JUMP WORLD Review

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Covers

The covers for this release are quite simple, but those are usually the covers that are better looking. I prefer the regular over the limited.

Tracklist

Regular

1. Perfect Life
2. SUPER DELICATE
3. Tsunagu Te to To
4. Boku wa Vampire
5. OVER
6. Hero
7. Magic Power
8. Hurry up!
9. Thumb&Pinky
10. Arigatou ~Sekai no Doko ni Itemo~
11. Together Forever
12. Snap (Hey! Say! BEST)
13. Hana Egao (Hey! Say! 7)
14. Single Melody ~Second Act~

Limited Edition CD

12. Spicy (Hey! Say! BEST)
13. Utau Utau (Hey! Say! 7)
14. Endless Dream

Limited Edition DVD

1. Recording and Jacket shooting

Review

I’ll be reviewing both versions since I got both! I haven’t bought the Limited Edition, I only downloaded the songs, so when I get that for my birthday I’ll review the DVD as well as the 40-page booklet included. Until then, the Tracklist is what I’ll review.

I’ll start with tracks 1-11 since they are included in both editions. I’ll also be reviewing the singles, since I wasn’t a fan when any of them were released.

1. Perfect Life

This song is upbeat and very Genki and happy. Which would be expected with such a title, and it opens the album really well. The song’s melody is catchy and fun to listen to.

2. SUPER DELICATE

Their more recent single that was released in Feburary. I love this song. It’s got a cool sound it, but it’s very mature and a more laid-back song compared to Magic Power, and showed the boy’s more grown up side. This song was used as the theme song for the drama Risou no Musuko which Yamada and Nakajima lead in, so there’s a lot of them in the song (although that’s the usual anyways).
I love the violins used in the song, and it goes from a cool sound it a more of a ballet throughout the song, which is nice.

3. Tsunagu Te to Te

This song has a nice beat and melody to it. The song is also more laid back, but at the same time bubbly and cute. The boys vocals really sound nice in this song, and they pulled it off nicely.

4. Boku wa Vampire

The title track to the album. This song is really sexy and mature. I absolutely LOVE this song, and I like the mature songs a bit better in most cases over Genki-type songs. The boys really show their more mature sound in the vocals, using deeper tones (especially Chinen after the first chores, he surprised me!). I love Yamada’s growling voice and the “Mysterious Night/Love/Girl/Eyes” parts in the song. The whispering after the instrumental break before the third chores is really sexy, especially Yamada’s, is the first one to do it and then the last after a few others do it (to be honest I can barley tell the different in some of their whispers, Chinen is the only one I know right off the bat).
This song is definitely the highlight of this album.

5. OVER

Their first single of 2011, and the last to feature Morimoto Ryutaro. I love this song, although since becoming a fan in April I’ve slightly over listened to it (don’t you hate that?! Especially if it’s a really good song). The song is catchy and has a unique sound to it. I also love the violins in the song too, they always sound nice.

6. Hero

This song was written by Okamoto Keito, and thus almost the entire song is in English. That wouldn’t be a problem, of you could actually understand it. It’s kinda sad when I don’t understand my own language. The pronunciation is pretty bad, so it difficult to tell when their singing in Japanese and when their singing in English. The beginning is understandable and I catch on the a bunch of parts I can understand but some parts I only catch parts. “Is it a bird, is it a plane? No, it’s a hero!” Hilarious. The song is awesome though. I’m sure if I read a lyrics sheet I’d immediately hear what they’re singing. Anyways, great song though. Good job Keito!!

7. Magic Power

Their last single of 2011, which was used as the theme song for the dub version of the Smufs movie which had Yamada and Chinen as voice actors. The song is cute and catchy and fun. I hope Jump doesn’t do a single like this again though. The music video is ridiculously retarted. It looks like it was quickly put together and although I understand it was probably ment to be kid-friendly since it’s promotion for a family movie, I think it could have been better. Yamada looks pretty great though. Just saying. Anyways, it’s a fun song that I find myself dancing to. In public. At school. Embarrassing.

