alan: Natsukashii Mirai – Longing Future –

Natsukashii Mirai - Longing Future -

1. Natsukashii Mirai – Longing Future – 

2. Seed of Green

3. Gasshou

Natsukashii Mirai – Longing Future – is alan’s third single, and the first in her series of five element-centered singles, this one representing the Earth. It was released on July 2nd, 2008, has sold 10 267 copies and reached #19 on Oricon.

To be frank, I never really liked Natsukashii Mirai – Longing Future – (nostalgic future). It just doesn’t feel like alan anymore. The whole Chinese/Tibetan element is almost completely gone; I can even compare this song to Shimatani Hitomi’s Nakitai Nara, yet another very bad ballad by her (don’t get me wrong, I like Shimatani Hitomi, but you have to admit that her ballads, when not crossover, are pretty lame). The song is just really bland, and alan doesn’t really use her vocal talents as much as I’d want her to. It had its good moments, but it’s not really what I was expecting.

The first of two B-Sides, Seed of Green is more outgoing than the single, but after a nice beginning, the vocals kind of destroy the whole atmosphere the intro had built up.

Gasshou (chorus) is the third of three seemingly identical songs (YUI syndrome already, alan?). Well, it took me a while to realize its the choral version of Natsukashii Mirai – Longing Future -, and it absolutely destroys a perfectly average song. All in all, a very disappointing single for me.

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