SID – “hug” (review)

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Japanese visual-kei rockers SID (シド) have released their 29th single titled “hug”, this single is almost like a warm up for the release of “Outsider”, their fourth album to be released later in March. A more laid back release than the previous ones but still an interesting one setting the bar high enough for next month’s release. Now off with the review.

More information about the single:


Single: hug
Label: Sony Music Entertainment
Genre: J-Rock
Release Date: 12/02/2014

The tracklist is the following:

1 - hug
2 - hug (instrumental)

Track analysis:

1 – hug

Starting off the song with the acoustic guitar played in a melodic way together with a noticeable bassline and the mid-tempo drums we have the perfect guides to this mellow / more laid back song on SID’s repertoire. Mao’s vocals are sounding great as well as the rest of the instrumentalization provided by the electric and acoustic guitars (Shinji), drums (Yuya) and bass (Aki). “hug” seems like it was created just for Valentine’s day. It’s slow paced, melodic, emotional and romantic, a song that is not SID’s typical release. It’s a song made to be savored slowly. Without any aggressiveness the guitar solo by the end of the song is so full of emotion, moving  and immersing you even more on the song. A good track and a great warm up for both Valentine’s Day as well for the release of “Outsider” in March in which “hug” is also part of. 5/5

Final rating: 5/5

“hug” is available for purchase on CDJAPAN for all overseas fans (Mao and Aki’s versions of the single are already unavailable).

Author: Vanessa Silva (midorin)

The Hand That Feeds HQ founder and music reviewer writing about Japanese music since 2010. Metalhead. Gamer. Based in Cascais, Portugal. Mamoru Miyano's "Orpheus" was the catalyst to start writing about male seiyuu music.