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Song Review: Nissy – Get You Back

With super J-pop group AAA going on indefinite hiatus, there has been renewed opportunity for its members to grow their already-established solo careers. And throughout 2020, most members did just that. However, there was one notable exception. Main vocalist Nissy first debuted as a soloist in 2014, but his output has stalled in recent years. After a 2019 Greatest Hits album, new singles have come in drips and drabs. 2020 saw the release of only one new song, and it was never actively promoted or given a music video.

This radio silence sets up Get You Back as a big event – an actual comeback in the old-school sense of the word. Nissy has dyed his hair and tried on an edgier sound. For me, his greatest appeals have always been his rich vocal quality and his ambition as a classic, old-fashioned showman. Get You Back doesn’t really draw upon either of these strengths, and that’s probably why it feels a little tepid in comparison to past work.

I applaud Nissy’s willingness to push forward in different directions, and there’s plenty to like about Get You Back. But, there just isn’t enough song in this song. Most of the track boils down to impassioned repetitions of the titular phrase, underlined by heavy EDM drops. My favorite moments occur during its tense verses, which pulse forward with a frantic energy. And once you know what to expect, the chorus becomes quite charming. But at under three minutes, Get You Back feels like it’s missing an important chunk. After its noisy dubstep breakdown, the track spins its wheels for awhile rather than deliver the kind of knockout climax a song of this style needs. In this sense, Get You Back plays almost like a teaser for stronger things to come.

 Hooks 7
 Production 8
 Longevity 9
 Bias 9
 RATING 8.25

7 thoughts on “Song Review: Nissy – Get You Back

  1. Is that the trailer/title card sound effect at 0:57??

    Reading the review I wasn’t expecting such a high rating but I agree with the numbers.
    I am not familiar with this singer at all but I like the song – I usually don’t like drop choruses and I have a strong distaste for dubstep – but this beat is pretty powerful, it keeps up a nice tempo , even the breakdown doesn’t drag down the energy. Pair that with a dramatic delivery, and I love it.

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      • Funky!! Thank you for the recommendations. I especially like The Eternal Live.
        And his songs are very find-able on Spotify, too!

        Addition to my first comment: I listened to Get You Back a few more times and love it even more now. Forgive the comparison, but I feel like this is what Kill This Love could have sounded like with a more fleshed out production.

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  2. Hi! I’m so sorry to bother (and if I can, I’ll delete this afterwards, I’d hate to bother with something completely unrelated to the review itself, even more than I already have), but, I’m just wondering, do you plan on reviewing any of the songs from Beyooooonds’ newest release? (They’re one of the H!P groups, and they’ve just released three new A-sides, Gekikara LOVE, Konna Hazu ja Nakatta! and Now Now Ningen.) If not, that’s completely fine, I was just curious. I’m sorry for bothering you, once again, and thank you for all of your hard work with the blog, it’s great! Thank you once more and I hope you’ll have a great day/night!

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