Single Reviews

[A set of single reviews I wrote for Audio Asia.]

Gackt – Redemption
Move – Future Breeze

Instead of focusing on a single album, in this review, I’m going to focus on, well, singles.

Gackt: Redemption

First up is Gackt with Redemption. Both Redemption and its coupling track, Longing, were both featured in the Square-Enix video game Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus. Redemption was the ending theme for the game. It’s a pretty straightforward track, several lines in English are interspersed throughout the song.

Both songs feel very similar to “Lust For Blood” from Gackt’s Crescent album. The cover of the single features Gackt dressed as G (or Genesis), the character he portrays in Dirge of Cerberus and Crisis Core.

The second song on the album, Longing, was meant to be heard with the appropriate visual stimuli present in the level where it’s heard. I’ll summarize: The situation is grim. If you don’t kill every bad guy you come across, the world will die. Fortunately, in this, the last level, you have attained Limit Break level 4, Chaos. While rocking out to Gackt you have to run and gun everything that you see. It’s actually one of the few reasons to play the game.

The last two tracks are the instrumental tracks for Redemption and Longing in case you wanted to get your karaoke on.

Move: Future Breeze

Back when m.o.v.e. was Move, Future Breeze came out in the Summer of 2002. I only remember because I received my copy of the CD the day before my family drove to North Carolina for a family reunion. Since I didn’t have a portable CD player (or even an MP3 player) I taped the whole single onto one of those old (some would say archaic) audio tapes. I really enjoyed the coupling track, Passenger Seat. Every time I think of the family reunion I am reminded of that song and corn. Aye, the corn was in full bloom from the South to the North. But I digress.

Future Breeze should not be taken for anything more than it is: A fun “hey let’s go to the beach!” kind of song. Motsu even invites you to drive across the sand in his 4-wheel drive, at least he’s laid off of whatever it was that allowed him to see a camel walking across the sand from Extasy -In My Dream- a few albums back.

Now on to Passenger Seat. The work in this song feels like a cross between disco and the Operation Overload Seven pop sound. The Move formula consists of Yuri singing, Motsu rapping, and T-Kimura producing the phat beats. The genre of the music changes on the surface, but for some reason it works, and has worked for the past ten years.

The next three tracks are remixes of Future Breeze, that on the surface appear to be mixed by three people named T-Kimura, Dubby Budda, and Orbitribe. But, after a little digging, it’s revealed that not only are those three the SAME person, but the originator of the phat beats that populated the original song as well.

The Summer Breeze mix by T-Kimura is a more loose (and slightly extended) version of the original song with a little bit different instrumentation. The Dubby Budda NRG mix is highly drum n bass track. While the Orbitribe “End of Summer” mix takes the track to the beach of Trance. It’s just three new views of the original song and serves to show T-Kimura’s talent when it comes to creating music in different genres.

Like the Gackt album, the last two tracks are instrumental mixes of the original songs, though I would have loved to hear an instrumental version of the Dubby Budda and Orbitribe mixes.

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