WaT – 36ºC

November 8, 2008 at 8:12 PM | Posted in WaT | Leave a comment
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Tracklisting
1. 36ºC
2. Seishun no Kagayaki (青春の輝き)
3. 36ºC (Instrumental)
4. Seishun no Kagayaki (Instrumental)
5. Shiosai no Gogo (潮騒の午後) 
    [Limited edition B bonus track]

This is WaT’s 10th single and it was released on October 29, 2008. The single reached #5 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 39,395 copies.

After a couple of listens, it’s safe to say that 36ºC is a pleasant song with a nice, warm atmosphere. The only thing about the song that bothers me are Wentz and Teppei’s solo lines because they don’t sound very good. However, their harmonizations are good as always so no complaints there. The music is quite relaxing and features light electric guitar chords alongside some percussion and strings.

While the A-side is nice and all, the B-sides are actually a lot better. Seishun no Kagayaki has a more progressive sound and the music is very upbeat as well. I liked how the song starts with fast paced guitars and percussion followed by distorted vocals. Honestly, this SHOULD have been the A-side. It’s a great song.

This single was released in 3 different editions: a limited type A, a limited type B, and a regular. While the limited edition type A comes with some goodies like a trading card, the limited edition type B comes with a bonus track titled Shiosai no Gogo. It features a progressive percussion section as well but the sweeping guitar riffs makes this song stand out, making this one of the duo’s more unique songs. This could have easily been an A-side as well but hopefully it will be on their next album.

Overall Rating 

3½ stars

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WaT – Toki wo Koete ~Fantastic World~

May 9, 2008 at 8:24 AM | Posted in WaT | Leave a comment
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1. Toki wo Koete ~Fantastic World~
    (時を越えて ~Fantastic World~)
2. Hana Sakeba (花咲けば)
3. Toki wo Koete ~Fantastic World~
    (Instrumental)
4. Hana Sakeba (Instrumental)

This is WaT’s 9th single and it was released on April 23, 2008. The single reached #8 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 26,279 copies.

WaT presents another pleasant pop rock tune with Toki wo Koete ~Fantastic World~. This song is a considerable improvement over their last single Yume no Tochuu because it is simply not as boring. The music has a progressive percussion section plus some additional acoustics and edgy electric guitar chords. Wentz and Teppei’s vocal harmonizations are good as well.

The B-side is also of high quality and I found it to be a little better than the A-side. Hana Sakeba is more upbeat and features stronger riffs with faster drums. The chorus and the rockish instrumentals are the best example of this because the arrangement has a more alternative sound compared to their older works.

Overall Rating

4 stars

WaT / e2 – Yume no Tochuu / TOKIMEKI☆DooBeeDoo

January 23, 2008 at 6:26 PM | Posted in WaT | Leave a comment
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1. Yume no Tochuu (夢の途中) / WaT
2. TOKIMEKI☆DooBeeDoo / e2
3. Yume no Tochuu <Instrumental> / WaT
4. TOKIMEKI☆DooBeeDoo <Instrumental> / e2

This is WaT’s 8th single and it was released on January 16, 2008. The single reached #4 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 40,534 copies.

After releasing a best album in late November, WaT is finally back together for a new single. Yume no Tochuu is a return to a great pop sound with well done harmonies and vocals. This is a breezy song with flowing strings, piano, and additional acoustics. The chorus is kind of shaky and I liked the verses more when both Wentz and Teppei display calm vocals.

The next track is the oddly titled TOKIMEKI☆DooBeeDoo. It’s a drastic change from anything the duo has done before, but it’s a lot more memorable than Yume no Tochuu. The song was actually performed under a different name, e2, to promote SKY Perfect Communications. The music is composed primarily of catchy synth and is void of any common instruments that the duo normally play. The vocals are playful during the chorus and the bridge also has a humorous talking sequence.

Overall Rating

3 stars

WaT – Bokura no Love Story

January 15, 2007 at 8:37 PM | Posted in WaT | Leave a comment
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Tracklisting
1. Bokura no Love Story (ボクラノ Love Story)
2. Jitensha (自転車)
3. Bokura no Love Story (Instrumental)
4. Jitensha (Instrumental)

This is WaT’s 5th single and it was released on December 6, 2006. The single reached #4 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 87,273 copies.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This a review of the normal edition. The limited edition features a music box version of Boku no Kimochi.

Bokura no Love Story is the first WaT song I have liked in a LONG time. Sure, it’s your avarage Christmas themed song but what I enjoyed the most was the harmonizing vocals of Wentz and Teppei during the chorus. Also, the additional brass arrangement was a really nice touch and it blends well with the strings and percussion.

