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the Fourth Avenue Cafe

by Leanne on September 2, 2006 · 0 comments · AddThis

the Fourth Avenue Cafe
Release Date: 2006.08.30
Peak Position: #5
Label: Kioon/SONY RECORDS
Product Code: KSCL-1027
First Press: Picture-labeled disc

On August 30th, L’Arc~en~Ciel had finally released a new single. Yet, unlike most other singles, fans weren’t wondering how it would sound or what the lyrics would be about. They weren’t waiting for the PV to air. Instead, they were rejoicing that the single had been released at all. “the Fourth Avenue Cafe” is their most legendary single that was never released, and precisely for that reason.

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sweet & sugary kitty reggae

by Leanne on August 28, 2006 · 2 comments · AddThis

MY SUGAR CAT promo MY SUGAR CAT
Release Date: 2006.07.26
Peak Position: #14
Label: SONY MUSIC ASSOCIATED RECORDS
Product Code: AICL-1761; AIJL-5297 (Vinyl)
First Press: Picture-labeled disc

After the bluesy and boring “CRY NO MORE” and the New Orleans charity single “ALL HANDS TOGETHER”, Mika unbraids her hair and lets go of the southern-sounds of Louisiana to float into the relaxing Caribbean with “MY SUGAR CAT”, a “sugar blues” love song with a hint of summer. With her southern-love finally washed out of her music, has Mika garnered another classic? Has she really gone back to her cool-smooth-modern-jazz-fusion roots? Only one way to find out…review!

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Just have a little FAITH

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

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”.

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No more crying for Mika

by Leanne on July 30, 2006 · 4 comments · AddThis

Mika CRY NO MORE promo CRY NO MORE
Release Date: 2006.02.22
Peak Position: #8
Label: SONY MUSIC ASSOCIATED RECORDS
Product Code: AICL-1730
First Press: “BLOOD+” jacket-sized sticker
Nakashima Mika’s Official Web Site

After playing the role of NANA and releasing a single posing as her, Nakashima Mika returned with “CRY NO MORE” a slow blues ballad that washes Blast (Oosaki Nana’s band) completely away from her. However, Nana herself isn’t completely washed off. Mika is set for a sequel for the movie which will start production soon. Also, her collaboration with HYDE in “GLAMOROUS SKY” has formed a deep friendship with him and might lead to more work together in the future. A small piece of evidence of future collaberations with him is that “CRY NO MORE” is the ending theme song to the anime “BLOOD+”, while HYDE’s latest single (released on the same day!) is the opening theme song. One has to wonder what this magical pair will work on in the future.

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HYDE’s Season Calls Him

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

HYDE SEASON'S CALL promo SEASON’S CALL
Release Date: 2006.02.22
Peak Position: #1
Label: SONY/Ki\oon/HAUNTED RECORDS
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…

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