Gackt – The Next Decade [35th Single]

August 7, 2009 at 8:03 pm (Gackt) (, )

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Gackt’s 35th single, entitled The Next Decade, was released on 08.05.09. The title track was used as the theme for Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders vs. Great Shocker.

The Next Decade is a cool rock number. The song begins with a rock instrumental that carries an aggression to it, which is nice, although it feels like there’s something missing. Gackt sounds nice on the first verse, his vocals carrying emotion and fitting the atmosphere very well. The chorus opens up with “you’re the next, next decade” and his vocals sound a little shaky here. The random cheer was weird following that line was random but at least it made the listener take notice. Overall, it’s an okay song and could have been better. There was just something special lacking in the instrumentation and the vocals weren’t as strong as they usually are.

In order to promote the single, a PV for The Next Decade was made. The video feels just like a trailer for the movie as it shoes Gackt in different scenes from the movie. It’s a good way to promote the movie and he certainly looks good in it.

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Gackt – Flower [34th Single]

June 30, 2009 at 4:50 pm (Gackt) (, )

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Gackt’s 34th single, entitled Flower, was released on 07.01.09.

From the title, Flower would seem like a peaceful and sweet track but Gackt throws a curveball and delivers a cool sounding rock track. The song opens up with a nice rock instrumentation which feels like something is crashing. It’s not exactly the most capturing way to begin things and things don’t much change on the first verse. His vocals are nice but nothing that really shine in the listener’s ears. The chorus isn’t very interesting either with only slightly louder vocals separating it from the verses. It’s just not very grabbing and leaves the listener wanting more.

In Flames is this single’s B-side. The song starts off with a mysterious sounding instrumental that intrigues the listener and takes their curiosity. Then the dark and cold instrumentation comes in and that element of mystery persists. Gackt sounds very strong on the first verse and those vocals really smoothly follow the music. For a moment, it feels like the song is about to end with the music winding down and out of nowhere, the music becomes more aggressive as do Gackt’s vocals. It definitely catches the listener off guard and commands attention. The song’s other strength is the absolute beauty of the lyrics, which will definitely touch the listener’s heart. In Flames really should have been the A-side since it’s the stronger of the two tracks.

Single Ranking: B

After Lost Angels, Gackt had to deliver one strong single to finish off the project. Well, he kind of did that. In Flames is one of the most memorable songs of the consecutive single project and would have made a strong A-side. Flower is just not very interesting and doesn’t have that spark that grabs the listener’s attention. Hopefully he’ll be doing an album soon since he’s long overdue.

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Gackt – Lost Angels [33rd Single]

June 24, 2009 at 1:13 am (Gackt) (, )

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Gackt’s 33rd single, entitled Lost Angels, was released on 06.24.09.

Lost Angels is an emotional rock number with beautiful and tear-jerking lyrics. The song begins with a soft instrumental that has an orchestral feel, leading up to something definitely worth hearing. Instantly, there is a fragility and emotional context that stands out to the listener. Suddenly, the instrumentation switches over into an emotional rock one when Gackt comes in with the vocals. That same emotion is reflected in his vocals and catches the ear of the listener. It’s nice to have the verses be so pretty and to have the chorus have that rock sound because they don’t clash and show two sides of Gackt that he is in complete control of. This song is easily the best of the three A-sides heard thus far and shows Gackt still has it in him to bring amazing songs like this.

The first B-side of the single is the even more aggressive rock number, No Reason. Opening the song is a very technological sound that carries a futuristic feel before the aggressive rock instrumentation comes in to crash the world of the listener. His vocals sound great when he sings the first verse as there’s just something very magical behind it. It’s a really great song because of that cool rock sound that catches the listener from the moment the song opens.

Suddenly is the final B-side on the single. The song starts off with another technological soudn that feels like the gateway to the future and then the rock instrumentation comes in, this time carrying a sad tone to it. As usual, his vocals sound good when he comes out for the first verse. The emotions are clearly there and the music really supports it. Although it is the weakest song on the single, it’s still worth the listen.

Single Ranking: A –

Gackt really stepped it up on this single. The last two were “nice” but this one shows Gackt’s true colors for the listeners to hear and feel. All the songs carry a rock sound but executed it in different ways. While Lost Angels takes a mixture of gentleness and aggressive rock, No Reason amplifies the aggressiveness and Suddenly tones it down. Overall, it’s a very strong single and the best out of the three so far.

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Gackt – Faraway ~星に願いを~ [32nd Single]

June 16, 2009 at 4:10 pm (Gackt) (, )

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Gackt’s 32nd single, entitled Faraway ~星に願いを,~ was released on 06.17.09. The single comes as the second of four consecutive singles to commemorate the countdown to Gackt’s 10th anniversary.

Faraway ~星に願いを~ is a rock spirited love song. The song begins with a rock-filled instrumental to really kick things off on the right way. Then comes the first verse and his vocals support the simple instrumentation, driven by the guitar (both rock and acoutstic). The clapping helps catch the listener’s attention and the cheering adds to the overall energy. With the distortion on his vocals during the chorus, it definitely stands out. It’s just a nice fun number that will make the listener want t dance along with Gackt.

The B-side f the single is Oblivious ~顔のない天使.~ Beginning the song is a very pretty instrumental with the acoustic guitar really catching the listener’s ear. His vocals carry the necessary emotion to bring the song to life on the first verse. It becomes clear that sadness will reign and it comes most strongly on the chorus. The instrumentation becomes more powerful as do his vocals. It’s a pretty good song with the emotions coming out for the listener to hear and feel.

