Arashi @ ORICON STYLE, image courtesy of Arashirin.vox
|We can make it!
Product Code: JACA-5059/5060
Release Date: 2007.05.02
Debut Ranking: #1
First Press: Bonus Track
Arashi’s latest single We can make it! was released on 2 May 2007, Arashi’s second single of the year and nineteenth single as a group. The single consists of three songs, one of which is featured as the theme song for Matsumoto Jun’s new dorama, Bambino!
Arashi is a five member band under Johnny’s Entertainment. The band consists of Ninomiya Kazunari, Sakurai Sho, Aiba Masaki, Matsumoto Jun, and Ohno Satoshi. The group formed in 1999 and have since taken Japan by “storm”.
We can make it!: A great start to the single. It’s exactly what you expect from Arashi. It was catchy and just made you want to bounce along with it. The song starts with Jun and Sho’s solos and gradually crescendos into the chorus. You can tell that this is a pop song immediately. I wasn’t really a fan of the rapping, but then that is a matter of taste. This song was used as the theme song to Matsumoto Jun’s dorama, Bambino!
The music video seems quite similar to “Love So Sweet” in the respect that they are all wearing white and their dancing has not improved yet. But I must say, they look absolutely delicious in matching white military jackets.
Di-li-li: I thought that this song was pretty different from anything they’ve done. I really liked the song, and I actually thought it was more memorable than We Can Make it! Arashi is just addictive. Again, not really the biggest fan of the rapping but it wasn’t enough to really make me hate the song.
Future: Ok, I’m not going to lie. I honestly feel like the rapping in this song sounded like ubbi-dubbi from the television show, Zoom. I really think it’s a shame that they started the song off with rapping, because after that, I never really liked the song as much as I could have. Once you get to the chorus, it really is addictive, but I thought that the rapping really did ruin the song this time.
Conclusion: This was a pretty typical single from Arashi. It was bouncy and energetic but somewhat forgettable. Since it was not completely dismal, it will not get 1 star. I think that any hardcore Arashi fan will love this single, but it really didn’t make any impression on me in particular. It wasn’t bad by any means. It just wasn’t great.