Kaze ni Mukau Hana
Kaze ni Mukau Hana was alan’s 13th single. It was released on July 7, 2010 and reached no. 17 on the Oricon Weekly Charts with 6,313 copies sold. In all, this single has sold over 8,094+ copies. It was released in a total of 5 editions, two CD+DVD editions, a CD-Only edition, and both a mu-mo DC and CD+DVD edition.
1. Kaze ni Mukau Hana
2. Koko ni Iru
3. Ii Hi Tabidachi
Ok, so I love alan as much as the next person, but I didn’t see the point in listing the entire tracklist of all of the versions. Basically, the CD-Only version contains all of the new tracks. Yes, there are live versions, they’re good, trust me. The Chinese versions, not too sure, haven’t heard them, don’t plan on it either; they’re probably good as well. And the erhu version, well, they’re just instrumentals.
Like most of you would expect, Kaze ni Mukau Hana is another alan ballad. After reviewing Ayu’s album, the music is a complete breath of fresh air. The music sounds to be very nature friendly, and just as epic as ever. There are some classical elements, namely the strings, as well as the guitar and some percussion. It’s typical for alan, but that just means that it’s amazing, and very nature-ish. And even better, it’s memorable!
Koko ni Iru is totally different, which excites me. It’s different in the sense that it’s more up-beat, as well as slightly up-tempo. The beats are good, as well as the small synth infusion, and the cheery nature of it. Just a very cute song really, either that or just relaxing. There’s something about it that makes you feel happy.
As it turns out, Ii Hi Tabidachi is a cover. Not sure how the original sounded, but this rendition is a ballad. And it’s more of a traditional ballad, heavy on strings, like the cello and violins; the acoustics were nice though. Great vocals, but nothing impressive IMO.
Long story shot, awesome single. There were a plethora of versions, I mean really, 5 versions?!?! Great vocals, more mountain wails would’ve been nice. I love her nature sounding singles, they’re kinda cheesy, but I love them anyway. The single covers were fantastic, took me forever to choose one. Awesome title track, befitting of alan’s ballads, and a fantastic, superb B-Side. The song cover was so-so, but she still rocked the single as a whole.