Single Ranking: B +

Gackt steps things up a little from the first single. Faraway ~星に願いを~ has a nice rock flavor that is catchy and the B-side is a very pretty song. There’s just something missing from these songs. They lack that magic like Vanilla or Blue Lagoon. Although, they are very strong lyrically.

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Gackt – 小悪魔ヘヴン [31st Single]

June 8, 2009 at 10:20 pm (Gackt) (, )

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Gackt’s 31st single, entitled 小悪魔ヘヴン, was released on 06.10.09. This single comes as of the first of four consecutive singles to commemorate the countdown to Gackt’s 10th anniversary.

小悪魔ヘヴン is another catchy electric track. The song begins with a cool instrumental that carries the same sort of electro feeling that his recent signles carry. It’s definitely a great way to start off the song and there’s a sweetness to it that stands out. Next comes the first verse and the slight distortion on her vocals actually catches the listener’s ear very well and commands attention. The chorus is catchy and nice, definitely worth listening for although it’s primarily the music that is responsible for its catchiness. So of course the pure instrumental section stands out and just keeps the listener’s interest quite well. It’s fun and the lyrics are quite naughty, which Gackt seems to be very good at doing.

Gackt comes back to the rock sounds with this single’s B-side, My Father’s Day, dedicated to his stage father, Ogata Ken. The song begins with full rock instrumental that sounds a little off somehow. It’s just missing that special edge to catches the listener’s ear. When he sings on the first verse, it sounds like it could be the opening theme of an anime series, which is kind of strange coming from Gackt. Overall, it’s kind of boring and it would have been better if he had stuck to the electric sound.

Single Ranking: B

Gackt started off the four consecutive singles nicely although it could have been better. The title track is pretty interesting but My Father’s Day was pretty uninteresting. Hopefully the next song will be more addictive.

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Gackt – Journey through the Decade [28th Single]

April 30, 2009 at 4:07 pm (Gackt) (, )

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Gackt’s 28th single, entitled Journey through the Decade, was released on 03.25.09. The song was used as the Kamen Rider Decade theme song.

Journey through the Decade is a calm rock song with emotion. The song starts off with a rock-filled instrumental that gives the image of a desolate world. Gackt then comes in for the first verse and his usual vocals support the music perfectly. The use of the piano is nice in that it provides a change from the usual rock instrumentation however there seems to be some magic element missing since it doesn’t strike the listener as being too strong. Sadly, it doesn’t come forward on the chorus either. Although his vocals are strong and portray emotion, the instrumentation just sounds kind of typical and boring. The pure instrumental section is nice since the guitars are spotlighted but it’s nothing that stands out that much. Journey through the Decade is just okay but nothing great. Perhaps a more aggressive instrumental would have done it.

In order to promote the single, a PV for Journey through the Decade was made. The video just features Gackt transforming into a robot to fight another person who does the same thing. It wasn’t very interesting nor entertaining but it does have a certain fit with the song’s image.

Single Ranking: B –

After the great single, Ghost, this is pretty disappointing. Gackt’s vocals are actually pretty good but the music  doesn’t portray what the lyrics seem to and maybe a more aggressive isntrumentation could have better spotlighted the song’s emotions.

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Gackt – Ghost [27th Single]

January 24, 2009 at 5:01 pm (Gackt) (, )

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Gackt’s 27th single, entitled Ghost, was released on 01.28.09. The title track was featured in Terminator TV series Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Ghost takes Gackt’s rock sound and infuses it with a dose of electronic power to make it memorable. The song begins with an addictive instrumental that has a very sleek technological feel to it. When the rock elements come in, it becomes even fuller and catches the listener’s attention a little more. Gackt’s vocals have a slight distortion on them to fit with the overall vibe of the song and it was a good decision since they compliment the music very well. It’s kind of hard to first notice when the chorus begins but it does soon become clear. It’s not as strong as hoped but the following section of pure instrumentation sounds absolutely fantastic. Gackt’s vocals certainly are enjoyable on this song but the standout part of the song is without a doubt, the energetically thumping instrumentation with fuses electronic sounds with rock.

This single’s B-side is the emotionally carged rock number, Blue Lagoon. Beginning the song is a very mysterious instrumental that intrigues the listener to hear more. Soon the cold pulsating atmosphere comes in and it really stands out. Gackt’s vocals on the first verse are magnificent, smoothly carrying over the music and reflecting the deep emotion of the song. Again, the sections of pure instrumentation are the most memorable because they just really are the emotional basis of the song. Blue Lagoon is a wonderful song and a great compliment to the A-side, just sticking to the rock sound this time around.

In order to promote the single, a PV for Ghost was made. The video is very simple, featuring scenes from it’s tie-in as well as a darkly lit stage featuring Gackt doing some dancing (which he hasn’t done in years). It’s not that great of a video but it does have a certain cool effect that matches the song’s atmosphere.

Single Ranking: A

Gackt definitely started his year off on the right way. Ghost brings in electronic sounds in order to bond with his rock sound to make one very memorable instrumental. Blue Lagoon sticks to the rock sound, taking on a very isolated and cold sound to make the listener crave more. It’s a great single that all Gackt fans or fans of rock in general should check out.

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