To The Limit, released on 6.27.12, is KAT-TUN’s 18th single.
「TO THE LIMIT」 starts off with a calming band instrumentation before things heat up in the starting chorus as the members all harmonize together before Koki comes in with a rap. The rest of the song continues as almost a mix of a rap and rock song (?) with quick lyrics almost as they were speaking instead of singing. There is also a harsh, strong tone to their vocals as they sing, singing “to the limit” appropriately enough.
Next up is 「WALKING IN THE LIGHT」, which starts off with a staccato of notes, almost like a video game soundtrack before the synthesizer comes in along with their vocals. Once we get to the first verse, the quirkiness of the instrumental goes nicely with their vocals and the synthesizer is taken out for a bit.
「それぞれの空 (Sorezore no Sora)」 is the token ballad of this single, with a combination of orchestra, guitar, and piano. The members manage to harmonize very nicely in this song (compared to the more stronger and somewhat harsh sounding harmonizing they sometimes have in their other songs).
Ending the single is the upbeat 「SPIRIT」 with a synth and electronica instrumental. The song really does get you pumping, though it’s a pretty standard jpop song.
A PV was made for To The Limit. It’s an interesting story PV where all the members are people stuck in a bank heist. But they end up being the ones saving the day although they’re pretty ordinary people in this PV. There are a few scenes where they lipsync in a non-story setting, but the PV itself is pretty funny considering the context and some of the scenes in it.
Another normal single from KAT-TUN. I quite liked Sorezore no Sora and the other songs are quite nice, but it’s getting hard to find a song that really stands out from KAT-TUN because of how many years it has been already. I can’t really call their new songs “fresh” but they do follow a similar formula found in their previous singles.