Crescent (Gackt album)

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Crescent
Studio album by Gackt
Released December 3, 2003
Recorded 2003
(Recording Studio)
Burnish Stone Recording Studios
Prime Sound Studio Form
Pradise Studio
DLT Studio
Gajaya Studio
Genre Art rock, folk rock, progressive rock
Length 57:47
Label Nippon Crown
Producer Gackt
Gackt chronology
Moon
(2002)
Crescent
(2003)
The Sixth Day
(2004)
Singles from Crescent
  1. "Kimi ga Oikaketa Yume"
    Released: March 19, 2003
  2. "Tsuki no Uta"
    Released: June 11, 2003
  3. "Last Song"
    Released: November 12, 2003

Crescent is the fourth full-length studio album released by Japanese solo artist Gackt on December 3, 2003. It is conceptually linked to its predecessor Moon and comes with booklets for both records (Moon did not originally contain one). Crescent also features a duet with L'Arc-en-Ciel vocalist Hyde for "Orenji no Taiyou" with whom Gackt co-starred in the 2003 movie Moon Child.[1]

The album is seen as a turning point in Gackt's career. An lyrically emotional and musically varied record, it is often seen as Gackt's strongest release and when he finally mastered his style of poetically romantic lyrics set against an artsy rock music background.

Release[edit]

The album was released on December 3, 2003, by Nippon Crown. In the third counting week of December it reached number five on the Oricon charts, with sales of 75,561 copies. It charted for 11 weeks.[2] Since its release the album has sold more than 250,000 copies, being not certified Gold due to change of criteria, but Platinum by the RIAJ.[3]

Preceding the album release, were released three singles, "Kimi ga Oikaketa Yume", "Tsuki no Uta" and "Last Song". The first single "Kimi ga Oikaketa Yume" reached number two on the fifth counting week of March, with sales of 59,265 copies. In the upcoming two weeks, it was at number nineteen and twenty respectively, with sales of 15,010 and 9,234 copies. It charted for 10 weeks,[4] and sold over 100,000 copies, certified Gold by the RIAJ.[5]

The second single "Tsuki no Uta" reached number three on the fourth counting week of June, with sales of 49,952 copies. In the upcoming week, it was at the number eighteen, with sales of 10,267 copies. It charted for 7 weeks,[4] and was certified Gold by the RIAJ.[5] The third single "Last Song" reached number five on the fourth counting week of November, with sales of 40,745 copies. In the upcoming two weeks, it was at number fifteen and twenty respectively, with sales of 12,116 and 10,029 copies. It charted for 13 weeks,[4] and was certified Gold by RIAJ.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Gackt. C (except for track 12 with Hyde). 

No. Title Length
1. "Dybbuk"   3:28
2. "Mind Forest"   4:25
3. "Tsuki no Uta" (月の詩; "Song of the moon") 4:47
4. "Kimi Ga Matteiru Kara" (君が待っているから; "Because You Are Waiting") 4:17
5. "Solitary"   3:22
6. "Hoshi no Suna" (星の砂; "Stardust") 4:23
7. "Lust for Blood"   5:11
8. "White Eyes"   3:45
9. "Kimi ga Oikaketa Yume" (君が追いかけた夢 "A Dream You Chased") 4:21
10. "Last Song"   5:19
11. "Birdcage"   5:17
12. "Orenji no Taiyou" (オレンジの太陽; "Orange Sun") 9:10

Notes[edit]

  • The song "Tsuki no Uta" was written as the ending theme song for anime television series Texhnolyze.
  • The song "Kimi ga Matteiru Kara" was used as the ending theme song for the Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam first movie in trilogy Heirs to the Stars, and re-released as a b-side on Gackts single "Metamorphoze".
  • The song "Mind Forest" was used as the ending theme song for the second movie "Lovers".
  • The song "Dybbuk" was used as the second ending theme song for the third movie "Love is the Pulse of the Stars", and re-released as a b-side on Gackts single "Love Letter".

Album credits[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Soundtracks for Moon Child (2003)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Gackt albums on Oricon" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "RIAJ December 2003 Certificates" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c "Gackt singles on Oricon" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "RIAJ January–July 2003 Certificates" (in Japanese). RIAJ. Retrieved August 29, 2011.