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Just have a little FAITH

Just have a little FAITH

by Leanne on July 31, 2006 · 15 comments · AddThis


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HYDE
from HYDE's THE LAST DINNER Tour Pamphlet
FAITH
Release Date: 2006.04.26
Peak Position: #2
Label: SONY/Ki\oon/HAUNTED RECORDS
Product Code: KSCL-998
Limited Edition: DVD (KSCL 999-1000)
First Press: Bonus Poster (Limited Edition First Press only)
HYDE’s Official Web Site

HYDE of L’Arc~en~Ciel releases his third solo album “FAITH” followed by a five-month tour in Japan with 4 stops in California, USA. HYDE has been extremely busy with the making of this album, doing an incredible amount of research to make this album a reality. The cover of the album features an oil painting of Jesus Christ, the Christian Messiah, by Kuniyoshi KANEKO and it contains songs with titles such as “JESUS CHRIST”, “MADE IN HEAVEN”, and “MISSION”.

This album is heavy on Christian religious symbolism and imagery but still has HYDE’s edge. HYDE has said he admires Jesus Christ as an honest man who did what he could to bring peace into the world. Reading his lyrics, however, it’s clear he doesn’t feel the same way about God. While he was a self-proclaimed atheist before (one of his famous quotes is “If there was a god, there’d be no wars”), he has changed perspective spiritually. It can be inferred that he believes in a god, but isn’t happy with how he chooses to rule over the Earth. His lyrics follow suit with “MASQUERADE” of his previous album ,”666″, questioning God/god’s intention. Now, let’s see how this album fairs with his angel and devil albums before it.

 
HYDE's FAITH cover

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1) JESUS CHRIST

This is an extremely strong, powerful, and beautiful opening song. It starts off with hard guitars, which doesn’t seem typical for a song called “JESUS CHRIST”. When HYDE starts to sing, his voice sounds incredibly desperate and displays the emotion that HYDE always seems to present so effortlessly. In this song, the singer is asking God to take him instead of his child who is dying. HYDE’s flawless falsetto in the line “Take me instead” and his pleas of “Ah, God give me death” are really spine-tingling. “JESUS CHRIST” is about the contradiction of faith: no matter how long or despairingly the singer prays, and regardless of his strong conviction, the child will still be taken. The piano pieces in the song also make for a wonderful contrast between rock and classical instruments.

Rating: ★★★★★

 

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2) COUNTDOWN

This was HYDE’s first single for the album. A review for the whole single can be found here. “COUNTDOWN” is a hard-rock song with a fast-paced chorus that really takes you on a ride and doesn’t really want to let you go. It’s incredibly catchy, and you’ll find it hard to refrain yourself from singing along with the chorus. Not to mention, the countdown from 13 to 1 is really cool. I must admit, the track doesn’t shine too much after “JESUS CHRIST”, but serves as an excellent introduction to the next track.

Rating: ★★★★½

 


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3) MADE IN HEAVEN

“MADE IN HEAVEN” is one of the hardest and heaviest songs of the album. HYDE’s voice is low and growly during the verses, but loud and powerful during the chorus. With a cool, almost violent chorus and demanding lyrics, “MADE IN HEAVEN” is no doubt made to be a crowd-pleaser during lives! You may also want to exercise caution while listening, as you may have the tendency to rock out too hard.

Rating: ★★★★½

 

4) I CAN FEEL

Not the heaviest song, but one of the best songs on the album! “I CAN FEEL” is about (in HYDE’s own words) “when love becomes connected with the universe”. It’s definitely HYDE’s best rock-ballad to date, with verses that make good use of vocal echoes and a beautifully written chorus that clearly expresses the love HYDE is trying to describe. This is one of the only songs on the album that I absolutely adored on first listen and absolutely adore now, even after the xxth time of listening to it.

