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.