Review of each KIS-MY-FT2 single: Pick It Up

Pick it upIn honor of the fact that Kis-My-Ft2’s complete video has been uploaded to YouTube (in edited form, of course …), I can not help but write about each one. To put this in context for Bias List readers, Kis-My-Ft2 (or Kisumai as they are often called) is my J-pop version of Infinite. Tois how much I love them and their discography.

Still, I rarely write about them because it was so hard to find online links to their music … until now!

Pick It Up (2017)

I always feel like I should love Pick it up more than I do. I mean, I like the song a lot. But I think it suffers from coming after classic singles like Gravity, Tonight and Explode. It’s not idiosyncratic enough to stand out from the crowd, nor is it great enough to continue the group’s epic streak.

The years have been kind, though Pick it up. It’s a catchy, fun dance track with just enough edge to make it feel like an evolution rather than a retreaded one. I love the fast delivery in the verses, which matches the progress of the rhythm and gives a feeling of constantly changing movement. The melody here is quite addictive, giving the track a quick energy that leads well into the more reserved pre-chorus. Pick it up‘s hook is repetitive but instantly captivating, bringing just enough melodic diversity to remain interesting. Beyond that, the course is one of Kisumai’s most straightforward offerings. Maybe that’s why it does not stand out as much as other singles.

The video is sleek and modern with a great color palette and emphasis on the memorable choreography. I like the dancers’ skeleton face painting, which also created the possibility of ridiculous role-playing behind the scenes in the video’s “making of” clips.

Hooks 9
Production 8
Long life 9
Bias 8

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