Kuon no Kawa

Kuon no Kawa was alan’s 9th single. It was released on April 8, 2009 and reached no. 1 on the Oricon Daily Charts and no. 3 on the Oricon Weekly Charts with 11,956 copies sold. Originally this single debuted at no. 9 on the weekly charts but eventually reached no. 1 on the 6th day making it her first song to chart in the top 10 as well as making it her first single to top the daily charts. The title track was used as the theme song for the Japanese release of the film RED CLIFF Part II set to be released on April 10, 2009. This is also the first song in alan’s new Era.

Kuon no Kawa - alan

1. Kuon no Kawa
2. CHI BI~Da Jiang Dong Qu~
3. RED CLIFF ~Shin Sen~
4. Xin Zhan ~RED CLIFF~
5. Kuon no Kawa (Instrumental)
6. CHI BI ~Da Jiang Dong Qu~ (Instrumental)

It’s been only a little over a month yet alan just keeps rolling out with material. And after her debut album she’s released another signature song that’s sure to inspire and captivate audiences. Her new extraordinary ballad is entitled Kuon no Kawa lit. River of Eternity. The opening is an up-beat array of an orchestra of strings followed by a flute, it sounds regal and oriental as well as classical. Where as RED CLIFF ~Shin Sen~ was a hazy dark epic, ballad, this song is more of a light hopeful, blissful ballad; mirror opposites really. Yet both songs still enlist an array of strings, both classical and oriental. And like it’s predecessor it possesses an epic as well as dramatic chorus. alan’s typical high vocals and immense voice make it stand out, as well as the strings that follow. The melody is so different and the song itself is far more epic and regal. And her signature Tibetan notes are heard too.

Also included is the Chinese version entitled CHI BI ~Da Jiang Dong Qu~. I actually heard this version first and I immediately fell in love with it. There’s no big difference between this and the Japanese version, except for the vocals. The vocals are a bit higher yet more serene. There’s no high Tibetan notes either but the vocals more than make up for it. It’s actually a little superior to the Japanese version in my opinion.

I guess this single is “THE” RED CLIFF single. It does have include all the theme songs to the movie. RED CLIFF ~Shin Sen~ is another epic ballad. It’s a bit darker than Kuon no Kawa yet it’s just as epic and regal sounding. And finally there’s the firs theme song, the Chinese version entitled Xin Zhan ~RED CLIFF~. Again with the Chinese version it’s basically the same just different lyrics and a different language.

Overall Review: Kuon no Kawa was an epic and shining successor! The title track was as stunning and as flawless as its predecessor, if not greater. It’s more peaceful and epic than the its predecessor by far, and it sounds more refined. It’s just better overall as a whole. You really can’t go wrong with this single. Four epic ballads, each beautiful and magnificent, and full of strength and power. I loved the fact that after charting at no. 10 on the 6th day it jumped to no. 1, no doubt from RED CLIFF Part II. I guess it was a slow week considering this reached no. 3 with only 11k copies sold, mind you 6k from the last day. I’m still in aw that this single managed to chart at no. 1, it does deserve it though. A surefire and enchanting way to begin her new Era.

Final Grade


4 Responses to “Kuon no Kawa”
  1. selenitedreams says:

    holy…did not expect it to hit number 1!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!

  2. Die says:

    i know i don’t think anyone expected is to chart at no. 1, must’ve been because of red cliff and her very small live performances lol, either way i’m thrilled

  3. Jerry says:

    Very talented natural singer, great song composed by the Japanese composer, propelled by the mega historical movie.

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