Single Review: Tohoshinki – “時ヲ止メテ”

1. 時ヲ止メテ (Toki wo Tomete; Stop Time)
2. CHECKMATE (YUNHO from 東方神起)
3. 時ヲ止メテ -never end remix-
4. 時ヲ止メテ (Less Vocal)
5. CHECKMATE (Less Vocal)

This is Tohoshinki’s thirtieth single, which was released on March 24, 2010.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I really like these covers.


To many Tohoshinki fans, 時ヲ止メテ is yet another testament to the legal struggles the group has been going through as of late. Unfortunately, this sentimentality doesn’t translate very well into the song itself. 時を止メテ is dull and a bit too long for its own good. Tohoshinki generally tend to excel at ballads, but I’ve definitely heard better from them than this. At five and a half minutes long, I think the producers of this song could have afforded to trim it down a little bit.

CHECKMATE is much better. As Yunho’s solo, this song is a fast-paced, futuristic dance track that definitely fits Yunho’s reputation as an excellent dancer. His vocals on this song are really notable as it seems like Yunho has a lot of control over his vibrato. I could picture him really getting into dancing to this song, which is especially appropriate considering his participation in a series of Michael Jackson tribute concerts in Seoul. The only less-than-great part of this song is the extra long instrumental break in the middle. Other than that, I’d say this is the best song on the single so far.

Finally, we have 時ヲ止メテ -never end remix-, a completely unnecessary and somewhat lame excuse for a remix. The song was long enough to begin with – I certainly didn’t want it to “never end.” The only thing this remix does is give the original a slightly dated, 80’s synth ballad feeling, but very little happens in the way of improvement.

Summary: After the excellence of BREAK OUT!, I was expecting Tohoshinki’s next single to be spectacular, but no such luck. Both 時ヲ止メテ and its corresponding remix were slow and rather boring, and the only truly exciting song on the single was Yunho’s solo song. Rather than dwelling on the difficulty of their current situation, I think Tohoshinki need to step it up and reaffirm their true appeal as pop stars.

Single Grade: B-
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3 thoughts on “Single Review: Tohoshinki – “時ヲ止メテ”

  1. hmmm…I agree with you about Yunho’s solo…The long instrumental break was unnecessary but I felt that with this song You could most definitely see his vocals have gotten MUCH better.

    As for Toki wo Tomete I actually prefer this over BREAK OUT! To me that single was rather boring (not including Xiahtic..*love that song*) and I grew tired of it after a few listens…

    I personally don’t even count this as a true single…because when you think about it, the song was already featured on the Best Album…it’s just a way to put Yunho’s song on a single…but maybe that’s just me… 🙂

    Also I love these covers too 🙂 if I’m being honest….I bought the single just for the cover…

    • Haha, thank you for your honesty. I loved BREAK OUT!, and I felt that 時ヲ止メテ lacked the, quote/unquote, “wow factor” that that single had. And oh yes, Yunho’s vocals in CHECKMATE were awesome.

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