Release Date: July 2, 2008
Label: Avex Trax
Number of Songs: 5
Personal Rating: 5/5
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)
Natsukashii Mirai ~longing future~ marks the beginning of the five elements project. As always, her ballads are very dramatic and gives listeners a very strong impression and reaction. But the one thing that makes this ballad very special is that the way the song was composed sounded like the works of Ayumi Hamasaki’s composer, making this song more popular in Japan. Since in Japan, people there perfer very pop-like and modern songs rather than ballads. Not to mention, Alan is more of a singer of tradition type music. But once again, Alan blows me off the chair with her extremely high voice. I think that Alan’s new approach to ballads was the reason why this single hit high on the charts than usual. (No. 19, That’s pretty high!) Although I was totally impressed with her first two releases, I think this one is the beginning of her success with J-pop.
Another nice and calming ballad, Seed of Green sounded more like a pop style ballad. (I could be like Jyongri’s lovely ballad style that was featured in “Wherever” in her “Close to Fantasy” Album. Okay, I know that I make too many inferrences to other artists featured in this blog, but I was just making a comparision.) I liked how Alan’s music always sounds very harmonic and melodious and “Seed of Green” isn’t just considered another “typical” ballad. None of Alan’s ballads are plain, actually.
Finally there’s Gasshou (Natsukashii Mirai ~longing future~) which was actually another version of “Natsukashii Mirai ~longing future~” except it focuses more on the chior that served as the background song in the original version.
I thought that it was a great idea that Alan had started her five elements campaign with this single representing Earth. (The five elements are Earth, Wind, Fire, Water and Sky.) After hearing this single, it made me hope that Alan would be well known one day and made me look forward to more releases from her.
Personal Rating: 5/5