Shimatani Hitomi – Wake You Up / 雨の日には 雨の中を 風の日には 風の中を / Marvelous [28th Single]

August 13, 2008 at 12:12 am (Shimatani Hitomi) (, )

Shimatani Hitomi’s 28th single, entitled Wake You Up / 雨の日には 雨の中を 風の日には 風の中を / Marvelous, was released on 06.25.08. Wake You Up was used as the theme song for TV Tokyo’s dorama Keitai Sousakan 7 while Marvelous was used as the image song for NTV’s live broadcast wrestling show.

Opening up the single is Wake You Up. The opening instrumentation is absolutely aggressive and addictive and soon there are some backing vocals, which aren’t very necessary. Soon the first verse begins and Hitomi brings strong vocals that go perfectly with the music. There is a more poppy feeling on the chorus, which then seperates itself strongly and sticks out in the listener’s mind. The pure instrumentation section is fantastic, showing off the song’s mind strongly. After some more backing vocals, the aggressive pure instrumentation brings the song to a close.

雨の日には 雨の中を 風の日には 風の中を is the second song on this single. The song begins with a midtempo instrumentation with a clear beat and then the first verse starts. Hitomi’s vocals carry a nice poppiness to them that keeps the listener interested. The chorus stands out she pronounces the words very strongly and her vocal continue to be enjoyable and sweet, matching the song’s atmosphere. The pure instrumental section is very pretty and definitely a standout part of the song that catches the listener’s ear before returning back to the chorus. Overall, it’s a very enjoyable track and certainly one to check out.

Rounding off the single is the upbeat pretty song, Marvelous. Opening the song is an upbeat piano-driven instrumentation that is very pretty and introduces the song strongly. Then the first verse begins and Hitomi gives some nice vocals that carry with the music very well. The chorus really stands out, particularly for when she sings the title of the song with strength. Marvelous is fun and features a very pretty song, definitely a strong number.

Single Ranking: A –

Shimatani Hitomi definitely brought strength on this single with the great dance song, Wake You Up as well as the slower and prettier songs that make up the rest of the single. It’s a very enjoyable single worth checking out.

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