It was February 10th when we all heard that the announcement, for all fans alike that began the growing anticipation.
Miyavi had his recent break on the American big screen by starring in Angelina Jolie’s directed movie ‘Unbroken‘. An epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII-only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. Miyavi (Takamasa Ishihara) would be cast as the Mutsuhiro “The Bird” Watanabe. Though the movie did good and told an inspiring story it wasn’t the last of Miyavi sharing his voice or attributes with the world.
On February 10th he’d reveal plan for his tenth studio album entitled ‘The Others‘, the long-anticipated album would be released on April 15th and followed by a Japan tour, ‘Miyavi Tour 2015 “WE ARE THE OTHERS”‘.
In order to pursue a new sound, Miyavi would change his main guitar to a telecaster model. Nevertheless, the climatic artist still captivates the worldwide fan base to flock to his music.
The album itself is almost like a revitalizing work of music. It grabs your soul with the opening song entitled ‘Cruel‘ with a dark and modern feel that causing your mind to reach places you’ve never explored. By ‘Into the Red‘, ‘Come Alive‘, and ‘Alien Girl‘ the music has opened up with a burst of energy that can be done by the finger-slapping styles of Miyavi. You get an updated amazing version that shows why no matter what style Miyavi uses it gives no barring on the quality of music.
The self album-titled track ‘The Others‘ definitely hooks you with the opening electric guitar solo. It seems like the overall message is to bring the ones that some consider as outcasts together. Almost like an anthem of sorts. Even as the song progresses it begins to unify the world as a whole. Giving you the sort of strength needed to be that other person and be comfortable with yourself. Personally, it’s one of our favorites not just for the sake of it being promoted, but for the message it sends to others.
Although some songs didn’t peak too much enthusiastic anticipation as the rest the album entirely is not as bad. Miyavi can still manage to carry himself like he’s done before changing his style in the deliverance of music. Even his mixture of Japanese and English lyrics has an everlasting effect on those who love the Miyavi of the early days. In a way, it’s like a teen maturing into an adult only to show how responsible his sounds can never falter under any amounts of pressure. If you’re a long time fan of the Samurai Guitarist then, you will appreciate this album like his other studio albums and if you’re brand new to his music then, I’m sure you won’t be too disappointed.
Rating: 4 out 5