Musical Reflection: the GazettE – Stacked Rubbish

the-gazette-2007-stacked-rubbishStacked Rubbish

1. Art Drawn by Vomit
2. Agony
3. Hyena
4. Burial Applicant
5. ガンジスに紅い薔薇
6. Regret
7. Calm Envy
8. Swallowtail on the Death Valley
9. Mob 136 Bars
10. Gentle Lie
11. Filth in the Beauty
12. Circle of Swindler
13. 千鶴
14. People Error


Stacked Rubbish, or what I like refer to as the “dirty” album. Why dirty? Maybe it’s the title, maybe it’s the feel to the album, maybe it’s the experimental nature of the album, or maybe it’s all 3. Yeah, probaly all three. Stacked Rubbish is the GazettE’s 3rd studio album released back in July, 2007. 

1. Art Drawn by Vomit

It’s yet another intro song. It starts off with bits of all the songs in the album played under the static of radio feedback, then it transfers to a hip hop beat with some hardly understandable english lyrics. It somewhat sets the tone of the next two tracks, with it’s messy feel.

2. Agony
(lyrics)

I used to skip this song every time I heard it came up. It has attitude, and carries an aggressive feel to it. The chorus is one line repeated several times, and not very appealing. The song as a whole honestly feels a bit empty. It’s also sung entirely in English, and I have no idea what he’s saying half the time. Why did I stop skipping this song again?

3. Hyena
(lyrics)

Like Agony before it, I used to skip this song every time it came up as well.  Hyena is fast paced, “head bangy” song, with screeches and growls thrown in. It actually feels like it’d fit in with NILs old western theme, but at the same time not really… I can’t quite place my finger on it, but Hyena doesn’t leave an impression on me and isn’t all that memorable, even though it sounds like something that I would like. Maybe it’s because Burial Applicant blows this one out of the water. Yeah, probaly.

4. Burial Applicant
(lyrics)

This is the first song on the album that I don’t skip. In fact I highly enjoy this song, and this is where the album really starts for me. Burial Applicant is a slow and deliberate in it’s delivery. While the vocals are first delivered softly, the song builds up to a more pained tone, hitting a climax with it’s memorable chorus. When we hit the bridge, the song devolves into a slow deliberate head bang screech fest that I could honestly have done without. Fortunatly it doesn’t last to long, and is forgivable.

5. ガンジスに紅い薔薇 (Ganges ni Akai Bara) [Red Roses on the Ganges]
(lyrics)

Starts off with the piano, that works its way up into a groovy beat. In a way this is like NILs Silly God Disco, as it stand out from the rest of the album, and is rather funky. But where Silly God Disco can come off a bit cynical or smug, Ganges ni Akai Bara does not. It’s an upbeat song, throughout even if the lyrics revolve around death, and are vaguely existential.

6. Regret
(lyrics)

This makes for two songs in a row that are upbeat, with not-so-upbeat lyrics. Seriously if you heard this song without the title, you would never guess it’s about letting “the one” get away. Well… you’d never guess, unless you understand Japanese. Although I will say that while it is upbeat, there are parts that are reflective upon the past, as one would do when thinking about regrets. All and all, Regret is a simple and fun song.

7. Calm Envy
(lyrics)

Probably my favorite song on the album, but defenitly my favorite ballad on the album. Slow and melodic, soft Calm Envy builds up to it’s chorus in a really satisfying way. This song is quaint, and gentle through the verses with an emotional build up that gives us a satisfying emotional chorus. It’s strange I don’t have much to say about this despite it being one of my top tracks of this album… hrrm.

8. Swallowtail on the Death Valley
(lyrics)

This ones has some spunk to it, and starts off with some female backing vocalists. This song has a mischievous feeling to it, and… it’s spunky… funky… clunky? Stop. I don’t know. This song doesn’t do it for me. It’s alright when I’m not really paying attention, but otherwise I’ll find myself skipping over to Gentle Lie.

9. Mob 136 Bars
(lyrics)

The angry song. It’s not as loud as we’ve heard from the last two albums, but the aggressive feeling is defenitly there. Guess what, I usually skip this song.

10. Gentle Lie
(lyrics)

Gentle Lie comes in like its Calm Envy, and delivers another upbeat, kinda-sad song. This time around Ruki puts himself in the point of view of an infidel. Seriously, while the song has this slow-ish sweet sound going for it, the mood is indeed rather melancholic. Sadly, this song doesn’t really have a sort of arc and stays at the same emotional level the whole way through, which for it’s subject matter is fitting. Calm Envy is better.

11. Filth in the Beauty
(lyrics)

If you’re gonna leave this album with a song in mind, this one would be it. Probably. Starts off acoustic before going into hard metal, head banging galore, before transitioning back to the acoustic for the verse. But you know, we’re not here for the acoustic, though pretty it might be. Transition to the pre-chorus which brings back the heavy distorted guitar, and leads into the fun part. The chorus. Then again, when isn’t the chorus the best part of a song? Don’t answer that. There’s plenty.

12. Circle of Swindler
(lyrics)

You know, after the mind breaking amazing-ness that was Filth in the Beauty, anything that comes after won’t/can’t compare. Good thing Circle of the Swindler doesn’t try to compare. Part of that might be the full English lyrics, but… I don’t know, this song just… it… it’s just kind of a mess? I guess? It sounds kind of silly? But tries not to be? Whatever, it’s the intermission between the albums best songs.

13. 千鶴 (Chizuru) [1000 Cranes]
(lyrics)

A tragic song. Dealing with the loss of a lover, whom you never got to say goodbye to. In Japan, there’s a saying that if you fold 1000 paper cranes you’ll have a wish granted. In poetic fashion the song title drops 羽 (hane) (meaning wings) from the word 千羽鶴 (senbazuru) [1000 paper cranes] symbolizing how the two lover wishes for happiness didn’t take flight, as it had no wings. Chizuru is slow and deliberate in the delivery of it’s sorrowful tale, of two being separated forever.

14. People Error

The outro song is a slow piano piece that closes out the album by fading away. I don’t feel this does anything for the album as a whole, and was more or less tacked on. Well whatever it’s purpose may be, it’s better than the intro.

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Closing Thoughts:

Stacked Rubbish as a whole is kind of a mess, if I’m going to be totally honest. There isn’t really a set feel or theme, and quite a few of the songs just do no do it for me at all. I say that but I count 7 songs that I like, but if we’re going to be real here out of those 7 I’d only seek out 4 of them, those being Filth in the Beauty, Calm Envy, Burial Applicant, and Ganges ni Akai Bara. With that mentality, it’d bring the 6 tracks I like in Disorder down to… 2. Anyway, yeah Stacked Rubbish is a mixed bag of thematics and styles that really just didn’t work out to well. Not for me at least. Would not recommend the album, would recommend a few songs. You can buy the album Stacked Rubbish over at CD Japan, here

Happy 15th Anniversary, the GazettE.

Look, I can say bad things about things I like. OK? Ok. Plus the next album is amazing.

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