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GACKT – Tsumi no Keishou ~ORIGINAL SIN~ April 19, 2017

Filed under: GACKT — solarblade @ 4:30 am

tsuminokeishou

Track Listing

  1. Tsumi no Keishou ~ORIGINAL SIN~
  2. Tsumi no Keishou ~ORIGINAL SIN~ (Orchestra Ver.)
  3. Tsumi no Keishou ~ORIGINAL SIN~ -Instrumental-

1. Tsumi no Keishou ~ORIGINAL SIN~

As a theme to an anime, I was definitely excited to hear GACKT back in the game to deliver and boy did he ever with Tsumi no Keishou!  It’s been a long time since the song itself felt like a powerful song for GACKT and definitely pulls me back to the “RE:BORN” era with a powerful arrangement with heavy rock and a nice strings ensemble to add more dramatics.  GACKT himself gave an amazing vocal performance and he’s really putting a lot into this!  Wonderful song overall and I hope he keeps this up for future releases!

2. Tsumi no Keishou ~ORIGINAL SIN~ (Orchestra Ver.)

Of course like in many of his more recent singles, he’s been adding orchestra takes of the leading track which are more or less spiced up instrumental of the song.  It would’ve been great to have heard GACKT in this setting, but it’s understandable why this is a thing.

GACKT kicks off a new era with a bang with ORIGINAL SIN.  I’ve been missing this type of badass, epic song (though his last two singles were quite there, the two before “Kimi Dake no Boku de Iru Kara” actually).  Either way, this song is just epic in every way!  One of his better songs in recent times.  Wished he’d release B-sides again, but having two instrumentals of the leading track, is a bit ehhh.

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GACKT – Kimi Dake no Boku de Iru Kara December 3, 2016

Filed under: GACKT — solarblade @ 8:10 am

kimidakega

Track Listing

  1. Kimi Dake ga Boku de Iru Kara
  2. Kimi Dake ga Boku de Iru Kara (ReMIX ver.)
  3. Kimi Dake ga Boku de Iru Kara -Instrumental-

1. Kimi Dake no Boku de Iru Kara

As the leading track, it’s not like I haven’t heard this as it was one of the new tracks from his last album, “LAST MOON”.  Opening in a cityscape setting and GACKT singing acoustically, it was a pretty pleasant opening to the song.  Then the track actually opens up to an anison-like track with synths and guitars.  It’s an interesting song and we haven’t had a track list this in a while from GACKT so it’s an interesting choice to lead.

2. Kimi Dake no Boku de Iru Kara (ReMIX ver.)

Though for some small reason to actually warrant a purchase for the single, it includes a remix of the A-side.  Taking out the anison sounds and cityscape vibe, the remix of course has a little bit more electronics going on on top of GACKT having his voice processed more to fit the mid-tempo like sound (reminds me a little of Mirror’s Edge music, but with a bit more oomph).  It’s a more valiant sounding remix of Kimi Dake no Boku de Iru Kara.

I am a bit perplexed of the choice to release a recut single after half a year has passed by since “LAST MOON” released.  There’s just something a smidge lazy about this release as I didn’t think the song was one of the best the album had to offer.  It just felt slapped together and released to primarily promote the anime tie-in it has.  It’s OK, but a little late to be happening IMO.

 

GACKT – LAST MOON May 1, 2016

Filed under: GACKT — solarblade @ 9:16 pm

lastmoon

Track Listing

  1. ARROW
  2. Hana mo Chiyu
  3. RETURNER ~Yami no Shuuen~
  4. RIDE OR DIE
  5. Akatsuki Tsukiyo ~DAY BREAKERS~
  6. ZAN
  7. Kugutsu ga Gotoku
  8. ONE MORE KISS
  9. Mai BABY!! -WooHa-
  10. Koi no FRIDAY!!!
  11. Kimi Dake no Boku de Iru Kara
  12. P.S. I LOVE U
  13. Setsugekka -The end of silence-

1. ARROW

Opening the album is definitely the not surprising as ARROW was the last A-side he released prior to the release.  I was surprised that ARROW was chosen to open things up because it feels like a closer or somewhere in the middle.  Of course GACKT recently has been taking up more of the epic, grandiose rock tracks and as such is why I feel like this is a little strange of an opener.  I still do think it’s one of his better compositions since his last album for sure!  I love the battlefield-like theme for the tune and pretty much the rest of the song.  Still, a great A-side from him!

