Coming Century

Hello Goodbye [Mini LP Limited Edition B]

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A subset of the wildly popular boy band V6, Coming Century tend toward a somewhat stereotypical sound in their distinctive rock ballad format. Their first mini-album as a subgroup opens with an overly formulaic title track, not far away from what V6 might do as a full group, and realistically not far away from what some of the J-rock groups are doing contemporarily (e.g., Aqua Timez). With "Black-Out," the tone gets a little more energetic, but the sound doesn't actually get interesting until "Te no Hira no Universe," a tweaked-out electronic round that could have been a Suga Shikao production in another life. "Forget It All" is a fairly straightforward dance romp, but makes good use of English as a vehicle to move the sound over a sparse keyboard beat reminiscent of some of Jamiroquai's tracks. After a few uneventful tracks, the album ends with "Fate," a basic summer song in the realm of Kobukuro or similar acoustic pop bands. Packaged with the mini-album is a bonus set of solo songs from each of the three members -- fairly forgettable pop for the first two pieces, but Morita Go's turn takes an interesting a cappella Auto-Tune jungle vibe all at once. This song alone suddenly redeems the previous formulaic pieces, ending the album on a high note for new listeners and confirming some creativity for longer-term fans.