It’s time for another tribute for the best band in the world, L’Arc~en~Ciel. As usual, I always review Laruku’s album in the beginning of each month, however something happened early this month so TRUE has to be delayed till today. The delay was because of my review on Are You Ready? Mata Haato ni Hi o Tsukeru.
TRUE is the best album in Sakura’s era and one of the best throughout Laruku’s history. Too bad that this great album has to be shadowed by an incident that almost tear L’Arc~en~Ciel apart. Thank God they could recover from that incident. Sakura was caught by the police, he was using drug. In Japan, if the celebrity is using drug their popularity will decrease as if falling through a landslide. Because of Sakura’s irresponsible act, Laruku’s newest single at that time, 4th Avenue Café, was taken off the shelf and taken of Samurai X soundtrack. The band was left in confusion.
Fortunately they could come back from that unfortunate event. They have new drummer by the name Yukihiro Awaji…and I can’t stop thanking Sakura for his bad past, if he didn’t use drug, Yukihiro will never be in this great band and that would be a shame. Yukihiro is a better drummer than Sakura. L’Arc~en~Ciel music becomes more colorful once Yukihiro joined in.
For the video (30seconds preview of each song), I used their PV and their come back LIVE. In this live, we can hear how upset they were on Sakura. Hyde kept on saying ‘mukashi laruku wa’ or ‘mukasi no hito wa’. We can hear the bitter memory through his talk. Yukihiro was not officially Laruku’s member yet, he was still an additional palyer. After this concert, he became one of the steady members. Yukihiro is my number one L’Arc~en~Ciel member.
Enough with the past…let’s talk about the album. TRUE was released on December 12, 1996. This album is so colorful and beautiful. I never get tired of listening to this album. Compare to the previous albums, TRUE is very rich in sounds and melody. It’s L’Arc~en~Ciel first masterpiece album. Each song has its own beauty. I love all the song.
There were singles (and therefore there were PVs) from this album. They are Flower, Lies and Truth, and Kaze ni Kienaide. 4th Avenue Café was also a single but it was taken off because of the drug issue.
It’s time to talk about each song. I think I’m going to write quite a lot for this album
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