2. Hana mo Chiyu

As the lone digital single for the album, Hana mo Chiyu comes next and I’m starting to see theme as it seriously reminds me of stuff like “ZAN” and “RETURNER” with the shakuhachi being used behind the heavy rock arrangement.  What surprised was that the song sounds like an anime theme for some reason.  It’s a decent track and GACKT’s voice sounds so clear and cool and that high note at the end of the choruses was quite impressive.  It’s still a pretty good song though 😀

3. RETURNER ~Yami no Shuuen~

Why would you bring a song that’s almost a decade old to this album?!?  I mean if it wasn’t tied to some storyline (the whole MOON saga series), I would easily question a song like this making the cut.  I suppose with the time split, RETURNER does suit the theme of the album and once again the shakuhachi has the intro lead with the rest of the song bearing a mysterious sound (on top of the heavy rock arrangement).  I do like the simplicity of the song an it has such a nice traditional sound going for it.  Despite how old the song is, it definitely worked out for the best.

4. RIDE OR DIE

Surprised that some of the B-sides made the cut (though said some A-side were left off).  However, that wasn’t the case here.  Being the B-side from “P.S. I LOVE U”, RIDE OR DIE at least changes things up to more of a straightforward rock tune that reminds me of stuff like “BLACK STONE”.  I definitely found myself enjoying the song a lot originally and on the album, really sticks out for having less of a dramatic charge behind it, it’s GACKT rockin’ out and I’m fine with that.

5. Akatsuki Tsukiyo -DAY BREAKERS-

Toning things down, we have DAY BREAKERS and after the dramatic punches in the previous tracks, it’s nice that the song opens up as lightly as it does.  Though despite its slow beginnings, the track does open up for a more heavier style.  I really like his voice when he does these kind of slower tracks and he’s got a lot of emotion behind that voice which makes songs like this leave a strong impression on me.

6. ZAN

I suppose as traditional tracks go, ZAN is definitely one of the stronger-tinted ones.  It’s a lot heavier than I expected with heavy guitars and a darker motif than other tracks.  However, it’s something I’ve heard a number of times already on this album already, so it does slightly struggle making impressions despite being 7 years old and the first to really cement this style (though I could argue “RETURNER” was the first).

7. Kugutsu ga Gotoku

FINALLY, a new track for the album.  Being the promotional song for LAST MOON, the first thought I had was how the song kind of made me think of “ZAN” from the similar bells and shakuhachi and shimasen throughout.  Then I heard GACKT start to sing and I was brought back to “GHOST” with the electronics and smudging of auto-tune here.  I like this sound though and brings some of the mysterious sound that made the former song work years ago.  Though, it’s definitely a memorable song and the one that sticks out the most from the album for such a different sound.

8. ONE MORE KISS

Moving into the B-side from “WHITE LOVERS -Shiawase na Toki-“, I was expecting the leading track to make the cut, but I guess apparently if the song was on “THE BEST OF THE BEST” then it wouldn’t make the album cut.  It does trick me like “DAY BREAKERS” did by starting with a setting befitting for a ballad, but then it opens up as an upbeat rock track and whike I’m not bored by it, couldn’t we have gotten a ballad?  Either way, ONE MORE KISS was one of the better track in this era for sure as it’s got a good melody and GACKT sounds great.  Pretty wild song, but I enjoyed it a lot!

9. Mai BABY!! -WooHa-

PHEW, at least we get a small string of new songs now!  With a title as such, I wonder what kind of track this would be and it’s a wild song that’s for sure.  The added chanting of ~WOOHA~ is kind of quirky and fun, but then I hear GACKT under such extreme auto-tune is a little surprising for a rock song, but at the same time brings me back to stuff like “Koakuma Heaven”.  Strange, but nice to see a song like this.

