Hitomi Shimatani – WAKE YOU UP / Ame no Hi ni wa Ame no Naka wo Kaze no Hi ni wa Kaze no Naka wo / MarvelousJuly 10, 2008 at 10:14 AM | Posted in Hitomi Shimatani | 4 Comments
1. WAKE YOU UP
2. Ame no Hi ni wa Ame no Naka wo
Kaze no Hi ni wa Kaze no Naka wo
(雨の日には 雨の中を 風の日には 風の中を)
CD only edition
1. Ame no Hi ni wa Ame no Naka wo
Kaze no Hi ni wa Kaze no Naka wo
2. Ameoto -Ame no Hi ni wa
Ame no Naka wo Zenya-
(雨音 -雨の日には雨の中を 前夜-)
3. Ame no Hi ni wa Ame no Naka wo Kaze no Hi
ni wa Kaze no Naka wo feat. GooF
from SOFFet (SMOOTH RAP version)
4. Ame no Hi ni wa Ame no Naka wo Kaze no Hi
ni wa Kaze no Naka wo (Instrumental)
5. Ameoto -Ame no Hi ni
wa Ame no Naka wo Zenya- (Instrumental)
This is Hitomi Shimatani’s 28th single and it was released on June 25, 2008. The single reached #33 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 5,988 copies. WAKE YOU UP was used as the theme song for the drama Keitai Sousakan 7.
I thought the way avex released this single was kind of strange so I thought I would try to explain it the best I can. The CD+DVD edition is a triple A-side single with no instrumentals while the CD only features the song Ame no Hi ni wa Ame no Naka wo Kaze no Hi ni wa Kaze no Naka wo as the main A-side with additional coupling tracks (it’s also labeled as a collaboration with Mitsuo Aida). The thing is, several online retailers list the CD only edition as a separate single but other places like the Oricon charts and Hitomi Shimatani’s official website consider them as one release. For instance, the Oricon charts combined both editions for the weekly total, just like a normal J-pop release that has multiple editions. So let’s go on to the review!
Starting with what’s on the CD+DVD edition, WAKE YOU UP kicks things off with an old school vibe. The song is very reminiscent of music from the 90s J-pop scene with its single note bursts of synth and English background vocals. When I think about it, this could have easily been a ZARD song. Anyway, even though the arrangement is very chaotic and sometimes unorganized, I really liked the high octane energy of the music and Shimatani’s vocals. The upbeat chorus is also extremely catchy as well.
The next track has a tongue twister of a title. Try saying Ame no Hi ni wa Ame no Naka wo Kaze no Hi ni wa Kaze no Naka wo five times! Based on a poem of the same name by Mitsuo Aida, the long title makes a very catchy appearance during the chorus and I loved the way the lyrics rhymed for a great poetic effect. This is actually my favorite song on the single because it just grabbed me on the first listen. As for the music; it’s very sweet and serene. The light bass beats and reggae like riffs also give the song an island vibe.
I know that everybody who is a fan of Shimatani has said that Marvelous sounds like a watered down version of Camellia…and they’re kind of right. It has a similar piano and synth arrangement that’s pretty upbeat with a chorus of the same style as well. I wouldn’t say the song is bad, but it’s definitely the weakest of the three songs on the CD+DVD edition.
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Now we move on to the CD only edition’s coupling tracks. Ameoto -Ame no Hi ni wa Ame no Naka wo Zenya- is a very laid back traditional ballad with gorgeous piano chords and light drums. Shimatani’s vocals breathe life into the music, especially during the ethereal chorus where some gentle strings come in. Further into the song, starting at the second verse, the drums get a little faster. For me, this was another great B-side by Shimatani.
Also on the CD only edition is the SMOOTH RAP version of Ame no Hi ni wa Ame no Naka wo Kaze no Hi ni wa Kaze no Naka wo that features GooF from the R&B duo SOFFet (they’re on avex’s Rhythm Zone sublabel). Most of you guys know that I don’t normally like rappers featured in songs but I’ll make an exception this time because the rapping is actually GOOD. GooF mainly raps during the song’s instrumental sections but the final chorus also has him rapping alongside Shimatani’s vocals.