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[review] Arashi - Are You Happy? AKA Aiba is the God of Eros

After "The Digitalian" and "Japonism", I had high expectations for this one, since I loved both those albums.
The theme itself, "happiness" it's nice and promising, but we all know, by now, that Arashi don't exactly follow a theme for the whole album, just for few songs (for example, in this one there are quite a few songs that are not happy at all). But! The covers are adorable, and that's important.
What about the music? The whole album is a grower, the sings that caught my attention at the 1st listening were just 3 or 4. For most of the others, I needed more time.
Overall, it's a very... relaxed (not relaxing, tho) album, and I like it.
I really enjoyed the fact that each of them "supervised" a song other than the solo, because you can clearly see a lot of that person in "his" song.

Drive: it's one of those songs of the album that, after the 1st listening, didn't tell me much and also kinda disappointed me, since, you know, the 1st song should be... I don't know, stonger? With more impact? It gives you the general feel of the album. The thing is that "Drive" does exactly this! It's a very chill song that perfectly represents the whole album. Not too flashy, not too fast. Now I like it a lot, especially the build up right before the refrain! Also, it reminds me a lot of "Fukkatsu LOVE".

Ups and Downs: this one reminds me a lot of the "early" Arashi, that kind of sound that, I admit, I don't particulary like. Still I love this song. I was tidying up my wardrobe for the winter while listening to the album, and I realized that I kept replaying this one, because I was surprised by how much I enjoyed. The best part is absolutely the refrain, The lyrics are really nice too!

Seishun Boogie: Aiba proves once again he is a gift. Because the song he "supervised" is one of my favourites of the album. I love it! It has that kind of "old school" feeling, it could totally be a song from older Johnny's like Shounentai or Macchy san. And I mean it in a good way, since it's a sound I really, really enjoy. I hope thay'll dance it at the concerts! I'm imagining something like last year's "Masquerade" (hopefully without the hideous hats!)

Sunshine (Sho solo): Sho keeps delivering! Lately he's being putting out of the hat a lot of lovely solos! This one is nice, upbeat, happy and with beautiful lyrics! The refrain is ♥♥

Amore (Aiba solo): message to Aiba:

Jesus Christ. Okay. When I listened to it for the first time, I immediately liked it, it's nice, upbeat, kinda a mix of a Higashiyama-like song and an anime opening. And Aiba kept saying "amore", so everything was good. Then I read the lyrics. Once again, I asked myself how is it possible that there are still people who thinks Aiba is just an innocent snowflake who only cares about baby animals and being silly, when, actually, he is Walking Sex. The God of Eros.
This song is SEXY. A lot. And listening yo Aiba singing it into your ears, with actually knowing what he's saying, is An Experience.
This year too, I'm not worthy.

Bad Boy (Ohno solo): ... ok, no. Aside from the fact that using so much autotune in an Ohno's solo is a crime and a waste because he has the voice of angel, but I really don't like the song ;_; I mean, it reminds me of Hina's solo from Genki ga Deru and THAT'S BAD.
At least he'll dance a lot and be hot and amazing at the lives?

WONDER-LOVE: weird. At first I didn't like it at all, but it's a total grower. In a few days I was singing the refrain in my head all day long. I still think it's a weird song, and not my favourite genre, but I like it. It's still bugs me that it pratically doesn't have any sort of climax, tho.

Mata Kyo to Onaji Hi ga Kuru (Nino solo): can he stop with these long-ass titles. Last year was so nice and easy, just "music". Anyway, SUPER WEIRD. Neen is into this kind of style, this year (he supervised Wonder-Love). Once again, it's not my favourite king od song, but I can't say that I don't like it. I enjoy it, but it's not that song that I look for. The lyrics are beautiful, this time too. Really curious about the lives!

Baby Blue (Jun solo): growing old, J is becoming SO soft, I love it. Baby blueberry. This solo is very un-like him, and I like that he's trying something different. Not my favourite song of the album, I find it kinda forgettable, but it's still a nice one. Soft, precious blueberry.

Miles away: what is happiness. I love this one. The song itself is nice, beautiful myrics, beautiful melody, but the amazing thing is how the lines were distributed and how they sang them! Ohno did an amazing job, he should produce way more of their songs. Really, I have no words, it's just... beautiful. Their voices are beautiful. Everything is beautiful.

To my homies: I expected something totally different. Instead I got some kind of love letter to fans and friends similar to "Genki ga Deru" by Kanjani8 (that I find way better). This one is no way bad, even though I find the refrain a tiny bit repetitive, but I've listened to better stuff and I expected more, honestly. Lyrics are beautiful tho, and I probably cry while watching the DVD.

Don't You Get It?: dancing-on-the-sofa-song. This one is a grower too, because at the beginning I didn't like it that much and found the refrain kinda noisy XD The MV and the lives helped a lot (love them, by the way. The dance is so stupid, I love them all).

Two to Tango: sexy sexy sexyyyyyyy. I expect a lot from the lives DON'T LET ME DOWN ARASHI. All that rap. Unf.
I admit I expected a liiiiiiitle more from this one too, but it's okay, I still like it.
Don't. Let. Me. Down.

