GACKT – “P.S I Love U” (Review)


GACKT

After a two year stop without any music releases, GACKT now releases his 44th single titled “P.S I Love You”. Starting this year with a handful of releases, GACKT is, without a doubt, surprising a lot of his fans with his comeback. There are couple of live DVD’s scheduled to be released throughout this year such as: BEST OF THE BEST I 40TH BIRTHDAY 2013, the photobook titled GACKT LIVE TOUR 2013 BEST OF THE BEST vol.1 M/W [LIVE PHOTOBOOK] and a lot more surprises to look forward.

P.S I Love U” is available in two different editions: regular and deluxe. More information regarding the single:

GACKT - P.S I Love You

Single: P.S I Love U
Label: Nippon Crown
Release date: 12/02/2014
Genre: J-Rock

Tracklist:

1. P.S. I LOVE U
2. RIDE OR DIE
3. P.S. I LOVE U -Instrumental-
4. RIDE OR DIE -Instrumental-

Track by track analysis:

1-    P.S. I Love You

This song begins with a sweet piano telling us that this song is a ballad. The violins give the song a sad yet romantic touch to it and as always GACKT’s voice never fails to shine with that amazing vibrato. This song is extremely slow paced until reaching the outro where the song gains new life with the guitars and drums almost like bursting all emotions. Gradually, the song gets more and more emotional with GACKT’s voice with those pleading high notes. Good mix between the strings and the rock elements. We have a melodic guitar solo followed by his god like voice.  By the end of the song you notice that it almost feels like you were listening to a love letter being read out loud, letting the emotions sink in with the melodic piano. The perfect start to the perfect finish. It’s an unexpectedly good ballad. 5/5

 2-    Ride Or Die

Your typical GACKT song. A fast paced song from start to finish with its heavy and aggressive guitar riffs and double bassed drums “RIDE OR DIE” has all the good rock elements that were missing in the previous track. Standing out in this track we have the extremely noticeable bass throughout the song making this track a complete opposite from the previous one in all aspects except for the fact that GACKT’s voice once again never fails to impress. 4/5

Final rating: 4.5/5

In this single we can see that GACKT tried to make two songs with two different sub-genres in his own style. We have the first track that is a ballad and a second that is a typical GACKT rock song. Despite that I think that GACKT’s songs were surprisingly good, especially the ballad “P.S I Love U” that seems to have a good story behind it and some might like the fact that when you listen to it you get the feeling like you’re listen to someone reading a love letter. His choice of songs weren’t bad, the opposite. A very interesting single giving us polar opposites that complement each other.

 “P.S I Love U” is available for purchase on CDJAPAN for all overseas fans.

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