SID

 


Singles Below
Koi ni Ochite
V.I.P
Nokoriga
Fuyu no Bench
Itsuka
Cosmetic
Rain

Koi ni Ochite
Written by Rachel Yarwood

"Koi ni Ochite", the title track, opens the single with quite a jazzy feel. There is definitely a charm with this first track that, for many if not all of their single releases, never fails to impress. 
The acoustic beginning which is followed closely by the electronic elements of the guitar and bass is executed brilliantly, easily shifting between the softer classic rock to the heavier rock very, very, well. 
There is also this classic dance feel, a little bit like a tango with the way the rhythm bounces, combined with a slight Hispanic tone that is hinted through the melodies of the guitar. This sound changes for the guitar solo, instead bringing in a bit of rock and roll, but yet fantastically fitting in smoothly with the overall sound of the track. 
Mao's vocals also are lovely. He expertly swaps the strong and vibrant vocals for more softer and pleasant melodies to express the mood of the song with confidence. 
"Zetsubou no Hata" is slightly heavier than "Koi ni Ochite" but a lot more melancholic. The chorus steps things up slightly, as the drum beat becomes considerably stronger, but the emotive tones coming through from Mao's vocals remain alongside the beautiful guitar work in this track. 
"Koi ni Ochite" finishes with an upbeat and highly melodic live track "Cafe de Bossa" from their 2012 tour and as the last seconds fade away you are left with the sense that, again, SID have really pulled all the stops with this release. There is no understatement that "Koi ni Ochite" is an exceptional single and will be another that is a hard one to top...
"Koi ni Ochite" will be released officially on the 10th of April in three editions in total; Regular and Limited Editions A and B. The Regular Edition will feature three songs as mentioned "Koi ni Ochite", "Zetsubou no Hata" and "Cafe de Bossa". 
The Limited Editions A and B will feature the first two songs and the bonus DVD will feature the live clip of "Cafe de Bossa" from their 2012 tour in Taiwan. 


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V.I.P

Written by Rachel Yarwood

"V.I.P", the third single release of 2012 from SID, arguably tops their previous singles of this year "Nokoriga" and "S". 
"V.I.P" is notably and more pleasantly upbeat as the band experiment again with a classical background, the collaboration of both genres, giving this track and also the accompanying track "Soumatou" a wonderful and charming combination of sounds that should not easily convince you to think otherwise. 
The opening starts us off with some lovely flowing music and as Mao begins with the chorus the song instantly changes into something more upbeat and dramatically uplifting. Mao's vocals especially reflect the lovely mood of the song really well, as he remains consistently strong through out with each verse and the chorus he expresses so energetically.
The music itself combines the classical, pop and rock, acoustic guitar amongst the subtle electric (Shinji), as well as a clear bass rhythm (Aki) and drum beat (Yuuya) that together create an attractive and captivating piece that you will want to listen to again and again. 
Even if you read ahead about the single releases and already know that this was written for the Anime series of "Magi", this should be completely wiped from your brains as "V.I.P" will arguably become something more than 'that song off that anime' especially amongst SID fans.

The second track previously mentioned is "Soumatou". Again we have a beautiful flowing, oriental, opening which highlights once more how elegant SID's music can be. 
"Soumatou", unlike "V.I.P", is slightly slower in tempo in comparison but by no means does this make it any less memorable. It follows "V.I.P" perfectly as an accompanying track and also as a mid-track before the final, and live, track "Sympathy" which takes us back into a more upbeat and energetic finale. "Sympathy" proves to be a very good choice to close the single with because, with just the first listen, you are moved by the vibes of the crowd you can hear and of the enthusiasm in Mao's voice as he greets them and sings with heartfelt passion.
 
SID's single "V.I.P" will be released officially on the 21st of November in four editions in total.
Each edition will feature "V.I.P", "Soumatou" and "Sympathy" a live track from their 2012 tour however the Limited Editions (A and B) will also come with an additional DVD and booklet. 
An extra 'Anime Edition' will also be available to purchase which will feature two additional tracks; "V.I.P - instrumental" and "V.I.P - anime version".
 


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Nokoriga
Written by Rachel Yarwood
Fans of SID certainly have it tough this month with not just one, but two, single releases to sink their teeth in to. 

