BIRTH, released on 11.30.11, is KAT-TUN’s 17th single. The title track was used as the theme song for the drama Youkai Ningen Bem, which member Kamenashi Kazuya stars in.
「BIRTH」 is an upbeat rock track that is pretty fast paced. The boys do a great job harmonizing with one another; they’re kinda adopting Arashi’s way of singing songs (going in pairs/trios) instead of just having solo lines, though I would prefer if someone other than Kame had a lot of solo lines. Anyway, with how fast the song is, it is a bit difficult to keep up with it.
Following after is 「STAR RIDER」 with a constant synthesizer as Kame starts things off with a dark tone to his vocals. And… the re-introduction of autotune. Dang, almost avoided it. The chorus is really heavy with the synthesizer/techno as they sing, “I’m just a rider” (I think, I can’t make out their Engrish). After a while, the pattern of the song gets a bit aggravating, BUT it is a bit tolerable.
「ACT ON EMOTION」 gradually builds up into a electronica instrumental that unfortunately starts off with… autotune. Darn that autotune. The chorus starts off as they say, “And one. two. three.” and whatever Engrish they just spoke… The song is relatively okay, it feels energetic but it is a bit basic.
Last up is 「BABY B MINE」, which starts off with some electronica/techno beats as the boys sing, “B-B-B-Baby be mine” (either that or “They be mine”). The rock then comes in after the introduction, with a dark tone to their vocals. The chorus is a bit more upbeat as they sing “B-B-B-Baby be mine”. It sounds a bit dark for a song asking for a girl to be theirs, haha. It’s really repetitive however.
A PV was made for both BIRTH and STAR RIDER. BIRTH’s PV has them in a monochrome world… just lying around. That is, until they get up and start singing to the song, rofl. The PV mainly consists of their faces being put all over the city and them running around the city. There are also a few scenes in a room with lights flashing. Oh, and they dance! That’s about it. Oh, and can’t forget that Hime (Ueda) shaved his head for his drama. Bald Tatchan </3.
STAR RIDER's PV is also monochromatic and just a dance PV basically. Also, Ueda is wearing a wig, which is why he has a head full of hair in this PV LOL. Nothing else that interesting about the PV.
So this single is basically pure rock/electronica/as well as autotune. Oi. I did like the songs a bit, but it also was a bit… much. There's something about Johnny's songs that irk me for some reason. I guess it's from the way the members sound when they sing together. Although a bit harmonized, it sounds really jarring.