Hey! Say! JUMP – 真夜中のシャドーボーイ [4th Single]

October 28, 2008 at 5:57 pm (Hey! Say! JUMP) (, )

Hey! Say! JUMP’s 4th single, entitled 真夜中のシャドーボーイ, was released on 10.22.08. The title track was used as the theme song for the drama, Scrap Teacher, which features Hey! Say! JUMP members Yamada, Nakajima, Daiki and Chinen.

真夜中のシャドーボーイ is an absolutely addictive pop number propelled by Latin and Arabian influences. From the opening instrumentation, the listener becomes drawn into the dark world of the song and the mature sound really makes a strong first impression. The boys of Scrap Teacher (Yamada, Nakajima, Chinen and Daiki) split the first verse, each taking their own solo line(s) and having almost each line end with “cherry” [sung in Japanese] really makes the verses pop. After a small section of pure instrumentation, the chorus comes full blast and there’s something very addictive about it. Yabu really shines on the chorus as his voice is quite prominent with all 10 boys singing. The second verse is sung by Takaki, Yabu and Hikaru (splitting it up) and they do a nice job of keeping the interest level high. Following this verse is the pre-chorus, sung by Kei, Ryutaro and Keito and finishing it off is Yamada who says “shadow” [in Japanese]. Once he says that, the listener is captivated yet again. Before the final chorus is another pre-chorus with Nakajima saying “shadow” and the way that he says it is almost questioning so it stucks out in the listener’s mind. This song is one of Hey! Say! JUMP’s best, if not the best, they’ve ever done and it definitely hooks the listener.

The first B-side of the single is スクール革命. The song starts off an upbeat instrumentation that channels an older style and it starts off pretty catchy. Then the first verse comes in and the vocals are nice although it does fall into a slightly predictable sound. The chorus is a little stronger as there is such a happy-go-lucky feeling that the atmosphere and the boys’ voices make that the listener can fall in love with. One part that really stands out is the small pure instrumental section, where the guitar is spotlighted. The full pure instrumental section just sounds so out-of-this-world that it really stands strongly as a integral part of this song. Although it’s a little predictable song, it’s an enjoyable number that finds its home on this single.

Deep Night 君思う is the B-side present only on the regular edition of the single and the stronger of the two B-sides. Opening the song is catchy and sleek instrumental followed by the chorus, which stands because the vocals are somewhat high in contrast to the almost dark and cool instrumental. On the verses, the vocals are sleek and the music remains very interesting to keep the listener entranced. The part that stands out the most on this song is the pure instrumental section in the middle as the music constantly switches back from a nice upbeat piano sound to a cool and addictive electric instrumental. Hikaru has a chance to shine on the song as he provides a rap and he sounds very mature here and really impressed me with this section. Deep Night 冒険ライダー is a wonderful song worth listening to and it’s another song that makes this a highly enjoyable single.

In order to promote the single, a PV for 真夜中のシャドーボーイ was made. Continuing the more mature sounds and looks that Hey! Say! JUMP has been taking on, this PV features a dark and cool atmosphere. The boys all run into a motel (divided as so: Kei and Hikaru, Takaki and Yabu, Keito and Ryutaro and each member of Scrap Teacher has their own room) and with everyone dressed in black there is such a cold feeling established by the video. The video ends with everyone but Yamada getting out of the motel because they see the evil forces coming for them. As one of them opens the door, Yamada smirks and once it’s opened, he disappears magically. Yamada really shines in this video and even some of the boys like Daiki who tend ot be more cute, pulled off the mature look very well.

Single Ranking: A +

After a fantastic single (Your Seed / 冒険ライダー), Hey! Say! JUMP returns with another single of perfection. The title track follows the mature sound of Your Seed and by bringing in the Latin and Arabian influences, the boys entice the listener from beginning to end. The B-sides offer a nice compliment to the A-side and make this a well-rounded single.

