WaT – Sotsugyou TIME ~Bokura no Hajimaru~

October 23, 2006 at 8:39 PM | Posted in WaT | Leave a comment
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Sotsugyou TIME ~Bokura no Hajimari~ (卒業TIME~僕らのはじまり~) is WaT’s debut album and it was released on March 1, 2006. The album reached #2 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 168,167 copies.

The album contains their first 2 major label singles plus their Indies single Sotsugyou TIME (plus solo versions of the song as bonus tracks).

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The opening track of the album is WaT’s major debut single Boku no Kimochi. This is the song that got me into WaT and it remains as my favorite song by the duo.

Track 2, Zenshin, opens with a nice percussion and brass ensemble with fast paced vocals. The chorus is catchy, especially after the bridge when the music quiets down and clapping is introduced.

Track 3 is WaT’s Indies single, Sotsugyou TIME. It’s one of my favorite songs from the album because of the EXCELLENT string arrangement. Wentz and Teppei’s harmonizing vocals are top notch too.

I love the gentle electric guitar and acoustics of track 4, Answer. The song features a nice alternative pop feel.

Track 5 is WaT’s 2nd major single. I didn’t like 5 Centi. as much as Boku no Kimochi but it’s still a high-quality song.

Track 6 is the first ballad on the album. Hadaka has a beautiful piano and string intro and the song features only Wentz’s vocals. Wentz’s voice alone is strong enough to carry the song and he does a really good job in doing so.

Track 7 features only Teppei’s vocals. I will get a dream is more upbeat and features that infamous harmonica of his. I didn’t really mind the harmonica in this song because it fits in rather nicely with the rest of the BGM. 

Track 8, Natsubi, is another fast-tempo song and Wentz and Teppei are back to harmonizing. The song ends with an excellent electric guitar solo.

There’s only one word I can think of to describe track 9: it’s CUTE. Michishirube is just very light-hearted and fluffy. This song is a personal favorite of mine and it’s odd because I used to dislike it too.

Track 10, Hajime no Ippo ~Yakusoku~, has a slightly darker approach to it. The BGM does a have a more serious tone to it and it is a nice change compared to the rest of the album.

WaT does it again with track 11. Otonashi is a really fun song. It’s quirky because it combines piano and light electric guitar riffs. The background voices are a little strange though (I swore I heard howling in the chorus).

Tracks 12 and 13 are the solo versions of Sotsugyou TIME. Wentz TIME is obviously Wentz’s version of the song and it stays pretty faithful to the original BGM. It maintains the awesome string arrangement, which appears throughout the whole song instead of just during the bridge.
Teppei’s version of the song is well…different. Teppei TIME adds some extra flavor to the song by removing almost all of the original instruments and replacing them with acoustic guitar and harmonica. I still like Wentz’s version more though because I have a liking for strings. I also want to note that Teppei TIME is 21 minutes, 34 seconds long because there is a talking sequence that appears about 2 and a half minutes after the song ends. It’s just a clip of Wentz and Teppei talking and saying random English words, which makes it sort of interesting to listen to.

WaT’s music was definitely an acquired taste for me at first but now I think this a REALLY good album. Every track is done rather well and Wentz and Teppei are a great duo. The solo tracks are nice too but they are at their best when they are singing together.

Overall Rating

4 stars

Tracklisting

1. Boku no Kimochi (僕のキモチ)
2. Zenshin (前進)
3. Sotsugyou TIME (卒業TIME)
4. Answer
5. 5 Centi. (5センチ。)
6. Hadaka (はだか)
7. I will get a dream
8. Natsubi (夏日)
9. Michishirube (道標)
10. Hajime no Ippo ~Yakusoku~ (はじめの一歩 ~約束~)
11. Otonashi (オトナシ)
12. Wentz TIME
13. Teppei TIME

Note: My favorite tracks are highlighted in blue!

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