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alan – Michishirube November 15, 2015

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michishirube

Track Listing

  1. Michishirube
  2. Over the clouds -RESURRECTION MIX-
  3. Michishirube Live version ~alan symphony 2014~
  4. Michishirube (instrumental)

1. Michishirube

I wasn’t expecting alan to come back to Japan, but once again she surprises us with Michishirube (even though this song was released as a digital single earlier back in March of this year).  The tune itself is interesting with the kind of clock ticking behind alan’s light but pleasant vocals.  I do like the marching drums that come in later and we even see a return of the Tibetan yell (even though it’s held back and the echo filters are in use).  It’s a pretty decent song and I like how it’s upbeat but still sounds like a ballad.  Decent track overall!

2. Over the clouds -RESURRECTION MIX-

Seems like the B-side comes in and it’s a remix of Over the clouds (which I can safely says still with avex).  This new mix really places heavy focus on the arrangement by changing it into this aggressive and dubstep-heavy sound.  Despite the short length (2:22), this track makes a unique spin of a song released a while ago

3. Michishirube Live version ~alan symphony 2014~

So it seems like this single also comes with a live version of the A-side!  Really the arrangement sounds almost the same to the studio version, but alan’s vocals do legitimately sound like she’s singing in a microphone.  Though I think the best part is when she does her Tibetan wails as she hits them with confidence.  It’s a pretty decent live version too!

With it being two years since her last single, Michishirube kind of came out of nowhere with little fanfare simply because the leading track has been out since March already.  The single itself is nice though with Michishirube being a lot more like her typical self “Dream Express” was a VERY odd single for here still.  The Over the clouds remix is cool, but pretty short and the live version is well still shows that alan is still an amazing singer all these years later.

 

alan – DREAM EXPRESS ~Mugen Kuukan Chou Tokkyu~ August 22, 2013

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dreamexpress

Track Listing

  1. DREAM EXPRESS ~Mugen Kuukan Chou Tokkyu~
  2. First Love ~Hatsukoi~
  3. DREAM EXPRESS ~Mugen Kuukan Chou Tokkyu~ (Instrumental)
  4. First Love ~Hatsukoi~ (Instrumental)
  5. First Love ~Hatsukoi~ (alan ver.)
  6. First Love ~Hatsukoi~ (Ryosuke Itamiya ver.)

1. DREAM EXPRESS ~Mugen Kuukan Chou Tokkyu~

Getting a new alan song is great, even moreso in Japanese.  Listening to DREAM EXPRESS, the song does sound a bit generic, but it is very anime so that’s to be slightly expected.  I really enjoy the strings and bright sound, but there just something that doesn’t seem to really feel like alan…it might be the generic arrangement, but I also feel like alan is just half-assing the song almost.  Oh well xD

2. First Love ~Hatsukoi~

The B-side of the single was an interesting choice since it is a duet between alan and Ryosuke Itamiya and while I have never heard of the latter, I was curious (especially after “Ai no Chikara”…).  When I first listened to it, I was like quite bored because it’s a ballad (sounds like a 90’s ballad xD).  I do like them singing together, but the song was quite the snoozefest.

5. First Love ~Hatsukoi~ (alan ver.)

Of course they would put in something like this on the single.  It’s the same song of course and Ryosuke’s part is muted so it’s just alan you only hear.  Though hearing alan by herself makes this seem like it’s a ballad you would’ve seen on “my life” (which doesn’t mean it’s a good thing either).

6. First Love ~Hatsukoi~ (Ryosuke Itamiya ver.)

Ryosuke’s is the opposite so alan is missing from the track.  Ryosuke’s voice is nice to listen to and doesn’t seem to be abrasive to alan’s smoother and lighter voice.  He does slightly go off pitch in the higher ranges but despite that it’s not a bad guy to have chosen to be her partner.

 

 

It’s been 2 years since alan has released a single in Japan and well she kind of blew it. I mean this doesn’t feel like its alan but more avex being cash cows.  DREAM EXPRESS and First Love are really nothing to put high praise for, though I will say alan chose a great partner in Ryosuke Itamiya.  I don’t know but, if this is what she wants to come back with…it wasn’t a very smart choice.

