alan – Genjou no Tani

Release Date: Feburary 4, 2008

cover1Tracklist:

1. Genjou no Tani
2. Genjou no Tani (Acoustic Version)
3. Genjou no Tani (Instrumental)
4. Genjou no Tani (Acoustic Version-Instrumental)cover

Genjou no Tani starts off with a calm introduction before the Gundam-like background music come crashing in. It actually reminds of Kaze no Tegami somehow. alan’s vocals don’t seem as strong as usual, as I can hear her falling off some of the phrases. Her calling-thingies are always a nice addition to the song though. Although, I must admit her high notes are pretty good, especially the ones in her head voice. This song gives off a really natural and green feel for some reason, but other than that, the song is nothing spectacular.

The acoustic version is, well, obvious calmer, but I like it better. It just emphasizes the naturalness and beauty of the song better. The flute was a wise choice of instruments (I just love the lower register of the flute <3).

Overall Rating:
4/5

alan – Megumi no Ame

Release Date: November 12, 2008

meguminoamecddvdah9Tracklist:

1. Megumi no Ame
2. Namida
3. Megumi no Ame (Instrumental)
4. Namida (Instrumental)

The piano, string quartet and erhu introduction in Megumi no Ame is simple, but pretty at the same time (a drastic change from the raging RED CLIFF). alan plays the erhu in this (I have no idea how to play that though), and it’s..purtty :D. She also continues so show her vocal ability and virtuousity in this ballad. Other than that though, this is just a song you listen to when you’re just sitting there. It’s calming, but also quite boring (well, it just doesn’t really stand out for me…).

Unlike the sweeping ballad in the previous track, Namida is a twinkly, calm and simple song. Two ballads of the same genre is a bit repetitive though, even though I enjoy it. alan’s vocals are, as usual, top-notch in this song though.

Overall Rating:
3/5

It was purtty, but a bit too…bland.

alan – RED CLIFF ~Shin Sen~

Release Date: October 15, 2008

Tracklist:

1. RED CLIFF ~Shin Sen~
2. Xin Zhan ~RED CLIFF~
3. Ashita e no Sanka ~Orchestra Version~
4. RED CLIFF ~Shin Sen~ (Instrumental)
5. Ashita e no Sanka ~Orchestra Version~ (Instrumental)

RED CLIFF ~Shin Sen~ gives off this mysterious, yet sorrowful feel. It uses strings and a churchlike melody, along with a slow tempo to stress that out. After Kaze no Temagi, this song seems so foreign. It’s so powerful, yet soothing at the same time. Since this was based of the element of fire, I actually expected this song to be quite fast, but this shocked me (in a good way). RED CLIFF ~Shin Sen~ just gives you the chills, especially when alan finally uses her Tibetan mountain call thingies again. Epic win for the ending melody.

Now for the Chinese version: Xin Zhan ~RED CLIFF~. If my Mandarin was better, then I could probably comment on the lyrics…but I heard it was really poetic and sad.

Ashita e no Sanka ~Orchestra Version~ is really quite pretty, or maybe it’s just because I’m a sucker for orchestral version. It just adds the ‘epic’ feel to the original song, especially when you can here each individual section supporting alan’s voice. I love the part when alan makes the transition from the verse to the chorus; the orchestra just explodes with sound. The strings also make this song seem a bit more somber.

Overall Rating:
5/5

alan – Kaze no Tegami

Release Date: September 10, 2008

Tracklist:

1. Kaze no Tegami
2. Kagome
3. Kaze no Tegami (Instrumental)
4. Kagome (Instrumental)

Is it just me, or does Kaze no Tegami sound like some sort of Gundam Seed OP/ED song? Anyway, the chorus lines are catchy, in an interesting way before they fade into the techno-sounding background music. Unlike most of her previous work, this song is what it’s ‘supposed’ to be: a pop song, with some techno and rock. alan’s vocals are strong in here, and powerful enough to deliever the melody strongly.

