Sympathy (Live from TOUR 2012 “M&W”)
V.I.P -Anime Ver.- (Anime edition only)
After “S”, I was kind of wanting to see SID continue releasing hard stuff since it was a breath of fresh air and all that. With V.I.P, they kind of took their sound to an interesting area and it sounds WAYYYY anison…like almost 5pb. worthy! I’m not used to it and it really felt uncharacteristic for them to be pulling this off (something tells me they’re trying to be less of what they used to be). I don’t know it’s a weird song for me to be honest.
I love hearing erhu so it made me happy to hear Soumatou begin with a pretty intro and keep it going. The song does have more of a rockin’ feel and less anison than “V.I.P” and I really enjoyed hearing a pretty song like this. The chorus does remind me of some of the songs from “M&W” but it stands out primarily because of the erhu presence. Not bad and I was more comfortable listening to this.
3. Sympathy (Live from TOUR 2012 “M&W”)
I definitely remember Sympathy since it was one of my 5 top favorites from “dead stock” and I remember it being the edgy and cool closing track as well. Seeing the single having a live version had got me excited for sure! Mao sounds sooo good live (I think I’ve said that everytime I reviewed a live track). The energy is great and the crowd is loving it as well. Just a great song live!
As they start their 4th major era, V.I.P is a very odd way to start it off IMO. V.I.P is such a strange conundrum of uncharacteristic vibes and strange dive into the anison world (granted SID has done many anime themes, but none that sounded so…typical anison…). Soumatou might not be their most unique B-side, but the erhu was a nice touch to what could’ve been a plain rock song….and the live take of Sympathy was great…Overall it’s just a strange single…