20 years later and B'z is still going very strong. These two tracks show exactly why. It astounds me that after making so many songs, Tak can still belt out two more excellent songs with their own uniqueness. The main riff in "Ichibu to Zenbu" is catchy but by no means a "cheap catchy". It is a type of catchy-ness with the quality of music that B'z is widely renowned for. The solo in this song is just pure genius on Tak's part. It is the mark of a true guitar legend and virtuoso. The same can be said of the second track, a fast paced hard rock number with a thick guitar sound, a smooth flow, and a wicked solo thrown into the middle. Everything meshes to become another great track. As a bonus, this single also comes with "National Holiday". While not as strong as the two A-sides, it has the potential to stand on its own if need be. After a year of no singles, B'z is starting another great run.
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Description in Japanese
イチブトゼンブ/DIVE / B'z
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ICHIBU TO ZENBU
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B'z Related Items
Ichibu ToZenbu/Dive... second double A-side single from B'z. The first being Mienai Chikara ~Invisible One~/Move over 10 years ago. The single contains 3 hard rock numbers. 1. Ichibu To Zenbu Ichibu To Zenbu is the first hard rock number of the single and is also the opening theme for a drama called "Buzzer Beat". In my opinion, I don't hate it but I don't like it either. It just got a few "Oh"s and "Ah"s the firt times around but I lost interrest over it after a couple of play. 7.5/10 2. Dive Now, we are talking! This hard rock number is incredible! Like, literally! It's incredibly catchy and the song alone is worth the single! 10/10 3. National Holiday Catchyness is also National Holiday's trademark. This is also a pretty good song with ballad-sounding moments. The chorus is probably the moment in the song. 9/10 26.5/30 is ~9/10 and rounded to 5 stars. I recommand this single to all B'z fans and to non-B'z fans too!
Ichibu to Zenbu/ DIVE is an interesting combination of going where we have not gone before, while keeping one foot on familiar land. The guitar on this single is so incredible it’s disgusting. Like, really. When one listens to a lot of bands these days, one feels, oh, you know, inspired. Motivated. Like, hey, cool, I want to be like him, and with enough practice, I can be! And then you happily devote yourself to callus-splitting hours of guitar practice. But, when you listen to Tak play? we hearken back to ‘92 comedy glory Waynes World prostrations before Alice Cooper and wails of We’re not worthy~! Any emotional damage you may suffer at the hands of Ichibu to Zenbu/DIVE is unfortunate? but in some states therapy is included in health-insurance. Let’s hope that if you’re taking the plunge and picking up this single, that you live in one of those states. The single opens with Ichibu to Zenbu. Ichibu to Zenbu, already noted as the theme song for the basketball-themed drama starring Yamashita Tomohisa of NEWS fame, Buzzerbeat, is a slick combination of classic B’z sound and a new feel. The opening, electronicky loops, for example, have a hip, totally fresh feel that promises to wrap up our summer fun nicely. Those loops lead into some interesting, killer guitar riffs that sustain themselves through the entire song, new and striking. The vocal melody, however, sounds somehow familiar. Not that it is in any way a copy or ’shortcut’ of a song, but IMPO Inaba hasn’t challenged himself in the composition of this piece. The melody is classic B’z fare? unpredictable, a little hard to follow at first, and yet bursting with their standard appeal and typical Inaba vocals. If you’re looking for a whole new cup of tea, however, drift neatly into Dive? which is really, honestly, all you need. The opening sound is an instant hook, muffled lalalalalas that skip right on into the meat. The volume picks up, the muffle-effect zaps, and we’re ker-splash right into Dive? the true heart of the single. Not only is Dive super catchy? it seems to be charting new waters for B’z. Where Ichibu to Zenbu was, shall we say again, classic, Dive is all nouveau. The melody is straightforward by B’z standards, and its repeat value seems nearly inexhaustible? try as I might, I can’t seem to get sick of it. It picks up with the same strangely polished yet grunge-appeal as its predecessor, but loses the “OP charm” and we’ve got a one-way ticket back to hardcore rock town. Somehow the chorus route of lalalas into lyricsville is aloof, challenging, packed with attitude, and yet totally on the map with catchy accessibility. The third song and B-side, National Holiday, feels, well, admittedly like a B-side. But in the case of B-sides, I hold to the old tolerate and accept formula of when in doubt, exceed low expectations rather than fall short of high ones. In any case, National Holiday is a gentle conclusion to the gum-chewing name-taking title songs. Enjoy it as the charming pop song it is? but really, Ichibu to Zenbu and DIVE are quite something to follow up, and by the time you’ve listened through, you’d win hardcore-of-the-month if you could handle anymore sheer awesomeness. Gacktpause www.gacktpause.wordpress.com
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