Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Review: Share the World

Tohoshinki’s “One Piece” Single

Following the success of “The Secret Code”, Tohoshinki under the label Rhythm Zone released their newest single “Share the World/We Are!” on April 22, 2009. This single contains three songs: “Share the World”, “We Are!”, and bonus track “Asu wa Kuru Kara”. I wonder why they release new single only a month after their fourth Japanese album. Still, the single debuted at number one on the Oricon charts, which extends Tohoshinki’s record as the first foreign artist to have six number one singles in Japan.

We can call the single as “One Piece single” since all three songs have been used as theme song for One Piece anime. The song “We Are!” was used as One Piece opening theme from episode 373-394. “Share the World” than took the place of “We Are!”, while “Asu wa Kuru Kara” was used as the ending theme for the 8th season.

Actually, there’s nothing new from the music composition and it’s a little disappointing. The song “Share the World” and “We Are!” are pure remake, without any new arrangement. Even the composition of “Asu wa Kuru Kara” has no change at all since it was first released in 2006. However, I feel this single as refreshment. Tohoshinki has shown up with their mature side since “T” and it continues to “The Secret Code”. I like that change of image for the members have grown up, but there are times when I miss Tohoshinki singing something energetic and have children pure spirit. Their other songs with this characteristic are only “Together” from “T” and “Balloons” from “O.Jung.Ban.Hab”.

Overall, this Tohoshinki’s 27th single is a nice variation from Tohoshinki’s discography. As listening to other Tohoshinki’s songs, you just can't resist to shake your head listening to these songs. It brings you a cheerful and happy feeling. Worthy to collect.

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