Japanese CD Review: Gackt – Ghost (Single 2009)

After almost a year “off”, Gackt has been launching himself back into his music with two consecutive releases.   The release of Jesus in November (2008) sparked controversy and caused a ripple among fans.  I, for one, have no issues with the song.  If they would bother to listen to or find translations of the lyrics, they would understand the true meaning of the song.  In it, Gackt plays the inner voice begging for help from Jesus to give him salvation and save him from himself.  The video is dark and graphic depicting a man attempting to commit suicide and follows the deeper meaning of the song.

We are given another treat this month, with the follow-up single Ghost. It has returned Gackt to his hard rock roots and reminds me of some of his songs of the album Crescent. The song opens with the sounds of machinery and pulls the listener into the song with a hypnotic rhythm that entices them to listen further.  The song strengthens with the addition of guitars and a strong bass beat.  The lyrics are similar in theme to Jesus and in them “Gackt” pleads to be destroyed, claiming to be a imbomination of God.

It may sound dark and sinister, and may be, unless you find out that both songs were inspired by Terminator: The Sarah Connor Cronicles.  So, in truth, it is a monster that should be destroyed.  You can check out the video to see his tie-in for yourself.  I was actually pretty shocked to see Gackt DANCING!

I enjoy Ghost a lot and am reminded of older Gackt songs that I love to listen to even today.  Don’t get me wrong, Love Letter and No ni saku hana no Youni have their place in the world (and in my playlist/heart) but I prefer the darker and deeper side of Gackt’s music.

So, I give this the big 5 out of 5.

Gackt - GhostOh, and if you want to read a perfect review of it follow this link.