10. Koi no FRIDAY!!!

It’s strange because I thought the odd song would be saved for this one, just by going from the title.  Koi no FRIDAY!!! is pretty upbeat and has a lot of fun written all over it.  GACKT’s vocals are a little different sounding here and reminds me of stuff he released in the past, even if he does take his vocals into some strange places.  I have to say that I do like the song for the most part minus the speed drumming sections, but it’s a fun and powerful track, but I don’t see where it fits in this MOON arc…I mean at all…

11. Kimi Dake ni Boku de Iru Kara

The 4th and final new track, GACKT opens this with him singing by himself in what I think is a cityscape setting in the background.  After a minute, the song actually begins and it sounds so new and fresh from GACKT which is surprisingly nice.  Though, it sounds like it was made from a different band.  I quite enjoyed this, but the ending with that strings passage was a bit random to say the least.

12. P.S. I LOVE U

At least we do finally get into our ballad track with P.S. I LOVE U though it wasn’t high up on my list when I heard it on the single because it did sound like many of the other songs he was releasing (which most was left off luckily).  I do like the simple piano/strings arrangement on top of the rockin’ chorus, but the song went on for way too long being 6 minutes in length.  I’m just surprised it wasn’t the final track…

13. Setsugekka -The end of silence-

I mean I suppose it makes sense that Setsugekka would be the one chosen to close the album as it also has a nice closing kind of feeling.  Unlike the previous track, it does wrap the whole traditional MOON saga arc in a nice bow and being over 6 and a half minutes long, it was definitely a track to end things off.  Exciting song and definitely reminded me of how good it was 7 years ago!

Tracks Recommended

  • Kugutsu ga Gotoku
  • RETURNER ~Yami no Shuuen~
  • ONE MORE KISS
  • Setsugekka -The end of silence-
  • Hana mo Chiyu

Song of Avoidance

  • P.S. I LOVE U

It feels like it took forever for GACKT to put out this album (his last was 2009’s “RE:BORN” album) and boy it didn’t need 12 singles (in which most of them were omitted here).  LAST MOON is what GACKT is calling the final album of his MOON series and I feel like all the songs that were released through singles really show that ind of epic, true Japanese tradition or Samurais and all that which is cool, but then you have the new songs and they throw that bar off just a bit.  Also, waiting 7-10 years for certain songs to make an album cut is bizarre to say the least.  Overall though, LAST MOON was actually pretty good and GACKT really has come along with his music these days so the epicness is on full blast!  Just don’t take forever on the next one, man!

 

GACKT – ARROW October 16, 2015

Filed under: GACKT — solarblade @ 3:24 am

arrow

Track Listing

  1. ARROW
  2. ARROW (Orchestra ver.)
  3. ARROW -Instrumental-
  4. ARROW (Orchestra ver.) -Insrtrumental-

1. ARROW

While it hasn’t been too long since we’ve heard a rock mid-tempo track from GACKT, I feel like ARROW did a pretty good job at standing out amongst his collection of songs of the same calibur.  I do like the heavier metal sound though with more emphasis from the percussionist this time around.  I do feel like the song could’ve been released back in the mid-2000s but that’s alright because it changes from the overly dramatic songs he’s been putting out.  Very good song overall and might be my favorite of the A-sides he’s released since “RE:BORN”.

2. ARROW (Orchestra ver.)

For the fans that do enjoy the more recent dramatic takings GACKT has been pulling off, the orchestrated version of ARROW might be just for you!  I really like the atmosphere and arrangement out of this version as it’s so grandiose and well, sounds very Kingdom Hearts-like that it caught my attention quickly.  GACKT’s voice though sounds good and has a lot of character in it for sure!

A year after his last single, “Akatsuki Tsukiyo -DAY BREAKERS-“, ARROW comes in and surprisingly impresses me both ways.  ARROW itself is a good rock track and really shows a more darker side to GACKT’s music while its orchestrated version shows a more dramatic battle-like side (which songs like “ZAN” and the aforementioned single share).  With album on the way in 2016 (FINALLY), I think ARROW closed this era off nicely even if it took 12 singles to get there and Koda Kumi did this in a MUCH shorter time range….damnit GACKT!

