GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE – SPEEDSTER Review

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Release Date: March 2, 2016

Track Listing

  1. AGEHA
  2. Rainy Room
  3. All For You
  4. LOADSTAR
  5. Gimme!
  6. Tell Me Why
  7. Evergreen
  8. TRANSFORM
  9. Hard Knock Days
  10. I Believe In Miracles
  11. … for you
  12. PAGES

Review

SPEEDSTER is the third full-length studio album from GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE, and it features the singles Evergreen, Hard Knock Days, All For You and AGEHA.

On the surface, there is not much difference between EXILE and its affiliated male vocal groups. (With maybe the exception of DEEP) They all follow the same basic template of one or more vocalists surrounded by several performers. Also, they all generally cover the same type of Pop/R&B/Dance crossover sound. To get anything more would be like asking for money to rain from the sky. But one can always hold out hope.

Given that so many singles and their associated B-sides are included on this album, there isn’t much regarding actual new material for long-time followers of GENERATIONS to take in. Of the album cuts, the ballad Rainy Room and the club-oriented TRANSFORM stand out the most.

The best of the previously released material lies with the ALL FOR YOU single and its B-side I Believe In Miracles. After all, the question remains whether SPEEDSTER helps set GENERATIONS apart from their brethren. Well, not really.

That may not sound like a ringing endorsement, right?  Thankfully what is on this album does a fine job of staying within the confines of what works and doesn’t wear out its welcome with over-long tracks, attempts at faux thuggery or pointless interludes or skits.

After reviewing the entire album several times, I can confidently say it is what one would expect from a group with such strong ties to its parent unit. Take that as you will, I guess.

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