Gunjou no Tani

Gunjou no Tani was alan’s 8th single. It was released on February 4, 2008 and reached no. 30 on the Oricon Charts with 3,426 copies sold. The title track was composed and written by Cocco, specifically for the people of the Sichuan province after the earthquake of 2008. The PV for this song was filmed in the Sichuan province, which is also alan’s home province. The title track was used as the ending theme song for the TV program Miyaneya. This is also the final single before alan’s debut album Voice of EARTH.

Gunjou no Tani - alan

Tracks:
1. Gunjou no Tani
2. Gunjou no Tani (Acoustic version)
3. Gunjou no Tani (Instrumental)
4. Gunjou no Tani (Acoustic version-Instrumental)

Review:
Originally Gunjou no Tani lit. Ultramarine Valley was described as a folk song, and for the most part it is. But honestly it’s a bit too explosive, featuring the percussion that serves as beats and both the acoustic and electric guitar. What really blew my mind though were alan’s impressive vocals. They were in absolute harmony with the strings. And although she did use her so called “mountain wail” it sounded so perfect and beautiful in this song. She really displayed her talents yet again, especially with those high notes. With the acoustics and strong rock elements I really didn’t know what to think of it, until I heard the orchestra of strings, which really held it all together. And I loved the fact that the verses were just acoustic for the most part, with the chorus being vibrant and mind blowing. I guess it didn’t hurt that the melody was just astounding and that the music was so fast paced.

For a more humble and gentler sound I’d go with the Acoustic version of Gunjou no Tani. In this version the instruments such as the strings and electric guitar have been replaced with just a simple acoustic guitar, and even the maracas. The music isn’t as fast paced as the original but it’s still very beautiful although not as epic. And oddly enough her vocals don’t sound as high as in the original, similar to Ayumi in the orchestra version of fated. One of the better things about this song was that during the bridge you could hear the er-hu, a Chinese stringed instrument.

Overall Review: Gunjou no Tani was epic folk magic! alan has been on a role since her debut, improving as an artist and shelling out better music. I’d have to say that although I love her ballads, this is now my favorite song. It’s more modern and more mainstream than most of ballads. It’s somewhat of a fusion of ballads and rock, but it’s better than Ashita e no Sanka and Kaze no Tegami. With his song she somewhat tackles a new genre and ventures into more of a gray area. Either way I have to say that this is her most epic and stunning single to date.

Final Grade: 100A+

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3 Responses to “Gunjou no Tani”
  1. noahfurlani says:

    yay~ you loved it to death too!

  2. Lizzie says:

    I agree! This single is beautiful!

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