This is Matsushita Yuya’s fifth single, which was released on May 5, 2010. The single reached #18 on the Oricon Weekly Chart and sold 4,849 copies. The song Hallucination was used as Yuya’s solo song in the musical Black Butler: The Most Beautiful Death in the World – A Thousand Souls and the Fallen Grim Reapers.
What can I say? I love him. This cover is stunning.
Hey, remember that hot song Yuya released back in February, Trust Me? Well, take everything in that song, magnify it, and there’s YOU. The two songs share a lot of things in common – the danceable R&B beat, the catchy English lyrics, and the rapped bridge – but the thing that sets them apart is that YOU is much more aggressive across the board. The Japanese lyrics are similarly romantic, but everything else is harder and stronger, establishing Yuya as a true R&B artist. Also, I love how he fits a rap in there, and he sounds like he knows what he’s doing. Long story short, if you liked Trust Me, there’s almost a 100% chance that you’ll like this song too.
Hallucination is a ballad with one of the nicest melodies I’ve heard from a male artist in a while. Yuya’s graceful voice compliments the somewhat melancholy instrumental very nicely. Although this song doesn’t exactly sound like a musical theater piece, it’s both intricate and understated enough to fit snugly in between the genres of theater and pop.
Summary: Oh, Matsushita Yuya. Most of the male artists that I listen to on a regular basis are Korean and come in groups, but he is one of my favorites exceptions. I can really appreciate that, although Yuya clearly has a great production team behind him, he doesn’t leave all the work to them – he has genuine talent to support himself, as a singer, dancer and actor. Yuya knows what kind of music he’s good at singing and he never lets his listeners forget about it. I can’t wait for Yuya’s album in June; I’m about completely convinced it’ll be brilliant.
Single Grade: A+
YOU | Hallucination