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Hyde by Hyde

Hyde by Hyde

Album Review

On his first compilation album as a solo act (and first self-titled album, no less), Japanese rocker Hyde shows off his biggest and best hits aside from the L’Arc-en-Ciel pieces. The sound is distinctly non-Japanese in its composition, taking from the Stone Temple Pilots in the first few pieces strongly, with minor notes of Godsmack’s Sully Erna embedded in Hyde’s sound. At the same time, however, there’s a simplicity in the progression of chords and sound structures. Even though the sound is original to Japanese rock, the overt earnestness in the vocals belies someone seemingly trying too hard. Hyde wants desperately to sound like Scott Weiland, to sound like Chris Cornell, to sound like stereotypical angst-ridden American rock from the early portion of the 2000s. From the initial Stone Temple Pilots’ sound that the album opens with and through the fourth track, “Jesus Christ,” Hyde is reaching for a fusion of Chris…




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