 

alan – Love Song October 30, 2012

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Track Listing

  1. ~Shuijing Lian~ intro
  2. Fenghuang
  3. Yi Ai Aiangyi
  4. Love Song
  5. lan lan
  6. Zhang Da
  7. Wo Hualaile
  8. Gudu De Tian Fen
  9. Jingguo Nanqingshan
  10. Chuangwai
  11. BABY BABY
  12. Love Song ~Kitto Mou Ichido~

1. ~Shuijing Lian~ intro

Kicking off alan’s 3rd Chinese album, Shuijing Lian starts with some interesting chanting (Tibetan?) before the melody of the track begins which is so different and unique and so much cooler than her previous intros.  Though there’s this woodwind instrument that comes in and kind of takes the mystical feel away (would’ve rather had alan do her chanting, but whatever)…but once that clears up I feel it gets into this modernesque sound which is a cool way to segue into…

2. Fenghuang

Released as her 2nd digital single (of 5), Fenghuang starts off with Chinese instrumentation before alan comes in and slows things down.  It’s really awesome to hear her voice again since it seems like she’s gotten a lot better to do ballads.  The song slowly grows in pace to this mid-tempo track that has small amounts of synth in it.  It really grows on you and I seriously like the song for sure!

3. Yi Ai Aiangyi

Our next track also starts off slowly with a pretty melody and slight Chinese feel to it (whereas “Fenghuang” had a little more).  It’s a very atmospheric song for sure with how it’s handled but I really like the calming feel of the tune.  Like the last track, it does start to grow with more instrumentation and likewise, I feel like it’s so grand.  I like the previous track better but this is also quite good too!

4. Love Song

As the title track, 3rd digital single and the one that got a PV, Love Song doesn’t really speak the Chinese colors as much as the previous tracks which is a nice change (actually if it wasn’t for the lyrics, I would’ve deemed it as a Japanese track).  It’s a nice track overall but there’s just a lot of open spaces (where she could shock us with her vocals).  It’s good but not the best.

5. lan lan

As the 5th and final digital single released, lan lan is the longest track at a little over 6 minutes in length, but I felt OK with that because it’s a very nature-like song and I really like the flow of it (plus the electric guitar melody was a nice change as well)!  This song, while long, really sounds pleasant and just feels soft and peaceful and yet happy.  It’s a surprisingly good track!

6. Zhang Da

Our next track, Zhang Da tries to follow it up after “lan lan” but it somehow slightly misses it mark.  It does remind me of songs from “my life” with its light R&B and poppy affair but I think alan’s smooth vocals saved the song since she sounds good here.  I like it a lil bit but isn’t the best she has to offer on the album.

7. Wo Hualaile

The first digital single comes next and Wo Hualaile is kind of the simple ballad from alan which isn’t a bad choice but the song doesn’t seem to really leave much of a mark on me besides being that safe ballad.  However, after the first part is over, the song picks up and a male voice is singing alongside alan…which did throw me off at first XD.  It’s a good ballad, but nothing spectacular.

8. Gudu De Tian Fan

Which makes it a little funny that this track comes after the track because I feel that this track was more effective as a ballad.  Well slightly…  The song also kind of moves at a slow pace and alan’s performance doesn’t make me feel like it’s memorable but at least it’s more charming than “Wo Hualaile”.

9. Jingguo Nanqingshan

I’m kind of wanting to escape from the ballads at this point but Jingguo Nanqingshan changes it up slightly by being a little more than a cute track.  This track has more of a darker feel, but I like it since it’s slow and yet powerful (but not with powerful vocals from alan).  It’s different and I really enjoyed it for that reason!

10. Chuangwai

Another one?!?  I guess we can’t seem to escape ballad-land here.  Chuangwai is probably the one that’ll stand out because it has some Chinese elements and the the opening lines are so random lol.  I like how airy the song is, but that’s the only thing that I really took from the track, otherwise…it’s pretty forgetful.

11. BABY BABY

The last of the Chinese songs is also one of the more surprising tracks.  I wasn’t expecting a lot of synths to open the song up.  It kind of reminds me of “lan lan” but with more emphasis on synths and being upbeat.  The chorus though is catchy has hell too xD.  Different and it almost feels like it doesn’t fit on the album, but I liked it!

12. Love Song ~Kitto Mou Ichido~

What closes the album out is a Japanese version of Love Song *makes me wish she was still releasing in Japan*.  Love Song in Japanese actually makes sense because earlier in the review, I said that the Chinese version feels more like a Japanese track.  It sounds really pretty and alan sounds so good still.  Definitely the better of the two and a good way to end the album.

