HYDE’s debut: “evergreen”

by Leanne on December 16, 2005 · 11 comments · AddThis

evergreen promo pic evergreen
Release Date: 2001.10.17
Peak Position: #1
Label: HAUNTED RECORDS \ Ki/oon \ SONY Records
Product Code: KSCL-411
First Press: 3″ (8cm) CD with picture label housed in a coffin shaped jewel case (Product Code#: KSDL-1223)
HYDE Official Web Site

In 2000, much to fans’ surprise, L’Arc~en~Ciel announced that they were going to be on a brief hiatus. Future plans for the band were unsure, but the members knew what they wanted to do individually. hyde was the last of the members to release solo material, and his can be considered as the most experimental of the group. In October of 2001 he released his debut single as HYDE titled “evergreen”. No doubt many fans of the band were surprised at the direction HYDE had chosen for his solo project. His singing style was gentler and his whole presentation became more relaxed and calm, and he even took to wearing simple loose clothing and suits. Let’s see how the (then) new HYDE fairs.

evergreen single covers

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1. evergreen

“evergreen” is beautiful in its simplicity musically, as well as lyrically: the lyrics seem to be calling to a loved one who had just passed. Unlike the rock tunes of L’Arc~en~Ciel, this song features instruments such as the harp, piano, and saxophone melding together with drums, percussion, and acoustic guitar to create a very pleasant and sweet melody. HYDE’s voice is extremely soft in this song, but his emotion is apparent nevertheless. I think one of the highlights of the song is during the chorus when HYDE splits the word “scenery” in the line “This scenery is evergreen” with a breath in between the syllables: it gives the chorus a distinct personality. Those who are fans of more dramatic ballads will probably not take a liking to this song, but if you are able to appreciate the song for what it is, you will realize it as a rare gem among most popular music these days.

Extra: The PV is also very simple. The ending kinda caught me off guard, though. See some screenshots here.

Rating: ★★★★★

 

2. evergreen -english ensemble-

The c/w track has a completely different arrangement and composition than “evergreen” — not to mention the song is entirely in English. The first two seconds or so, the cellos sound directly from the theme song of “The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask”, but it quickly becomes its own song. Unlike “evergreen”, the english ensemble relies mostly on the piano and violin. Because of the instruments involved, one might think this was a more dramatic version of the title song, however, I beg to differ. This version seems to lack something that the original had put together so well. Compared to the myriad of instruments that complemented each other beautifully in “evergreen”, this version seems almost empty. While this version of the song may be a tad bit slower, I think that the original is more dramatic: from the wonderful melody to HYDE’s gentle cooing. Although the english ensemble is beautiful in itself, it lacks what made the original beautiful in the first place. HYDE’s english is not bad, and he has better pronunciation than most Japanese acts, but it almost sounds as if he has a lisp when he’s singing.

Rating: ★★★★½

 

Conclusion: I think this was a strong debut single from HYDE. It gave fans a completely different view of him that they were never able to see in L’Arc~en~Ciel. In the band, everyone works together, and while hyde writes most of the lyrics, they all compose, co-produce, and arrange the music together; therefore individual creativity and effort is shadowed by the success of the band as a whole. With this single, it was all HYDE without the input of any of the band members. He had the freedom to go in his own direction, and while I suspect it must have been a bit weird for him at first, I’m sure that he was happy for the experience and the complete creative control he had over his work. With this single, HYDE showed his fans that he could create catchy rock music as well as create a soothing and calming piece with more traditional classical instruments. And he’s definitely succeeded!

Overall Rating: ★★★★★

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anne UNITED KINGDOM June 6, 2008 at 10:16 am

Thise single is very beautiful i loved Hydes cover of carless whisper and hes a good singer but the ever green video im not keen on his image he looks very ill in it its the bleached white hair i like him golden blonde but his hair is too bleached out hear i know he probely spent a lot of painfull hours getting it bleached white like that but the hair spoils the video i felt it distracted me away from his singing but i still love him

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toOw INDONESIA May 10, 2008 at 12:04 pm

HYDE never come to my country (Indonesia) . Hi HYDEIST!!! I’m with you all!~

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jzong vue UNITED STATES April 13, 2008 at 12:51 pm

i know that this song is kinda old but it is still good. i could listen to this song forever and also “THE CAPE OF STORMS”.

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DC UNITED STATES February 23, 2008 at 8:10 pm

I have this friend who is utterly obsessed with Hyde and Gackt Camui. It would be most appreciated if perhaps someone could send me a link of Hyde and Gackt as vampire in their movie Moonchild. Thanks! -DC

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Chain CANADA February 21, 2007 at 6:33 pm

It’s quite funny that i came looking for Orange Range’s Kizuna but found this….Evergreen has always been my favorite song, to say also the best ballad from Hyde in my opinion. To me, evergreen itself symbolizes everlasting youth and hope, i found the same kind of resonance from this song…

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Adnil Ecnerolf MALAYSIA May 29, 2006 at 6:41 am

The song totally rocks but i prefer the song Hello b’coz it’s more edgier.Hyde,pls reply back okay.You’re the best!!!

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Lesca January 17, 2006 at 3:46 am

From the first time I listened to L’arc~en~Ciel, I always wondered why Hyde didn’t do ballads. He has a voice which would sound good in one.

Contrary to eyn, I wouldn’t say L’arc is hard-core Jrock. Just nice, poppy-J-rock XD;;.

But I did love this single. I guess…it was just so…pretty. Pretty indeed ^^

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eyn CANADA January 13, 2006 at 7:38 pm

Awesome ballad from a rock singer, I love how HYDE can pull out such a soft ballad after all those hardcore J-Rock Laruku’s been doing, that’s really some talent right there!

His white hair image is kinda striking compare to soft feeling you get from this ballad, a really unmatched combination I would say, but that’s probably what makes it special.

I love how harp and saxophone is used in the original version, they really make this song sound soothing and pretty. Great arrangement overall, I wonder if he did all these by himself, because I’ll be really amazed if that’s the case, seeing he’s all into electric guitar and stuff.

The coffin CD case must be really rare, and quite hard to imagine how it will look like in real life. You should definitely take a picture of it and share with other readers here!

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shytide December 25, 2005 at 11:44 pm

Hyde does it again; he cannot ever cease to amaze me with his talents. He can go all “hardcore rock,” like in “Hello,” or become docile and mysterious, such as “Evergreen.” Props for the review (:

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Lainay UNITED STATES December 17, 2005 at 5:07 pm

*claps* Another awesome article, Leanne! Thanks for it! Very nicely done, and the fact that it’s about HYDE makes it even more awesome. XD

I heard the Evergreen version from the COUNTDOWN single before I heard this, so I kind of had an idea of how I THOUGHT it would be. But DANG, this is uh..DIFFERENT. Very very different. o.o Very pretty and soothing though, and I nevertheless love it! XD

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