HYDE’s Season Calls Him

by Leanne on July 30, 2006 · 6 comments · AddThis

Release Date: 2006.02.22
Peak Position: #1
Product Code: KSCL-944
Limited Edition: “BLOOD+” DVD and jacket-sized sticker (Product Code#:KSCL-942/3)
HYDE’s Official Web Site

“SEASON’S CALL” is HYDE’s fourth #1 single, and it’s also the first time he’s had two #1 singles in a row! Like his previous single “COUNTDOWN”, “SEASON’S CALL” is being used as a theme song: this time for the TBS anime “BLOOD+”. What’s interesting to note is that the song is actually composed by KAZ (ex-Oblivion Dust, ex-Spin Aqua). KAZ has been co-producing with HYDE since his fourth single “HELLO” and is also a new addition to HYDE’s solo band as guitarist. So how does HYDE and KAZ fare together? Let’s see…

SEASON'S CALL single cover

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“SEASON’S CALL” starts off quietly with a few simple notes before drums and guitar set the true mood of the song, which is not hard, but softer than most of his songs. It has a nice tune with nice lyrics and a nice chorus. It’s just a nice song, but nothing that makes you really go “woah, cool!” I seem to go back and forth with this song. Sometimes, it’s only “alright”; other times, I’m completely mesmerized by it. It has some charm that forces you to like it. Whether it’s HYDE’s vocals or the music itself, I’m not sure, but all in all it’s really hypnotizing. And although the song itself isn’t completely catchy, I find the music extremely hard to get out of my head once it’s there!

Rating: ★★★★☆




Following the format of his last single, the b-side is a rocked-out version of one of his ROENTGEN songs. This time, the song is “UNEXPECTED <DIST.>”: the distortion of his acoustic album’s dreamy first track, which has been sung live many times but never recorded. The song has lost its lullaby charm in place of heavy guitar and dramatic vocals by HYDE. Again, HYDE has impressed me by taking a soft and beautiful song and creating it into something completely opposite. The soft coos of “Unexpected…we met” between lines have been replaced by a loud yell of “Unexpected”, which works incredibly well. I especially like the ending of the song, which returns it to the slow state it began with, only to quickly return to a hard-hitting song in which HYDE bellows out all he has. Awesome!

Rating: ★★★★½


Conclusion: Well, KAZ didn’t do as well in composing as HYDE did, but perhaps it’s because it sounds different from HYDE’s usual fare. Even so, “SEASON’S CALL” is a song that can make you smile, if you let it. Some unknown force really makes “SEASON’S CALL” sound better than it actually may be. But, the real highlight here is, again, HYDE’s distortion track! Another pleasant surprise from him. I’m happy with this single, and it being the first time he’s had back-to-back #1 singles, he’s reached a level in the industry that many artists wish to reach. Hopefully, he’ll be able to keep that level for his solo activities, even after he’s rejoined with Laruku.

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

ANA UNITED STATES August 5, 2008 at 2:56 pm

u r so cute>_<


Veronica UNITED STATES December 19, 2007 at 11:26 pm

I have to agree with A.C. I find many things to say “woah, cool!” about. In fact, that’s what I thought when I first heard this song as the intro to Blood+.

Overall, though, the reviewer is right. It’s just a “mood” thing, and this song definitely puts me in a very happy, hopeful mood, as does a lot of his other work. He seems to be good at that.


keiyuki PHILIPPINES July 8, 2007 at 1:26 am

hyde without laruku or with laruku is much, much LOVE! wakokokoko~

I find that I rather like Shallow Sleep and Cape of Storms rather than Season’s Call, but it is better off than Midnight Celebration. Ha-ha.


Asher UNITED STATES May 13, 2007 at 3:59 am

He’s a wonderful artist. I can respect that. Hyde has the talent. Props to Christianity & rock.


A.R. UNITED STATES September 21, 2006 at 6:38 pm

I LOVE HYDE!!!! I LOVE ALL HIS SONGS!!! …except for #1 one his cd “Faith” =T-T= sniffies.. i’m just not a christain person…i can’t even spell that word. But i still LOVE Hyde!!!


A.C. September 10, 2006 at 12:02 am

SEASON’S CALL will definitely become one of my favorite Hyde songs, though I don’t like it quite as much as “Horizon” or “Evergreen”.

I certainly found many things about to say “woah, cool!” about.

Perhaps I’m just easily pleased, and I admit there are very few Hyde songs I don’t absolutely love.

It’s a bummer that site viewers can’t listen to the version of UNEXPECTED; the version of Evergreen was out-of-this-world.

Strong article all the same.

Thanks to the Channel-Ai staff for all the Hyde and Laruku coverage.


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