Tracks Recommended

  • Fenghuang
  • lan lan
  • Jingguo Nanqingshan
  • BABY BABY
  • Yi Ai Aiangyi

Song of Avoidance

  • Chuangwai

I have to say, Love Song is alan’s best Chinese release yet (yes, even better than “Xin De Dong Fang”).  I will say and with Sylfi explaining it better, I seriously am missing the wailing storm of alan in Japan, though with Love Song she put out good quality music even without the need to explode.  I will say the ballads are still her weak point, but when she gets them right…it’s soooo good.  Impressive, but I WANT YOU BACK IN NIPPON!

 

alan – Minna de ne ~PANDA with Candy BEAR’s~/”Ikiru” June 28, 2011

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Track Listing

  1. Minna de ne ~PANDA with Candy BEAR’s~
  2. “Ikiru”
  3. Minna de ne ~PANDA with Candy BEAR’s~ (Instrumental)
  4. “Ikiru” (Instrumental)

1. Minna de ne ~PANDA with Candy BEAR’s~

With a title like that above, it really makes you wonder if alan was really trying to shock people with such an uber cute title.  I was happily surprised that Minna de ne isn’t sugary cute like the title would suggest and this is one of the more interesting songs she has to date.  You can hear the Chinese Elements like the flutes and alan’s unique vocal properties.  It does turn from a ballad into a light pop track which is also a plus.  And I swear, alan is sometimes trying to vocalize herself as an erhu and I was impressed that a few times I heard that fully!

2. “Ikiru”

As the secondary A-side, I was wondering what “Ikiru” would be like and it sounds like more of a ballad than “Minna de ne” did in the beginning.  I love alan’s vocals in the song and it gives off this fairytale-like atmosphere which is cute and pretty at the same time.  I do prefer the previous song, but this isn’t half bad either.

 

 

After alan’s first best-of album was released, I was wondering what direction she would take and it seems she’s going to continue the way she’s been since “Kaze ni Mukau Hana” in the way she’s doing songs with Chinese elements.  Minna de ne/”Ikiru” isn’t a bad single at all and if she keeps it up her next album will sound really good….I hope.

 

alan – JAPAN PREMIUM BEST & MORE (CD 2) May 17, 2011

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Track Listing

  1. ECHOES
  2. Komorebi
  3. eternal love ~Koi no Hana~
  4. Venus Flower
  5. Wasurenaide performed by S’capade featuring alan
  6. Ai wa Chikara performed by alan×Kei Fukui

1. ECHOES

Starting the second disc of alan’s first best-of album, ECHOES is the first of four new songs featured and I’m so happy this came first.  To me, the song has a very interesting feel by being kind of either Native American or Tibetan or an odd mixture of both because I seem to get vibes on both sides.  I seriously enjoy alan’s vocals in this song except how she does the whole ~hey ya~ parts, they sounded pretty stressed, but this song is what I’ve missed so much from alan since she’s been Ayu-fied.  However, this was a Japanese translation of “Huhuan” which was released as a digital single in China.

2. Komorebi

Which clearly makes the other songs seem like crap.  Komorebi is also a ballad, but stuck with a beat that kind of makes it sound a little R&B-ish in a way.  Sadly, this feels like something leftover from “my life” in which that album barely had anything memorable on it for me and that’s what I feel about this song.  Not much to really go by.

3. eternal love ~Koi no Hana~

Another translation move, from the Chinese digital track, “Yinghua De Yanlei”, eternal love is a definite upgrade after “Komorebi” since there’s a little bit of a mix of mystery and a positive ballad together.  I also found alan’s vocal performance to be pretty damn strong and that made me happy for sure.  There’s still quite a lot of ballads that are better than this track, but this isn’t too bad.

4. Venus Flower

I was kind of pleasantly surprised that Venus Flower comes up next and kind of gives us an interesting tune.  It’s got this caribbean feel to it and it moves along the song quite smoothly and so does alan oddly enough.  I thought this was a pretty cute song and perfect for summer days for sure.  Catchy ^_^

5. Wasurenaide performed by S’capade featuring alan

Since “Venus Flower” was the last of the new songs, Wasurenaide comes up and I was surprised she added this song onto the second disc.  I honestly don’t remember any hype for this song when it was released back in May of 2010.  To me it should’ve stayed on S’capade’s album (oh yeah S’capade is the producer here BTW).  It seems to drag most of the time and even though alan is giving a good performance, I was too tired of the song to continue further.

