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23 February 2010 @ 01:02 am
Hey!Say! JUMP {Hitomi no Screen} 2010  

Artist: Hey!Say! JUMP
Genre: JPop
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆

My Review
Yes, you're probably thinking that I'm just another one of those fangirls who are hating on Hey!Say! JUMP's new single 瞳のスクリーン (Hitomi no Screen/Screen of the Eyes). Firstly, I'd like to clarify that I am doing a music review, not a PV review. Secondly, even as a fangirl, you have to admit that the quality of many JE songs isn't all that great. Addicting as they may be, the quality of the song is incomparable to other artists of the same genre. Hey!Say! JUMP is no exception to this. Happy as I am that they've released something, it's nothing to be blown away by. The feel of the song is similar to that of 真夜中の
(Mayonaka no Shadow Boy/Midnight Shadow Boy) which makes it feel almost like a rip off of their previous single.

I don't want to get too much into their voices, seeing as they're still maturing and also the fact that it is hard to pick out all 10 of their voices. All I can say for certain is that Yamada's voice reminds me of Jin (KAT-TUN). It's just a personal opinion. Nonetheless, I gave this song only two stars not only because of the quality of the song, but also because the lyrics don't have any meaning. Maybe it's because I'm only reading a translated version of the lyrics, but every line seems so repetitive (even ignoring the fact that they do repeat words from time to time, for the sake of the melody). If the lyrics were supposed to make me feel sad and depressed, it made me feel confused and I facepalmed at different times. Also, the line that says "We'll go and believe that our dreams will come true": I think it's about time they stop talking about dreams coming true. Half of these boys are men (legal men), the other half is way past puberty (there goes the number one reason for hating JUMP). The only exception would be Ryutaro in terms of age but Chinen in terms of puberty level.

This song doesn't quite catch my interest nor does it make me want to listen to it repeatedly. It's not a horrible song, it's just that it lacks originality, making it seem dry. Two out of stars, c'mon JUMP, make me feel proud.
Amy: jpop {hsj} ♥ hs7 yama-chan lovekankyuuhin on February 23rd, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
I completely agree that Hitomi no Screen resembles Mayonaka no Shadow Boy very closely. I do like, however, that their sound is more grown up rather than Dreams Come True or I wo Kure for example.

I see what you mean that Yamada's voice resembles Jin's, but I don't think that's true. Jin always seemed to have a wider range in his vocals (something that we haven't seen in a couple of years now) so comparing them I'd say that Yamada still needs quite a bit of vocal training. We know it was never his strong point anyway.

As for the meaning of the song I do kind of see it, but because of the repetition it kind of gets lost somewhere. I'm sure they could have conveyed the meaning of the song much better with better lyrics and arrangement (and even keeping the music like that).

Perhaps the rest of the songs in the single are better in terms of music quality. I have high hopes from them for some reason. I really want them to do well in their career. :D
happiness, we are happinesslolpocky on February 23rd, 2010 11:14 pm (UTC)
hotfruits: Minho; softhotfruits on February 24th, 2010 12:38 am (UTC)
♥ agreed