The B-side, Jitensha, features the instrument that I don’t really like hearing, especially in a WaT song: the harmonica. However, I didn’t really mind it this time. This is one their better B-sides and I might sound crazy saying this, but the overall BGM reminds me of a country song. Wentz and Teppei do what they do best in this song and it’s great.

Overall Rating

4 stars

WaT – Ready Go!

January 1, 2007 at 8:35 PM | Posted in WaT | Leave a comment
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1. Ready Go!
2. More
3. Ready Go! (Instrumental)
4. More (Instrumental)

This is WaT’s 4th single and it was released on November 1, 2006. The single reached #1 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 77,372 copies.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a review of the normal edition. The limited edition comes with 3 extra versions of the title track.

Ready Go! is probably WaT’s most upbeat pop song to date. The song opens with catchy English vocals (Ready go! Fly away! Ready go! Go your way!) and this is actually a pretty inspirational song…sort of. It was the theme song for the Japanese broadcast of the World Volleyball Championships, I think (you can correct me if I’m wrong). The chorus of the song is the best part because of the uplifting feeling it presents. This song might be a little generic to some other people, but I like it.

The B-side is the seemingly average More. This song is OKAY, it’s nothing special but well done in its own way. The percussion beat is great and stands out the most.

Overall Rating 

3½ stars

WaT – Hava Rava

October 29, 2006 at 8:32 PM | Posted in WaT | Leave a comment
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1. Hava Rava
2. Hajimete Umi wo Mita Toki ni wa
    (初めて海を見た時には)
3. Hava Rava (Instrumental)
4. Hajimete Umi wo Mita Toki ni wa
    (Instrumental)

This is WaT’s 3rd single and it was released on August 2, 2006. The single reached #4 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 91,575 copies.

Hava Rava starts off with the normal style of music WaT is known for, but it quickly changes to a fast paced summery pop song. The vocals are equally as fast and this probably WaT’s most upbeat song to date. It’s a nice change from their previous releases and it was definitely a surprise for me. The striking thing about this song is their pronounciation of ‘hava hava’, which they don’t get right. Can you say ‘haba laba’?

The B-side, Hajimete Umi wo Mita Toki ni wa, is pretty much the antithesis of Hava Rava. It’s very relaxing with calming electric guitar riffs and vocals. The song is very remiscent of previous ones like Michishirube and Boku no Kimochi.
Don’t get me wrong, I think Hava Rava is a REALLY refreshing song and I hope they release more songs like it but I honestly prefer their mid-tempo songs, but that’s just me.

Overall Rating

4 stars

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!

WaT – 5 Centi.

September 26, 2006 at 8:29 PM | Posted in WaT | Leave a comment
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1. 5 Centi. (5センチ。)
2. Bokura no Ibasho (僕らの居場所)
3. 5 Centi. (Instrumental)
4. Bokura no Ibasho (Instrumental)

This is WaT’s 2nd major label single and it was released on  January 25, 2006. The single reached #2 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 178,268 copies.

5 Centi. begins with the harmonica played by Teppei with some additional percussion and piano. The chorus of this song really shines because Wentz and Teppei have great harmonizing vocals. The music is more upbeat and light-hearted compared to their previous single Boku no Kimochi. Also, the song features faster paced singing as well.

Once again, Teppei’s harmonica is at the beginning of the B-side, Bokura no Ibasho. This song focuses more on acoustic guitar however. The music and vocals are toned down, but to be honest, it’s a little boring. The harmonica does has a stronger presence throughout the entire song but the harmonica isn’t exactly my favorite instrument (the sound of it just annoys me for some reason). This is an okay song, and I thought it could have been done better.

Overall Rating

3 stars

WaT – Boku no Kimochi

August 21, 2006 at 8:26 PM | Posted in WaT | Leave a comment
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1. Boku no Kimochi (僕のキモチ)
2. Ano Hi (あの日)
3. Boku no Kimochi (Instrumental)
4. Ano Hi (Instrumental)

WaT is a duo consisting of Eiji Wentz (left) and Teppei Koike (right). This is their first major label single (after releasing an Indies single in 2004) and it was released on November 2, 2005. The single reached #2 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 285,246 copies.

I was really skeptical about this single but I was pleasantly surprised with the title track, Boku no Kimochi. The chorus is obviously the best part of this song because it combines both of Wentz and Teppei’s voices and they harmonize very well together. The BGM is a mix of piano, percussion, strings, and acoustic guitar. It took me a couple of listens before I started to really like the song and it quickly grew on me.

The B-side, Ano Hi, is pretty good too but I still like the title track more. The harmonica at the beginning is kind of annoying and that’s the only complaint I have. This song is also more slow paced with calmer vocals from Wentz and Teppei.

Overall Rating

4½ stars

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