6. Ai wa Chikara performed by alan×Kei Fukui

Odd that she closes the entire album with the last released A-side for this release and it had to the “weird” song.  It’s weird because it’s nothing like her songs and she’s collaborating with opera singer, Kei Fukui.  Dramatic strings and all, I was surprised alan went this direction with the tune because it’s really pretty and alan pulls this off like she’s been doing it for years.  Sadly, I still think Kei takes up too much and he overpowers alan quite a bit much.  Either way grand performance ^_^

I was pretty much interested in seeing what alan actually did for the second disc despite two tracks were new and two were just Japanese takes on the Chinese originals.  For the most part the songs were alright but some of the songs felt like “my life” wannabes which is a poor move…but songs like ECHOES and Ai wa Chikara stood out firmly.  It’s OK but not an amazing second disc.

 

alan×Kei Fukui – Ai wa Chikara December 28, 2010

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Track Listing

  1. Ai wa Chikara

1. Ai wa Chikara

I’m just still surprised that alan would have released an opera song after such strong singles (minus “Diamond”).  For alan’s first JPN collaboration with opera singer Kei Fukui, the song makes “Kuon no Kawa” seem lightweight as an epic song.  The music is very orchestral and grand that it definitely feels like alan’s regaining her “Voice of EARTH” style.  I will say that Kei’s tenor vocals kind of overpowers alan’s in a few parts of the song they sing simultaneously.  It’s still pretty much alan’s gold tune and a great way to perhaps finish the era off. 

I was surprised alan would have released it to open 2011 with a bang and Ai wa Chikara was pretty much what alan needed to regain the awesomeness on my part.  Kei Fukui definitely has a strong tenor and while I honestly think he sings more in the song, the two sound great and for alan’s first “opera” tune, she did it with flying covers.  Makes me wonder if it’ll be on her third album…

 

alan – Kanashimi wa Yuki ni Nemuru October 10, 2010

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Track Listing

  1. Kanashimi wa Yuki ni Nemuru
  2. Namonaki Tane
  3. Kanashimi wa Yuki ni Nemuru (Instrumental)
  4. Namonaki Tane (Instrumental)

1. Kanashimi wa Yuki ni Nemuru

Because we can get Winter-y songs as early as October >.>, alan’s contribution to the cold season is of course the usual alan calibur.  I really like how simple yet pretty it is to listen to alan singing the beginning with just acoustic guitar and then leading into a really gorgeous strings section.  Sometimes I do feel like the song moves into a waltz for a little bit when the light percussion comes in.  Ok, I think alan really saved her ass here cuz I enjoyed this song a lot.

2. Namonaki Tane

I think if I remember right that we’ve known about this song since “BALLAD ~Namonaki Koi no Uta~”.  Still as the B-side of the single, it kind of pales in comparison to “Kanashimi wa Yuki ni Nemuru” because this is more of a simple ballad ala “my life’s” rather generic and boring ballads.  It hurts that the best part of the song is when she gets towards the end and just belts the rest of the song to its closing.  I thought that was amazing.  It’s a song that you’ll have to warm up to, but it’s definitely not bad.

Wow, alan sure has recaptured my attention with this single.  I’m happy that it isn’t a blowout like “Kaze ni Mukau Hana’s” uber huge tracklist which is great.  Kanashimi wa Yuki ni Nemuru is definitely her best ballad in a long time (even though I do like the last single, this one blew it out of the water).  Namonaki Tane is definitely a grower kind of song, but at least we know she can still sing loud and proud ^_^.  I hope this is the last single of the era…I mean what we have A-sides wise is great and so much of an approvement over the last era.

 

alan – Kaze ni Mukau Hana July 9, 2010

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Track Listing

  1. Kaze ni Mukau Hana
  2. Koko ni Iru
  3. Gunjou no Tani (alan 1st concert -voice of you- version)
  4. Megumi no Ame (alan 1st concert -voice of you- version)
  5. Natsukashii Mirai ~longing future~ (alan 1st concert -voice of you- version)
  6. Ii Hi Tabidachi
  7. Nobody knows but me (Chinese Version)
  8. my life (Chinese Version)
  9. Nada Sousou (erhu version)
  10. Kizuna (erhu version)
  11. Kaze ni Mukau Hana (Instrumental)
  12. Koko ni Iru (Instrumental)

1. Kaze ni Mukau Hana

Finally, alan returns to her Chinese roots with Kaze ni Mukau Hana which opens up with alan’s gloryfying wail of awesomeness.  I kept thinking by the sound it was like she was trying to make a sequel to “Ashita e no Sanka”, but it quickly turns into something Ayu-ish, but not as evident as “Diamond” was.  alan also sounds really nice singing and makes up for the lack of interest recently, so I was happy this was a return to normal alan ^_^

2. Koko ni Iru

I actually loved the opening to Koko ni Iru since it was kind of mysterious but powerful.  After that, the song switches moods and becomes a lighter pop song in the veins of like “My Stage” and even “Swear” but both songs don’t have that lasting feeling like this one does.  It’s basically pop done right and I enjoyed it quite a lot. 

