Hitomi Shimatani – Shinku / Ai no Uta

September 15, 2007 at 3:34 PM | Posted in Hitomi Shimatani | Leave a comment

1. Shinku (original version) (深紅)
2. Ai no Uta (愛の詩)
3. Shinku (A.C.E.3 version)
4. Shinku (Instrumental)
5. Ai no Uta (Instrumental)

This is Hitomi Shimatani’s 26th single and it was released on September 5, 2007. The single reached #14 on the Oricon Weekly Chart and sold 25,019 copies. The first track was used as the opening theme song for the video game A.C.E.3: The Final, while the second track was the ending theme.

Shinku is like a crossover between two previous Hitomi Shimatani songs. It has the dance beats and strings of Destiny -Taiyou no Hana- and the electronic synth pop of Garnet Moon. The heavy dance beats in this song are very strong this time around, especially during the gorgeous intro. Shimatani’s vocals are powerful and she carries the song with grace and power. This is another great addition to her vast inventory of ‘crossover’ styled songs.

The next track is the mesmerizing Ai no Uta. Compared to Shinku, the music is a little lackluster, but Shimatani’s beautiful vocal performance more than makes up for it. This song only features the piano, but the melody is lovely and it sounds so nice when accompanied with Shimatani’s voice.

Track 3 is a shortened version of Shinku that is used during the opening sequence of the video game A.C.E.3: The Final. The only main difference is that it opens with an explosive orchestral ensemble. It seriously gave me goosebumps on the first listen because it was such a surprise. It quickly flows into the regular beginning of the song.

Overall Rating

4½ stars


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