Haru ni Nattara <acoustic version>
To me, 441 sounds refreshing but I’m not sure why because it’s really only miwa, her acoustic guitar, piano, strings, and percussion present in the song. It’s kind of catchy since it’s so upbeat and such but it has this sadness behind it…but I don’t know what the translation for the song really is. It’s pretty good…but why does it feel like I should be saying otherwise…? I don’t think it’s close to previous songs…?
2. Chasing hearts
Odd that the most important track turned out to be the B-side of the single. Chasing hearts does a much better job at leaving an impression because the tune sounds so free and breezy like “Haru ni Nattara” was but done better IMO. I actually loved miwa’s vocals and the upbeat and free arrangement was just right…Poor decision to make this a B-side (But, since it’s tied to FMA, I bet this’ll be on her next album.
3. Haru ni Nattara <acoustic version>
Instead of the pop/rock arrangement of the original, Haru ni Nattara gets stripped down but not enough to make it boring. There’s still some interesting things like strings and bongos heard in the song and of course miwa having a bigger effect with her vocals and her playing. It’s a pretty good track and I must say I’d like more of these in the future.
As miwa’s first entry in her sophomore era, 441 is a pretty good single, but might be slightly dragged because of the A-side because it kind of makes me think this was a cut song from “guitarissimo”. Chasing hearts and the acoustic take on Haru ni Nattara were pretty awesome though and knowing the big tie-in for the former, that’ll be something I for sure want to see on her next album!