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by Leanne on September 5, 2005 · 7 comments · AddThis

Release Date: 2005.08.31
Peak Position: #1
Label: SONY Associated Records
Product Code: AICL-1650
First Press: none
Other Formats: Vinyl (Product Code: AIJL-5266)
Nakashima Mika’s Official Site

Yazawa Ai’s masterpiece manga “NANA” has been gaining a lot of attention this year: first with its very own tribute album, a dedicated café, and now a movie starring Nakashima Mika herself as the rocker-chick Oosaki Nana. To play with the “realism” of the movie a single has been released entitled “GLAMOROUS SKY” under the psuedonym “NANA starring MIKA NAKASHIMA”. Staying true to the style of Yazawa’s character, the single contains four rock tracks, the title track being composed by the famous rocker HYDE himself.

From the cover you can tell that SONY is trying to remind buyers that this is not Mika, but Nana. Her back turned away from camera shows defiance, while the black cover and minimum lighting represents Nana’s rebellious punk attitude. Let’s see how Mika & Co. did portraying the most popular female in the manga world: Nana.



A fan of HYDE or even of L’Arc~en~Ciel may instantly recognize the overall structure and rhythm of this song. Being the first song of HYDE’s intended for another artist, it may seem as if he had forgotten that the song was to be sung by Miss Mika as Nana and not himself. Overall the song is pretty catchy but quickly loses it’s repeatability value after a couple of listens. Mika’s voice seems to fit nicely during the verses, but when singing the chorus her smooth and silky voice sometimes seems out of place. I also don’t like how the song ends: the singing of the words “Glamorous sky…” doesn’t seem to fit the rest of the song. Although it is a pretty good song, it sounds more like a bouncy punkier track from HYDE’s album “666″ rather than a Blast (Nana’s band) single. By the way, lyrics are courtesy of the manga-ka Yazawa Ai.

Rating: ★★★½☆ (could be better for a title track)



The only gripe I have with this song is the weird way Mika sings the word “my” throughout the chorus: almost like a high shrill. Definitely a new vocal technique that isn’t settling too well with me. I also have a hard time deciphering the language: is it Japanese or English? The song is most likely 100% English, a barely recognizable one, but who’s complaining? Other than that, the track is gold, especially Mika’s yell before the instrumental bridge. Some of the beginning guitars sound like those of OLIVIA’s style, but nevertheless, this is a very solid hard rock song with shining vocals (for the most part) from Mika.

Rating: ★★★★½ (shrill is not good for chorus…or my ears)



Now that’s a title that most people never thought a jazzy songstress like Mika would sing. The song starts off with a couple of bird chirps reminiscent of Malice Mizer before we’re bombarded with the sounds of guitar. It slows down and Mika starts singing. It seems to fit her voice very well as the melody here is pretty jazzy itself. The chorus of this song shines, and it really surprised me how well Mika can belt out her voice over all these instruments. Definitely one of the best songs on this single. She actually sounds like a true rock artist on this song.

Rating: ★★★★★ (BLOOD = yummy)



This is another excellent track, however, like with GLAMOROUS SKY, Mika’s vocals sometimes seem too silky for the music. Chorus is especially strong, and the song’s structure is like “BLOOD” during the first half: slow then fast. Unlike “BLOOD” however, there are the same amount of instruments in the verses and the chorus. There are more things happening with the instruments in this song. Once the instrumental bridge starts it’s just pure fast rock from there. She belts out the lines perfectly near the ending, again, she sounds like she’s been singing this genre for years. The song ends with a whispered singing of the last line which is satisfying.

Rating: ★★★★☆ (just short of PERFECT)





Conclusion: It’s such a shame that the title track is the weakest song on this single, but it just didn’t have the replay value that the other tracks had. That’s not to say that it’s a bad song. Actually, it seems the most radio friendly than the rest of the tracks, although ISOLATION comes a close second. Mika does surprisingly well considering her genre, although at times it seems that she can’t quite “rock out” with the rest of the band. At times her voice is too smooth for the instruments and the music and voice don’t seem to match up. Her voice may take Nana fans by surprise, but I think that she does the character some justice. It’s definitely worth the money, even if GLAMOROUS SKY doesn’t live up to expectations.

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

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Jessica INDONESIA September 17, 2007 at 10:55 am

I love this music… I fell in love when I heard this song on the movie… Usually I don’t listen to rock, but I guess I must tolerate this one… :) anyone knows where to download it except using limewire?


Stace UNITED STATES June 23, 2007 at 4:56 pm

I really enjoy this song although I love the cover done by Girugamesh, if you haven’t heard it yet I highly recomend it. Mika’s version is very beautiful but I think it lacked emotion on the eclamations and I feel that Satoshi of Girugamesh really felt the song when he performed it, just my opinion but like I said definately listen if you haven’t to all the different versions of the song, I have even heard one sung by HYDE himself! HAPPY LISTENING!


cat UNITED KINGDOM December 11, 2006 at 3:51 pm

i adore mika, and think this is a great single. However glamourous sky quickly bored me, and my medicine’s english is terrible (and the chorus is weird). Isolation and and blood make up for it though, she sounds great!

I especially love isolation for what it means (see the translation on cherryblossom-garden.com), the lyrics are powerful and relate to nana well. :)


eyn CANADA September 22, 2005 at 4:06 pm

I like GLAMOROUS SKY more than her other songs from the single, just like Jason. :)

I’m glad to see Mika changing her usual ballad and jazz style to the rock style she’s doing right now. I’m not a big fan of her jazz songs but I enjoy her ballad very much, same to her new rock songs.

I’m not sure if she’ll carry on with this rock style or she’s doing it just for the movie, because I’ll definitely be dissapointed if she didn’t explore this area more.


Rinoa September 16, 2005 at 8:26 pm

You’re right.. her voice sounds too silky for Glamorous Sky. But in Blood her voice seems to fit more into it. I was impressed. It’s an excellent review Leanne. You got me interested in this single. I hope to read more reviews from you.


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Jason September 6, 2005 at 1:08 am

First of all, i have to say my favourite for this single is “Glamorous Sky”. Maybe I’m not a hardcore fans of rocks, that’s the reason i don’t find the ending of this song sounds weird. By the way, you can try to get the pv too, it is nice!

“BLOOD” sounds rocky to me before i listened to this song, the starting suprised me because i thought it is a ballad with such a crazy title. I love the part when Mika comes in, that’s really impressive.

“ISOLATION” sounds like coldplay, which i don’t really appreciate. I am not saying this song is not nice, it’s just not my cup of tea but the ending is cool.

I didn’t know “MY MEDICINE” is 100% English before i read your post, her English sounds like Japanese. The melody is good, and it deserved to have 4.5.


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