Song Review: Yurina Hirate – Reason For Dance (Dance no Riyuu)

Nearly a year after withdrawing from girl group Keyakizaka46, former center Yurina Hirate surprised fans with a performance of her debut solo single on annual music broadcast FNS Kayosai. It was a show-stopping moment, befitting a song as bold and exciting as Reason For Dance (ダンスの理由). With her hard-hitting performance style and androgynous style, the prospect of a solo career is ridiculously exciting. And if Dance is any indication, we’re in for one hell of a ride.

There’s a satisfying blend of strength and pathos within this song, made even more thrilling given its grandiose arrangement. Reason For Dance uses a drumline approach to percussion as its base, imbuing the track with incredible energy right from the start. This production pulls back for some surprisingly funky moments, then slams in again with renewed fury during the bombastic chorus. The wordy verses move a mile a minute – an anguished stream of consciousness that blends surprisingly well with the dynamic drum beats. Hirate’s delivery is a mix of frustration and passion, and gives the song a messy quality that sets it apart for your traditional pop single.

After an extended, brass-filled breakdown, Reason For Dance reaches its impressive climax. The chorus reveals its full fervor here, building to a goosebump-inducing key change that brings the track to an overwhelming finish. There are moments that echo the Keyakizaka46 sound, but the fact that this is driven by a single voice gives it a personality all its own. It’s rare that a sonic spectacle like this feels so intimate and unguarded, but Reason For Dance manages to thread that needle perfectly.

 Hooks 9
 Production 10
 Longevity 9
 Bias 10

10 thoughts on “Song Review: Yurina Hirate – Reason For Dance (Dance no Riyuu)

  1. Whoa, what just hit me?

    The thing that instantly got me into this song is Hirate’s vocal performance, it sounds like nothing else this year. I am not sure if I like it or not, but it has gotten my attention. And then we have the ambitious, funky, instrumental, boy is it good! The key change is perhaps the song’s best moment.

    It is going to take some time to unpackage the song, but I think I will do that.

    And boy is that one solid MV…

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  2. It is way way way to saturated this instrumental, and will only work with this “naturalistic” japanese pop singing style. A more polished voice from SK or any english speaking country would just disconnect with the background


  3. I really didn’t expect Techi’s single after withdrawing drama and she perform it on the same day with Sakurazaka46 lol
    Typical song that hit your face so hard. Such a good and unexpected Christmas gift from Techi. Thanks for the review, Nick!


  4. I don’t know who is this person before this article, ends up loving her song from the first second.

    It feels like a war cry type of song which is perfect for getting attention from new people like me. Might have to check out her next releases


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