Before we get all excited about January 19, 2016 my fellow fans and those wondering about the current ONE OK ROCK mania in Manila, lets take a look at the album that the tour is named after.
Released on February 11, 2015, 35XXXV is the band’s seventh full-length album and what made this album special is that this is the band’s first album which is recorded abroad. ONE OK ROCK worked alongside known music producer John Feldmann and Chris Lord-Alge for this album, which the band had expressed excitement over as they had dreamed of recording an album overseas and in the US.
The album has 13 tracks, sung in a mix of English and Japanese lyrics, and they are as follows:
– Take me to the Top
– Cry out
– Mighty Long Fall
– Paper Planes (featuring Kellin Quinn of Sleeping with Sirens)
– Good Goodbye
– One by One
– Stuck in the Middle
– Fight the Night
Two of the album’s tracks – Mighty Long Fall and Heartache – had been the theme song for the last two installments of the Rurouni Kenshin live action movies Kyoto Inferno and Legend Ends respectively. Decision, on the other hand, was released as the theme song for the band’s documentary film FOOL COOL ROCK. This album also has a special edition with a DVD showing videos of the acoustic version of Mighty Long Fall and Decision.
To the short review:
Which song did I like in this album?
For me, I definitely liked Heartache and Mighty Long Fall. Heartache most especially! It completed the trinity starting from The Beginning. But i also did love the catchy tunes for Stuck in the Middle and One by One (Can’t wait to hear One by One live though. Reminds me of Ending Story??)
I have heard about the criticisms regarding this album especially the comment that it was too Americanized for most fans. I admit some tracks here were pretty much incomparable to JinseixBoku= which I love very much despite the English-Japanese lyrics. JinseixBoku= was perfectly executed, for this… well not by much. Regardless of that, it is still a good album to listen to, especially the hit tracks.
What are the odds this will be the tracklist for the 35xxxv Asia Tour?
Well, this has equal odds on being the main setlist for the Asia Tour primarily because the fans had heard this version first in comparison to the Deluxe version which catered to the American and European market. High chances that this will be the setlist is plausible because from tips from other fans, this was the version performed in the headline shows in the US.
I prefer this version better to be honest because the raw emotion of the songs, especially for Heartache, is just there. I also prefer this from the deluxe because while yes, you may not know the Japanese lyrics well, but you can easily get the jist of it. We’re seeing ONE OK ROCK differently with this version, a ONE OK ROCK that is now moving to their next frontier. Sure, I also love the tracks from the Deluxe, but nothing beats the original.
Where can you buy this album?
Aside from iTunes, you can purchase it through Amazon Japan, CDJapan, HMV Japan and YesAsia. You can also stream it in Spotify and Deezer. Apple Music doesnt have this from the last time I used the service.
If you like to find out if they will perform the regular or deluxe tracks or just join everyone in rocking with this talented foursome, purchase your tickets to “ONE OK ROCK: The 2016 35XXXV Asia Tour – Live in Manila” in any SM Ticket branches nationwide. You can also purchase these tickets online at SM Tickets Online or call SM Tickets at 420-2222. Remember, purchase only in SM Tickets and not from scalpers!
ONE OK ROCK: The 2016 35XXXV Asia Tour – Live in Manila is brought to us by PULP Live World, 28 Black and Amuse Asia Inc. Event media partners include Monster Radio RX 93.1, MYX, The Philippine Star, Astroplus, Odyssey Music Video, Pulp Magazine, G/ST and SM Mall of Asia Arena.
For more details of this event, visit either http://pulpliveworld.com/shows/2016/one-ok-rock
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Has this backgrounder peeked your curiosity as to how the 35XXXV Asia Tour can go like? I will be reviewing the Deluxe Edition in the next coming entries so stay tuned!