I am now an official UVERworld fan forever! Bugright was released on February 21, 2007 and reached #1 on the daily Oricon chart. UVERworld is composed of five members that go by their first names: TAKUYA∞ (yes, the infinity is part of his name), Akira, Katsuya, Nobuto, and Shintarou. The album sound splits about half-way through from a friendly rock to a softer sound, and then turns back around to a great rock sound. Honestly, there was not a single track that I disliked!
Here are pics of the members:
My Subjective Score: 9/10
1. Zero no Kotae
There is a great deal of variety in TAKUYA∞’s singing that keeps the song from getting boring. The guitar in the background is great and I appreciate the composition all together. His voice is prominent, which should be in a song, and the music compliments fantastically.
An upbeat song that I bob my head along to. There are parts when he almost whispers the words and it makes the song for me completely because it fits perfect with mood. The only part I didn’t like was the strange, growling voice near the end added in, which was someone completely different from the singer. I thought it was unnecesary.
3. Home Binetsu 39 degrees C
Another catchy song. He does an amazing job making his voice engaging! I didn’t like this as much as the previous two tracks, but it is decent.
4. ~Nagare·Kuukyo·THIS WORD~
An eerie beginning that dives right into a hard rock edge. Even though Uverworld is a rock band, there are still elements of pop present in the sound of their lyrics that allow them to have a broader fan base. This song is definitely darker than others on the album, but as a regular rock listener I can appreciate it.
5. Colors of the Heart
I like the sound of his voice in this one. Colors of the Heart is a lighter track and easy to listen to. It was the third opening theme for the anime BLOOD +.
6. Live everyday as if it were the last day
There is a bit of rapping in this one that is completely bearable because it works. This song has a “pop” sound to it too. The guitar compliments well and has an original sound.
7. Charmant no Ura
A fun song! The chorus is catchy and I like the softer sound after hearing six rock songs. I want a single like this!
8. Hitori Ja Nai Kara
The song follows the mood previously, except for the rapping which made it sound harder. The piano in the background was a nice touch. I guess they’re experimenting with the rock and rap combination. It doesn’t sound half-bad! I feel a jazz basis going on here at parts.
9. Kimi no Suki na Uta
There is a lot of raw emotion in his voice that I haven’t heard until now. This is truly a beautiful rock-ballad. Possibly my favorite on the album!
The very beginning of this sounds like a 90s boy band! Luckily it doesn’t sound like that throughout, and 51% is another track that stays true to the overall sound of UVERworld.
Now we have swung back around to the harder rock sound present earlier in the album. I like the guitar solo! The softness at the end was a nice little present.
Much harder sounding overall. This is a head bobber, be warned! 🙂
This is probably the hardest rock song on the whole album, but TAKUYA∞ lightens it up for you if you are not a die-hard rock fan. I do like it, however. I don’t know how UVERworld manages to make everything so darn catchy all the time.
14. Kimi no Suki na Uta (Acoustic Version)
I am a sucker for any type of acoustic version. So, yeah, this one sounds nice.
Track 1: Zero no Kotae
Track 2: SHAMROCK
Track 3: Home Binetsu 39C
Track 4: ~Nagare·Kuukyo·THIS WORD~
Track 5: Colors of the Heart
Track 6: Live everyday as if it were the last day
Track 7: Charmant no Ura
Track 8: Hitori Ja Nai Kara
Track 9: Kimi no Suki na Uta
Track 10: 51%
Track 11: LIFEsize
Track 12: EMPTY96
Track 13: DISCORD
Track 14: Kimi no Suki na Uta (Acoustic Version)
Zero no Kotae: The great wilderness! There is a lot of spinning and brightness interspersed. The video definitely expresses the energy of the song.
SHAMROCK:They’re all having a fun time splashing around at a concert. The camera angles and the motions are interesting to watch.
Colors of the Heart:The band is playing in a dark alley and it seems like they are hiding out from the cops. Then each of the members play/sing on a white platform with neon lights dashing through the background. It’s nothing too original, but I like watching TAKUYA∞.
Kimi no Suki na Uta: Another dark-like theme running through this pv. TAKUYA∞ and a girl both stand in the same phonebooth at separate times, much like he is feeling her emotions. The rest of the time the band is in an older-looking house