 

GACKT – Akatsuki Tsukiyo -DAY BREAKERS- August 18, 2015

Filed under: GACKT — solarblade @ 6:58 am

daybreakers

Track Listing

  1. Akatsuki Tsukiyo – DAY BREAKERS-
  2. Akatsuki Tsukiyo -DAY BREAKERS- (Orchestra Ver.)
  3. Akatsuki Tsukiyo -DAY BREAKERS- (-Instruments-)
  4. Akatsuki Tsukiyo -DAY BREAKERS- (Orchestra Ver. -Instruments-)

1. Akatsuki Tsukiyo -DAY BREAKERS-

Man GACKT sure knows how to do ballads huh?  Yup, DAY BREAKERS is a rather haunting ballad with a powerful rock chorus and GACKT sounds just so good here.  While there’s a lot of songs that he’s been pulling off in a similar light, this one stuck out for me in the best ways.  There’s a lot of things that are similar to “Setsugekka” and “ZAN”.  I think it actually might tie-in with the songs due to how similar the art covers are in some ways too.  Very cool song and very dramatic too!

2. Akatsuki Tsukiyo -DAY BREAKERS- (Orchestra Ver.)

Well if you can observe then yes, the song’s arrangement changed dramatically and instead of the powerful rock elements of the original, it has a STRONG orchestral backing and it made the song even more dramatic and powerful (especially the way the song ebbs and flows between verses and chorus).  Even GACKT sounds a lot more powerful too…wow!

So GACKT managed to release another single in 2014 (where’s that album?) and DAY BREAKERS is a pretty strong single despite being the lone track with no actual B-side.  The main version is powerful and sits with some of the more grand ballads he’s done.  I still thin the orchestral version is much better though.  Can’t wait to see what’s next.

 

GACKT – P.S. I LOVE U February 13, 2014

Filed under: GACKT — solarblade @ 3:51 pm

psiloveyou

Track Listing

  1. P.S. I LOVE U
  2. RIDE OR DIE
  3. P.S. I LOVE U -Instrumental-
  4. RIDE OR DIE -Instrumental-

1. P.S. I LOVE U

Didn’t we just have a ballad with the last single?  I guess we get another one from GACKT with P.S. I LOVE U and there’s not much to really say about the song because it’s kind of like his other recent ballads (especially the B-side from the last single, “ONE LAST KISS), but the song begins with just piano before the end of the chorus where the song unleashes a more rockin’ arrangement.  It’s a pretty dramatic song and while I’ll forget about it in the future, it’s not a bad listen, though long at 6 minutes.

2. RIDE OR DIE

The B-side luckily focuses more on GACKT’s more aggressive rock songs and hey! his voice has some filters going on for some of it.  I really tend to enjoy these songs as GACKT’s voice seems to suit these energetic rock/synth tracks.  I found this to be more memorable than the A-side which is not surprising at all…definitely listen to this one!

 

 

I don’t know when GACKT will put out another album but I’m starting to get a little bored of his music.  If it wasn’t for RIDE OR DIE, I would’ve wrote this single off because P.S. I LOVE U is more of the same stuff we had the previous single and didn’t phase me at all.  Still, the B-side definitely overshadowed the leading song in the long run…oh well…

 

GACKT – WHITE LOVERS -Shiawase na Toki- January 6, 2013

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whitelovers

Track Listing

  1. WHITE LOVERS -Shiawase na Toki-
  2. ONE MORE KISS
  3. WHITE LOVERS -Shiawase na Toki- (Instrumental)
  4. ONE MORE KISS (Instrumental)

1. WHITE LOVERS -Shiawase na Toki-

So GACKT release a winter-themed song eh?  WHITE LOVERS kind of finally breaks from his heavy rock songs in place of a rather slower rock track.  Not that I don’t mind this because it sounds refreshing after the last couple of releases not going to lie.  The chorus is a tad weak, but nothing scary to listen to do.  It’s a pretty decent track overall and kind of lies in the better side of the singles of this cureent album era.

2. ONE MORE KISS

I initially thought ONE MORE KISS was GACKT’s take on that YFC track, “LAST KISS” but luckily I was proven wrong.  This song starts out like a ballad, but then quickly moves right into a more energetic rock track befitting of him.  I actually enjoyed this more than “WHITE LOVERS” because the melody is really good and GACKT gave a pretty strong performance.  I prefer this track by a longshot.

 

 

It’s getting to the point where GACKT is just going to end up releasing another “RE:BORN” with how many singles he’s released since then.  His winter single, WHITE LOVERS is one of the better singles he’s releasing in recent times with the leading track being a nice, little sentimental tune and ONE MORE KISS being a lot more stronger and memorable of a song.  Good single overall ^^