Ai, Texas (or I guess “I, Texas”), released on 2.29.12, is Yamashita Tomohisa’s 5th single, first under Warner Music Japan, and also first since he officially left NEWS. The title track is the theme song for Saikou no Jinsei no Owarikata ~Ending Planner~ which Yamapi stars in.
「愛、テキサス (Ai, Texas)」 starts with a quick paced guitar coupled with the bass and percussion. Yamapi comes in going along with the beat of the song, which really gave me the impression of the South. Doesn’t change how Yamapi is nasally as usual. The chorus is a little weird as the instrumental plays a specific beat which Yamapi fits his vocals along to. I don’t exactly get how this song fits the drama, but oh well. Yamapi has a monologue in the third verse which he talks about something about how he and his friends would talk about marriage and stuff and how it was his fault that someone died. I think.
Next up is 「Candy」 which is a hyperactive techno instrumental. The verses aren’t anything special, but the chorus is interesting as the instrumental becomes busy and he sings, “Hit me up, Candy,” He raps right after the first chorus, which is weird and out of no where. Besides the chorus, which I think is kinda cute with how he keeps saying candy and cutie, but the rest of the song isn’t very special.
Last up is 「PERFECT CRIME」, which begins with distant claps in the background before a low synthesizer comes in. Yamapi’s vocals aren’t that “loud” in comparison to the instrumental and you can’t really pick out a mood from his vocals. The chorus has the electronica coming in with the instrumental really overpowering Yamapi’s vocals. I don’t think this song screams “perfect crime” to me, it sounds mostly like a club song.
A PV was made for Ai, Texas. Well, I can’t find the full version, but the short version that is out is cheap, cheap, cheap. It was filmed green screen all the way with a cheap looking “dessert” background and there is supposed to be a bar scene as well.
Man, I can’t even. Yamapi, you’re not getting any better at singing. I don’t even know why they would allow him to go solo (besides, of course, his popularity, which has been going down because of the backlash of him leaving NEWS). I don’t like any of these songs at all.