July 23, 2009 at 4:38 am (EXILE) (, )


EXILE’s 31st single, entitled THE HURRICANE ~FIREWORKS,~ was released on 07.22.09.

FIREWORKS is the first song on the single. Beginning the song is a cool upbeat instrumental with some traditional sounding influences, which makes a very interesting combination. Then the chorus comes and the vocals are just okay, suiting the music nicely although it does feel a little cheesy with lines like “your love is like fireworks.” The verses are a little better just because the vocals sound cooler and suit the music much better. It’s a nice song although not the most interesting.

優しい光 is the next track. It’s a pretty ballad in terms of the instrumentation although the lead singer’s vocals do get to be a little high at times. However, it is quite a nice song and a good fit with the boys’ style.

The boys team up with FLO RIDA on THE NEXT DOOR -INDESTRUCTABLE.- It’s an edgier dance song with an aggressive sound that definitely shines. This should have been the A-side since it’s a sound that really works with the boys’ voices well.

Single Ranking: B

THE HURRICANE ~FIREWORKS~ is a good single in terms of diversity. FIREWORKS has a good dance sound, 優しい光 has a pretty and emotional sound while THE NEXT DOOR -INDESTRUCTIBLE- carries the needed edge. However if the first two songs hit the mark a little harder then the overall package would have been more enjoyable.

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