I'm always really excited whenever SMAP releases a new single/album as they lately tend to release maybe just one single or album per year and the wait was definitely worth it as SMAP has released another great pair of very catchy♥ songs♪♪~!!
And it was such a sweet surprise to find included for the first pressing with their single a post card sized double sided photo card…and especially because as anyone familiar with SMAP knows just how seldom they actually appear on their single or album covers as they often opt instead for art imagery or sometimes……..a why is this on their cover??? (・c_・;)？type of thingie~. ( ┰_┰)~! (think "SMAP012 Viva Amigos" (・д・`*)!….or hot dogs on their "Su" tour DVD~…well actually the package of hot dogs look was sort of *cute*. (￣▽￣)
The title track "Sotto kyutto" serves as the theme song for Fuji TV's "Ninkyou Helper" which also stars SMAP's own Kusanagi Tsuyoshi~ and I love how these two songs have such opposite spectrum feels to them with the title track being a moody mid tempo r&b track while its coupling with song "Super Star★" is more of a thumping dance track~. The voice manipulations and the short raps are also a nice invigorating touch added to "Super Star★" I think.
But you really have to love "Sotto Kyutto" so much and especially when its chorus chimes in with those very sweet layers of vocals which overlap just slightly showcasing each of the member's very unique voices~. Kimutaku♥! ＾ ＾