GLAY

 

Justice [from] Guilty
Written by Rachel Yarwood
"Justice [from] Guilty" is just one of Glay's new releases being released officially on the 5th of December. The other will be entitled "Unmeiron".
"Justice [from] Guilty" starts us off with a rather heavy opening bass line (Jiro), followed closely by a good, fast tempo, on the drums and a catchy melody from the guitar (Takuro / Hisashi). 
From this beginning you can already guess at how strong this single is going to be overall and your guess would not be far from the truth. This title track alone is a very good piece to open the single with, the style boasting both a heavy and a mature rock sound but also with a few quirky riffs added from the guitar which keeps the interest flowing.
Teru's vocals too are clear and strong through out, highlighting the key changes along with the instruments expertly, adding just the right amount of melody to keep that heavy rock sound. The vocal bridge however, before the short and snappy guitar solo, is lovely and a little serene with the addition of a choir of backing vocals. As the guitar stops for a moment we can hear this fully and it really does sound remarkable.
"Justice [from] Guilty" is a powerful piece to start things off with, strong and impressive, and this impression will surely continue with the second track as well. 
"Milestone - Mune Ippai No Yuutsu" on the other hand is much more melodic. However this track combines both acoustic and electric guitar which sounds particularly fantastic during the instrumental. 
This song is still upbeat but unlike "Justice [from] Guilty", this track is much more bouncy and catchy, with a lot more attention stealing guitar work going on which makes it hard after listening to both of these tracks to choose a favourite. 
Finally, the clue is in the title of "Time For Christmas (club mix)" as to what you can expect now. This changes the flow of the single a bit with a dancey alternative and yet you can appreciate this as a nice finishing touch to the single; we are close to Christmas after all. 
"Justice [from] Guilty" will be released on the 5th of December in two editions in total; Regular and Limited. Both the Regular and Limited editions will feature four tracks in total and the Limited edition will also come with a bonus DVD.
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My Private Jealousy
Written by Rachel Yarwood
GLAY's newest single of the closing year, "My Private Jealousy" is out for official release on the 16th November. This one comes in two editions, the regular edition, and also a limited edition, which comes with an added bonus DVD. There are three tracks in total; "My Private Jealousy", "Snow Flake" and "Thesis of Cruel Angel (We Happy Swing live version)". 
This new release from the four-piece band does not disappoint at all and is actually everything that you would expect from them in all ways possible.
The first track, "My Private Jealousy", is a terrific upbeat rock song. There is a great mix of the heavier side of them from the guitars (Takuro and Hisashi) along with the consistent and catchy rhythm from the bass (Jiro) and drums (supporting drummer Toshi).
There is also this more smoother and softer rock element to GLAY and this song which comes through from Teru's vocal work. Teru sings with such beautiful and distinctive vocals and the lyrics of "My Private Jealousy" themselves are sung with fantastic clarity.
The guitar solo starting near enough a third of the way through, takes things to another level, offering a unique and funky edge to the song for the first part before then switching to a more 'arena rock' level of solo and then back again to end the song with a superb finish.
The accompanying music video is a nice piece, although it is a little dark as the colour theme seems to be nearly all in black and silver which does make it a little hard to keep focused, especially with the rotating camera angles which keep cropping up every now and then. On the other hand, there are some great shots of GLAY from between the silk drapes as well as solo shots of each of them.
"My Private Jealousy", as a single overall, is nothing short of what you would want and need from a new release from GLAY. Keeping touch with their individual musicality, and maintaining the style that has given them the credibility and name they have today, GLAY continue striving to please their fans, and with this release they have definitly succeeded.
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Precious
Written by Keita Eiri-Uesugi
The widely acclaimed GLAY bring us their second single release of the year, "Precious" on 8th September, 2010. After a five month wait since their previous digital single release of "Apologize", which was placed as the 7th best selling artist of all time in Japan due to their selling of 37.5million across the country itself as of August 2010. It’s not hard to see why they are as respectable and as successful as they currently are. This single will be the bands first release under their newly created label, "Loversoul Music & Associates" (established in June this year).
With a slow, melodic piano start, leading into soft guitar strumming and light drums, vocals come in with a soft sound, and on top of the instruments, it’s clear that vocals will take more emphasis in the piece. With emotion building behind the singing, leading into a more upbeat chorus, this song is similar to "Apologize" in that essence, with a little more feeling placed in. Not forgetting the jazz sounds throughout the instrumental it’s definitely an interesting mixture to listen to.
Takuro and Hisashi on guitars have a clean style throughout, with predominance on the vocals, they do not seem to play any fancy guitar tricks. A song that definitely displays the bands portrayed style, the guitars tempo remains slow and consistent, giving a pleasing backing for Teru’s inclusion. They seem to switch from slow verse to slightly up-beat chorus effortlessly and remain at that pace till the end of the song.
Definitely a band with a rock sound, verging on a light, catchy sprinkling of pop-sound. However, this is perhaps not the strongest of releases, but it does have a somewhat powerful impact no less. With becoming such an influential music force in Japan since 1988, it is not as if the band can disappoint now. The release is full and whole, packed with feeling, and is just a pleasure to listen to all the same.