CD Review :: Hilcrhyme - REVIVAL
CD + DVD
1) New Era
2) Zoku・Ouin Kenbunroku -Mitou-
3) FLOWER BLOOM
4) Spirit Of Love
7) The Woman In The Elevator
8) R2 (Instrumental)
9) Summer Up
10) Travel Machine (DJ KATSU Electro Remix)
REVIVAL is Hilcrhyme's 6th album & it was released last week on 25th March .
The duo's latest album offering comes in about 1 year 1 month+ since the release of their previous album FIVE ZERO ONE .
In REVIVAL , the tracklist includes 2 singles & 3 B-sides .
The album's opening track , New Era is also the only new track to get a video which rightfully deserves to get 1 as it's a fast paced hip hop no. that's downright catchy to boot .
The next new track in REVIVAL , it's something titled Zoku・Ouin Kenbunroku -Mitou- . The live version of this song was included as a B-side in Hilcrhyme's 17th single YUKIDOKE .
Hearing the studio/CD version of Zoku・Ouin Kenbunroku -Mitou- , it's definitely another standout track in REVIAL . The only thing is that I wish the song could have been a bit longer as it ended abruptly as so but other than that , it's something I enjoy a lot .
FLOWER BLOOM is Hilcrhyme's 16th single & it was picked to be used in NTV's Music Dragon Dragon ・ Eye . In addition , this single was released last year to celebrate the duo's 5th anniversary in the business .
Track #4 Spirit Of Love is a cover of rock band Sing Like Talking in which this was released as their 20th single in 20 years ago on 24th Nov .
This's the 1st time for Hilcrhyme to include a cover in their albums & I was wondering how come lyrically this song sounded quite strange as it's not really their style . Turns out it's a cover after I did further checking into this .
Kodou was 1st included as the 2nd B-side in Hilcrhyme's 16th single FLOWER BLOOM & now it's included in the album as track #5 .
YUKIDOKE is Hilcrhyme's 17th single . This Winter inspired no. was the latest single released prior to REVIVAL .
The next song The Woman In The Elevator is another personal fave song of mine . If New Era didn't had a video , I feel that this mid tempo no. should get 1 as so , with it being 1 of the more slower sounding tracks in the album .
After R2 (Instrumental) which's an instrumental interlude , it's the 2nd last song in REVIVAL which's Summer up .
Summer up was 1st included as the 1st B-side in Hilcrhyme's 16th single FLOWER BLOOM . Between this & Kodou , I definitely prefer Summer up as this EDM inspired no. is still a good 1 to listen to .
The final track included in REVIVAL is a remix of the duo's 6th single Travel Machine .
In this case , Travel Machine (DJ KATSU Electro Remix) served as the closing no. of the album . This remix takes the original take of Travel Machine by a notch or 2 seeing that it's a lot more electro futuristic sounding .
Following their 1st time performing at Nippon Budokan , hip-hop duo Hilchryme is back with a brand new album REVIVAL prior to the commencement of Hilcrhyme Tour 2015 REVIVAL .
Frankly , REVIVAL is not a bad album but I think for longtime fans of the duo , they might find this album a bit short changed especially since it only has 10 tracks & after you take away the singles , B-sides , cover , instrumental , remix , you're left with 3 new original tracks .
I would like to see the guys included more new songs in REVIVAL because to me , 3 new no.s is not enough even though New Era , Zoku・Ouin Kenbunroku -Mitou- & The Woman In The Elevator are equally strong/memorable .
On whole , I think REVIVAL will leave people divided on opinions in that fans will like REVIVAL if they don't buy their singles seeing that 1/2 the tracklist consists of both singles + B-sides or fans will not like the album if they dislike the lack of original material .
For me , I'm somewhere in between .