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-