alan – BALLAD ~名もなき恋のうた~ [10th Single]

October 3, 2009 at 8:21 pm (alan) (, )


alan’s 10th single, entitled BALLAD ~名もなき恋のうた,~ was released on 09.02.09. The title track was used as the theme song of the movie with the same name. Also included in the single is 幸せの鐘, which was prior released as a digital single.

BALLAD ~名もなき恋のうた~ is a gorgeous longing love song. The song begins with some beautiful and angelic vocalizations from alan, introducing an almost haunting atmosphere that instantly draws the listener in. Then she gives some of her signature wails to build the anticipation even more before moving into the first verse. She sounds great on the first verse, her vocals staying a little low but portraying such emotion that cannot be ignored. The chorus brings out the emotions even more as alan’s vocals become more powerful and the music becomes more dramatic. The lyrics of the song speak of wanting to see someone precious once more because there is distance that weighs on alan’s heart. Thus the story of the lyrics is definitely brought alive through her strong vocals and the fantastic instrumentation. It’s a great song and one that hits the heart of the listener without fail.

alan BALLAD promoThe B-side is 幸せの鐘. Opening the song is some soft and calming instrumentation and then alan sings the first verse. Her vocals here are soft and soothing, really suiting the calm atmosphere established by the instrumentation. Right before the chorus, the music really stands out and offers the perfect transition into the chorus. The chorus sounds strong with more emoting vocals but it still maintains that sense of calm, tying the song together. It’s nice to have the song released physically and it serves as a nice compliment to the A-side.

In order to promote the single, a PV for BALLAD ~名もなき恋のうた~ was made. The video is pretty simple, only featuring a few scenes. One has alan standing and singing next to a man playing the piano. The room is simply decorated but done so that it reflects alan’s overall style well. There is another scene in which she is sitting on a couch and singing. Near the end, she cries and it really does feel real so that’s a successful element of the video. The setting outside is absolutely gorgeous and its natural beauty also reflects alan perfectly. It’s a very nice video that suits the atmosphere of the song well.

Single Ranking: A –

alan delivers another amazing single in which she brings the songs to life. BALLAD ~名もなき恋のうた~ is a very pretty ballad that perfectly communicates the feeling of wanting to see someone while 幸せの鐘 carries its own naturalness to it that catches the listener’s ear. With her next single and album on the way next month, I’m sure alan will be able to maintain the high quality music she has been delivering thus far.

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