*Hyperventilates* Gackt is my favorite artist. Ever. Period. I am thrilled to be doing this review.
“Stay the Ride Alive” is the third installment is Gackt’s “Decade” series of songs, made for Kamen Rider. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Kamen Rider, its the Japanese equivalent of Power Rangers. Plus motorcycles. Sort of.
The theme of the song is “eien” or “forever/eternity,” which leads me to believe that this is the final installment in the Decade series. Who knows!
Track 1: Stay the Ride Alive- Ignore the Engrish title, please. This song is amazing. It begins with a catchy guitar riff which sounds a lot like the sound of a motorcycle revving and there are some heartfelt strings which grow increasingly powerful as the song progresses. Gackt’s aged voice is apparent here but its not disastrous for the most part. (until the end when he lets out a squeal on the word “alive,” which kind of kills the song’s aura.) This is a triumphant and inspiring song, a kind of song you would carry the Olympic torch to. This definitely outshines “The Next Decade” and almost matches “Journey Through the Decade.” But not quite.
(the single also includes a “classic edit” of “Stay the Ride Alive” as well as an original instrumental)
In Conclusion: Gackt is an enduring musical legend and this holds true even today. Though he will never be able to top or surpass songs from his youth like “Mizerable” or “Vanilla,” Gackt’s music continues to thrive and impress. I hope the rumors of his retirement in 2010 are not true, because I believe he still has plenty left to offer us.
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