Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Get rescued by KAT-TUN

KAT-TUN'S 10th single, Rescue, was released on March 11th. And as many of you know, it's the opening theme for the drama Rescue. This single is probably the last KAT-TUN single we'll see in a while. Since they've had 2 singles in 2 months. I doubt they could keep a release schedule like that for long.
And on a side note, sorry this review is delayed. I've been sick with the flu for the past week or so, and I haven't really been up to writing anything. But now I'm back to 100% to bring you my Rescue review.

Now I wasn't really a fan of this song when I first heard it on music station. I actually kind of disliked it. It was a little bit of a disappointment to me since I really liked One Drop. But after about the 3rd listen it really grew on me, and I've been listening to it nonstop all week. Overall I think the song is amazing. The harmonies in the chorus are just incredible. And the song is very catchy. The music has heavy almost anime like elements to it, but at the same time is very dancable. There's also a decent amount of English in the song, for one the entire chorus is sung in English. But I'm actually surprised by how well it sounds. If you listen closely though, you can hear Jin's voice overpowers everyone's during the English parts. Which honestly makes me laugh a little.
I think easily my favorite part of the song is Koki's rap. It just works and blends nicely into the rest of the song. Which is nice for a change, because in songs like Don't You Ever Stop the rap seems almost out of place.
But one part of the song I didn't like was Maru's stupid beatbox. Does anyone else think he should just stop? It seriously reminds me of how Justin Timberlake tried to incorporate beatbox into Nsync songs. So just no.
I actually really liked Taguchi's solo English line. His voice is usually too nasally for my taste, but for this line it just worked. And ended up sounding really awesome.
But poor Maru, it's his drama and he still only got 2 solo lines. Tough break. Maybe next drama you'll get more lines. But that's unlikely, they still have to worry about sales.
As for Kame and Ueda they kind of fell into the background to me. Everyone else easily over shadowed them.

I think the PV is really cool, it has a dark and intense theme. Most of KAT-TUN's PVs have a darker theme than other JE groups. But this one even more so, the color scheme to the video is black & white, sepia, and just overall grungy tones. There's also smoke stacks releasing smoke and fire in the background. I'm not really sure what that's all about. My best guess is, it's supposed to represent Maru's role as a fire fighter in the drama Rescue. But to me it's just an awkward interpretation. Other than the snazzy colors there's not really much going on in the video. They basically dance on top of a building and then run through the sewers. And lets not forget all the unnecessarily dramatic solo dance scenes.

Dark themed background

Dramatic running

Useless female dancer number one. Jin's excuse to get her on the

Jin's hair looks weird and crunchy.

Nice to have Kame's good hair back.

Maru's big spolight in the PV.

Cheer up emo kid.

And on the second day god said let there be Jin.

Ueda looks amazing.

Useless female dancer number 2. And it looks like that guy's
checking out Taguchi.

What's with Koki's MatsuJun smile?

Dramatic running 2.0.

Koki goodness.

More Koki goodness. He should never change this hair. It's
seriously the best he's ever looked.

Lolz at Taguchi's ballet moves.

Ueda looks awkward dancing with those girls.

This picture will never not be hot.

KAT-TUN line dance.

It's about time there's a Kame closeup