ARASHI♥ returns with their now 12th album!! And with the overall theme of LOVE running through the veins of this album what you’ll experience is a song collection both rich in musical variety as well as lyrical tone which spans pretty much the entire spectrum which LOVE has to offer, both exhilarating and painful. Of course a few familiar tracks are represented here those being ARASHI’s♥ latest singles and also included are what has become a staple for Arashi♥ albums where each of the guys get to perform their very own solo tracks which are always most fun and interesting too as the guys tend to have much variance in their musical genre tastes.
Here we’ll be taking a look into the limited edition ~* album version as it presents some most gorgeous extra goodies which are fan must haves!! As photographed just above/left the LE comes housed in an absolutely high quality outer box which holds within it a special digipak which is home for the CD and DVD as well as a so soooo amazing sixty page photo/lyric/credit book..YES 60 pages it’s pretty huge!! Everything is printed on high quality paper with a beautiful gloss to the book’s covers and I must say the wolf w/ Matsujun in particular creates an image which is most sexy!!! All of the guys here of course are totally gorgeously photographed and while the book contains both color and black & whites, it’s the black & whites which give the booklet its very much cool aura =D.
ARASHI’S “LOVE” album can be ordered @ Cdjapan (note: limited edition is out of print)
ARASHI’s “LOVE” album can be ordered @ HMV Japan (note: limited edition is out of print)
Well all of them \(^o^)/…no filler songs here to be found. But first before getting to all of the songs and LE booklet let’s take a look at the LE DVD….
~ARASHI “P・A・R・A・D・O・X” (music video)~
Stylish times a zillion!! “P・A・R・A・D・O・X” the song itself rocks with an edge and here coupled with its sleek and sexy dance choreography with excellent video editing which does wonders with a rich red here in bed with a mesmerizing touch of light and shadow gives the guys plenty of platform to groove and get their seXy on!
~The LE booklet~
~ARASHI “愛を歌おう” MP3~
~ARASHI “サヨナラのあとで” MP3~
~ARASHI “CONFUSION” MP3~
~ARASHI “Hit the floor” mp3~
~ARASHI “P・A・R・A・D・O・X” mp3~
~ARASHI “sugar and salt” MP3~
~ARASHI “Breathless” mp3~
~ARASHI “20825日目の曲” mp3~
~ARASHI “Rock Tonight” mp3~
~ARASHI “Endless Game” mp3~
~ARASHI “Calling” mp3~
~ARASHI “夜空への手紙” MP3~
~ARASHI “Dance in the dark” MP3~
~ARASHI “Starlight kiss” MP3~
~ARASHI “FUNKY” MP3~
~ARASHI “Tears” mp3~
~LOVE’s featured single tracks~
「Calling x Breathless」
And happy for us! both songs get grade A music videos with each being included with Arashi’s limited edition singles (“Calling” is included with the type A single, “Breathless’ is included with single type B). Easy to fall into instant love with both tracks equally but it never hurts to have great visuals to go along with the always outstanding song writing the guys never cease to present fans. And if this were a technical awards show I’d have to award the pv for “Calling” with ‘best dramatic frenzy of editing, camera angles and lighting’ while the equally alluring “Breathless” would receive ‘best dance choreography with amazing futuristic cube theme! (thank you CGs!!). And while I’ve still to meet an ARASHI single that I didn’t like “Calling”/”Breathless” is definitely ranking somewhere in the upper echelons ヽ(。´▽`。)ノ。。！！ やっほぃ♪。
(note: limited edition is out of print)
(note: limited edition is out of print)
(note: Korean limited editions types A & B with DVDs were still available at the original time of this posting)
~Limited edition type A booklet~
~Limited Edition Type B booklet~
~The music videos~
~ARASHI “Calling” (music video)~
~ARASHI “Breathless” (music video)~
Arashi’s single “Endless Game” also stars as the theme of Sakurai Sho’s drama “Kazoku Game” which has a most outside the box storyline with a even more extreme and dramatic in ways lead character played by Sho~kun. Fittingly “Endless Game” is equally dramatic and in actual parallel to Sho~kun’s complex character as this song hits you in layers of intricate and momentum shifting musical passages along with a bridge which is stand alone amazing and even more so in the context of the overall song’s arrangement and ever shifty feeling. The limited edition includes an additional DVD containing the music video for “Endless Game” as well as its coupling with track “Magic Hour” which appears exclusive to this version while likewise the regular edition includes not one but two edition exclusive tracks with the songs “Intergalactic” and “Monokuro” (“Monochrome”) making getting both versions must haves for fans.
~ARASHI “Endless Game” (music video)~
The visuals of “Endless Game” are perfect for those with short attention span syndrome as it’s a wonderful collage of flash imagery and dramatic scenes which never stop for more than a moment to pause…(^q^)! Okay I’m kidding!! Seriously though I love the quick editing and non stop movements from scene to scene as the music video 100% lives up to the dramatic qualities of the song and btw the boys all look very very hot herein っo(*´∀｀)o！
~The LE first press 16 page photo booklet~
~ARASHI “Magic Hour” mp3~
~The RE jacket~
~ARASHI “Intergalactic” mp3~
~ARASHI “Monokuro” (“Monochrome”) mp3~
While all three additional tracks are great in their own right, with “Magic Hour” for its poppy~folk arrangement and “Intergalactic” as the energized dance number, it’s really “Monokuro” which stands out by far the most. “Monokuro” is like this modern day trip back to a time caught somewhere between ragtime and the roaring twenties ♪♪, really give it a listen and with repeated listening you’ll really begin to take note of how ingenious this arrangement with all of its musical transitions truly is, and with that amazing kick of way back jazz its particularly outstanding.