Arashi – 明日の記憶 / Crazy Moon ~キミ・ハ・ムテキ~ [26th Single]

May 25, 2009 at 2:21 am (Arashi) (, )

Crazy Moon

Arashi’s 26th single, entitled 明日の記憶 / Crazy Moon ~キミ・ハ・ムテキ,~ was released on 05.27.09. While 明日の記憶 was used as the theme song for the dorama The Quiz Show starring Arashi member Sakurai Sho, Crazy Moon ~キミ・ハ・ムテキ~ was used in Kose CM.

明日の記憶 is the slower song with an emotional context to keep it going. The song begins with the piano, immediately tugging at the listener’s heartstrings with such a beauty to it that really stands. Then other instruments come into the picture and give the music an unforgettable magical feeling. Up next is the first verse and the vocals here sound very nice and they suit the music perfectly. That little descent of the piano right before the chorus is genius and manages to stand out very proudly. Everyone sounds great on the chorus and they portray those emotions to bring the song to its highest point. This is an excellent ballad that catches the listener’s ear and makes the emotions flow from their heartstrings.

On the other hand, Crazy Moon ~キミ・ハ・ムテキ~ is a dance-styled song to get everyone moving. The song starts off with a cool instrumental that carries a sleekness to it, perfect for attracting attention. The verses are nice since the boys give some good vocals and the listener can definitely something building up but there’s still something missing from it to make it amazing. Right before the chorus, there is this little instrumental introduction that sounds wonderful. Without a doubt, the chorus is the best part about the song and is much catchier than the verses. The pure instrumental section is awesome and is a great time for a dance break. This is another great song and it’s a nice change of pace from Arashi’s usual sound.

In order to promote the single, two PVs were made: one for each A-side. The PV for 明日の記憶 is very nice and natural, carrying an almost angelic feel to it with the whole white theme. Having all the members take pictures really fits with the lyrical theme of the song and it somehow makes the video very likeable. The only problem with it is that the guys look a little too pale at points and some (Matsujun) look kinda ghost-like. The Crazy Moon ~キミ・ハ・ムテキ~ PV is a complete dance video, just featuring the guys bringing out the moves. They might not be doing the best choreography in comparison to some of their Johnny’s counterparts but it’s nice to see them dance.

Single Ranking: A –

明日の記憶 / Crazy Moon ~キミ・ハ・ムテキ~ is another strong single delivered from the boys of Arashi. 明日の記憶 is the stronger song, with an emotional story that will tug at the heartstrings of the listener. Crazy Moon ~キミ・ハ・ムテキ~ has a sort of 80s style to it that makes the energy perfect for dancing. It would have been nice if the music was a little more aggressive but it’s still a good song. I wonder what Arashi will deliver next since they have more than enough A-sides to get cracking on that next studio album.

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