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9 Comments

  1. Karen said,

    真夜中のシャドーボーイ is a great single & I thought they weren’t able to top things off after Your Seed / Bouken Rider but they have proven me wrong . Come on HSJ , put out an album like NOW

    I adore the B-sides on 真夜中のシャドーボーイ especially Deep Night 君思う in which I agree with you Kevin it’s the more stronger B-side in the single

  2. amaiyume said,

    I know!!!!!! After the amazingness that was Your Seed / Bouken Rider, I was like oh can they come with something great again and they did!!!! Mayonaka no Shadow Boy is absolutely FANTASTIC. love love love. And OMG yes, put out a friggin album Johnny’s!!! I figure since NEWS’ album was announced a week after Happy Birthday was released, we’ll be getting a HSJ album announcement soon (hopefully sometime this week…)

    Yep yep, Deep Night Kimi Omou is addictive, especially the pure instrumental section in the middle.
    School Kakumei is nice too 🙂

  3. Mayonaka no Shadow Boy Review « Asia no Yoru ~Perfume~ said,

  4. Karen said,

    School Kakumei is cute but I just can’t help but wonder it sounded too simliar to Ultra Music Power but Deep Night Kimi Omou is wow wow wow .

    I hope they will announce a debut album real soon & the sales for 真夜中のシャドーボーイ already speaks for itself . Its 1st week sales was about 211K+ , about 51K+ higher than Your Seed / Bouken Rider

    isn’t it ironic that despite being a single A-side , 真夜中のシャドーボーイ sold even more than Your Seed / Bouken Rider ?

  5. amaiyume said,

    Yeah Deep Night Kimi Omou is fabulous!!!! I hope they sing it on tour sometime so I can see some dancing. School Kakumei is nice but nothing spectacular. It’s pretty good 🙂

    yeah, they NEED to announce an album. I remember someone saying there’s never been more than 4 singles before a JE album so I feel like that’s the next step. And we officially have 5 A-sides…and they can’t leave off either Your Seed or Bouken Rider or I’ll be mad.

    and that’s so weird how Mayonaka no Shadow Boy already outsold Your Seed / Bouken Rider. All they need to do now is outsell Dreams come true!! You can do it boys!!!!!! Mayonaka no Shadow Boy is awesome though so I can see why it’s selling more. If it was up to me though, Your Seed / Bouken Rider would have outsold both Ultra Music Power and Dreams come true since the double A-side was far superior

    PLEASE PLEASE JE!!! RELEASE AN ALBUM!!!!

  6. Karen said,

    oh yeah now that you mentioned it , the 1st week sales of Mayonaka no Shadow Boy already outsell Your Seed / Bouken Rider & it just took them 1 week to do so :O

    frankly I don’t know when they will roll out their debut album & if so I’m concerned as to how the tracklisting will be since I haven’t seen a JE album that has 5 A-sides .

    it used to be 3 or less but after NEWS broke that stigma of sorts with colour , hopefully HSJ will break it with 5 A-sides ?

  7. amaiyume said,

    I don’t want them to leave out any A-sides at least not Your Seed, Bouken Rider or Mayonaka no Shadow Boy so I don’t know what they’re gonna do. Maybe they’ll just make a longer album? LIke 15 tracks so we can get like 10 tracks…that would be nice 🙂

    they seriously need to hurry up with this. I think the attention was so shifted to Arashi this year that they have been releasing like crazy and everyone else is normal…I hope next year, the focus is on someone else though…

  8. kaori. said,

    i’d give this an A-. School kakumei is so bad! and it takes forever to end! And the other song is kind of weird – but oddly – i like it.

  9. amaiyume said,

    I understand. School Kakumei is a bit iffy but there is something in the instrumentation that I really like. I can’t put my finger on it but there’s this one sound that repeats and I really like it lol

    Deep Night Kimi Omou is weird but in a good way. It’s very addictive!

    and of course Mayonaka no Shadow Boy is just perfect ❤

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