Rating: ★★★★★

 

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5) SEASON’S CALL

A smoother and calmer song on the album, “SEASON’S CALL” was the last single before the album’s release. Not as cool as “COUNTDOWN”, nor as groundbreaking as album tracks, “SEASON’S CALL” is, more-or-less, a simple song with the usual high-grade vocal performance and lyrics. Even though it’s simple, I can’t help but really like this song, either for the almost-non-existent-yet-infectious melody, or HYDE’s clear and honest singing. Either way, it’s a good listen.

Rating: ★★★★☆

 

6) FAITH

“FAITH” is the Jesus song, written by HYDE in the perspective of Jesus Christ. No doubt that the research HYDE did to make this album a reality shows: in the end of the verses, HYDE recites famous quotes of Jesus, and the final bridge is simply wonderful. I really like this song, even if not as memorable as other songs on the album (such as the next track “DOLLY”), it’s a calming yet strong track on the album, relying on drums rather than guitar to pull it all together. It really shows what kind of man HYDE believes Jesus to be: someone who really cared about the state of the world and who did whatever he could to try to ensure peace and love on Earth.

Rating: ★★★★½

 

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7) DOLLY

Now this is one awesome, hard-hitting song! About the ultimate disregard by humans of the natural and moral laws, HYDE sings of someone who would do anything to bring his lover back to life, even if it means eternal damnation. The song is named after the cloned sheep Dolly, and seems fitting to what HYDE is trying to say: that science and technology will ultimately cause our moral destruction. He uses the Tower of Babel to compare humans’ quest to become godly: “Build a tower tall and strong It will be beautiful/Using our technology Babel will stand anew.” The way he sings the word “love” in the last line of the chorus, “I do it for love” really adds a large degree of desperation to the song. Lynne Hobday (HYDE’s English teacher) makes her first of two appearances on the album as Dolly.

Rating: ★★★★★

 

8) PERFECT MOMENT

It’s common knowledge that HYDE does not believe in the afterlife, however it doesn’t mean he doesn’t believe in the perfect death. In “PERFECT MOMENT”, the singer is happy to die, even though he knows there’s nothing to expect afterwards. From the line “I’ve been to Heaven Heaven on Earth”, I think it’s clear that the singer has no regrets about his life and has done everything that he’s wanted to do. Therefore, there’s no use staying on Earth anyway. Even though to some, the subject of this song may seem a bit dark, I’m sure most people would rather die with no regrets and be happy to die in a moment such as this, instead of having death come too soon and fearing it. The song itself has an almost dream-like quality to it, especially with HYDE’s “ah ah” before the chorus. However, after “DOLLY” it gives an unwanted slow-down of the album.

Rating: ★★★★☆

 

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9) MISSION

A happier song on the album relying on acoustic guitar, “MISSION” is about striving for peace. Starting with HYDE’s singing “Come and dance with me”, HYDE is inviting everyone listening to join him in helping to create a peaceful world. Using music and dancing in both the figuritive and literal senses, he sings “No walls — embrace a world as one.” When hyde came to Baltimore for L’Arc-en-Ciel’s first American concert, he stated that he felt moved that everyone, regardless of language and nationality, all came together for one thing: to hear the music. No doubt that this feeling may have prompted the lyrics of this song as he pictures a world “Where music will guide us, guitars instead of guns/ We’ll play in harmony, it should be so easy” and states that “Music’s breaking down all the barriers” — which is becoming more and more true with the apparent influx of major Japanese bands playing around the world. In this song, HYDE is saying that perhaps one day we’ll all wake up with one mission and run to fullfill it. That’s contrary to the next song, which makes it seem like human-kind is hopeless.

Rating: ★★★★☆

 

10) IT’S SAD

A perfect way to end the album, “IT’S SAD” condemns the human race as “the worst creatures in history” who are “full of conceit” and that “the ground will find some peace when we’re gone”. And, it’s sad. With cool verses (which are more spoken than sung), an awesome chorus displaying HYDE’s vocal potential, and hard-hitting music, “IT’S SAD” is the perfect ending for the album. Not to mention it has a beautiful bridge that’s almost only vocals, but quickly regains it’s edge as it transitions to the next bridge: HYDE and Lynne, in her second album appearance, repeating a court’s verdict (which sounds, if I might add, really cool.) No doubt the album ends in a bang with this song, which puts into music what I’ve thought about the human race for most of my life.

