Ero, released on 7.25.12, is Yamashita Tomohisa’s 2nd album.
Starting off the album is 「愛、テキサス (Ai, Texas)」, which begins 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. 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.
「ERO -2012 version-」 begins with some European beats with its quick paced piano and guitar as Yamapi sings with a hoarseness in his vocals that pull you in. The chorus has Yamapi going up a few pitches for some breathy notes which fits in nicely with the mood of the song. I mostly really like the instrumental in this song, but Yamapi’s vocals in this song aren’t that bad either.
「カリーナ (Carina)」 continues the quick paced feel with a energetic driven guitar and brass instrumental as Yamapi sings with strength and volume in his vocals. There are some female vocals in the background that really add a sexual feel to the song which also carries on the mood from ERO.
Things slow down with 「ロマンチック (Romantic)」 as Yamapi goes for a more medium tempo love song. The piano, acoustic, and percussion are what drives the instrumental with its subtle sound as Yamapi’s vocals stand out above the instruments.
「Shiver」 takes a turn towards rock with a strong electric guitar as Yamapi yell-sings into the song with the instrumental overpowering his voice quite a lot. The instrumental does quiet down a little once he starts singing, “Tonight~” but becomes busy again right after as he sings, “We should be alone! I want to take you closer to pleasure, baby!”
「Hit the Wall」 brings in the electronica and some synth beats as Yamapi sings in along with the beat of the music, the instrumental louder than his vocals. This seems like a typical club song, except a more slowed down version.
The piano and guitar start off 「BABY BABY」 for a bright, cute love song. It’s not terribly happy-go-lucky, but it’s upbeat enough to sound cute as he sings, “Dakara nakanaide (That’s why, please don’t cry)” as well as other pleads to his “baby” in the chorus.
「Be the ONE」 is mostly a pure guitar song with some percussion, but mostly the guitar as the focus. Yamapi’s vocals are bright and clear as he sings, “Hey, you can believe me. Why did you put your love in me? Just keep walking together, you and I are meant to be the one”. Let’s not correct his grammar and pronunciation but this song is all in English. There is a quite annoying guitar chord in the third verse and while interesting, it gets annoying how loud and obnoxious it sounds in a song that is not… purely rock.
More electronica with 「僕だけの君に (Boku Dake no Kimi ni)」 as the instrumental pretty much is on par with Yamapi’s vocals but I think it’s probably on the edge of overpowering his vocals. I just really don’t like the instrumental right away. Pretty much the same throughout the whole song.
Yamapi’s vocals in 「Turn Off the Lights」 are completely autotuned as electronica makes up the instrumental. The instrumental in the verses aren’t that bad with just some beats and as I listen to him more in the verses, he sounds a little like Jin? Or maybe it’s just me? The chorus just has him repeating “Turn off the lights” over and over with some Japanese in between.
「悩みの森の真ん中で (Nayami no Mori no Mannaka de)」 slows things down with a piano ballad and Yamapi’s soft vocals. The mood of the song stays the same throughout the whole song besides the end when suddenly the piano goes down the scale and does a solo.
Ending the album is another electronica and synth song with 「踊る夜 (Odoru Yoru)」. It’s a quick paced song with Yamapi singing with hoarse vocals with some slight autotune to his vocals. This one is a full on club song.
I was expecting some really sexy songs since this album is called Ero haha. Well, some of them were but some of them were mostly love/dance songs. I liked Baby Baby. Was anyone else creeped out by the ending of ERO’s PV?