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[Single] KAT-TUN’s ‘LIPS’



As you can all see, I gave up on the big cover thing. I hate it, but I gave up. KAT-TUN is such a huge group you’d think that large covers would be readily available from the beginning, but NOOOOOOOO. It’s a week after the release and STILL NO LARGE COVER. Well, I’m not complaining. Actually I am. But the cover isn’t as important as the music I guess, so let’s just get onto that. KAT-TUN’s ‘LIPS’.


I was tricked by the slow acoustic strings and gentle beginning atmosphere of LIPS into thinking I might actually be graced by a ballad. However, I was of course wrong. Those relentless electric guitar riffs made their inevitable appearance, and the song was transformed once more into a faux-rocker. On a positive note, their vocals are edgy enough to pull of the rock atmosphere. There is a nice guitar solo tucked within the song, which definitely added some spice to the somewhat typical KAT-TUN song. I’m kind of annoyed that this song sounds so much like their last, but I guess that’s just KAT-TUN’s style, repetitive or not. Overall I suppose it’s pretty engaging, and the quality is good. Of the singles I’ve reviewed by them, this is probably the best A-Side technically. The composition is very well done, which is to be expected of a Johnny’s Entertainment group. I really hated the rap part because of how juvenile it sounded. Whoever was beat-boxing, I wish they would never do it again. It sounded like a guinea pig squealing, and it detracted from the guitar solo. It was a bad deviation from the rest of the song, and it disrupted the flow.

Vocal Performance Grade: B+ — Musical Performance Grade: A- — Composition Grade: A — Harmonization Grade: A-

Overall Grade: A-

Although generically titled, LOVE offers a lot more than LIPS, and it is definitely the stronger track on the single. Though the rough guitar riffs show up here too, the synth and percussive beats work their magic and save the song from being awfully boring. The chorus is the strongest part of the song because of the energy packed into it, and the catchy tune. The melody is much nicer in this song, and overall is so much more entertaining. I’m glad that they decided to include the diverse instrumentation, because it’s really what makes the song what it is. LOVE just has everything going for it that LIPS did not… If only it had been the A-Side in exchange. This could easily be my favorite song by KAT-TUN that I have graded on Highway-Chance.

Vocal Performance Grade: A — Musical Performance Grade: A+ — Composition Grade: A+ — Harmonization Grade: A+

Overall Grade: A+

Up next is MESSAGE FOR YOU which is phenomenally… obnoxious… for a while. I liked the funky synth that started it out, but their accents when saying Message for you was too much. It ended up sounding like cheap 80s pop. The song has its redeeming qualities however. I really liked some of the electronic distortions on the vocals, because I felt like they added a unique feeling to the song. Although the song does sound outdated, it also offers more than LIPS. I have to say the composition is pretty bland during the chorus, but the verses are pleasant to listen to. They harmonized nicely throughout the entire thing, and their vocal performances were top-notch. Although the overall atmosphere may have been a bit much, this is definitely their most vocally sound song on the single. The others were nice, but I could hear problems. Though not perfect, I’m impressed with the clarity of their notes, and that they didn’t just sort of trail off near the end, but managed to bring them to a nice close. The musical aspect of this song is what you should really listen to, because it presents a nice way to calm down after being assaulted with LIPS.

Vocal Performance Grade: A+ — Musical Performance Grade: A — Composition Grade: A- — Harmonization Grade: A+

Overall Grade: A



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KAT-TUN- Keep the Faith

I sort of liked KAT-TUN’s last single, the B-Side more so than the A, but I have looked into their past a bit more, and I decided I’d continue with them. If I post an artist on this website, they have to pretty much quit in order for me to stop reviewing them. I’m planning to continue with every artist I have on my list at the moment, so don’t worry about me dropping anyone. I’m hoping that this song will be an improvement over Yorokobi no Uta, but if not, I guess we’ll check out the B-Sides…


Actually, their most recent a-side, Keep the Faith, is a lot more pleasing than I was expecting. The music is made up of hard electric guitar during the intro and bridge, which changes to short and quick strokes for the verses and incorperates percussion with stronger chords during the chorus. It’s really well composed, which seems to be a trait of Johnny’s Entertainment artists, and the overall feeling of the song is surprisingly attractive. To go with the really good music is a an equally well done vocal performance. It seems that each member is at their best in this song, and everything flows well together. I thought that the random rap segment was really dumb, but other than that, the harmonization and power notes were great. They stepped it up from their last single, and this is definitely an improvement. They did great when the held their notes and the voices were very well controlled. Other than the fact that they can’t say ‘faith’ right (face??), the song is really great.

