We're not going too far, since "inside" has to say goodbye to another one of its songs. Produced by Morimoto Kousuke ("Ai no Uta", "Star", "Kiseki") and written by him and Kumi, the track was one of the new ones on the album.
Did y'all miss the ballads? This is quite alright. It's pretty in places and doesn't feel bloated like some other ballads. I'd say the best part is definitely the pre-chorus, since it houses two of the strongest melodies of the entire song. The post-chorus instrumental with the strings is also to my liking. Futhermore, Kumi sounds great here, which makes for an overall enjoyable experience. Having said all that, this doesn't compare to her better ballads.
Lyrically this one is about looking forward to the future full of joyful moments that are surely to come.
The cherry blossoms flutter down
and softly take along sorrow
I'll extend both hands and walk
to a new season
Get in, loser, we going to the future.
@Weslicious (8) cracked the code on this one, "Strings and drums = dramatic Kuu ballad. Add in the decent melodies and you’ve got a great song."
@otenkiame (8) appreciates when Kumi is in control of her vocals, "Another favourite from the "inside" songs. Very tender and soft, brimming with love and affection. Kuu's voice is near perfection with the way she reigns herself in yet hits those high notes so serenely. This is the kind of strings-filled j-pop song I can get behind."
And @Cutlery (9) hears more? "So pretty and managing to not sound overdone although it has a classic sound. The guitars prove an excellent support to have the string melodies pop off more. It's very much a wedding ballad, and it exceeds at this field." Wedding?
It appears that the song has significant meaning for Kumi, since she tears up performing it, whether on tour or on TV.
Both are short versions for some reason...