This is Matsushita Yuya’s fourth physical single, which was released on February 17, 2010. Trust Me was used as the ED for the anime Durarara!!.
That’s one good-looking man. Looks like he took a trip to the tanning salon, too.
There’s been an influx of really hot dance songs coming out lately. I dunno what it is, but I don’t want it to stop, ever. Trust Me is an upbeat urban song and certainly one of the catchier J-Pop singles I’ve heard in the past month or so. The music is very danceable, with cascading synths accentuating the syncopated beats – it’s catchy stuff. Incidentally, this was the first time I’d ever heard Yuya singing pop, and it just reaffirmed what I had already known: this guy has range, rhythm, and very nice tone. Oh, and he can rap, too. Who knew? I have to say that I was really impressed by this song and I definitely recommend it to anyone who’s interested.
I’m pretty used to hearing ballads sung by Japanese artists – it’s kind of their thing. Normally, though, those artists are female. So imagine my surprise when ふたり turned out to be a grandiose ballad that pulls out all the stops. Not only was it cool to hear a legitimate ballad sung by a solo male singer, I also loved that it really showcases Yuya’s voice and how perfectly suited it is for pop music. As a person who takes singing pretty seriously, I was really able to appreciate the control he has over his tone and vibrato. Long story short, I guess you could say I was impressed, yet again.
Summary: I’m so glad I finally got around to reviewing Matsushita Yuya, because he’s a really special artist. And I know I may say that a lot, but I always mean it. It’s not terribly often that you come across a release that shows a singer’s versatility like this, which makes this single a rarity in itself. Furthermore, although Yuya is not the most well-endowed on the vocal front, he has a great deal of talent – certainly more than most of the singers at Johnny’s Entertainment, at least in my opinion. Yeah, I went there. So in conclusion, I’m incredibly glad to finally be enjoying Matsushita Yuya’s music, and I strongly urge you to do the same.
Single Grade: A+