Once upon a time, in 2007, ten boys were put together to create what we now know as Hey!! Say! JUMP. The fandom for them has been…well…sort of a roller coaster. I’ve never stopped loving them or wanting to support them but it’s VERY hard to support people who don’t release anything…we had 1 DVD for 2009…and of course the photobook which I also bought but release wise…nothing. With YamaChii off with NYC boys…I was thinking that the future was beginning to look a little bleak and we’d get another ignored group…now remember their 2nd single, Dreams Come True? Well apparently they weren’t lying because Hey! Say! JUMP is set to release their debut album this summer!!!!!!!!
Honestly, words can’t even express how excited I am for this album…we all know it’s been a LONG time coming…so I’d like to take the chance to express my gratitude to the ten boys for working SO hard and here they are…they DEFINITELY deserve it. I can safely say there hasn’t been an A-side that I haven’t enjoyed and I hope the album quality is right up there! Now…on the flip side…it’s been what, 2 1/2 years since Ultra Music Power…part of me says this album BETTER be good. Taking a little detour, there is a beautiful girl by the name of alan. She’s one of my favorite artists and it took her a LONG time to release her debut album as well…8 singles before the album…now that’s a lot…and yet they were all magnificent and when the album came around, the album tracks were just as amazing, some even more than the singles. So my point is that the long wait CAN pay off so let’s hope Hey! Say! JUMP won’t be pulling out cheap tracks as fillers…
So, let’s break it down. Here are my tips of what to do and not to do on this album…
+ SURIRU!!!!!!!! I really can’t say this enough but this song BETTER be on the album…I mean…it’s like BEST’s theme song or something! They like ALWAYS perform it and I think the standard songs should definitely be on the album. So do this.
+ Yamada solo…okay, let’s face the facts, they’re not ALL going to get a solo…it’s just not gonna happen…Ryutaro doesn’t even HAVE a solo! But Yamada’s have always been the best so Perfume please!!!!!!!! The others are good but Perfume is the best!!! And Johnny knows he wants to have Yamada getting all the girls (and me) crazy when we watch tour DVDs! Although I’m guessing we’ll get a new song from him but as long as it’s good like the other 3, then I don’t care. I’m not too worried…Yamada is being the sexy one so I’m expecting something of high quality from him.
+ MORE Daiki, Kei and Keito!!!!! Can we have like…a trio song from the three of them or something?? I’m SOO glad Daiki is finally beginning to get recognized and getting that little push so let’s not stop the momentum! And Kei and Keito are my loves with very good voices so I can’t have them abandoned 😄
+ I would say…15 tracks is a good number…I’m sure there will be 1/2 songs available only on the regular edition…I would say 16 so we could have a full ten tracks but I feel like they might cut an A-side…and I think we all know which one that will be…although I do NOT want them to do that!!
– DO NOT DO NOT DO NOT include BORN in the EARTH. Honestly, I can’t even articulate why this should not be on the album…just listen to the song and you’ll know why. It totally wouldn’t surprise me if Johnny decided to make this the opening track but PLEASE do not put this on the album…like for real…seriously. Don’t.
– Don’t try and make this YamaChii featuring Hey! Say! JUMP…I mean groups have leads and we all have to accept that and 10 members IS a lot of members but…seriously, there are other people with talent and they deserved to get recognized. I’m thinking that they’re going to do…3 shuffle songs…one with Yamada lead, one with Chii lead and then…Yabu lead? I don’t know…I just really hope Yamada and Chii don’t end up hogging the whole album…and don’t give all the good songs to one person! I hate it when good people get bad songs…
In the end, just make this an album WORTH waiting 2 1/2 years for…I think it’s as simple as that. They aren’t going to please everyone but really…just don’t forget that Hey! Say! JUMP is going in a mature direction and thus the album should follow suit…if there are a bunch of cute tracks or lame slow ones…someone’s going out a window…and I don’t even know who yet.
Aside from all that, let’s all cheer for Hey! Say! JUMP!!!!!!!!!!
This message has been brought to you by sexy Dai-chan. If you’re on the fence about buying / listening to the album…just look at the picture above and your worries shall be cleared up.
And sorry for being so sucky with the blog lately but I will be on summer vacation and will have plenty time to blog! And what do you know, we’re in the midst of a release!!!