GET BACK IN LOVE
Kimi ga Iru Dake de
You’re the Only…
Shiroi Kumo no You ni
Kimi ga Omoide ni Naru Mae ni
I LOVE YOU
Konomama Kimi Dake wo Ubai Saritai
Omoide ga Ippai
Time After Time ~Toki no Hate Made~ (CD Only)
1. GET BACK IN LOVE
Beginning this second cover album off, GET BACK IN LOVE is kind of a relaxing lounge song to listen to. I mean yes, Hitomi’s vocals are pretty awesome still. I’m surprised it’s this fitting in such a style like that and I’m liking her cover of this. I think the best was the interlude before getting louder and more better. I’m impressed with this song.
2. Kimi ga Iru Dake de
One of the promotional tracks, Kimi ga Iru Dake de is a pure strings/piano ballad and while Hitomi’s ballads show off the best vocals from her, Kimi ga Iru Dake de got it right. It’s got enouigh to not make me bored and Hitomi’s vocals are just amazing in this song. It definitely makes up for the borefest in “Nakitai Nara” for sure. Simple ballad, but definitely a strong track from her.
3. You’re the Only…
While I know Hitomi has been releasing these mid-tempo songs since “Flare”, You’re the Only definitely put me back into a dark place at first because the verses were so meh I guess it got better than the other tracks because Hitomi’s singing a lot more and I don’t think I’ve heard her radiate so much passion in her songs. Strong song as well.
We get into an acoustic tune next with Choushou. It really does pull the heartstrings for sure, Hitomi just sounds so sincere and beautiful and it’s so I don’t know emotional I guess? Definitely one of those songs you’d have to hear to really understand. Amazing tune right here.
5. Shiroi Kumo no You ni
Probably the most energetic song, Shiroi Kumo no You ni has a pretty distinct sound from the rest of the album because it sounds more pop/rock. Problem is is that her vocals are not as good as in the previous tracks, but I guess it’s passable. Maybe needs a little more oomph.
6. Shounen Jidai
I love how fireworks opens up our next tune. Other than that the song oddly just flies right by me without anything really positive or negative to say about it. It’s a ballad of course, but there’s just something that doesn’t quite make it stand out good enough, but I do love the piano, oboe, and strings together.
7. Kimi ga Omoide ni Naru Mae ni
Strings open up our next song and annoyingly the strings open the song up on one side of my headphones before opening to both…Once again, I’m feeling rather bored with the song since it plays a little too safe. Sorry to say, but the song is another pass.
8. I LOVE YOU
Oh boy, this title is so ORIGINAAAAAL. Why are we getting a string of ballads all of a sudden? I LOVE YOU is a little more R&B like than the others and it’s not too bad of a song really. It’s still rather plain against other songs so that’s not a good thing, but Hitomi still is sounding really nice. I think she could’ve done better but w/e.
Another piano/strings ballad appears and Missing is definitely missing something in the song. It’s maybe a little too slow for me and doesn’t move forward as it should which is pretty bad IMO. I guess it’s alright, but still not as good as her previous ballad on the album.
10. Konomama Kimi Dake wo Ubai Saritai
I don’t know why but whenever I listen to this song, it really reminds me of something I’d hear in a Charlie Brown special. It’s just that smooth and has distant everything throughout. Song flows nicely throughout and made a way better song than that crazy “Missing”.
I kind of like the weird instrument opening Junko up. It’s like a more chiller version of “Shiroi Kumo no You ni” with it’s more acoustic pop sound, but it’s definitely kind of right with her. Junko though does seem to be in between the various songs off the album, like it’s soft…but it’s catchy…it’s that difficult to really explain.
12. Omoide ga Ippai
I actually remember this track because it’s an anime opening so I’ve already listened to other covers. I think Hitomi’s cover fits nicely on the album it’s on, but otherwise it just seems more of a “Flare” song than anything else. Especially with the Mediterranean sound going on, it’s nice. I’m liking the song, but iono I’m just tired of the album.
13. Time After Time ~Toki no Hate Made~
For an album called “Otoko Uta” it confuses me why there’s an “Onna Uta” track on the album. Covering the famous Cyndi Lauper tune, Hitomi’s is quite different from the others because she is singing a JPN cut of the song. Her cover of the song is R&B like Sowelu’s, but a whole lot slower with more piano. Her cover sounds really pretty since it is Hitomi we’re talking about.
Song of Avoidance
Hitomi’s 2nd cover album was good at first but then it started to slip once we got further in the album. I mean I’m up for soft pop songs, but this was just torture. She really needs to step her game up again because this was just evil. I really need another “Falco”, “Shinku”, and/or “Perseus”.