"Nokoriga" is the first single to be released and will be followed soon after by "S" (which will be the theme song for the upcoming 'Sadako 3D' movie) on the 9th of May. 
Smooth classical melodies of violins open "Nokoriga" along with a slow bass rhythm (Aki), nice steady drum beat (Yuuya) and equally pleasant guitar melodies (Shinji).
Shinji's guitar solo adds an interesting rock flair to the song, all the while backed by the classical element of the violins, whilst the drum beat remains a constant steady rhythm through out. 
Mao's vocals follow the near rock ballad quality of this new track perfectly, along with the instrument compositions, with a lovely smooth range, which becomes more powerful and radiating for the chorus.
"Nokoriga" as the main track for SID's single is a beautiful new piece of music, enhanced even further by the accompanying music video with some enchanting natural images and fantastic shots of each of the members of the band. 
The second track on the single, "Graduation" provides something more upbeat adding a little bit more of a pop rock quality to the single in comparison to the classical and charming melodies from the first track. The rhythm from Aki's bass lines are more prominent giving this track a nice flow along with the increased beat from the drums. 
As with SID singles, the last track on "Nokoriga" is a live song from their tour held last year (2011) entitled "Higasa"."Higasa", a ballad, is an excellent finish to the single. The sound quality in particular is impeccable and provides a first rate and emotional ending to wrap things up sensationally. 
"Nokoriga" will be released officially on the 2nd of May and will come in three editions in total; Regular, Limited Edition A and Limited Edition B.

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Fuyu no Bench
Written by Rachel Yarwood
SID's last single of the year, "Fuyu no Bench", will be released on the 28th December which for those who have to wait on the postage system probably won't get round to listening to the new tracks until early next year.
There are three new tracks on this release entitled "Fuyu no Bench", "Otori" and "Alibi" another live track from their 'dead stock TOUR 2011'.
"Fuyu no Bench" begins with a very smooth classical introduction, something that really has this classy movie sort of feel to it.
As the first verse begins with Mao on vocals, the drums (Yuuya), bass (Aki) and guitar (Shinji) also follow creating a subtle indie rock atmosphere, which works very well with the classical background that stays with us. The melody of the piano that continues through out the song compliments the style that SID have gone for in "Fuyu no Bench", that is the rhythmic flow and classical, combined with the more pop and rock elements that SID have developed upon over the years.
Mao's lyrics also, sung with perfected clarity, adds to the pleasing melodies of the song. The chorus picks up ever so slightly, possibly down to the return of the background violins, but Mao also reacts and his voice too resonates, becoming louder and richer.
The rhythm for the second song on the single, "Otori" on the other hand, dramatically increases as opposed to "Fuyu no Bench" and we now have this suspicious yet tantalizing tango feel from the introduction.
As soon as the chorus of this song kicks in, you definitely start to feel your hips moving along to either the slow, deep bassline from Aki or the bouncy and upbeat funk from Shinji's guitar.
"Fuyu no Bench" is another gracious and fulfilling release from SID and comes in three editions; Regular, Type A and Type B. The latter two editions come with an additional DVD featuring a 'Special Movie’. 