Kagome ventures back to alan’s Chinese background, as it sounds more like a Chinese pop song. Unlike the previous track, this song is a bit calmer on the instrumental side, and it gives a nice constrast. As usual, the chorus has a beautiful melody, and the background vocals compliment alan quite well. The abstract part near the end has a nice synth-like effect, and strengthens the last chorus runthrough.

Overall Rating:
4/5

This was deprived of alan’s signature mountain calls/yells, which is kind of disappointing, but a nice single nonetheless.

alan – Sora Uta

Release Date: August 13, 2008

Tracklist:

1. Sora Uta
2. My Stage
3. Sora Uta (Instrumental)
4. My Stage (Instrumental)

Yay, this is the long awaited single from alan! Well, not that long, but I have little patience.

Sora Uta reminds me of Gundam music, until alan does her signature mountain calls/yodels. This song has a grand feeling to it, and also an epic underline. The melody is full of ups and downs, especially when alan goes way up there in the chorus. The rap like interlude is very mixed up and has an underwater feeling to it. This song is a song to remember!

The next track, My Stage, is so much more playful and less serious than the previous song. Unlike her usual songs, this song is more mainstream J-pop, and it doesn’t have that sparkle that most of alan’s music have.

Overall Rating:
3.5/5

alan – Natsukahii Mirai ~Longing Future~

Release Date: July 2, 2008

Tracklist:

1. Natsukashii Mirai ~longing future~
2. Seed of Green
3. Gasshou [Natsukashii Mirai ~longing future~]
4. Natsukashii Mirai ~longing future~ (Instrumental)
5. Seed of Green (Instrumental)

This single is the first of alan’s five singles to center around a classical Japanese element godai. Natsukahii Mirai ~Longing Future~ uses the earth element as its theme.

The A-side, Natsukahii Mirai ~longing future~, starts off with some light accompaniment and some chatter in the background. This song is a gentle, soft ballad like song; a stark contrast from her previous single. alan does manage to incorporate some of the ‘mountain call’ like melody at the end of the chorus, but overall, this is more like your typical Japanese ballad. Her voice is still as serene as ever, and it flows nicely with the sound.

Seed of Green starts off with a pop-like beginning, but the instrumentals are rather soothing. alan’s voice seems softer in this song, and more gentle than ever. It shines in this soft ballad-like song. Unlike her other songs, this seems the closest to a Japanese pop song. The water sounds in the background are a nice touch to the Earth theme.

Gasshou [Natsukashii Mirai ~longing future~] is basically the A-side sung by a chorus (choir).

Overall Rating:
5/5

I still love her songs and voice more than ever!

alan – Hitotsu

Release Date: March 5, 2008

Tracklist

1. Hitotsu
2. Kimi Omou Sora
3. Tokyo Mimei
4. sign
5. Hitotsu (Instrumental)
6. Kimi Omou Sora (Instrumental)
7. Tokyo Mimei (Instrumental)

A gentle piano introduction starts off Hitotsu, before alan’s calm vocals join in. This song is a gentle, ballad-like song with little accompaniment. Out of the entire song, I say the chorus has most power and energy behind it, especially when alan goes into her higher register. Hitotsu just has an enchanting pull to it; something you’d want to listen to if you want to be relaxed. The interesting instrumentals are an added bonus, and the melody is quite beautiful.

Next up is Kimi Omou Sora, which begins with a very interesting melody, to say the least. I like the wind instrument that appears in the interlude near the beginning. Okay, I’ll admit it; the melody is so captivating. It’s unique and catchy at the same time. alan’s voice in this song seems a bit girlier than usual, I’ve realized.

Tokyo Mimei begins with a nice cello interlude as the background music plays. Unlike the previous track, this song is a lot calmer in terms of volume and melody. In terms of the melody, it is less extravagant than her previous works so far. To be put simply, this is just a typical pop song.

The final track, sign, starts off with a strange, echo-like introduction. The mixing at the beginning, after the introduction is so…cool. Not to mention the western Chinese-like melody, which adds to the mysterious feel of the song. I think this song is just an interlude-like song though.

Overall Rating:
4/5