In this album, we have the band’s best ballad songs compiled here. At first, I thought this was just another cash grab for the band with no changes to the songs whatsoever but I was wrong. Thank goodness.
My first impressions have been pretty decent. Every song here is rerecorded with some added arrangements and lyrics. Also, every song does not fade out except for ITO. Long time fans of the GazettE will appreciate this album because it’s got oldie songs such as Kare Uta, Reila, D.L.N., and Taion. All the songs here are great.
Now for the bad. This could be a hit or miss with the new recorded sound. It sounds very compressed and thick where as the original has a more balanced sound mixing. This may be because I’m used to the way the original sounded but your mileage may vary. While I love the emphasis put into the drums, it sounds artificial here. Come to think of it, this production is quite similar to Dir en grey’s THE UNRAVELING. My favorite GazettE ballad is PLEDGE, and to hear that the song butchered here was quite disappointing. Ruki’s voice no longer has that emotional impact that was in the original. The same result happened when I heard Dir en grey’s rerecorded version of THE FINAL. Guren has these children giggling in the background which is kinda creepy. I really miss the piano standout that was in Reila.
I think of this album as another option or a 2nd chance for those who didn’t like the way the original sounded. Either way, it gave me a good reason to listen to the oldie tracks again. Without a doubt, the new Kare Uta will be on my phone.
When it comes to hip hop or rap music, I’m really picky. Lyrically, it’s one of the biggest reasons I can never get into it long term because of endless cussing and same exact themes of violence, sex, money, and drugs. I’m also really picky when it comes to Christian music since it musically lacks variety. The reason for that is praise lyrics tends to be the main focus. That’s why there’s not much emphasis on the composition or the instrumental techniques, but when it does try to go outside the box, the execution falls flat making it sound unappealing. I knew about Lecrae for some time but never really bothered to listen to any of his songs until I watched a documentary that used one of this songs for the ending credits. This is actually pretty good. Really good! The rap style reminds me of Tupac. The beats sound great and the lyrics are meaningful and emotional. Looks like I’ll have to do some discography search ups for Lecrae. 🙂
Just discovered this today. Pretty nice graceful themed song.
Can’t have enough progressive house.
It’s freezing here in the central US which appropriately points to this track. Sad that I’ve never seen them perform this song live.
I can’t do it. I used to listen to these guys a lot and many other bands like them, but I can’t even finish listening to this song. Speed metal has lost its appeal to me. They all sound the same. The constant double bass drumming bores me, I need rhythm variety. But that tells me the genre is dead to me. I enjoyed my time back in the day listening to this type of music, but now it’s time to move on.
I’m not a fan of Porter Robinson’s music, but this is one of the best music videos I’ve seen in a long time. This 6 minute short told a better story than Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso). It’s beautiful, had a theme going, told a solid narrative, and ultimately bittersweet. It’s funny how a 6 min video can achieve so much as opposed to 22 episode show. Shelter is a must watch.