Natsukashii Mirai ~longing future~
Natsukashii Mirai ~longing future~ was alan’s 3rd single. It was released on July 2, 2008 and reached number 19 on the charts with 4,730 copies sold. In all this single has sold over 10,267+ copies, making it her second best selling single to date. It was produced by Sakamoto Ryuichi. The title track was used as the theme song for the NHK TV special program SAVE THE FUTURE. This single is also the first of five singles centered around the five classical Japanese elements, this single’s theme is earth.
1. Natsukashii Mirai ~longing future~
2. Seed of Green
3. Gasshou [Natsukashii Mirai ~longing future~]
4. Natsukashii Mirai ~longing future~ (Instrumental)
5. Seed of Green (Instrumental)
Beginning her Five Elements campaign is Natsukashii Mirai ~longing future~ lit. Longing Future. The beginning of this song involves the sounds of some children, and it sounds so innocent and so playful. Then the music gets a more dramatic tone with the piano playing, and with a chirping-like sound. alan begins to sing in that calming voice of hers. And as the music builds for the chorus, alan’s vocals become even more powerful and the violins make it sound even better. When the chorus arrives, you hear alan’s wonderful, enchanting vocals at the peak of perfection. The chorus is just so epic, and so extravagant. Not to mention that it’s pretty memorable. This song was just so amazing, so beautiful and so special. The message was so inspiring, and the music was so beautiful. And the last part of the song was so great because not only were there children singing a little, you could hear alan ad-lib. This song is so phenomenal, if you want to hear one of the best ballads this is it! And the bridge is to die for, I believe it’s an erhu.
Following is a ballad that’s not as epic, but it’s the sweet Seed of Green. It begins with a piano and and some more superb instrumentals that make it sound so heavenly. When alan begins to sing the music picks up as the acoustic guitar plays a little and then the climax continues to grow. The chorus was just so powerful especially with a dramatic and exhilarating climax. alan was able to sing it so flawlessly and she made it sound so magical and so harmonious, and the bell in the background was excellent. During the last chorus alan’s vocals were even better than imagined and she even sang in English! I felt this was a little more natural, and sweeter. I don’t think it could have been an A-side when compared to the previous track, but it’s pretty high up there.
Gasshou [Natsukashii Mirai ~longing future~] lit. Choir Chorus [Longing Future ~longing future~]. Well at first I thought this was a remix version, but after further inspection I found out it was a rendition by the choir that served as the background vocals to the first song. The music is mostly the same so that was a good thing. But the choir was actually pretty good, alan is better, but for a choir of children it was nice. I think of it as a nice little bonus treat.
Overall Review: Natsukashii Mirai ~longing future~ was a flawless single of profound ballads. I honestly thought that her debut single was the best yet, but this single has outdone it. I mean we all known alan can sing high notes and sing some ballads, but these were just so mind blowing. I have never heard ballads like these in a long time. Not only were they so inspiring but they were just so fantastic and so awing. This is a must listen single, if you love the sound of nature and epic ballads, this is the single for you. What a premier classical element single! I can’t wait for the next one!
Final Grade: 100A+