- DREAM EXPRESS ~Mugen Kukan Cho Tokkyu~
- First Love ~Hatsukoi~
- DREAM EXPRESS ~Mugen Kukan Cho Tokkyu~ (Instrumental)
- First Love ~Hatsukoi~ (Instrumental)
- First Love ~Hatsukoi~ (alan ver.)
- First Love ~Hatsukoi~ (Ryosuke Itamiya ver.)
1. DREAM EXPRESS ~Mugen Kukan Cho Tokkyu~
I knew this song was an anime tie-in, but I was still surprised when I heard it. DREAM EXPRESS ~Mugen Kukan Cho Tokkyu~ begins with a short chorus, which is happy and bright, followed by a brass/guitar interlude. It’s cheery and easy to listen too, but doesn’t have any spark to it. Neither the verse nor chorus are particularly entertaining, and it doesn’t help that the vocal range is no challenge at all for alan. Not a good return to Japan for her.
2. First Love ~Hatsukoi~
The second track is a duet between alan and someone called Ryosuke Itamiya, and is also a ballad. alan starts the vocals with a serene tone, and when Ryosuke comes in I’m quite impressed by his voice too. The vocals are great, but they don’t mesh as well as I’d like them too. It’s like the two are singing separately and then their voices were put together, instead of singing the song together and syncing their vocals well. The arrangement needs work as well, it’s slow, laid-back, and doesn’t incorporate anything interesting into it. At least this song was better than DREAM EXPRESS.
O Todoke, Todoke! wherefore art thou Todoke? This single was really bad. As you may be able to tell I’m now depressed and pining for my lost love Ashita e no Sanka. Bye.