KAT-TUN’s first album! And what, they’ve only been around seven years, why not release something?
The first song manages to capture a lot of what this album’s about: starting off there’s perhaps the worst English I’ve ever heard, which sounds all warped and wrong.
Okay. I lie. It starts off with an orchestral blip that makes you think you’re going to listen to something epic, and then the horrific English kicks in. (Ladies and gentlemen, girls and boys… we are the KATTUN. It’s… showtime.) By the end of the song all I was only thinking, “What the hell was that?”, and it didn’t exactly change for the whole album.
Every so often there’s rapping and spontaneous I’M GANGSTA noises, which is really jarring. And when there’s no mysterious guitar solo, the music is stuck in the nineties. They don’t sing in such a way that you’re ‘swept away’ with them. Rhodesia in particular’s supposed to be a epic rock song (!), but it misses out on a little something-something that stops it from being utterly strange to listen to. Like a wussier (incredibly so) version of Linkin Park.
I can only giggle through Blue Tuesday and the uhh, English. “Yo baby. I love you. So please. Please be by my side.” Always a phrase that would woo me over, if I do say so myself! This is one of those sappy romantic songs, but it’s not doing anything for me.
It only really redeems itself with that nineties feel – it makes it hilarious to listen to. Less of a crime. Even when you feel like they’d like you to, Best of KAT-TUN isn’t an album you can take seriously. It’s really an album for laughing at because it’s bizarre and weird, and “Oh-God-is-all-JPop-like-this?” And for the sake of my sanity, I would like to hope not. XD