ONE OK ROCK – Jinsei×Boku=

jinsei x boku =

Tracklist:

  1. Introduction ~where idiot should go~
  2. ENDING STORY??
  3. ONION!
  4. The Beginning
  5. Clock Strikes
  6. Be The Light
  7. Nothing Helps
  8. Juvenile
  9. All Mine
  10. Smiling Down
  11. Deeper Deeper
  12. 69
  13. The Same As…

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1. Introduction ~where idiot should go~

The first track is a short instrumental, with scraping guitar played against a string-based orchestral arrangement. The big drums sound pretty impressive, a nice opening.

2. ENDING STORY??

Light guitar and whispering starts off the song, before Taka launches into an angry scream. He’s singing in English this track, and his pronunciation is really good here.The guitars and drums are aggressive, but there are also a few synths and a short string section. In the breakdown, there’s even a bit of American-sounding rap, as well as some hardcore screams. A pretty exciting track!

3. ONION!

Loving the lyrics to this song lol “Peel it over and over again, Life is like an onion”. Blasting drums and crunchy guitar riffs introduce the third track. It’s a really fun and infectious track, and Taka’s channelling so much energy into his vocals. The band is just having fun rocking out, and those double kick drums are pretty cool, I don’t remember hearing them before in previous albums. An awesome song!

4. The Beginning

As the first A-side of the era, The Beginning takes a more serious route than ONION!. The content is darker, the vocals are strong and gritty, and there’s a also good mix of Japanese and English. There’s also a little piano during the quieter parts, which nicely counters the fierceness of the guitars. This song’s pretty cool!

5. Clock Strikes

Clock Strikes start off with guess what, a ticking clock! While in the verse the tempo is reasonably fast and features filtered, the chorus slows down and some backing vocals are added, which makes the it all the more impressive. I can’t say I’m particularly found of the bit where it sounds like the whole band is singing along going “OOO, OOO”. The verse isn’t super interesting or anything as well. Not too bad though.

6. Be The Light

Next up is the first ballad of the track. Using acoustic guitar, piano and drums, it takes a very mainstream and poppy approach, and I could imagine Taka doing this song in his boy band days lol. He does have some great tone in here, but because the song is a ballad when he pronounces words badly it really stands out. Overall though, a really nice song.

7. Nothing Helps

Starting off with slow guitar and drums with some filtered vocals, a shout from Taka announces an explosion of energy from the band. There’s some awesome screams here in the background, the backing vocals are sweet, and Taka’s singing is sounding great as well. The end sounds seriously angry too! It’s a really in-your-face song and I love it a lot!

8. Juvenile

Juvenile is slower than Nothing Helps, and uses some synths and some quick palm-muted guitar riffs. I like the addition of filters on the vocals, and the synths in the chorus sound a bit like strings and add a bit more volume to the arrangement. There were some good ideas going on here, but it didn’t really interest me as much as the other songs.

9. All Mine

When that piano at the beginning came in, I was immediately thinking of Spread Your Wings by Queen which sounds very similar. Taka sings alone to the piano, and gives an emotional deliverance before some lovely cello adds a bassline. His pronunciation is good and his vibrato also well-controlled. The lyrics of All Mine are a bit cheesy though, but I’m sure at lives there will be lots of screaming fangirls gushing over this lol. Quite a nice ballad.

10. Smiling Down

There’s some interesting chords in the introduction of this song. Smiling Down could probably be called a power ballad, and has piano playing along with the band. I seem to like lots of songs like this, where the verse is quiet and then the chorus is loud and powerful. It’s nice to see the bass guitar get some interesting parts in here, but my favourite bit is Taka’s performance to blazing guitars in the chorus. There’s a decent guitar solo too! I like this song very much!

11. Deeper Deeper

That laughing right at the start sounds hilarious. Anyway, Deeper Deeper is a pretty wild song with a cool call-and-response in the verse between Taka and the guitar. The chorus is filled with energy, and there are some punk screams in it too. There’s also some filters and electronic influence in the second verse as well which is sweet! And the bridge is awesome as well, one of the (many) highlights of the song. My favourite track on the album!

12. 69

The oddly harmonising vocals and acoustic/distorted guitar combo make for a good start to the song, but it goes downhill with a very repetitive verse filled with fast talking instead of actual singing, kind of like Rise Against’s The Approaching Curve. I like the chorus though, with the powerful vocals and backing wo-oh-ohs, and the bridge has some good instrumental parts. So basically it’s half good, half meh.

13. The Same As…

The last track of course starts a ballad, with piano and vocals for the beginning, before the band comes in. The Same As… is slow and powerful for the most part, mostly with rhythm guitar, but also with a few melodic riffs. I like the energy all-round on this song, and it’s a great way to end the album. Yeah and also after a minute of silence there’s 10 minutes of talking and random stuff. Argh why do they put stuff like that on?

ONE OK ROCK’s latest album was pretty good. I couldn’t really find much fault with most of the songs and there was a good coherence to the album. They have a great sound going on, with crunchy guitar and aggressive drums, and Taka’s vocals suit their style perfectly. It’s cool how he can switch from gritty and harsh on the more energetic songs to soft and delicate on the ballads. Much better overall than their last album too!

Top Tracks:

  • Deeper Deeper
  • Nothing Helps
  • The Beginning
  • Be The Light
  • Smiling Down

Rating: 8.5/10

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2 Responses to ONE OK ROCK – Jinsei×Boku=

  1. galeriavara says:

    Thanks for this review. love the album

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