L’Arc-en-Ciel: Nexus 4/Shine

Nexus 4/Shine, L'Arc-en-Ciel

1. Nexus 4

2. Shine

Nexus 4/Shine is L’Arc-en-Ciel’s 35th single as well as their second double A-Side, released on August 27th, 2008. It reached #2 on Oricon and has sold 133 856 copies.

Nexus 4 has a very adventurous spirit to it, something which the music video depicted very well (they attached the band to cords and had them stand on the edge of a building, which parts of the video show). The first verse wasn’t too great, but the chorus was just plain awesome. This kind of a single right after Drink it Down came as a surprise to me, as long as they don’t put Nexus 4 or Shine right after/before Drink it Down.

The second single, Shine, is much better in my view. Compared to Nexus 4, it’s similar but different, if you see what I mean. Whereas Shine is more of a romantic song, the theme for Nexus 4 is adventure; Shine sounds more progressive, and Nexus 4 is more on-off. The first verse was just plain cheesy (I want to shine on you, and always like the dazzling sun, I will defend you from all the darkness, this is the truth from my heart; there is nothing worse for me than this kind of lyrics), but the rest of the song was pretty nice. These two singles are unlike anything L’Arc-en-Ciel has ever done before, and I hope they go back, even though I liked both songs, to more mature-sounding songs, because these two sounded more like L’Arc-en-Ciel if you sent them back to their teen years.

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