When SixTONES and Snow Man debuted in January 2020, I was pretty convinced SixTONES would be my group of choice. After all, Imitation Rain was a downright legendary debut. Two years later and I’m a Snow Man mega-fan, while SixTONES’ output feels much more hit and miss. It’s a personal taste thing, but I’m also a bit confused where Johnny’s is taking this group. Their past few promoted singles feel aimed toward J-pop’s trendy alt-rock sounds. This makes sense commercially, but there’s already a glut of these styles to be found elsewhere. I’d rather hear SixTONES pursue the grittier rock of their debut year.
Rosy does double duty as promo for the group’s second full-length album and the Japanese release of Spider-Man: No Way Home. It’s an odd choice for both. The song moves along at a clip, its mile-a-minute phrasing often more spoken-word than vocal or rap. This is positioned over a brisk, jazzy instrumental that twists their rock sound in a lighter direction. In general, I’m too fond of this style. But, I appreciate the skill it takes to craft something so high-speed.
Rosy’s chorus is equally ferocious in its velocity, forging the quick phrasing of the verses into a catchier melody. It’s quite pleasant, but gets a bit repetitive as the song wears on. SixTONES inject the track with plenty of character, though there are limited avenues to fully display their skill. It’s an odd curiosity of a track that banks on the listener’s willingness to dive into its aural maelstrom and invest in the details. I can see it growing more addictive with time.
Speaking of No Way Home, excited to eventually see it! I was worried after I realized that it was based on the terrible Brand New Day, but the reviews suggest it is good!
This song is messy, far from what I expect from SixTONES.
Yeah, I would’ve picked Fast Lane as the promo single. It’s a much stronger song, better illustrates the album concept and seems more suited to an action movie. (It also sounds kinda like Miyavi)
I’m also looking forward to finally getting to watch No Way Home! I’ve managed to avoid spoilers thus far and plan to do so until it’s on streaming. Fingers crossed!
No way home is a nostalgic trip down the previous releases. As much as I want to avoid spoiling the movie, lemme just tell the second half is really engaging with the return of several *important* people.
I’m pretty sure how you felt about snowman and SixTones at their debut time represents how most people felt too. Everyone thought SixTones was gonna get bigger than snowman and that kinpuri would be somewhere between those two. Turns out, kinpuri really is between the two, but Snowman is the one that’s ahead instead of SixTones. I’m with you on liking Snowman much more than SixTones now, although kinpuri is still my favorite out of the three. I think it is a personal choice when it comes to their music, but more than that (since Johnny’s are generally promoted and liked based on their personalities), I feel like Snowman is just made for variety; they fit the image of what people want in idols on tv today.