In conclusion, it's a nice album. Sure, it's not a "Time" or a "Digitalian" (probably my favourites Arashi albums) but it's very enjoyable, especially after some time. Glad to see they're still trying something new, even while going back, from time to time, to older sounds. It's nice. And the whole "supervising" thing is definitely interesting, I'd like to see more of that in the future.

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November 10 2016, 21:10:20 UTC 1 year ago Edited:  November 10 2016, 21:11:20 UTC


I love it I don't know what you are talking about. My only complaint is that Bad Boy wasn't a Matsujun song lmao.

I love this album. I feel like they are back at what I fell in love with all those years ago. The album felt really nostalgic.
Noooooooooooooo STOP!!
It's a very Matsujun song indeed, in fact I don't like most of his solos XP

I agree with the nostalgic thing tho!
YOU TAKE THAT BACK lmao. Come Back To Me is one of my faves lmao. I am trash tho I know.
We all have some shameful pieces in our music player, don't worry. We just happen to like different kind of trash lmao.
(also I actually quite enjoy that one ooooops 1 2 3 I'LL SET YOU FREE)
Tell me how you feel, all I wanna do~


November 10 2016, 23:24:38 UTC 1 year ago Edited:  November 10 2016, 23:28:23 UTC

Someone who also think Drive is like Fukkatsu Love! Same page!
And I love the Quit Playing Games With My Heart meme...cos I love listening to BSB!

But I like Bad not kill me!! *hides under a rock*
I'm not the only one then!

Aaah, don't worry. Also because it seems like almost everyone likes that song, so I'm the weird one here XD
Haha I agree
And I love your Nino pic XD
In engish? Ok, in english.
I really like this album. You know that after "Popcorn" and "Love" I was hella scared about every new production (now, after the live and the years I have started to appreciate Love, it has a bunch of nice songs). Thats the reasion why I really loved Digitalian.

I love all the songs they have supervised. "Drive" is the perfect song to start this album. Everytime can make me feel lighter, wich is not easy on a crowded bus. Seishun boogie it's maybe too old school for my taste. I mean, it's a fun song and it's so Aiba, but it's one of the few songs that I can not listen on a loop as others.
I love "WONDER LOVE" and Nino's solo. I really like the sound, the fact that is slight offbeat. "Wonder LOve" is a strange song but I really fell in love with it.
"To my homies" is cute, but nothing special. And of course it was a torture for Ohno who was the only one agaisnt the rap during the secret talk in "PawaPara". But, I think we all agree about the fact that "Miles Away" is a gem. Ohno (and Nino too, for me) has to start to produce the next Arashi's album. The way Ohno choose the line that everyone has to sing, the way they sing. Their voices! It's one of my dream to see Arashi do a corner with no dance, no special effects, just there, in the middle of the stage singing together songs as "Miles Away" or "hatenai Sora" (do you remember the beautiful version during one FNS?).
The solos... as I said, I really like Nino's song, both lyrics and music, he didn't write the song, just put some "nino"'s here and there (that's why he's credited as one of the author of it), but it's beatiful. I do like last year "Music" but not my fave, with this one we back on track. :)
Sho's solo is so cute, it bring me happines as all he's recent "sunny" solo. Aiba... ok, Aiba, seriously. I don't like very much the music, but the lyrics... He want kills the fans during the concert? Please, give us a "suppin" this year and show us the Disco Sama/ Mr Funky/ Sexmachine in action :). Yeah, yeah. Aiba chan, the cute puppy from hell.
I like Jun 's solo! Whic is a miracle! I'll probably get tired of it soon but... It remimds some Hoshino Gen tunes, wich is always a good thing. It's not something too trashy, nothing that will let him naked during the performance, and is a sweet song.
Then Ohno... While he might produce the next Arashi's album he really needs someone to stop him to say yes to something like that stuff! A mix from "gangnam style" and "Perfect Human". My ipod refuses to consider this song as part of the album, because keeps on skip it. XD
I don't talk about the single, even if "Fukkatsu love" remains one of the best songs they ever did to me. And for "Don't you get it"... they have so much fun that I ended up to like this song too.
"Two to tango" is so damn good. The Harajuku Boyz that produce the song did a great job. It stuck in my head and refuse to leave for hours everytime I listen to it.

una fatica scrivere sto papocchio in inglese. Non sono concentrata oggi. XD
Hopefully the dark Popcorn and Love days are gone (both albums have few songs I REALLY enjoy, but overall the quality wasn't as good as the others).

Sorry Ohno, but we love when all of you rap XP
Yeah, "miles away" is the song we all agree on. It's beautiful ;_; They did a good job. I remember that version! I still have the mp3, it's beautiful ;_; And I don't remember if it was from that FNS or the next one, but I adored their "Imouto" performance too.

Can Aiba just let us live?
FNS has "HAtenai", "Imouto" And "Fuyu ga Hajimaru yo" and I loved all of them. So, yes, I really hope one day they give us another performance like those.