SID “White Tree” (Review)


We’ve reached that time of the year when rock bands and pop artists release their own twists of Christmas songs or just try to be creative, releasing their originals; SID continue their tradition and released the new single “White Tree” just right before Christmas.


Single: "White Tree"
Label: Sony Music
Release date: 10/12/2014
Genre: J-Rock


1 - White Tree
2 - White Tree (piano version)
3 - White Tree (instrumental)

Track analysis:

1 – White Tree

Being a kind of congratulatory single to celebrate this time of the year, “White Tree” really fares well in the midst of cheesy Christmas songs that most bands have been releasing in the past few weeks. Kicking this track off with an acoustic touch, SID take things nice and slow with a simple yet beautiful instrumental provided by the acoustic guitars, jazzy drums, the piano that takes a lead role in this track and the bass full of emotion. Things are kept simple and raw without any kind of synths or heavy instrumentalization to distract the listener. On the vocal side Mao just simply knows how to perform any kind of track and this slow paced Christmas anthem is proof of that. Mao‘s gentle vocals and the band as a whole complete this sweet Christmas song in the highest spirits. 4.5/5

Final rating: 4.5 stars

Getting into the Christmas spirit is always a good thing but the majority of times bands or solo artists tend to fail to make songs befitting this season and usually do remakes of classics- ruining the tracks and, in the process, make us cringe – SID took the original route and delivered a track that sounds great. It’s a gentle, semi-acoustic track that will help you getting into this season’s celebratory mood. We expect more and even better SID tracks in 2015.

White Tree is available for purchase on CDJAPAN for all overseas fans.


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.