Rating: ★★★★★

 

Conclusion: An extremely strong album from HYDE, with smart, original melodies, excellent well-written lyrics, and A+ vocal performances which enhance each song. It’s a strong improvement from his previous album “666″ in all categories of sound, vocals, and lyrics. No doubt HYDE has grown as a hard-rock soloist, presenting American rock in a fresh, new way. Also note that KAZ, the new lead guitarist of HYDE’s band, composed 5 of the songs on this album as well.

It’s also commendable the research HYDE did on Christianity to create this album, however, I feel that if he would have spoken to some of its preachers, he might have had a better grasp on the religion. It’s clear from his lyrics that it’s just book material, as he has no concept of important foundations of the religion such as free will.

The album is now available in the US courtesy of TOFU RECORDS. The US version of FAITH also has the DVD of the Japanese Limited Edition as its regular edition. For those living in America, don’t forget to support your favorite artist in the states by buying the US version! This album is more than worth a buy.

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

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Chad [pron: chado] UNITED STATES January 21, 2009 at 8:27 pm

That’s really a cool review. I’m honest. Really. Although I’d just heard It’s Sad, Perfect Moment, Countdown in this album. This review will be my guide to search 4 HYDE’s song next time. Because I’m new HYDEist. I’ve been hearing his song since 3 weeks ago. And became a big HYDE. In his solo work I found different part of Hyde as L’Arc vocalist. A deep theme of his song lyrics. Heavy and touching music. I can feel what he wanna show in every note, distortion and words. Beautiful, strange, and powerful chord progression. As solo artist he becomes very free to create music. And he shows a meaningful substance in his lyric. Like other perspective about the creation and live. I love his art. Although I didn’t agree with atheist vision. Thx 4 review.

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Vegetapr69 UNITED STATES January 2, 2009 at 7:33 pm

I have to say that the very first song that I’ve heard from HYDE was Season’s Call…and that the reason that I got the CD was for that song. And I’m glad that i got it.

I never though that someone can go through the same search path like he did. And I confirmed it getting the past two albums…maybe that’s why I felt so identified with him…and ended up loving his unique voice.

And I agree with most of the reviews…but let’s remember that this comes from his beliefs and being born in Japan and all the conservative environment of his country…he did a wonderful job.

And I dare to believe that this album can the most memorable of his solo career.

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miles PHILIPPINES April 16, 2008 at 4:18 pm

When I first heard the whole album, I must admit that I was a bit culture shocked, because this is the first time I ever head HYDE do an experiment of himself and his beliefs. I trully am a HYDE fan, and being able to hear this different form of music that he has always convinces me at the same time impresses me of one thing: He will always keep us wanting for more because he would always have something new in store for us.

But I do agree with the review, he’s a bit too technical with his exploration of the Christian faith, as if he was only able to grasp the conservative, almost rusty side of the Christian tradition. I myself was raised in a conservative Catholic School so I do know the difference of religious conservatism vs. religious liberality.

All in all, it’s a great leap in his creative juices… He just isn’t oriented well on the subject he tries to touch with. But this really is a much better HYDE being solo so far. Cuz after all, I think this is the first album that he was able to separate himself totally from L’Arc en Ciel.

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Amira THAILAND January 26, 2008 at 10:24 am

uh…I’m probally one of L’Arc~en~ciel’s youngest fans i’m like only 12 all my friends think i’m crazy for liking them but i like them even though i am a Christian i do not find any of these songs too offensive. My other friends find this too offensive they are kinda weird.
But I LOVE L’ARC~EN~CIEL!!!!