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Itsuka
Written by Rachel Yarwood
"Itsuka", released on the 28th September, comes in three types altogether, the regular and the A and B types.
All versions of this new single come with the same three songs; "Itsuka", "Akikaze" and "No LDK Live from dead stock tour 2011".
"Itsuka" pretty much throws us straight into it, Mao’s vocals, as a powerful way to open the first song of the single off with. He is then followed by an instrumental, upbeat especially with the drumbeat from Yuuya, before taking us into the first verse.
Vocal wise, Mao is perfectly clear from the very beginning right to the last note that he belts out with ease. Even as the song is coming to a close, it ends in just as epic a way as it begins, with a combination of Mao's vocals, the last compositions of the guitar (Shinji) and bass (Aki) giving "Itsuka" a truly fantastic finish.
Shinji's guitar solo is one that cannot be side lined. It is one of those solos that is not far from being something like what you'd perhaps expect to hear, or see, from a distinguished arena rock band and as short as it is, you cannot ignore the fact of how good it is.
"Akikaze", the second song on the single, is slightly more relaxed than "Itsuka". The opening introduces us to something very mellow and instantly you know that this one is going to make for easy listening. Mao's vocals of course follow suit and are just as smooth as the music is.
The chorus picks up in pace just so slightly, giving us a nice tempo and rhythm, and Shinji's solo breaks through the more subtle side and adds just that little bit more of a lively element to the song. This does not stop at the solo, but returns towards the end of the song as well, working extremely well with the classical element that remains constant in the background.
Even with the classical style, "Akikaze" is not one that can be particularly called a ballad; rather it is more of a softer pop rock type and with the guitar combined to offer a bit of funk, everything works so well together.
Instead of giving us three songs that are so far apart from each other, (such as a heavy opening track, followed by a ballad and then a random live song) here SID have done the opposite and given us three songs that work together and follow on perfectly from one to the next.
This single seems to stick to one sort of style through out, with the acoustic, the soft bass, funky lead guitar and the classical element combined, all of the tracks on this release flow very well indeed and make this definitely one worth the listen.
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Cosmetic
Written by Keita Eiri-Uesugi
The song has a smooth and rich tone to it, jazzy in feel, something you can sway along to. And yet, it’s a completely different comparison from their two other singles released this year. Both of which seemed to adapt to ballad tone, slow and steady, with warmth of emotion seeping within. "Cosmetic" is quite a contrast straight from the very beginning, with the funky sounding guitars, slow drums and piano opening.
Yuya is the one whose drumming coincides with bassist Aki’s playing to give that overall backing jazz tempo. The song has a very rich and smooth flow that is consistent throughout. Playing simplistic beats, they keep the songs rhythm in place, even behind the quickening speed of Mao’s vocals at points. Each member gets a few seconds to show off what they are made of, and of course, with it being a jazz toned song, the bass gets a pleasing mini solo.
It’s safe to say that this track truly is very clean cut, for there is not a moment when one member out marks another: everything seems to be on equal basis.
Mao’s vocals are impeccable. With a voice that is just pleasant and relaxing to listen to, even when he sings with a greater speed. Vocally, in places, he has a sweet tone to him, and when it gets to the chorus, there seems to be this overlaid richness and luxury to his words giving the song it's complete swing and jazz jive sound.
Compared to their previous two releases, "cosmetic" definitely has a more refreshing feel and tone to it. They are a gentle and pleasing band to listen to, so if you want something that isn't so harsh on the ears, then they are definitely worth giving a try.


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Rain
Written by Rachel Yarwood
"Rain" whilst still holding that certain 'pop' feature of SID, is a lot mellower. This song is almost bordering on being a ballad, but not quite so as there is still that pop quality to the chorus. This softer side compliments them and they pull it off very nicely, bringing out their more elegant and sentimental side.
Amazingly, there is not much to fault with this new release. There has been some talk of this single being too much like their previous releases, but to trained ears, it should not be considered that this is the case… all songs, no matter how much they have a likeness, should be appreciated separately, as a single unit, on its own. For "Rain" it is doubtlessly a very beautiful piece of music and if you manage to find the translated lyrics (for those who are not fluent in the language) it will only enhance this impression.
On vocals, Mao releases his emotive side once more, the opening verse sounding very hesitant... you can almost sense the type of loss in his voice. It then changes completely for the chorus, becoming more powerful and confident which shows the capability and flexibility of his vocal range.
Shinji (guitar) keeps his playing simple in the verses. The guitar is 'picked' to emphasize Mao and in relation to what he is singing about which works to a great effect. The drums (Yuuya) and bass (Aki) are also kept to a minimum and do not drown anything out - they are all at a level which compliments each other and where they can each be heard equally.
It then opens fully to the chorus, which is louder and more epic. The guitar again magnifies this nicely, breaking the barrier between ballad and rock in a clear and smooth movement. It is powerful in a subtle way and does not need any fanciness to prove ability. To compose something so elegant demands another level altogether and SID meet this in every dimension.
Overall, it is a very impressive new release from SID. It is very neatly composed and whether or not you would originally class yourself as a fan of SID, this song may well just influence you to keep your ears open because if not you could just find yourself losing out on something spectacular.