Hitomi Shimatani – Nakitai Nara

April 9, 2008 at 4:00 PM | Posted in Hitomi Shimatani | 4 Comments

1. Nakitai Nara (泣きたいなら)
2. Kuchizuke Shiyou (口づけしよう)
3. Nakitai Nara (Instrumental)
4. Kuchizuke Shiyou (Instrumental)

This is Hitomi Shimatani’s 27th single and it was released on March 19, 2008. The single reached #34 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 4,969 copies.

As much as I love Hitomi Shimatani, her ballads are one of her weakest aspects as an artist. Most of them always end up being TOO simple and less than thrilling in the end. This is what I felt about Nakitai Nara, a sleepy song that’s just plain depressing. The music just feels so drab and lazy to the point that I lost all interest. I don’t think slow ballads are for Shimatani and this song could have been better if it was a little upbeat. Who knows, maybe it will grow on me.

Which brings me to the B-side, Kuchizuke Shiyou. This song is also a ballad, but it’s a lot more charming and sweet. At least it’s slightly upbeat and I liked the romantic lyrics. The accordions in the background were a nice touch, oddly enough. The chorus is quite memorable too with its cute “soutou kuchizuke shiyou, sora ni hoshi ni yoru ni line.

Overall Rating

3 stars



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  1. you know what.
    I agree with you.
    I have never listened to this single yet, but i have noticed that her ballads aren’t that interesting.
    I mean, she’s capable of it.
    Look at the arrangement of her upbeat songs like Shinku and Destiny.

  2. Couldn’t agree more with you Lex!

  3. i love this nakitai nara’s song..

  4. Well, i think Nakitai Nara is a very beautiful and EMOTIONAL sad song.
    Shimatani finally can put a strong emotion in one ballad. Very beautiful, but in terms of instrumental, this song is very generic, i admit.

    Kuchikeshiyou is more charming than Nakitai Nara, and instrumentals are very unique, but the song is very boring. I disagree with you, nothing memorable, except for beautiful instrumental. ^^

    3 stars too.

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