Sound — 10
"Jealousy" is X Japan's third studio album, after Vanishing Visions and Blue Blood. As always X Japan have an awesome sound, fast, speed metal, but always a focus on ballads. Jealousy has a much more mature sound compared to their previous efforts, with heavier songs like Miscast, Desperate Angel, and Stab Me In The Back, but also very nice ballads like Say Anything and Voiceless Screaming.
Lyrics — 10
While most of the lyrics are japanese, as they are a Japanese band, the lyrics are meaningful and very fitting with their music. Most songs are sung in Japanese with a few english phrases thrown in. Voiceless Screaming is sung entirely in english, showing off Toshi's(vocalists) range and bilingual ability.
Overall Impression — 10
Jealousy is a fantastic album, X Japan have developed a very tight, mature sounding album with this effort. Toshi is a fantastic singer with a very high range, although may take some listens to get used to. He has very clean vocals for ballads and raspy vocals for the speed metal songs. Hide and pata are fantastic guitarists, complementing each other's guitar playing very well, hide having a more speed metal approach to soloing and riffs, while pata has a oldschool 80s classic rock approach to his soloing. Both styles compliment each other very well. Taiji is a fantastic bassist, undisputedly the best bassist in Asia. This is his final studio album with X Japan, before leaving the band. His skill is fantastic, and pop, slap and tap like no other. Yoshiki is a musical genius. He plays drums and piano. As a pianist he is a angel, playing very beatiful, and sweet music, especially in Silent Jealousy and Say Anything. Then as a drummer, he is a demon. Playing merciless fast and double kicking like no tomorrow. He is truly an excellent musician. His drumming in Silent Jealousy, Miscast and Stab Me In The Back is awesome. I think he is one of the best drummers in Asia back in the 80s and even now.