As someone who loves boy group music from the late 90’s and early 2000’s I almost feel like the ‘Turning Red’ soundtrack was made for me. Each of the vocal led tracks on the score are great in their own unique ways, riffing off sounds that were incredibly popular during the era to great effect. The bouncy, U Know What’s Up is a particular highlight. And while the English renditions of each of the tracks are great, Da-iCE’s Japanese cover of lead single Nobody Like U somehow manages to hit different.
Now I might sound a little biased considering I love Da-ICE but this is a surprisingly strong cover. And while I still think the original is stronger (maybe because I’ve listed to it more), the cover finally allows me to touch on this absolute jam. From the obnoxiously insistent (yes this is a compliment) jack swing beat to the guitar assisted harmonies, Nobody Like U lays its influences on a sleeve harkening back to past triumphs that fit right in with the story’s mood. I love how like Bullet Train, Da-iCE have turned their dancers into rappers for this song. It gives the entire package a real sense of playfulness that I wouldn’t have necessarily expected. This helps the track fall much more in line with the original though Hanamura and Ohno’s instantly iconic vocals are right around the corner to reel you back into the tracks Japanese origins.
But ignoring the fact that this is a cover for the Japanese release of the movie, let’s just talk about the song. This is one of those tracks that you will either love or find boring and outdated. But that’s the beauty of it. The vocal melodies are gorgeous in the arrangement and the track knows this, building to a beautiful chorused harmony during the tracks excellent climax. It plays off its rhythmic backbone very very well, building to a number of exciting hooks that are catchy but still have great replay value. And when trying to replicate songs of this style, that’s all that you really need.
Final Rating: 8.5 / 10