THE GLORY DAY is the first mini-album released by MISIA. The mini did decently in its first week, peaking at six, but longevity really played in its favour. It eventually sold around 750,000 copies.
Released: November 21, 1998
1. key of love ~Ai no Yukue~ (key of love ~愛の行方~; Love’s Whereabouts)
2. THE GLORY DAY
4. INTO THE LIGHT
5. INTO THE LIGHT (GOMI’S BEAUTY & BEAST MIX)
6. THE GLORY DAY (THE SPECIAL DAY MIX)
7. key of love ~Ai no Yukue~ (ACOUSTIC CRAB SOUL MIX)
key of love ~Ai no Yukue~ is such an interesting start with its uplifting music and high falsetto. MISIA sounds great in the verses and I do like that they give a bit of unpredictability with the melody. However, it’s the pre-chorus that is the highlight with its slow buildup and dramatic attitude. The chorus is fun, although I’m not as engrossed with it as I was hoping. It’s still a good listen though and I like how everything intertwines within each other. The title track, THE GLORY DAY, is a powerful and dramatic ballad. It is a very long song, topping in at over eight minutes and thirty seconds. I’m not quite sure what to make of it because I do like it, but it just feels too long for me to handle the whole length. I do love the chorus though with its touches of brass and gospel influences. It’s a really beautiful song and really takes it up a step in the second half of the song. MELODY is a long song as well (everything on this mini is over five minutes). This is the album’s funky disco-inspired tune and I absolutely love the music to this one as it sounds so fleshed out and full. The chorus is especially great with the brass instruments to give it that punch. It’s not particularly catchy, but I still find myself immersed in everything the song offers. INTO THE LIGHT was not what I was expecting with its house and disco influences. I do like that the song has some brass to tie it in with the rest of the mini, but it is still able to shine on its own with that powerful beat. The song is just really exhilarating and MISIA pulls it off. That chorus is explosive and exciting and not many vocalists could pull off those bigger notes. It’s easily the strongest song on the mini. The mini also includes three remixes of the three promoted tunes. INTO THE LIGHT (GOMI’S BEAUTY & BEAST MIX) clocks in at over ten minutes, which I just cannot sit through. I do actually love the beat and it really makes me think of dance music from the late 90’s. I really want to love this, but I can’t sit through the entirety of it without diverting my focus. Still a fun remix. THE GLORY DAY (THE SPECIAL DAY MIX) changes things up by making the song into an R&B tune. I still feel like this fits with the song nicely and helps to simplify the music a bit to really highlight MISIA’s vocals. It is also a whole two minutes shorter, which helps it not drag on. key of love ~Ai no Yukue~ (ACOUSTIC CRAB SOUL MIX) really brings that acoustic vibe and I love it. I dare say that I actually enjoy this version more than the original as the vocals sound much clearer and the emphasis on the melody really makes me get into the song more. It’s great!
Overall: This mini is so solid and I was not expecting such a strong offering after her stellar debut album. I think the only thing keeping this mini from taking it to the next level is the fact that these songs are all so long. With that said, since a lot of these songs are great, it isn’t too difficult to get through them (except for the two very long ones). I love that the four original songs had that classic MISIA style while the remixes still kept the original structures in place while bringing some fun changes.