FUNKY MONKEY BABYS’ 7th single, entitled 旅立ち, was released on 03.26.08.
旅立ち is the title track of the single. The song starts off with the chorus, which captures a happy feeling as the boys show power and capture that upbeat atmosphere perfectly. The following instrumentation sequence has a certain relaxing feel to it that nicely stands out to the listener before the chorus comes back again. It’s a little unexpected but then the first verse arrives. The vocals aren’t as poppy but that atmosphere remains, capturing the listener’s ear with a very catchy feel. There is a freeing feeling that comes out on the little pure instrumentation sequence before the third verse that stands out and is very ear-catching. After the chorus, a very sweet instrumental then closes the song. It’s definitely a fun and light-hearted song worth taking a listen to.
虹の架け橋 serves as the single’s B-side. A cool and sweet piano instrumentation begins the song and takes the listener into another world. The chorus features strong vocals that move with the music very well and soon the tempo picks up as the instrumentation becomes a little more varied. The verses are very catchy and stand out over the lighter music. This is a really enjoyable song and is a nice compliment to the A-side.
In order to promote the single, a PV for 旅立ち was made. The video is nice and simple, featuring scenes of the boys doing various things and the returning scene is of them singing on the street. Other scenes include fixing a car, sitting in a car and riding books. Although somewhat simple, the video fits nicely with the song and is enjoyable.
Single Ranking: A –
FUNKY MONKEY BABYS did a great job with this single as both songs capture a nice uptempo sound to which they bring energy and strong vocals.