Song Review: Kis-My-Ft2 – Luv Bias

Despite being one of my favorite Johnny’s acts, I haven’t really loved any of Kis-My-Ft2’s promoted tracks since 2019’s Edge Of Days. I often cite the group’s 2016-18 run as some of my favorite material Johnny’s has ever churned out, and I long for the guys to return with that kind of focus. With that said, new single Luv Bias is quite good. Despite being a slower track, this feels much more like the Kisumai that I first fell in love with.

As the soundtrack to Tamamori’s currently airing drama, Luv Bias is infused with a healthy dose of sentimentality. In that regard, it reminds me of other such Kis-My-Ft2 ballads – especially 2015’s Saigo mo Yappari Kimi. It has a nice variety of melodies, bookended by a stately refrain that hints at – but doesn’t spoil – the chorus.

My favorite aspect of Luv Bias is how the vocals are structured. They overlap often, which gives the track a continuous flow as if it’s constantly chasing its own tail. This interplay becomes more complex as the song goes on, with subtle injections of rap coming in between the lines of the final chorus. All the while, Luv Bias’s beat has a satisfying heft, hitting on the upswing to give the track much more rhythm than expected. The guys sound great as well, their voices layered in a crisp, effective arrangement. When I think of Kis-My-Ft2, my mind doesn’t instantly go to ballads. But, this has long been an underrated segment of their discography, and Luv Bias is right up there with the best of them.

 Hooks 9
 Production 8
 Longevity 9
 Bias 8

4 thoughts on “Song Review: Kis-My-Ft2 – Luv Bias

  1. They’ve only released endless summer and luv bias since edge of days though. I think the pandemic just slowed down their release last year; which is common across the board.
    I think I like this much better than endless summer, although I agree that I want to see them back with grittier sounds like edge of days. Actually, I really want to see them back with some roller skating action too (it’s been more than 2 years since LOVE).
    Fujigaya has a dorama coming up which would probably fit an edgier soundtrack better than Tama’s current dorama, but I don’t think kisumai is doing the soundtrack for that one. It’s more of a big assemble dorama, and has really big names attached to it.



    • I think I was also considering To Yours in that timeline (a song that I still find a little underwhelming).

      Either way, it’s a testament to how quickly Johnny’s moves that ‘just over a year’ feels like an eternity!

      For me, it just feels like it’s been a few years since Kisumai were releasing my most consistently-loved music within the Johnny’s roster. It seems like they’re not getting the same push, musically, as either Sexy Zone or Hey! Say! JUMP have been recently.


  2. So you and I are on the opposite ends when it comes to Kisumai. I like them, but never really loved them. I only regularly listen to two of their songs, the excellent Miyavi-featuring Freeze, and the cheesy Hug & Walk, nothing else is a hit for me. I was thinking of reviewing this song at one point but found it too generic to devote the time for. If I want a sentimental J-Pop track, they are many better ones.

    Agree with Rina that it is (much) better than Endless Summer.


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