テゴマスのまほう (Tegomasu’s Magic), released on 10.18.11, is Tegomasu’s 2nd album.
Starting off the album is the title song and partly the namesake, 「魔法のメロディ (Mahou no Melody)」. The song has a pretty piano instrumental along with an orchestra coupled with Tegomasu’s smooth vocals. This song has that fluffy magical feel to it, which matches the title perfectly, and the use of real instruments really helps give the song that feel.
The sound of explosions (?!) start up 「花火 (Hanabi)」, which continues with a full band instrumental as Tegoshi starts things up with his smooth vocals. The chorus is really prominent as the boys sing with enthusiasm. After a while, though, the song starts feeling pretty much like any other Tegomasu song out there. It’s cute and well done, but nothing new.
Distant sounds come in before Tegoshi and Massu speed things up in 「夕焼けと恋と自転車 (Yuyake to Koi to Jitensha)」 as the guitar and percussion really spices things up. Things quiet down in the first verse however, as Massu sings first in a quick paced tempo before Tegoshi takes over right before the bridge. It’s a fun, incredibly upbeat song and is quite nice to listen to, though its a bit busy-sounding.
「雪だるま (Yukidaruma)」 brings in some futuristic electronica sounds along with the keyboard and orchestra. This one is a mid-tempo song that has a bit of a calm, melancholic-ness to it. After listening to it, along with the instrumental, it kind of gives me the image of falling snow, which is apparent since its title has snow in it. It’s a neat song though nothing really stood out to me. The instrumental is pretty loud compared to their vocals and does muffle them a little bit.
Next up is 「わすれもの (Wasuremono)」 beginning with an engaging piano solo before being joined by some dramatic piano notes and percussion. Things quiet down again for the first verse, which takes a more calmer piano and the percussion is just slightly audible in the background. This is another case of the loud instrumental over their vocals, but their vocals are confident and stand out well against the instrumental. There’s a neat jazz saxophone solo in the third verse and the overall song does sound pretty jazzy.
「七夕祭り (Tanabata Matsuri)」 begins with a faint croaking in the background before Massu comes in. Once Tegoshi comes in, the song emits a very cheerful and fun atmosphere, perfect for the holiday. The chorus is sweet and cheerful, making the song very fun in general. There are some Japanese instruments in instrumental (I’m guessing) so this adds to the fact that this song is about the old Tanabata legend. By the third chorus, a number of small kids join Tegomass in singing. This makes the song very singable and great to sing with friends.
「Mr. Freedom」 starts off with the lines, “I know it’s over~” before the brass takes over for an upbeat instrumental. The first verse quiets down with mostly the percussions and lower winds taking the instrumentation before being joined by a couple brass once Tegoshi comes in. It’s a fun, upbeat song that makes great use of the brass.
「Over Drive」 reminds me a lot of an old Johnnys style ala V6’s Change the World (?) with its fierce guitar and quick paced lyrics. Coupled with their sweet sounding vocals though, it’s kind of strange, haha. If they made their vocals sound a bit more rougher, I think it’d be a nicer touch, especially in areas of the song like the chorus.
Ahh, so Johnnys is bringing out the Latino sounds again with 「猟奇的ハニー (Ryokiteki Honey)」, along with an upbeat band and nice percussion. The boys sing pretty quickly in this face paced song while the percussion is the driving instrumental in the verses. Phew, with how quick the instrumental makes the song go by, it’ll give the illusion of the song goes by really quickly.
A capella vocals start off 「ユメタビビト (Yume Tabibito)」, giving the song a dreamy tone. The a capella vocals continue as they go, “tu~ tu~ tu~” while the boys sing smoothly in the verses with an echo-y effect. There is no instrumentation, just their vocals, the backup, the sound of finger snapping, and the shaking-percussion-thing (I forgot what its name was.) It’s a short song, at only three minutes, so it’s a nice pre-closing before the last few tracks. Though I think this would’ve worked really well as the last track.
「青いベンチ (Aoi Bench)」 is a sweet mixture of piano, percussion, and what sounds like the flute (maybe the piccolo? not sure) to create a nature-like feel. As mentioned, the song is a cover of a song of the same name by Sasuke (I haven’t been able to find information about him, so that’s all I’ve got.) Tegomasu’s take on the song seems very sweet, considering the combination of their vocals always make for the sweetest harmonization.
「ら・ら・桜 (Ra Ra Sakura)」 is the first of three bonus tracks included in the RE edition. The use of a band, percussion, and the keyboard continues in this song as it creates an uplifting mood to the song. Massu starts things off first as he takes up the first verse before Tegoshi comes in for the bridge. Something sounds off when the two of them sing together, like they don’t sound like they’re harmonizing that well.
「ただいま、おかえり (Tadaima, Okaeri)」 was released before, but I can’t remember what single it was released on. Anyway, it begins with a melancholic mood as Tegoshi starts things off with smooth, calming vocals along a gentle electric guitar in the instrumentation. The chorus is sweet as they sing, “Tadaima~ Okaeri~” It’s sweet since they’re singing about going to a place where they can come home to.
Lastly is 「アイノナカデ (Ai no Naka De)」, complete with snapping sounds, the piano, and some a capella vocals! A bit reminiscent of Yume Tabibito, their vocals are echo-y and the formula is used with the a capella vocals backing them. There is not prominent chorus, but I think it’s better that way. Massu takes up the first verse while Tegoshi takes charge of the second verse.
I appreciate Tegomasu’s songs and some of them is a great try at experimentation in their style, but there are some small details that can really detract from the overall sound of the song. I enjoyed Mahou no Melody. (It’s hot and I’m tired, so this post is a little halfassed, sorry.)