Hello L'Arc fans!
How are you spending this Christmas? In this post, I've compiled a list of Christmas related L'Arc~en~Ciel songs and lives that you should check out. Hope you guys enjoy the holiday season~I Wish (from 1996 album True) [Song]
Their first Christmas song. The album is L'Arc~en~Ciel's first million seller, charting several times between 1997 and 1998. Even to this day, several of the tracks appear regularly on set lists. If you haven't listened to True yet, it's generally regarded as one of their best.
[img]http://i.imgur.com/0sgMMLh.png[/img]1997 REINCARNATION (December 23, 1997 in Tokyo Dome) [DVD]
This is a historically significant concert in their career, it also marked the last time their Christmas song "I Wish" was performed live (before reappearing a decade later with a P'UNK~EN~CIEL cover). Also, who can forget the 'unique' hairstyle hyde sported in 1997? It also marked yukihiro's first major appearance with the 'new' L'Arc~en~Ciel who would later go on a nationwide tour of Japan in 1998, releasing several singles that year and later embarking on one of their most memorable tours ever with 1999 GRAND CROSS TOUR. Yuki no Ashiato, Hurry Xmas (from 2007 album KISS) [Song]
The last two tracks on the KISS album. Yuki no Ashiato is a Winter ballad, while Hurry Xmas is a festive Christmas song. The single for Hurry Xmas also included an instrumental version known as Hurry Xmas -Silent Night version-. According to the members, Hurry Xmas was a very challenging song, with several instruments used to complete the recording. As for the KISS album, it contains a wide variety of songs. Fans will certainly recognise SEVENTH HEAVEN, MY HEART DRAWS A DREAM and Link straight away. But the darker tracks like ALONE EN LA VIDA, DAYBREAK'S BELL and Umibe are some of my favourites. In a way, KISS reminds me of True a lot. There's the dance tune (SEVENTH HEAVEN, Caress of Venus), the pop tracks (Link, the Fourth Avenue Cafe), the Christmas song (Hurry Xmas, I Wish) and everything in-between.BLESS, Mirai sekai (from 2012 album BUTTERFLY) [Song]
Although strictly speaking, Mirai sekai is not Christmas related, the lyrics to me portray a child's view of the future. In fact, the lyrics were written in the same way as a Children's song. While simple, they are quite beautiful. In this song, tetsuya used an Electric Upright Bass, which can be sen in their recent LIVE 2014 at National Stadium. As for BLESS, it was used as a theme song for NHK's Winter Olympics 2010 broadcast. As such, the lyrics convey happiness, hope and snow. The ballad isn't as sugary sweet as Pieces or Anata, but still epic in its own right.
If I had to compile a Christmas playlist of L'Arc~en~Ciel songs it would be something like this:
1. MY HEART DRAWS A DREAM
2. NEO UNIVERSE
4. the Fourth Avenue Cafe
5. snow drop
6. twinkle, twinkle
7. ALL YEAR AROUND FALLING IN LOVE
8. DIVE TO BLUE
9. milky way
10. Bye Bye
11. I Wish
12. Hurry Xmas
13. White Feathers
What would your playlist be? :D