Do As Infinity – NEED YOUR LOVE

December 13, 2006 at 11:55 AM | Posted in Do As Infinity | Leave a comment
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The cover of the CD only edition

NEED YOUR LOVE is Do As Infinity’s 6th studio album and it was released on February 16, 2005. The album reached #3 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 137,911 copies.

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The album opens with the quick riffs of For the future, the band’s 19th single which was released prior to this album. This song acts as great introduction for what’s to come.

Track 2 was originally an exclusive bonus track on the band’s B-side album Do the B-side back in 2004 and it’s a good thing it’s on this album too. BE FREE is a cheerful song with catchy riffs.

Track 3, Blue, is another upbeat song with an excellent chorus. The electric guitar riffs are fast and the solo during the bridge is awesome.

The next track, Rakuen, is probably my favorite song on the album. It’s also the most unique song too because of the low key string arrangement during the verses.

Track 5 is a more slower paced song that features acoustic guitar. Ever… has a nice chorus but I didn’t think the song was anything special.

Track 6, one flesh, is a progressive song with strong percussion. I didn’t really like this song but it still sounds nice and it’s rather short.

I definitely liked the strong riffs of track 7. ROBOT is an incredibly catchy song with a great bridge that features Tomiko Van’s voice being electronically distorted. It fits the theme of the song very well.

Track 8 is another short yet upbeat song that I don’t really like. The music of Ultimate G.V remains consistent except for the riff during the bridge.

Track 9 begins slow paced but the chorus quickly picks things up. I also liked the fast vocals of Yotaka no Yume. The chorus is the high point of the song too because of the use of bass.

Track 10 is definitely one of the better songs on the album. Need your love is uplifting yet it maintains a darker persona. The song also features more unique and different sounds compared to the rest of the songs and I was so glad to hear a string arrangement during the bridge.

Track 11 was another breath of fresh air. Na no Hanabatake is the only song on the album to feature the piano as the main instrument and it’s beautiful. It was really nice to hear just Van’s voice without a vocal track.

The bonus track on the album is an acoustic version of Hiiragi, the band’s 17th single released back in 2003. I loved the fact that there’s only the piano and acoustic guitar in this version and Tomiko’s vocals are top notch. Like most acoustic songs, the music is toned down and does not feature a vocal track.

NEED YOUR LOVE is a good album but at the same time, I also think it’s Do As Infinity’s weakest one. It doesn’t have the flair of their previous albums because the music remains consistent and it doesn’t change. Almost all of the upbeat rock tracks sounded the same to me and I didn’t find any variety between them. I only found Rakuen and Na na Hanabatake to be the songs with a different and unique sound. This album would have been better if there were more variety in the rock tracks but this is also where the album shines. Do As Infinity has made some of the best pop rock songs ever and this album is just an extension of what the band excels at.

Overall Rating

3 stars

Tracklisting

1. For the future
2. Blue
3. BE FREE
4. Rakuen (楽園)
5. Ever…
6. one flesh
7. ROBOT
8. Yotaka no Yume (夜鷹の夢)
9. Ultimate G.V
10. Need your love
11. Na no Hanabatake (菜ノ花畑)
12. Hiiragi (Acoustic ver.) (柊)

Note: My favorite tracks are highlighted in blue!

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