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[Single] GLAY’s ‘Ashes.EP’

SINGLE REVIEW: GLAY’s ‘Ashes.EP’

GLAY- Ashes.EP

My musical relationship with GLAY has been very inconsistent since I started listening to them. When I first heard their White Road album, I wasn’t really impressed with their vocals or song making ability. However, they’ve grown on me since they put out Natsu Oto, and I’m actually beginning to like some of their stuff. However, I still have some problems with them that will most likely show up in the review. Though I like them, their vocals are somewhat weak and often done in an unattractive manner.

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Although the vocals in Ashes -1969- were better than usual, I could still here a margin of weakness in them. He did manage to hit some reasonably powerful notes in key though, and I thought that was impressive. I enjoyed when he went higher because his voice felt more stable, almost as if he was more comfortable in falsetto rather than his normal singing voice. The music was okay, but I was generally unimpressed. The song is kind of average, and though it’s not bad, I don’t really find myself drawn to it like I was Natsu Oto and a few other songs. I suppose that it may just be a combination of a bit above average vocals and average music that makes it slightly boring, but whatever it is, the song is certainly lacking.

Vocal Grade: B — Musical Grade: B- — Consistency Grade: B

Overall Grade: B

I liked the introductory guitar to ROSY. It seems like the vocals by GLAY are becoming stronger, because this song features soft vocals that convey the feeling of the song very well. The bridge and the chorus had the worst vocals of the song, but I could still stand them. I liked when he climbed with his voice, because it was what the chorus needed to be different from the verses. A bit after the first chorus is a wonderful mini-guitar solo. The music in this song outshines the vocals, but it’s still a good song. Possibly even a little bit better than the previous track on the single.

Vocal Grade: B- — Musical Grade: B+ — Consistency Grade: B+

Overall Grade: B

SORRY LOVE is the longest song on the single at five minutes and thirty six seconds. Unfortunately, I don’t think it needed to be that long. The vocals weren’t very well done, and the music was somewhat uninteresting. The song is far too quiet and not unique enough to be interesting, and my attention keeps drifting away from it while I try to listen. Although there are very short parts that catch my attention, it’s just not enough to revive my interest in the song. The guitar is too slow and too quiet, and the vocals are basically too weak. I’m just not impressed really.

Vocal Grade: C+ — Musical Grade: C — Consistency Grade: B-

Overall Grade: C

The last song on the single is a very… interesting song called MOTHER NATURE’S SON. Vocally it’s not bad, it’s just a strange song. Almost like GLAY’s attempt at folk music… I actually kind of like it. My only problem is that it’s short, and I think (It’s very difficult to understand…) it’s all in English. The guitar is actually acoustic in this song, and really quiet, though well done at the same time. I don’t know what he’s saying, but I think it at least sounds good.

Vocal Grade: B+ — Musical Grade: B+ — Consistency Grade: B+

Overall Grade: B+

SINGLE GRADE: B-

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