8. Hurry up!

Amazing. When the Tracklist was released, I assumed this song would be something like Dash! off their first album. I was wrong. This song is a more mature song, pretty sexy. I like the “Hey!!” parts during the beginning and at the end. The English during the course “Run! Run away! Don’t look back” is awesome. Each boy sounds great, and the background voices during the verses and the instrumental break is cool too. Another highlight of the album.

9. Thumb&Pinky

This is another song that’s upbeat and cute, which by the name of it I expected. It sort of reminds me of a Nintendo game with the way the music is. The boys yelling things put after each boy sings is cute to, especially after the first chores during the second verse. I can see this being an awesome song in concerts.

10. Arigatou ~Sekai no Doko ni Itemo~

This song was their first song after their one-year hiatus after their 2009 single Hitomi no Screen, released December 2010. The song says ‘thank you’ in 18 different languages throughout the song while also making puns on actually Japanese words so the song makes sense. It also includes a lot of English as well. This is one of my favourites for sure. Yamada’s long note is awesome (although when is he NOT awesome?!). This is also the first single where you hear Chinen’s post-puberty voice. Sad, I know. I miss it too. Also, I hope I’m not the only one who hears Dai-chan say “Sex” instead of “Thanks” before the last chores? It makes me laugh every time, and it’s even worse on performances. I swear he’s doing it purposely. What a troll. 🙂

11. Together Forever

Now there had to be a ballad somewhere on here, and this is it. The song has a really unique song, and I love the way the boy’s vocals sound in this song. The English lines are sweet to the ears and fit in perfectly to the song. Yamada’s line “Give you my heart!” before the second chores gives me shivers. Actually, I really love his voice in this song. Or in general really.

Regular Only

12. Snap (Hey! Say! BEST)

Hey! Say! BEST’s song. This song is fun and cute. The boys vocals all sound nice, and I like the melody the song follows.

13. Hana Egao (Hey! Say! 7)

Yamada wrote this song! It’s for the fans. The fans are the flowers, and Jump is their wings. It’s a nice song and it’s a good listen. I like the bubbly sound it has.

14. Single Meldoy ~Second Act~

This is the single melody. It mixes their singles together, starting with OVER, SUPER DELICATE, Magic Power, Arigatou, and then ending with OVER. It’s not really what I expected with the music used throughout the melody. I expected something more… Epic? But it’s okay. It closes the album nicely. The messages at the end are a nice touch, just like with their last album. Nakajima wouldn’t shut up though, and rambled on for the longest time. Silly bean sprout. Don’t you know you can only talk for so long? The other need to say something too!

Limited Edition Only

12. Spicy (Hey! Say! BEST)

I don’t like this song as much as Snap. And has anyone else noticed that all HJB songs start with S? Except for Bump up! though. Anyways, this song is a good one too. Upbeat and all.

13. Utau Utau (Hey! Say! 7)

The only words in the entire song. Utau utau utau uta-uta-utau. The song is really funky and the lyrics are kinda funny. I listened to it thinking there would be SOMETHING other then ‘utau’ but no. Must have been an easy song to write. The boys fool around and argue and talk during breaks in the song though, which is really funny. “Uta-uta-Yuto! Uta-uta-Keito!” from Yuto and Keito. I like this song more than Hana Egao surprisingly.

14. Endless Dream

Another more mature song. I really like this song and I’m happy they recorded it and included it on the album since until now it was an concert only song. Yabu sings a lot in this song, which is nice, although really, Yabu sings a lot in this album, so why fans complain I’ll never understand.

Since I don’t have the DVD yet I won’t review that, so I’ll skip to my overall review.

Overall, this album is awesome. It’s even better then their first, and a favourite in my list. I hope JUMP continues to have amazing releases like this one, and if you’re a fan and you have yet to get this album, I really recommend it!

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