GRANRODEO bet it all in Glorious Days, delivering an outstanding and eclectic release that stands out in their repertoire.
Title: Glorious Days Release date: 22/03/2017 Label: Lantis Genre: Hardrock/Blues
1．Glorious days 2．BIG SUN 3．月に抱かれて眠りたい 4．Glorious days (OFF VOCAL) 5．BIG SUN (OFF VOCAL) 6．月に抱かれて眠りたい (OFF VOCAL)
Track by track analysis:
1 – Glorious Days
Glorious Days is one of GRANRODEO‘s best mid-tempo anthems. We’re used to full throttle bangers from the band or even those odd balls in which the synths rule almost everything. This time around this song was so clean but at the same time so raw that we couldn’t help but to be entranced.
The synths and high pitched guitar riffs give the song a dark aura whereas the drums and bass fill in the void for heavy instrumentalization.
e-Zuka‘s stunning guitar work is the catalyst for what is a fantastic chorus and a flawless guitar solo/bridge. The chorus. This chorus. Is everything. KISHOW‘s high notes enrich it and take a song that was already high on our ranking to greater heights. And that bridge.
This song has the perfect balance between GRANRODEO‘s trademark heavier sound and a more paced, raw one that the band has been experimenting in the past few releases.
2 – BIG SUN
Miss the 90s? BIG SUN is a complete opposite to the previous track. It’s seems like we’ve travelled through time to get this surf rock tune. This rather simple instrumental lends help from a rhodes piano, joining the playful melody created by the guitar riffs, funky bass playing and entertaining beat. Expect synthetic drums to join in as help for some extra bits in the instrumental.
The vocal performance is, once again, spotless. KISHOW managed to portray well the feelings of the song in a mix of laidback emotional performance.
This song might not be what you’re used to, but it sounds so great when performed by such a talented group of individuals such as GRANRODEO. Fun and entertaining.
3 – 月に抱かれて眠りたい
If you ever wanted to hear KISHOW singing blues this is it. GRANRODEO morph from a hardrock band to a perfect blues quartet in the blink of an eye with Tsuki ni dakarete Nemuritai.
What was once heavy instrumentalization is now replaced by strings, contrabass, a seductive saxophone melody, technical, melodic guitar riffs that enrich this song with some minimal drums bits. This 360 was only possible because of this band’s talent and versatility. Not many people know how to play blues – well – it’s a really emotional genre that derives from rock.
Everything is performed with attention to the detail, that extra edge that can draw the listeners in. e-Zuka is known for his blues roots. Some of the guitarists he takes inspiration from are known for that.
This was the time to put them to insanely good use. And KISHOW. Is there any music genre he doesn’t fit in? He performed this song like we weren’t expecting at all and it was…. sexy.
His vocal prowess and emotional take on each of his performances was key to make this whole song standout after a perfect title track.
GRANRODEO are better than ever. And we’re not saying this because we’re big fans of the band.
Glorious Days marks the band’s 4th release in a row that is flawless or pretty close to it.
The band seems to be on a roll since last year, releasing high quality songs and showcasing all of their talents across the most varied music genres. We’re heard before the band’s take on Jazz. It was beyond impressive. Now we got a good glimpse of how much talent they have – if anyone still had doubts – with their take on blues.
Blues and GRANRODEO are a great mix, a mix that you wouldn’t be expecting given previous releases.
Of course the band has a lot of influences in their music and blues is certainly one of them, but this was the first time that we heard a blues song from them. And what we got was this pearl in GRANRODEO‘s repertoire.
On another note: the title track surpassed our expectations. Yes, we were expecting something exciting like some of their previous Kuroko no Basuke songs. But we weren’t expecting a song so different from that sound. It packs a punch without being straight-up heavy just for the sake of it.
An interesting fact: pay closely attention to the music video and to the lyrics. Extra points for those that understood the references in both.
BIG SUN was a great song, a major throwback to the 90’s – for those who were early 90’s kids like me this will spark something in you.
As a whole, Glorious Days is yet another perfect release from GRANRODEO, a step that hints at something amazing to come.
Glorious Days is available for purchase at CDJAPAN.