Vocal Grade: A- — Musical Grade: A — Consistency Grade: A — Harmonization Grade: A

Overall Grade: A

Wow, this single is really surprising me. KAT-TUN slows it down with the follow up track, Crazy Love. It’s gorgeous. The music is simple, which is odd for a Johnny’s Entertainment group, but somehow really beautiful. Nothing more than soft piano backs up the fantastic vocals of the six, and I couldn’t be happier. The powerful notes in this song are actually done well, and very very impressive. I don’t understand why they didn’t have a ballad for an A-Side on this single or the previous, but this certainly makes me appreciate them much more. Anyone can appreciate the calm vocals, and I’m geniuinely surprised at how well they executed each note. The song isn’t very complex, but with some great harmonization and performance, it really ended up incredibly well.

Vocal Grade: A+ — Musical Grade: A — Consistency Grade: A — Harmonization Grade: A+

Overall Grade: A+

The final song on the single is a very unique and pleasing mid tempo ballad called Lovin’ You. The music is really the gem of this song as it features a really cool acoustic guitar melody that drew me in from the first second. I haven’t heard anything like it in a long time, and it’s really refreshing. I reccomend you listen to this song. Some people might not like it as much as the others, but it’s honestly really pretty, in my opinion. Of course, the song wouldn’t be nearly as interesting as it is if it didn’t feature good vocals. At first it was hard for me to take the song seriously because they were singing ‘Rabing You~’, and I couldn’t help but laugh every time I heard it. However, after I got used to it, I’ve found that this is really a strong song. This single is surprisingly powerful compared to their last, and I’m really happy about it… They harmonize so much better on this song than in either on the previous single, so I’m guessing they just had an odd lapse.

Vocal Grade: A — Musical Grade: A+ — Consistency Grade: A — Harmonization Grade: A+

Overall Grade: A+


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I don’t really know much about KAT-TUN, but I was introduced to them through the Japanese television drama ‘Gokusen 2’. Two of the members of KAT-TUN have leading roles in the drama, and after learning a bit about them as actors, I discovered that they are also singers. I’ve never listened to any of their music before, but I went out and got their most recent single in order to grade it here. KAT-TUN is composed of six members, and I only know the name of Jin, because I just saw it. I usually don’t like boy bands, so I’m not sure what I’ll think of this group, but I hope they do well, for their sake and mine. Well, let’s get on to it. Here’s KAT-TUN’s ‘Yorokobi no Uta’

Yorokobi no Uta was so promising for about 12 seconds. The starting guitar was really nice, and the first lyrics were sung well. HOWEVER, the moment that the real bulk of the song begun, I was ready to die. The cheesy ‘Aishiteru, aishiteru’ lyrics were not only predictable and overdone, but the vocal performance was mediocre. They over annunciated the ru, which made it sound even cheesier than it would have. The verses are not that bad, and the vocals in general by KAT-TUN aren’t horrible, though they could be better. I almost barfed when they came to the english part which ended with ‘kiss me baby’. I am sure I’ve heard this song in many different versions from so many artists. The good part of this is that it’s not the worst version, so it’s not horrible. The music is really the redeeming part of this song, because the electric guitar combined with electronic sounds is pretty cool. I’d like to make a comment on the PV, and state that it was really pretty bad. They spend their time either pretending that they can dance as they hop up and down and look at eachother, or having random ‘deep’ moments as their faked distraught faces are displayed for the camera. Of course, it’s difficult to make a good PV when you have six members you have to include out of fairness. Sorry KAT-TUN, but that PV was just dumb xD.

Vocal Grade: B- – Musical Grade: A- — Harmonization Grade: B-

Overall Grade: B
I really wish the single had been called Your Side, because the B-Side is SO much better than the A-side on this single. The music on this song is really cool, just like the other, but the vocals on this side are way more heart-felt and well performed. On the other song, their harmonization was really amateur, and I was wondering why they were even a group rather than six solo artists. Your Side shows that they can meld their vocals and harmonize well. Although their voices aren’t very stand-out, I think that together they are capable of decent music. THe vocal performance on this song is pretty good, and certainly stronger than Yorokobi no Uta. There are some parts where the members just vocalize and don’t really say anything, whcih I normally dislike. HOwever, in this case, I found the vocalizations to be really well done and pleasing to the ears even though they weren’t actually saying anything. Anyways, I think this should have been the cover side, because it’s really much better than yorokobi no uta.

Vocal Grade: B+ — Musical Grade: A- — Harmonization Grade: B+

Overall Grade: B+


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