Mika Nakashima – SAKURA ~Hanagasumi~March 31, 2008 at 12:36 PM | Posted in Mika Nakashima | 5 Comments
1. SAKURA ~Hanagasumi~ (SAKURA～花霞～)
2. SAKURA ~Hanagasumi~ (DAISHI DANCE)
4. SAKURA ~Hanagasumi~ (Instrumental)
5. conFusiOn (Instrumental)
This is Mika Nakashima’s 25th single and it was released on March 12, 2008. The single reached #12 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 24,297 copies.
SAKURA ~Hanagasumi~ is a pretty straightforward song, but I did find it to be extremely pretty and reminiscent of past traditional styled ballads like Sakurairo Mau Koro. The lavish string ensemble and piano of the beginning set an relaxing and calm tone for the music. Mika Nakashima’s vocals are vibrant throughout the song and she sings beautifully.
While the original version is nice, I absolutely loved the DAISHI DANCE version of SAKURA ~Hanagasumi~ and it’s a lot better. For starters, it’s a lot more upbeat and features gorgeous strings and uplifting piano alongside a nice dance beat. Musically, there’s definitely a lot more going on in this version compared to the original, but it’s actually for the better because everything sounds absolutely stunning. The original, slower paced arrangement has been drastically changed and I loved it. If only this was the actual version of the song since it is leagues better than the original.
The B-side certainly lives up to its title. conFusiOn is well…confusing and it just kind of zooms on by. It’s a strange song that comprises mostly of electric guitar and drums set to an upbeat and poppish pace. You know, like one of her reggae songs, but on steroids because the riffs were so constant. The music sounds pretty unique (for Nakashima’s standards) but disorganized at the same time when it comes to the melody. Despite how rushed the overall package felt, it’s an oddly fun song with a quirky style that could take some time getting used to.