BALLAD ~Namonaki Koi no Uta~

BALLAD ~Namonaki Koi no Uta~Artist: Alan
Release Date: September 2, 2009
Label: Avex Trax
Personal Rating: 4.5/5

1. BALLAD ~Namonaki Koi no Uta~
2. Shiawase no Kane 2009 Version
3. BALLAD ~Namonaki Koi no Uta~ (Instrumental)
4. Shiawase no Kane 2009 version (Instrumental)
I was just about to wonder when Alan’s newest single was going to come out. (Considering that I am pretty much an Alan fan.) If we were to talk about “disappointment,” the first thing that comes into mind is her blurry covers. I mean seriously? What happened to her elegant and stylist covers!?

For some reason, Avex Trax just can’t keep Alan away from ballads. But whatever, they all sound good anyways. BALLAD ~Namonaki Koi no Uta~ was totally different though. Yes, I wish that it was different in an impressive way but it turns out to be the opposite. Sure, the ever-loving strings and ballad elements never fail to “wow” me but this time it’s the vocals that are the problem. It’s not her voice completely boring but her ballad awesome-ness has totally vanished somewhere. Back in the days, she used to overpower the instrumentals with no problem.

My first impression upon seeing Shiawase no Kane 2009 Version on the tacklist was “Why did they have to make a new version of her digital single?” Turns out that Avex has finally produced a more kick-ass version of it! They changed the volume of her vocals and made the strings the more noticeable.

Personal Rating: 4.5/5


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