3. Gunjou no Tani (alan 1st concert -voice of you- version)

On one edition of the single, you get three live versions of earlier alan songs starting with Gunjou no Tani which to me is the most recognizable tune here.  Of course this is from her first DVD so it’s not a different performance.  I thought alan did pretty well for the most part since this song has her really trying hard and there’s some good parts like the beginning and near the end when she stops before hitting the final chorus. 

4. Megumi no Ame (alan 1st concert -voice of you- version)

I still can never get into Megumi no Ame for some reason and that’s probably because it’s just so damn boring.  At least the live version of the song includes some erhu…but not enough IMO.  The solo though was pretty nice and the later half of the song really picks up the slack for me.  Made for a good impact, good live version after all.

5. Natsukashii Mirai ~longing future~ (alan 1st concert -voice of you- version)

I do remember Natsukashii Mirai ~longing future~ quite a bit more than “Megumi no Ame” and I thought the live version did a pretty good job keeping it pretty sweet.  The chorus is a little offkey at some parts but alan’s wail is just right!  I guess I could’ve done without the kids, but still a strong performance.

6. Ii Hi Tabidachi

Covering a Momoe Yamaguchi song is kind of a feat especially if you’re alan of course.  Compared to the other main songs on the single, Ii Hi Tabidachi sounds like a regular sounding ballad with strings and piano being the arrangement itself.  I think alan did a pretty job covering Momoe’s song and would make her proud.

7. Nobody knows but me (Chinese Version)

On one of the other editions of the single, it comes with Chinese cuts of two songs from her sophomore…then again they just appeared on alan’s “Lan Se ~Love Moon Light~” album so it’s nothing new here.  I do say that Nobody knows but me sounds a lot better in Chinese than in Japanese for some reason even though the arrangement is even more bare than “Ii Hi Tabidachi”.  Why do I not remember the part where there’s a speaking part mixed with some Chinese wailing?  I thought that was pretty epic in its own way.

8. my life (Chinese Version)

As the other Chinese song on here, my life is on par with its Japanese counterpart.  So it’s nothing amazingly different besides the language, but I think it might be a little less as good as the Japanese cut.  Of course it’s another ballad and it’s a pretty good one at that.

9. Nada Sousou (erhu version)

Originally was supposed to be on single back an era, I think “BALLAD ~Namonaki Koi no Uta~” still Nada Sousou (a BEGIN cover), actually sounds really pretty.  Even though the biggest difference is that this song is more of an acoustic ballad than anything that really had to do with an erhu…At least after half the song passes by the erhu finally enters and makes it sound prettier.  I am kind of getting a little bored with the amount of ballads found on the single though.

10. Kizuna (erhu version)

On the other hand, Kizuna is five minutes of nothing but erhu and no alan to fill in the spaces which might bore the typical listener to death if anything.  As much as I love the erhu playing around in the song and making it sound so oriental and pretty it does take a toll. 

 

 

Kaze ni Mukau Hana is definitely for the ballad lovers out there and to some extent that bothered me because the only upbeat songs are Koko ni Iru and the Gunjou no Tani live.  All the other songs are ballads but all are different sounding and brings some little thing to make a big difference.  The live versions though were a sweet treat and all three were good in their respective rights.  Kaze ni Mukau Hana at least returns us to some normal alan releases finally!

 

alan – Lan Se ~Love Moon Light~ April 18, 2010

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Track Listing

  1. Wo De Yue Guang
  2. Xuan Ying ~Sharp Light~
  3. Yue ME Jiu Hao
  4. Luo Dan De Chibang
  5. Nobody knows but me
  6. my life
  7. Xuan Ying ~Sharp Light~ (piano only version)

1. Wo De Yue Guang

Wow, the opening the alan’s Chinese E.P is definitely a pleasant one.  It felt epic and almost powerful but as quick as it is, the song switches to piano and some other sounds, but it reminds me of a mix of what she did to “Diamond” and “RED CLIFF ~Shin Sen~”.  It’s a different kind of ballad and then this giddy piano melody and latin guitar after the chorus kind of mixes the mood up more.  It’s different and while Chinese is a difficult language for me to understand, alan sung pretty nicely and her higher register wasn’t poopy.

