Review of each KIS-MY-FT2 single: Tonight | Bias List // K-Pop reviews and discussion

TonightIn 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!

Tonight (2017)

If Kisumai’s 2016 era music was largely about optimistic, EDM tastes, their 2017 rockbomast brought back from their debut. The incredible Tonight is a great way to get things started. This song was composed by one of my favorite Johnny songwriters – Tommy Clint. He knows his way around in a knock-out, drag-down epic and has become one of the agency’s most trusted talents behind the scenes.

Other than Japan (and specifically Johnny’s), I know of no other music market that creates music like this. The sound is certainly not trendy, but it’s 100% something I go crazy for. In fact, I’ve been crazy about that kind of exaggeration since I was a kid. I love the full intensity of the instrumental, packed with powerful rock guitar, symphonic strings and a windy beat that never gives up. To me, music is fantasy, and songs like Tonight unlock a whole new dimension.

Right from the start, the song jumps out of the gate like a hundred-ton giant barreling against its megawatt chorus without delay. I love how the tempo doubles halfway through verse one, only to give way to the guitar distortion of the pre-chorus. In a world of half-baked TikTok-friendly pop music, this is a full party.

My story with Kis-My-Ft2 on this blog is checkered and weird. For some reason, I did not include this number on the “top ten” list I wrote years ago, but there is nothing I could say about it that would justify anything less than a perfect result. You probably just learn to appreciate more songs the longer they last.

The music video totally appeals to the me of childhood, portraying the guys as warriors preparing for battle. It’s directly related to their upcoming single Explode and is a great example of the agency’s “more is more” ethos when it comes to costumes.

Hooks 10
Production 10
Long life 10
Bias 10

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