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Robin April 12, 2007 at 12:14 pm

I recieved this album as a gift from a friend and was instantly in love with it. Being new to JRock in all it’s forms (I’ve only been listening since Nov. ‘06), I was trying to find a sound that suited my taste. I was already an enamored fan of Gackt, so it seemed that HYDE / L’Arc-En-Ciel was the correct next step.

I will admit, at first some of the songs struck me hard and I wasn’t too comfortable with them. Yet, after I went through them and heard them, I saw that HYDE was on to something and that there was more to each song than just the lyrics. I played it for my roommate and she, too, fell in love with it. It’s one of our favorite albums to play when we’re both winding down from a day of classes and work.

I applaud and commend HYDE in all of his works. He sings from his heart and soul, and I think that he tries really hard to give his fans the best of himself. Solo or with L’Arc, HYDE is one of the best singers I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to, in any language.

This review is awesome. Thank you so much for putting it up for all to see. Your descriptions of the songs are absolutely pure and true. Thank you.

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hitokiri_roxy March 9, 2007 at 12:49 pm

HYDE is a genius, period. He’s unlike any other.

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freezzqa INDONESIA February 10, 2007 at 1:46 am

I’m proud of Hyde…Bravo5x

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Rebecca UNITED STATES January 2, 2007 at 12:40 am

I Absolutely LOVE Hyde!!
I LOVE his music, and my favorite song on this album is “JESUS CHRIST” the first time I heard it I almost cryed it’s very strong and very sad at the same time. I think this is one of his best albums!!

P.S. HE IS SOOO H-O-T-T!! and don’t be mad at me…..cause I know all you girls like him too!! FANATICS!!!

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kirstie UNITED STATES December 29, 2006 at 2:49 am

yay!! this is a GREAT album!! HYDE is the best!! i would give his album 5 stars though..not 4 1/2…oh well this is the best cd ever!! i love it!! everyone should buy it!! ^^

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rei-rei UNITED STATES December 28, 2006 at 2:40 am

wow. hyde is cool without hyde there would be no l arc en ciel. i love l arc. they completely changed my life. we all need to learn from l arc. they could teach us many great things. well, bye for now

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Lotus November 6, 2006 at 1:55 am

Thanks you so much.

Thanks the things that you said about HYDE.

I do love HYDE.

He has many good ideas for our lifes.

I do love his songs.

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New Days Dawn UNITED STATES August 16, 2006 at 5:03 am

It’s very interesting the progression of themes Hyde is exploring in his music. It’s like he’s started out with the traditional Japanese view of belief (i.e. the angel/kami themes of Roentgen that hint at the traditional Japanese view of a westernized yet uniquely Japanese angel mythology that shows up in popular mythology), then moved to atheism with a side of Satanism (i.e. the themes of the 666 album), and seems to now be exploring atheism while being somewhat sympathetic to Christianity yet unable to reconcile a lot of the issues involved with it.

If this isn’t all just for keeping the money coming in, if it’s honestly who he is, I’m more impressed by him than I am by a lot of artists, because so few people even care to look at that dimension of life, even care to question themselves (they pick one belief either because of their family or because they want the opposite of their family and stick with it), so he’s earned my admiration just for that ability to not get stuck in a closeminded rut.

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Christina UNITED STATES August 4, 2006 at 3:37 am

Excellent review. :) I would have given Mission a 5/5 though and Seasons Call probabaly a 4.5/5. This really is an amazing album and I think the best to be released this year thus far. Possibly the best in the last few years actually. I was lucky enough to see Hyde live in CA and the album is amazing live as well.

To the poster that was not impressed with the album: It’s really an album that you have to listen to multiple times and really understand the lyrics to fully enjoy I think. I was a big Hyde fan to begin with, but even I didn’t really love this album upon first listen that much, it was only with subsequent listenings that I realized how genius it is.

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Anna August 1, 2006 at 1:37 pm

I was not as impressed by HYDE’s CD but I applaud the effort.

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