TETSU69 - Suite November

review - 22.10.2006 13:00

The first solo release from L'arc~en~Ciel's tetsu shows us a deeper side.

The first solo album from L'arc~en~Ciel bassist and founder, tetsu, "Suite November" is comprised of 8 tracks, plus a "hidden" bonus track.

The album gets off to a great start with "WHITE OUT (memory of a color)", which manages to be both catchy and soulful, and rolls along smoothly.

Listeners will be treated to a variety of styles with this album, ranging from the lighthearted pop feel of "Wonderful World" to the edgy rock of "Shinkirou".

The melodic "empty tears" showcases a beautiful strings arrangement, which adds great depth to the song and sets the mood for tetsu's soft vocals, which lend this track an almost dream like quality.

tetsu's vocals may not be what L'arc~en~Ciel fans expect, but they're strong, often soothing, and definitely hold their own throughout the album. The track "15 1/2" is a particularly good representation of his vocal range and style, as well as a being a quick favorite.

Lyrically, the album is something of a surprise. There is a common thread of disillusionment and loneliness that runs through many of the tracks, but these lyrics serve to show us a deeper, more mature Tetsu than we have previously seen with L'arc~en~Ciel.

With "Suite November", tetsu proves that he is more than just a bass player. From the strong bass lines that one would expect him to pen, to the interesting use of strings and synthesizers, "Suite November's" musicianship is solid, and the music well written. The variety of styles will keep the listener's attention through the main "hook" songs. I think listeners will quickly find this one a favorite.
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