This is Tohoshinki’s twenty-ninth single. It was released on January 27, 2010 and sold 169,842 copies in its first day (!).
I think they look kind of…tired. Lol.
And now, something totally different. BREAK OUT! is a rather great departure from the sweet R&B we’re used to hearing from Tohoshinki. Instead, it’s a straightforward electronic number, kind of like their previous single Survivor, only darker. I was really impressed by this song’s strong instrumental and the flawless-as-always vocal performance from the boys. It seems kind of like this song is meant to be a statement regarding the still-ongoing lawsuit between Tohoshinki and SM Entertainment, which is even more interesting. I would say this is a very strong A-side – even more so than Stand by U!
Hearing this Japanese version of XIAHTIC was my first time hearing any version of this song, ever, which I guess makes me a bad fan. Lol. Well, in any case, I ended up really liking it a lot. Junsu’s got a truly awesome voice and he doesn’t get drowned out by the elaborate arrangement of the song. His performance isn’t without its faults, though – for example, he could afford to work on his English a little more, but seeing as this is J-Pop, it’s excusable.
BREAK OUT -New Jack Swing Mix- puts a totally different twist on the original song. It’s more R&B in nature, and to be honest, it sounds kind of dated. I prefer the original version by about 100%.
Summary: The fact of the matter is that Tohoshinki is unstoppable, which makes their current legal troubles with their Korean music agency all the more troubling. However, this single shows us that even amidst all the crap that’s been going on, Tohoshinki can still put out some great pop music, which is, after all, what they do best. All of the songs on this single, remix excepted, are really great vocally and musically, and they have a way of making you feel not the least bit embarrassed in listening and enjoying them. So you go, Tohoshinki. Keep the faith eternally!
Single Grade: A+