2. Xuan Ying ~Sharp Light~

Wow at alan pulling off extremely high notes without going into her wail!  Xuan Ying does feel like a continuation of the previous song but the chorus has a band setting.  Not that it’s so bad, but it actually feels like it gives the song more color to deal with and that’s good.  At least after the first chorus the songs gets a whole lot better.  I see some English lyrics as well like ~sharp light in my eye~.  Nice tune!

3. Yue ME Jiu Hao

Do you remember “Jia You! Ni You ME! feat. Wei Chen” from her 2nd Chinese album?  Well, Yue ME Jiu Hao is the answer song for that song and unsurprisingly it’s just as upbeat and poppy as the original.  Not that I’m complaining because alan doesn’t have anything like it in both languages and I’m happy that it was cute and fun, unlike “Swear”.

4. Luo Dan De Chibang

The final “brand new song”, Luo Dan De Chibang starts off with some acoustic guitar and some soft singing from alan.  I was surprised the song more of a pop/rock song.  I mean it’s not free-flowing like “Gunjou no Tani” but it feels more edgier and with the harder guitar solo in the song, I was surprised at this.  It’s still my least favorite of the new songs, but it’s not entirely bad. 

5. Nobody knows but me

Then we get two chinese editions of songs from her fail of an album, “my life”.  I’m so disappointed that she had to choose the worst track (in my opinion) to get a Chinese version.  I remember there was a lot of piano in the original and it seems the same, but it feels like after the first run through the verse it just seemed like she got emotional there.  I don’t remember the song actually being good…but I guess it’s better in Chinese haha

6. my life

Then we got one of the better songs off the album and my life is just as good as its Japanese rendition.  It’s just as emotional and strong as I remembered from the original which is good as well.  I’m not sure if there were any arrangement changes, but if not this is still pretty awesome. 

7. Xuan Ying ~Sharp Light~ (piano only version)

Yep, ending this mini, Xuan Ying gets a pure piano-only version.  Unfortunately, they really meant it because alan is nowhere to be seen in the song.  All it is is just piano playing the melody of the song…It would’ve been better to have alan stay since I didn’t really care too much for just a piano instrumental ending things out.

 

 

After that kind of failure with her Japanese album, “my life” and somewhat redeeming herself with the “Diamond/Over the clouds” single, alan went back to China to get this little mini-album outside and for the most part it was really good.  Now if she could return to being this good, things will get back to normal.

 

alan – Diamond/Over the clouds February 2, 2010

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Track Listing

  1. Diamond
  2. Over the clouds
  3. Diamond (Instrumental)
  4. Over the clouds (Instrumental)

1. Diamond

Remember “Essence of me” from her sophomore album, “my life”?  Well, it’s OK if you don’t because well it was the actual best new track off the album for me and it seemed that was a techno version of this track Diamond.  Now, everyone has stated their opinion that it really does sound like Ayu’s “M” and unfortunately that’s exactly how I felt when I watched the “JEWEL” inspired PV.  That being said, it’s not that bad of a song and it’s a whole lot better than most of the stuff “my life” had to offer.  Though I can’t help but worry where alan is going with her career, she should stick with the Chinese-inspired stuff and not go towards Ayu’s past.

2. Over the clouds

Why is it the sky songs are always the best songs to be released from alan?  I mean “Sora Uta” was pretty cool, but Over the clouds is pretty damn close.  Unlike, the primary A-side, Over the clouds doesn’t remind me of Ayu and I like the cooler slightly electronica feeling I get.  Actually, it pretty mystical too.  I even noticed that there’s a little use of auto-tune which didn’t bother me a bit.  I’m happy that there’s still some hope left for alan.

 

 

Beginning the 3rd era off, Diamond/Over the clouds is pretty strong and so much better than “BALLAD” and “Swear” were TBH.  Diamond while taking way too much from Ayu, is not a bad version persay, I would just rather have “Essence of me” playing instead.  Over the clouds though was pretty damn cool and showed that alan is still alive even though Chinese-inspired is gone for the time being.  I guess I’m not liking what avex is doing, but I can’t stop em’