi Toshiyuki (abingdon boys school) who does a great job. It keeps the spirit of the orignal quite well, with some chord changes and stuff now and then. I wonder what Tomoyasu Hotei is doing in this song, maybe that speaking part?

3. IMITATION CRIME feat. JESSE

This song is completely electro, which I don’t really like. There doesn’t seem to be anything special about the arrangement, and JESSE’s rap section in the middle just seems kind of random. Yeah not one of my favourites. (Ok I’m totally biased against electro music).

4. INVOKE

INVOKE has become electro as well, but it also has a few piano lines and some nice synths and is more melodic than IMITATION CRIME. I’m not really sure about how I feel about the verse being slowed, it’s a decent change but feels a bit laid-back or something? The chorus is good though, and has electric guitars are introduced. That it had a guitar solo took me by surprise, I was expecting an electro breakdown but it was a good addition. It has grown on me since I first listened to it, but I prefer the original. Or NoGoD’s cover.

5. Last Resort feat. May J.

Ah, a nice ballad. May J. has a voice which is perfect for this song and can also speak English really well! She also has enough parts that you could call it a duet. The arrangement is piano and acoustic guitar based, with strings and electric guitar coming in at the chorus. Takanori’s and May J’s voices blend well and suit the arrangement brilliantly. Definitely a track to look out for!

6. Dokusai -monopolize- feat. TATSUYA

Some disc scratching and ad lib rap starts off the next track, but then it turns into an eletro-rock arrangement this time. I’m having some trouble describing the mood of this song, the chorus is kind of upbeat, but the verse is a little darker. Quite a good track.

7. Totteoki no Ohanashi – Shinsetsu Renai Shinkaron

Heavy, thudding palm muted guitar interplays with a synth melody before the synths leave and a guitar-driven intro continues. The offbeat hi-hats and cymbals in the verse contribute to the fun-ness of the track, and the guitar plays the lead role, but it’s cool the bass gets a little solo just before the end. Takanori is really getting into the song as well . I like the great rock feel the track, this is probably the best on the album.

8. O.L feat. Yasuharu Nakanishi

Yasuharu Nakanishi opens the song with a lovely, slightly dissonant piano line, followed by some extremely fast playing and then a more gentle, flowing melody. Then the track does a 180 by turning into hard rock song with a strong strings presence. It’s slow but heavy, driven by violins and chugging guitar riffs.The piano is still there, but quiet and hard to hear. The guitar solo was great as well. I thought the original O.L. was a boring, but this new version is sick!

9. Burnin’ X’mas

Bells fade in to give a Christmasy feel, before being replaced by synths (again) and distorted rhythm guitar. It’s quite fast and fun, with lots of double kick drum, speedy guitar and flashy synths. There’s a cool slow and heavy bit in the middle, but the end feels a bit messy though with speeding up and slowing down. I’m not really sure if it could be called a Christmas song any more though cos of all the hard rock feel, but is still a good listen.

10. SHAKIN’ LOVE feat. the GazettE, Masayuki Hasuo

This song is a weird. It’s bright and upbeat the most part, but with really heavy guitars and screams and shouts from the GazettE. It also alternates being really fast and then quite slow at times. Overall, a messy song, I feel just too many ideas were thrown together. If they wanted to have the GazettE as guest artists, surely they could have chosen a darker song that was more appropriate for them.

11. Out Of Orbit ~Triple ZERO~

Another upbeat song this time, but handled so much better than the above track. Apart from the intro, synths play a minor role this time with guitars taking the lead. The track is pretty poppy though and I thought the chorus was a bit bland. I’m sitting on the fence for this one.

12. WILD RUSH feat. VERBAL

THEY BUTCHERED IT!!!!! Wild Rush was originally a great pop-rock song with a cool bassline and jungle feel (and an occasional elephant trumpeting). This version is a horrible dubstep and electro mess. Even the vocals can’t save it. VERBAL’s part in the song is does is say random lines that fit a TV ad better than a song. Oh god I can’t believe anyone could destroy a song so much as this one.

13. Albireo

Albireo is a driving rock song with that’s another combo of guitars and synths. The bass guitar and drums also have a greater focus in this song, with a few drum solos and some pretty funky underlying basslines. Just before the bridge, T.M.R gets to show off his rock vocals with a extended note that ends with a growl. Good track!

14. Vestige

Oooh, this is a nice change! Vestige gets a orchestral overhaul which makes it end up getting a movie-theme-like feel, and Takanori gives an emotionally charged performance. This song has been mixed and arranged to perfection, and the instrumental blend accompanies the vocals brilliantly. Great track here!

15. Tomorrow Meets Resistance feat. HOME MADE Kazoku

Of course, every T.M.Revolution album has to have a song with initials T.M.R. HOME MADE Kazoku have incorporated their style of hip-hop into this bright and infectious pop song. The instruments are pretty much all synths, which suits the style well. A fun way to end the album.

16. Meteor (Bonus Track)

On the first press limited edition, you get Meteor as a bonus track. It’s a piano and guitar ballad, and Takanori delivers it with great expression throughout. He really is good a ballads!

Haha Takanori’s crossdressing for the album art. He makes a good girl🙂. Anyway for those of you who didn’t know, UNDER:COVER 2 is T.M.Revolution’s second self cover album. Comparing the two, I’d say the first UNDER:COVER was better. There were definitely some great songs on there, but there was also some rather meh stuff, and I felt there was a also lack of coherence as well due to all the different arrangers. For me, there was too much synths and elctro-ness going on as well. However, Takanori does deliver fantastic vocals throughout the album. Definitely worth a listen to.

Top Tracks:

  • Totteoki no Ohanashi – Shinsetsu Renai Shinkaron
  • Meteor
  • Last Resort feat. May J.
  • O.L feat. Yasuharu Nakanishi
  • Vestige
  • Aoi Hekireki feat. Tomoyasu Hotei

Rating: 8/10

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