CD Review :: SID - dead stock
CD + DVD A
CD + DVD B
1) NO LDK
4) Iihito (Good-Natured Person)
5) Ranbu no (Wild Dance) Melody (ALBUM MIX)
7) dog run
8) one way
9) Nigatsu (February)
dead stock is SID's 2nd album & it was released last month on 23rd Feb .
SID's new album comes in almost 2 years + since the release of their debut major label album hikari .
In dead stock , there're a total of 12 tracks , inclusive of 5 singles .
The unusual titled NO LDK is the 1st album track to kick things off in dead stock .
Honestly NO LDK was a bit random if not a strange choice of song to start SID's new album & also , I find it quite slow for my liking too . It doesn't have that X factor unlike hikari's Rakuen (Eden) .
But despite starting things at a wrong footing , in comes dead stock's 2nd album track Shelter which I like a lot more than NO LDK .
The strong point for Shelter is that I really like the unusual guitar riffs which're being layered over each other without sounding messy . I actually find Shelter quite similiar sounding to other artistes's material that I listen to as well but I leave it as it's .
cosmetic is SID's 7th single & it was used as the commercial theme song for DAM★Uta Fu .
Out of the 5 singles that're included in dead stock , I still feel that cosmetic has to be my fave out of the lot simply because it's still a groovy , unique & very memorable track .
Let alone , no matter how many times I listen to cosmetic , I will never get bored of it .
Iihito (Good-Natured Person) slows down the pace in dead stock & this's 1 of my fave album tracks .
On 1st listen , Iihito reminds me of Ranbu no Melody's Danro (Fireplace) , since both songs have that chilled out Jazz influenced vibes which's plain brillant because I have a soft spot for such songs that're found in SID's discography .
Ranbu no (Wild Dance) Melody is SID's 8th single . Aside from being used as an opening theme song for the anime BLEACH , Ranbu no Melody was also used as the ending theme song for the following TV programs : Bepop ! High Heel , a-ha-N & Chart Busters R ! .
In dead stock , it has been given an album mix which frankly to me , it sounds exactly the same as the single version .
Ranbu no Melody is not really my fave SID single but it has grown on me quite considerably .
Rain is SID's 6th single . It was used as the theme songs for the anime FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST (opening) , the TV program Bebop ! High Heel (ending) , the TV program a-ha-N (ending) & also as a commercial theme song for MUSICO .
I don't really have that much issues with Rain because it's quite a typical anime song which's almost the same style that SID applied with their other singles that were used to promote animes such as Monochrome no Kiss & also Uso .
dog run is an album track & despite the strange song title , it's actually 1 of my fave songs that I enjoy in dead stock .
I frankly was expecting dog run to be a joke but it's actually very upbeat & somewhat cheery sounding which really surprised me & the 1st impression I have of dog run was linking it with the sounds of a marching band , due to the strong drum beats being incorporated in dog run .
one way is SID's 4th single & it was used as an ending theme song for the TV program Uchikuru !? .
I still remember when one way was released , I somewhat had a dislike towards it . I'm not sure why because just like Ranbu no Melody , the song has grown on me quite a fair bit since then .
Nigatsu (February) is track #9 & for this , this's another memorable album no. to listen to as it's just a really inspirational & uplifting song .
I wasn't sure what to expect for Nigatsu but I adore the feeling/vibes that it was giving which's great .
Wife is the next album track & this's interesting in line with the melody that's not straightforward but somewhat easy to digest .
Duration wise , Wife is the shortest track in dead stock , clocking in at 2:49 mins but sometimes at the end of the day , it's ok to keep things short & sweet .
sleep is SID's 5th single & it was used as a theme song for the TV program Sukkiri !! & in the ads for Recoshoku . It's also the final single slotted in dead stock's tracklist .
This track is still 1 of my fave singles of the group after cosmetic , simply because it's a real angsty ballad .
It's not overdosed on the angst factor but it's more than sufficient to showcase a different side of the guys which I like .
Sympathy is the final song to conclude dead stock & I think it's quite a fitting song to wrap things up with this uplifting inspirational no. .
Even though Sympathy doesn't have that same grand sounding closure as hikari's Hikari , I still think it's not that shabby of a curtain call song .
It has been close to 2 years since SID has released their debut major label album hikari & for dead stock , I think it showcases significant music growth that the group has displayed which it's for sure a good thing .
I generally like everything that SID has released from their discography & that goes for no exception towards dead stock .
I like the experimentations going on for the album tracks which I enjoy as well , let alone the singles which're already winners in their own respective right .
The only grouse I felt dead stock had was that the whole album felt unusually short to me , since most of the songs are under 4 mins long but the upside's that dead stock is a no frills record that I enjoy listening from the start til the end .
Definitely a good follow up from hikari & worth the wait .