CD Review :: SID - M&W
CD + DVD A
CD + DVD B
1) Konagona (In Small Pieces)
2) Ghost Apartment
3) Fuyu no (Winter) Bench
4) Ito (Yarn)
5) Café de Bossa
8) Itsuka (Someday)
9) Dress Code
10) gossip !!
11) Nokoriga (Scent)
M&W is SID's 3rd album & it was released on 1st Aug .
The group's latest album offering comes close to 1 1/2 years since the release of their previous album dead stock & in M&W , 4 singles are included & there's the inclusion of 7 new songs , that make up 11 tunes in total found in the tracklist .
All songs in M&W are written by lead singer/frontman Mao .
This time round , the album theme for M&W is based on the concept of Men & Woman . In addition , the songs are put together as a collection of tunes that describes the various kinds of love that exists between a man & a woman .
Konagona (In Small Pieces) kicks off the album & also it's the 1st new album track . While not as catchy/strong as the previous album opening no.s such as dead stock's NO LDK & Hikari's Rakuen (Eden) , Konagona is still a pretty memorable no. .
With a weird title like Ghost Apartment , I wasn't sure what to expect but I'm surprised that I really enjoyed this & despite the title , there's nothing eerie sounding about Ghost Apartment .
Instead , Ghost Apartment is very Jazz driven which I think it's very cool & kudos have to go to bassist Aki for composing the melody as it's downright infectious .
Fuyu no (Winter) Bench is SID's 10th single & it's the group's 2nd Winter inspired no. , the 1st one being their 2nd single Mousou Nikki (Diary Of Delusion) 2 .
I rememebered when Fuyu no Bench was 1st released last Dec , I oddly had a rather strong dislike towards it . I'm not sure why but since then , this song has grown on me considerably which I think it's a good thing .
Ito (Yarn) is the 3rd album track & it's the only no. that's a rather emotional driven ballad .
For this song , Ito is quite sad sounding & the presence of both piano + guitar riffs can be felt greatly in this heartfelt tune .
Café de Bossa follows after Ito & with such a title , it's pretty evident that the influence of Bossa Nova inspired sounds have gone hand in hand together with Mao's vocals .
In Café de Bossa , it's 1 of those songs that I can visualise being played in a cafe while chilling out with a cup of tea/coffee & props have to go to drummer Yuya for composing this song .
S is SID's 12th single & it was used as the theme song in the horror movie Sadako 3D , making this the 1st time for the guys to provide a theme song for a movie .
The most recent single included prior to the release of M&W , even up to now , I still consider S to be 1 of my least fave if not weakest singles SID has released to date .
Also out of the 4 singles included in M&W , the other 3 are much more memorable if not stronger . I don't mind to listen to S if the album's on loop but I will not consider S to be a personal fave track of mine .
MOM is the 5th album track & what a happy sounding no. this's & I really like the blaring of trumpets going on in here .
The credit has to go to guitarist Shinji for composing such a peppy upbeat melody to accompany Mao's vocals in MOM .
Itsuka (Someday) is SID's 9th single . Described as a powerful burst of energy that will rock listeners , it was used as the opening theme song for TBS's CDTV last Aug .
Dress Code is the 2nd last album track & also it's the shortest track in M&W , clocking in at 2:59 mins .
Composed by bassist Aki , Dress Code is a charming no. with it being an understated track . I frankly have no issues with Dress Code the very moment when I 1st heard it .
Likewise , the same thing goes for the last album track that's titled gossip !! . Also composed by Aki , gossip !! is surprisingly a very cheery sounding no. & it's definitely something catchy & worth checking out as well .
Nokoriga (Scent) is SID's 11th single & it's also the final song in M&W's tracklist .
Described as a melodious number with a sakura motif , Nokoriga is a gentle mid-tempo ballad about bidding farewell to the annual sakura season , making this song pretty refreshing .
After the release of 2 singles that both happened within 1 week of each other last week , SID has released their latest album offering M&W .
Just like their previous albums hikari & dead stock , M&W is a very solid album & musicially versatile like their 1st 2 albums .
I don't know if this's a good or bad thing but to me , SID is 1 of the rare artistes I encounter that in general their discography is solid & there's definitely something for everyone to enjoy when comes to their music & the same thing goes for what they have to offer in M&W as well .
Definitely an album worth checking out from this really talented group .