Hitomi Shimatani – PASIO

May 13, 2007 at 9:45 PM | Posted in Hitomi Shimatani | Leave a comment
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Tracklisting
1. PASIO (PASIO~パッシオ)
2. True Blue
3. Tsuioku LIVE REC from
    Special Live “crossoverII” (追憶)
    [CD only bonus track]
4. PASIO (instrumental)
5. True Blue (instrumental)

This is Hitomi Shimatani’s 23rd single and it was released on November 15, 2006. The single reached #12 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 12,078 copies.

After all of those ‘crossover’ themed singles (which I still love), Hitomi Shimatani returns to her pop roots with PASIO. To be more specific, a lot of her songs prior to the release of her first best album in 2003 had a exotic, foreign sound to them. The song follows the same style as her other Spanish themed songs such as Fantasista, Ichiba ni Ikou, and Akai Sabaku no Densetsu. The entire song is incredibly catchy and I loved Shimatani’s fast paced vocals. My favorite part is the bridge because of it sounds so exotic and different. Shimatani does these kinds of songs exceptionally well because she has experience doing them in the past.

The B-side is the drastically different True Blue. The strings, piano, and organ are soothing to the ears and Shimatani’s vocals are nice and controlled. The song was used as the ending theme song for the final episode of the anime The Law of Ueki.

The 3rd track is a special live version of Tsuioku that she perfomed at the Tokyo Geiju Tsuge Kijou. It’s only available on the CD only edition. I just want to get this out of the way and say that this song is NOT Tsuioku+LOVE LETTER, an older song from her 4th album of the same name. It’s actually a cover of another song that she sang just for that concert. Anyways, Shimatani sounds AMAZING live and I was really impressed with the musical arrangement as well.

Overall Rating 

3½ stars

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