alan – Kanashimi wa Yuki ni Nemuru

October 14, 2010 at 10:09 PM | Posted in alan | Leave a comment

SINGLE REVIEW
alan – Kanashimi wa Yuki ni Nemuru

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

Kanashimi wa Yuki no Nemuru is the 14th Japanese single by Tibetan singer alan. It was released in two versions: a CD+DVD version with a DVD of the title song’s PV and an offshot movie, and a CD only version. The title song was used as the theme song for the Touei distributed movie Sakurada Mongai no Hen, while the B-side was used as the theme song of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s COP10 (Conference of the Parties) showing of the animated film TAMALA2010.

Wow, it’s only mid October and we’re already getting winter themed songs! Kanashimi wa Yuki ni Nemuru is a real winter ballad by alan, but a little different from all the others for its use of guitars and a kind of Waltz rhythm. The strings and piano are used very magically, it’s almost like little sprinkles of pixie dust and it’s just really very pretty. It’s not the typical winter ballad, alan turned it into something so pure and beautiful with chimes and such, yet it’s not all euphoric for it’s use of a ‘colder’ melody in the chorus and a very soft percussion. I looove this song, just like her wonderfully soothing vocals.

The B-side is a ballad as well, but much less winter themed. The first part of Namonaki Tane doesn’t stand out pretty much because it’s so laid back with only a piano and sometimes a string arrangement. The chorus gets more interesting with emotional vocals and a beautiful melody, as only alan can provide them. After three and a half minutes, this song really gets interesting with alan belting out most of the lyrics to a more aggressive use of percussion and strings (and even a lovely choir). The ballad suddenly becomes very strong, especially when she takes it to another pitch.

Okay, I don’t see why alan already had to release a winter single, and she’s already stepping away from her roots AGAIN. Remember my review of Kaze ni Mukau Hana? When I said the epic alan has returned? Well, this just proves that one should never keep ones hopes up to soon. This doesn’t mean I didn’t like this single! alan can easily take on more styles, such as pop ballads like these. She did a wonderful job by giving us a well known genre, but in such a way it’s something we’ve never heard before. I loved both songs, and even though they are both ballads, they are very different from one another and a great achievement for alan. She can add another single to her golden line-up, and I can add another one to my favourites.

Favorite tracks: Kanashimi wa Yuki ni Nemuru | Namonaki Tane

OVERALL RATING

5 stars

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