Mr.Children is one of the most popular bands in Japan. They made their major debut in 1992 with the release of their first album, "EVERYTHING", but it wasn't until one of their singles was used as a drama theme song, like their fourth single "Cross Road", that they started getting noticed. They got their big break in 1994 with the release of their fifth single, "innocent world", which made record sales and earned the Japan Record Award in 1994. Their fourth album, "Atomic Heart", which was released in the same year, is still their top selling album to date. Since then, all their singles have been number one hits in the Oricon charts like "Tomorrow never knows" and "Namonaki-uta", and many of them became million sellers, and they've produced other noteworthy albums.
In 1997, they took a long vacation, and came back to the Japanese music scene the next year with the single "Owari-naki-tabi."
Their sound is essentially a blend of light pop and classic rock. But due to the band's inclination to experiment with various music styles, their sound is constantly evolving. They have delved into various types of rock as well as jazz, blues, folk, country, and dance. Despite this constant change, however, their music has progressed successfully, proving them to be a versatile band that can last.
The main force behind the band is their singer and songwriter, Kazutoshi Sakurai, who composes almost all of their songs. The rest of the band include Kenichi Tahara on guitar, Keisuke Nakagawa on bass, and Hideya Suzuki (Jen) on drums and backing vocals. They also have supporting musicians on keyboards, guitar, brass instruments (trumpet and saxophone), and computer programming for their tours because they usually embellish their recordings.
It must be noted that a good part of what makes Mr.Children's songs unique is Sakurai's remarkable vocal ability. His vocal range is higher than the typical male range, and he sings with a noticeable Western style. Also, it is because he is influenced by the great classic rock artists of the '60s and '70s (in particular, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones) that the band's music usually has a classic rock feel. But being the vocalist of the band doesn't prevent him from sometimes sharing guitar solos with Tahara, or playing them by himself. He also plays the piano and harmonica proficiently.
Tahara and Nakagawa are the quietest members of the group, often choosing to remain in the background when the band appears on TV shows. Jen seems to be the most extroverted member who takes his top off onstage at any opportunity. He also always matches Sakurai's sense of humor. They are all very talented musicians who make vital contributions to the band.
On December 31, 2004, their song "Sign," was again awarded the Japan Record Award, ten years after the first.
Mr. Children has a long-time association with the Toys Factory record label.
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軽やかに 緩やかに 心を伝うよ
いいじゃない oh Miss.Yourself
物憂げな 6月の雨に 打たれて
愛に満ちた 季節を想って 歌うよ
夢のかけらが生まれてくる oh 今にも
切なくて 優しくて 心が痛いよ
Mr.Children's "Innocent World" is a nostalgic ballad that explores the lost innocence of youth and the challenges that come with growing up. The first verse speaks of the memories of a time when the two lovers were carefree and happy, but that time is gone, and the man is left alone, reminiscing about the past. He muses on the hurtful words he said in the heat of the moment that caused pain to his loved one. The man fondly remembers the image of a sad, lonely man reflected in the window, and he feels a pang of sympathy for him.
The chorus of the song is a bittersweet and melancholic melody that flows through the man's heart. It is a comforting memory that he holds onto, even as he faces the challenges of life. He envisions meeting his loved one again someday, and he hopes that they will be able to laugh and release their emotions like a rainbow, transcending their struggles and pain.
In the second verse, the man reflects on how the mundanity of work and daily life has made it difficult to remember the purity and beauty of youth. He is lost in the complexities of adult relationships, and he is constantly trying to balance the scales, but he acknowledges that sometimes it is better to let things be. He knows that his loved one has found solace in a quiet and peaceful life, and he respects her decisions.
Overall, "Innocent World" is a poignant reminder that despite the hardships of life, we can still hold onto the memories of our youth and the hope for a brighter tomorrow.
Line by Line Meaning
I remember the time we embraced with the cityscape behind us
Words spoken without forethought can hurt people, and now you're not here
窓にうつる 哀れなおとこが いとおしくもある この頃では
I see a pitiful man reflected in the window and find myself feeling affectionate towards him in this day and age
Ah 僕は僕のままで ゆずれぬ夢を抱えて どこまでも歩き続けて行くよ いいだろう? Mr.Myself
Ah, I'm going to keep walking with my unyielding dreams, as myself. Is that okay? Mr. Myself
いつの日も この胸に 流れてる メロディー 軽やかに 緩やかに 心を伝うよ
The melody that flows in my heart every day gently and slowly reaches my soul
陽のあたる坂道を昇る その前に また何処かで 会えるといいな
Before I climb the sunlit hill, I hope we can meet somewhere again
近頃じゃ夕食の 話題でさえ仕事に よごされていて
Even dinner conversations have been tainted by work recently
様々な角度から 物事を見ていたら 自分を見失ってた
When I looked at things from different angles, I lost sight of myself
入り組んでいる 関係の中で いつも帳尻 合わせるけど
Although our relationship is complicated, we always try to settle our affairs
Ah 君は君のままに 静かな暮らしの中で 時には風に身を任せるのも いいじゃない oh Miss.Yourself
Ah, why don't you sometimes let yourself be carried away with the wind in your quiet life, just as you are? Oh Miss.Yourself
物憂げな 6月の雨に 打たれて
Being pelted with the gloomy rain of June
愛に満ちた 季節を想って 歌うよ
Thinking of love-filled seasons and singing about them
I forgot to show my smiling face without realizing it
I'm unleashing my shaking emotions over the rainbow
変わり続ける 街の片隅で 夢のかけらが生まれてくる oh 今にも
In a corner of this ever-changing city, fragments of dreams come to life, even now
そして僕はこのままで 微かな光を胸に 明日も進んで行くつもりだよ いいだろう? Mr.Myself
And I'm going to keep going like this, with a faint light in my heart, planning on moving forward tomorrow. Is that okay? Mr. Myself
切なくて 優しくて 心が痛いよ
It's painful, yet gentle and heart-wrenching
その時は笑って 虹の彼方へ放つのさ イノセントワールド
When we meet again, let's smile and unleash ourselves over the rainbow, to the Innocent World
The Innocent World continues endlessly
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Written by: Kazutoshi Sakurai
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