Yamapi’s newest solo single “Loveless” and its MV are out and it seems like he’s taking things on a whole new level!
When I heard that Pi was releasing another single, I was not too thrilled. I mean, come on. Knowing Johnny’s and its preference for recycling Swedish songs, making the boys gyrate and flail to cheesy dance steps while wearing garish outfits that seemed like it was designed by a drunken fashion coordi… Plus, it’s Yamapi we’re talking about here. With his infamous reputation for lacking in appropriate facial expressions, he could do better just sitting still and looking hot in front of the camera! But hey, he’s my first ever JPOP crush. So I decided to check it out.
Old boy Johnny seems to be racking in the bucks these days. The MV was filmed in New York, and you can see Pi doing stuff typical New Yorkers do: Go on the subway, ride a taxi (shock!), walk around the streets… It’s quite an improvement from NEWS’ previous PVs that were always filmed in closed sets! And what’s this? There’s actually a girl in there?! Well, she had her back turned while they were doing a slow dance but that’s better than nothing. I think it’s quite unfair how KAT-TUN gets hot girls in their videos while all the other groups had nothing left to do but turn to each other for some boy-on-boy fanservice (which is good too, if you know what I mean). Pi was still his emotionless self, but there were parts in the MV were he actually looks distressed! WOHOO! He’s looking real good in this vid, with a much more mature and manly image. But his hair looks like it hasn’t been washed for days, though LOL. I do prefer his hairstyle in Proposal Daisakusen:
Anyways, on to the song! A lot of people have been commenting that it sounds like a KPOP mid-tempo ballad! Which means that it’s good! I’m not sure if it really does, but I’m just glad it’s not the typical JE gambatte or rock song. But I must admit, NEWS does have some pretty good songs like Weeeek, Summer Time, Cherish, etc. It has a hint of RnB, yet it suits Yamapi’s limited vocal range better. It’s tons better than Daite Senorita, but Daite had this guilty pleasure appeal and a very addicting chorus–daite, daite senorita, tsuyoku tsuyoku hanasanaide!!!~~ That song was a classic. Who can resist Pi grinding his hips in black leather with his chest exposed and with some road kill on his shoulder? Then again, Loveless is not as cheesy as his duet with Kame in Seishun Amigo (which, by the way was the time when Johnny had this thing with incorporating random Spanish themes/words in the boys’ songs). And the dancing! OMG the dancing! *cough*twirling*cough* Sorry I keep digressing. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some JE! Despite all the occasional crap the company releases. The lyrics of Loveless is really lovely: “Our hands have become cold since we parted… now we’ve become strangers…” Overall, it’s a really good song. It shows how much Pi has matured and graduated from his earlier works. It’s a given that he’s not known for his vocals, but at least he’s improved a whole lot. I could imagine Tegoshi singing this song and doing better, but I would just laugh my head off if I see him dancing with a girl like Pi. That would just be so wrong. LOL. I hope Pi gets more stuff like this in the future. Watch the vid with subs here:Loveless
As a bonus, here’s some pics from a magazine featuring the ultimate JE OTP: TomaPi!