Ranbu no Melody (ALBUM MIX)
1. NO LDK
SID opens up the album quite nicely with NO LDK. I still love whenever they tested out the sort of danceish side to their music and NO LDK kind of takes off on it, but it’s not as evident like “Utahime”. I love Mao’s vocals though as it’s as strong as it has been during the era. Shinji’s solo also fits a bit…but I don’t know why, but it’s not as strong as it was and it ends the song. Ok…
Next up is the album’s shortest track, Shelter. I’m not really sure what to make it of the song since it has a whole lot of Yuuya for some reason which kind of turned me off, but things quite clear up after a while. It’s not the most interesting of songs off the album but at leads it’s nice to have more songs right?
As the album’s 4th A-side released in the era, cosmetic stood out for me because it’s not like the rest of the 4 A-sides released in the era. To me the more jazzy-ish light side of SID stuck out in the song and I loved Mao’s interest within the song. I have to say, if there’s a song that represents SID’s classyness, I’d go for this song and it even has a solo for both Shinji and bassist Aki. Fun, fun, song!
4. Ii Hito
Taking it even more slower, Ii Hito actually feels more jazzier than friggin “cosmetic” did. It doesn’t have SID whippin out hard guitars and J-rock this time which is a sweet thing. To me, Ii Hito is for the people that really loved “Danro” off the “Ranbu no Melody” single and I will say it’s just as so odd and yet so sweet to listen to. It’s very abstract of a group like SID, but I love these kind of experiments since most of the time, they get it right!
5. Ranbu no Melody (ALBUM MIX)
I find it funny that Ranbu no Melody (5th A-side) was the only song that got edited for the album. Even then, the changes are slight as they are only in some instruments, but there’s more prominence of Shinji’s guitar parts for sure so it might make the song better for some of it. All I care is that it’s the same Bleach song that made me yell ~shizuka ni, shizuka ni~. I mean that’s so catchy XD
Going from a song that was tied to Bleach to a song from Fullmetal Alchemist, Rain might have been the first song I’ve ever heard from SID, but it’s not the only ballad A-side (sharing with “sleep”). While it gets into rockin’ SID in the chorus, Rain has since went down a few notches, especially with the amount of songs that were experimental, it made this one seem kind of one-dimensional of a song, but I still like the song since it’s my first SID song.
7. dog run
Back to strange land, dog run is so goofy of a song that it almost makes me want to make SID and oshare-kei band, but they lack the visual freakiness XD. dog run’s arrangement just screams ikimono-gakari for some reason but I love it since it’s so upbeat and relatively cute for a band that does a whole lot of serious music. I think they really stuck the odd chord though with Shinji’s solo. It’s not totally out of place, but it’s something you wouldn’t expect in such a song. I liked this hahaha.
8. one way
I guess one way is the fastest song off the album huh? I guess it’s just me but after the last few songs, I feel like this one was the J-rock typical track from SID and while I don’t hate it, it kind of feels like the song was just a stepping stone before they rocked the era with the rest of the A-sides.
I’m guessing we’re at the low point of the album? 2-gatsu does feel like something different from SID since we really didn’t have a straightforward mid-tempo track from them. I like the kind of American-like sound I get from this song and Mao’s vocals sound quite controlled moreso than in most of the other tracks. It’s alright, but nothing too fancy.
Another bizarre song from SID, Wife almost wants to take a latin twist with the way it moved and how quick the song was presented. I thought it was pretty spiffy of them to that and I love the accordion here as well. However it’s only 3 seconds longer than the shortest song on the album so that should tell you it’s a quick hitter. I actually ended up loving this song quite a bit for it’s spastic nature and randomness xD
A ballad after something like “Wife” should be reprimanded for such a rift. As the era’s 2nd A-side, sleep was kind of the weakest A-side for me in the era. However, seeing as it was kind of like “Rain” in the arrangement though coming first I’m torn. I do love Mao’s vocals quite a bit in the song, but at the same time he sounded quite the same in the next A-side. I need to change my mindset I guess because I think I can enjoy this track more than I am now.
Closing SID’s sophomore major label album, Sympathy sounds like it should’ve been located more in the middle of the album but it makes for an epic album closer since this is the most energetic song that’s not fully experimental. Yeah, I love the energy I get from the song and it’s obvious from how the band is workin the song hahaha. Good closer!
Song of Avoidance
Being as this is my first SID album, I must say I’m impressed with the material we got on here. I was initially worried that the lack of B-sides meant the album was just going to be either rock (Ranbu no Melody & one way) or a rock/ballad (Rain and sleep) with cosmetic being the wild card. However, most of the new songs were more experimental than cosmetic and it turned out that I really liked em. They had some slips, but I still had fun with the album and it turned out great!