alan – Kuon no KawaMay 5, 2009 at 8:25 PM | Posted in alan | 3 Comments
1. Kuon no Kawa (久遠の河)
2. Chi Bi ~Da Jiang Dong Qu~
3. RED CLIFF ~Shin Sen~ (RED CLIFF ～心・戦～)
4. Xin Zhan ~RED CLIFF~ (心・戦 ～RED CLIFF～)
5. Kuon no Kawa (Instrumental)
6. Chi Bi ~Da Jiang Dong Qu~ (Instrumental)
This is alan’s 9th single and it was released on April 8, 2009. The single reached #3 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 37,740 copies. The 2nd track was used as the theme song for the Chinese movie Red Cliff Part II and the title track was the theme song for the movie’s Japanese release.
alan keeps churning out those singles, doesn’t she? Oh well, I’m not complaining. Kuon no Kawa sounds very old fashioned and has a classic, traditional flair to it. That being said, the arrangement is very top notch and features imperial strings and woodwinds. Just like in RED CLIFF ~Shin Sen~, there is a great buildup in the verses and it transitions into a sweeping, powerful chorus. While I thought the song wasn’t as grandiose as RED CLIFF ~Shin Sen~ because it felt kind of short in terms of length, it is still executed extremely well. It just left me wanting more in the end.
Then we have the original Chinese version of the song, Chi Bi ~Da Jiang Dong Qu~. There is a very noticable difference from the Japanese version in that the pitch of the music has been raised an octave. I didn’t really like this though, especially when it came to alan’s vocals. She just sounded shrilly and kind of annoying to me. There’s no mountain wailing here like in the Japanese version either.
Since this single is associated with the movie Red Cliff, the songs from part 1 of the film are included because avex is evil. Since I am lazy, check out my thoughts on RED CLIFF ~Shin Sen~ (the Japanese version) and Xin Zhan ~RED CLIFF~ (the Chinese version) by reading my review of the original single HERE. ;D
New versions of the song would have been better, but that’s just me.