G’s Faraway Makes Me Long for Oblivion…

 One of his more aptly titled songs of, well, ever, Faraway~Hoshi ni Negai wo~ is just that– faraway from ever being one of his more memorable pieces. Not only that, but the sub-title, Hoshi ni Negai wo is one of those particularly annoying song/album titles that gets used by pretty much every single band ever founded.

 The “2nd Heaven” of his ten year anniversary countdown campaign, Faraway follows suit with the outrageous album cover of 1st Heaven Koakuma Heaven, which showed a crowd of host-girls, one of which is a dragster GACKT. Faraway’s two album covers depict a blonde woman (most likely a CGed GACKT) tossing her bra, and the second is also pretty self-explanatory:

 Jrock bands must really be struggling to get their albums noticed, now that such vast multitudes of bands are flooding Tower Records’ Jpop section. I remember Flumpool used a similar tactic on one of their album covers not long ago. The fan-service covers aside,

 Faraway is another one of those generally un-memorable but sweet upbeat pop songs such as Marmalade and Road that GACKT is not renowned for. Although it has some really precious moments, like the growly vocals, the opening verse, and the bridge to chorus which, although not inspired in its melody, is charming with the clapping hands and everything. This song is basically a feel-good pop-rock song, annoying and charming in equal measure. It has a super upbeat, summery feel, and could be passably cool to blare while driving along in high summer.

 That being said, where Faraway missed the mark, its shortcomings are completely and totally made up for by dutiful B-side Oblivious~Kao no Nai Tenshi (Angel Without a Face). This song is an absolute gem. It feels straight out of the MARS era, and falls into the category of those songs which, although not well known, are all treasures in their own right, such as Birdcage, Emu~For my Dear, and Leeca. Slow and steady, with acoustic effects, and that perfect blend of melancholy and resignation mixed with the perfect feeling of empowerment and downloading the strength to carry on, despite anything and everything–that we originally felt in melancholica-best-ever Leeca. This song is absolutely worth the entire single, and, in my personal opinion, should have been the A-side. Except that then the 2 sad songs + 2 happy songs recipe of the campaign would have been obsolete.

 Although, yeah, it has that slightly understated B-side affectation, this song is in every way glorious. Yeah, it’s not the hit of the century, but it has real feeling, that and the older-era feel (back when lower-case letters were still honorable enough to spell out Gackt). This is seriously one of my favorite songs of 2009, and is one of those rare pieces you can just repeat over and over again without ever tiring of.

 In conclusion, the shallow superficiality of Faraway is totally overwhelmed by, and excused by, the sincereity of feeling and pure empowering qualities of its perfect B-side, Oblivious.

 

 

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2 responses to “G’s Faraway Makes Me Long for Oblivion…

  1. Sigh, I certainly wish that Oblivious had been the a-side. I thought Faraway had a cute melody but Gackt just wasn’t vocally there. I think, as you stated about the covers, this single was done more for fan-service than actual musical expression. Anything to get higher up on the Oricon Chart, eh? I can forgive him for this though because of Lost Angels (and both of its b-sides!)

    I love reading your writing. Keep up the good work!

    • That being said, however, it doesn’t particularly matter whether Oblivious was the A-side or the B-side, does it? I mean, the only difference is that, had it been the A-side, GACKT would not have appeared naked on the album cover.
      I’m not sure *where* exactly GACKT was, vocally, but it seemed to me that it was (intentionally or otherwise) a bit “faraway”. As mentioned in the review, I passably enjoyed the first 1/3 of the song, and pretty much can’t remember the final 2/3s.
      Thanks very much! I appreciate and enjoy your comments.

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