May 1st, 2012
Release Date: January 1, 2012
EXILE’s 9th studio album EXILE JAPAN was one of the first releases of 2012 and is the 3rd for the 14 man unit formed from the merger with the J-Soul Brothers in 2010. This album features the singles Anata e, Ti Amo, I Wish For You and Someday.
If you like mellow mid-tempo R&B songs and ballads then this will definitely fulfill whatever fix you have for that kind of music. A lot of the material on EXILE JAPAN consists of just that and if you’re craving for some new uptempo, catchy Urban Pop/Dance tracks you may end up disappointed. If you can live with the previously released singles then you’ll have no issue.
It sounds like this album was crafted more as a soundtrack for extra curricular bedroom activities than bumping in your ride or on your ipod while working out. But don’t let that deter you from listening to this album. It is what it is & there are some quality songs besides the singles.
The ones that stand out the most are Inochi no Hana, Make It Last Forever and Everlasting Song. The cover of Kubota Toshinobu’s LA LA LA Love Song is also worth noting as well for staying true to the original version instead of being some sort of weird abomination.
Unfortunately there really isn’t much else to say about this album. It’s business as usual for the EXILE machine and whether that’s a good or bad thing is up to what your expectations of the group are. I think they’re coasting but that’s not exactly hurting them at the moment is it?