Your Eyes, released on 6.06.12, is Arashi’s 39th single. The title song is the theme song for Mikeneko Holmes no Suri which member Aiba stars in.
「Your eyes」 starts off with a quick paced keyboard instrumentation coupled with the electric guitar and other band instruments. The instrument is very busy as the song starts off with the guys harmonizing together before going into a less busy, brighter and more relaxed first verse with the guys going into their usual pair/trio singing. As usual with most drama theme songs, the member that is starring in the drama gets his solo or at least a prominent line in the song. The instrumental is really nice but somehow the singing really doesn’t do this song much justice. Less harmonizing and more solo singing would be nice.
「君がいるから (Kimi ga Iru Kara)」 is a summery jazz band instrumental as the members sing lightly against the instrumental. A nice mix of harmonization and solo lines in this song. Not much to say about this song besides the fact that this is a summery, cheerful love song c:.
They go with an earthy simplistic sound with 「voice」 as flutes and Japanese string instruments coupled with the guitar give the song a laidback outdoorsy song. There’s more solo lines in this song, which I appreciate. The usual Arashi harmonization matches well with this song, though.
「花火 (Hanabi)」 is a quick paced action song with energetic trumpets (or brass instruments) and a slightly jazzy undertone carries on into the song as the boys sing in their usual harmonization groups. Somehow it doesn’t feel like the usual summer/fireworks songs (Hanabi means fireworks) though not many songs named Hanabi are summery haha. It is a fun quirky song, which is a nice to listen to.
A PV was made for Your Eyes. It’s a pretty standard video by Arashi with a monochromatic color to it as the boys sing in a tunnel like background and against a window where it shows greenery and some sky shots. Nothing really special.
This single felt slightly laidback but still quite full of energy. I have been wishing lately that Arashi did some more songs where there was less harmonizing and more solo lines given to each member. While harmonization is really nice sometimes, too much harmonization can be, well, too much. Because everything starts sounding the same. Or they have to do it a capella style for it to sound really amazing. However, in a few songs, like Voice, they gave me just that, which is awesome.