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L'Arc-en-Ciel in Prison?
Date:04, Jan, 2020
Investigated and Written by Misaka Youhei
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REAL
Release: August 30, 2000

Ki/oon Records

01. get out from the shell -asian version-
02. THE NEPENTHES
03. NEO UNIVERSE
04. bravery
05. LOVE FLIES
06. finale
07. STAY AWAY
08. Route 666
09. TIME SLIP
10. a silent letter
11. ALL YEAR AROUND FALLING IN LOVE


Blue lines are my recommendations.

Produced by L'Arc-en-Ciel & Okano Hajime

Hello. I'm talking about "Real," the 8th studio album of L'Arc-en-Ciel. It was released in 2000 August, and became a million-seller. Have you ever heard L'Arc-en-Ciel? I suppose most people are unfamiliar with them. L'Arc-en-Ciel means Rainbow in French, and they are a Japanese rock band that debuted in 1994. In fact, they have held some concerts in Taiwan, Korea, Hong Kong, Jakarta, France and America. So it is supposed that some foreigners have listened to them if you are unfamiliar. Don't misunderstand. I don't mean to diss those who don't know them.

Anyway, L'Arc-en-Ciel consisted of hyde (Vocal), ken (Guitar), tetsu (Bass), and yukihiro (Drums) in 2000. Most of their songs' words were written by hyde. On "Real," he wrote all the lyrics except "bravery" whose lyrics were written by tetsu. By the way, as you know when you hear, the first song was written in English.

What do I want to say? He worked as the front man of L'Arc-en-Ciel. L'Arc-en-Ciel can't be when hyde is not there. Most of their fans guess so, I believe. And reading the lyrics can almost let us know how he felt at the time, although the lyrics are mostly abstract.

What did I read? Reading the lyrics and listening to the songs made me think that hyde had longed to be set free. In the end of the 20th century, L'Arc-en-Ciel was a star in Japan. But, somehow, he was in prison perhaps. And so he desired to be free. I thought so listening to "Route 666" and "STAY AWAY."


In 2001, L'Arc-en-Ciel stopped all their activities sine die with leaving a single "Spirit dreams inside -another dream-" in September. And hyde debuted as a solo singer with a single "evergreen."

L'Arc-en-Ciel Official Website (Japanese)





 

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