The first episode of Kame’s drama, Youkai Ningen Bemu, has started airing. So, that means we get to hear a short preview of KAT-TUN’s new single Birth.
When I heard the preview and only Kame got a solo, I thought this was going to be one of those songs where they use a drama as an excuse for the most popular member to sing the entire song. Kind of like they did with Hey! Say! JUMP’s Hitomi no Screen. But I am actually really happy that you do get to hear the other members a lot. Even if it is through group lines. I can’t really complain because the group lines sound absolutely amazing. They are blending together and harmonizing perfectly. And if you listen extremely closely you can hear Koki a lot in the group lines. But I think that’s because right after Kame’s solo line it’s Maru and Koki singing together, then Maru, Koki, and Ueda, then when the chorus hits it’s all the members. Which is great, more Koki screen time in the PV.
When I first heard the song I didn’t like it at all. I was completely disappointed that it’s a giant group song, and that it’s not rock like I was expecting. But after the 5th or 6th listen it really grew on me. While I still wish they song had a rock vibe, I do think it is extremely catchy the way it is. The song is slow paced, but the extra punch from the upbeat music, and the way they put kind of an inflection on the words during the chorus, makes the song interesting. All around I really do like the song. It’s like White with better music.
Here’s the song preview. Enjoy the shamelessly shirtless Kame during the preview for the second episode.