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Haruka Shimotsuki – Omoi no Concerto November 25, 2012

Filed under: Haruka Shimotsuki — solarblade @ 7:55 am

Track Listing

  1. -HISTORIA-
  2. Tsubasa wo Motanai Shoujo
  3. Kokoro no Kakera
  4. a little more
  5. Kimi to Miru Yume
  6. Harukana Sora e
  7. Hana ga Saku Machi de
  8. Sora to Kaze no Senritsu
  9. Mizu wo Utsusu Mono
  10. Hoshikuzu
  11. Soukoku no Libra
  12. RAINBOW
  13. unnamed place
  14. Tsuki no Uro
  15. Omoi no Concerto

1. -HISTORIA-

Haruka kicks things off with -HISTORIA- and I quite like the fact she opened the album with a slower song!  There’s something quite nostalgic with this song because of the arrangement and Haruka’s vocals being more distant and filled with echo filters.  It’s a really interesting way to open this best album and I quite like the tone of the track!

2. Tsubasa wo Motanai Shoujo

The next track, Tsubasa wo Motanai Shoujo takes more of an acoustic drive for it and I was pretty impressed with this song with it because it also included some electric guitars and keyboard/piano.  It does start to add more instruments before the chorus which is also a smart move.  Pretty good track overall and a smidge better than “-HISTORIA-“.

3. Kokoro no Kakera

Kokoro no Kakera is the slowest track I’ve come along so far on the album and boy does she take it to the simplest level.  I do think it’s pretty to listen to because of the flute arrangement and then the quiet piano melody once Haruka starts to sing.  It’s kind of like a fusion of the previous two tracks to be honest.

4. a little more

At least Haruka seems to turn the energy up for our next track which is pretty upbeat and heavy on the anison side of things, but I don’t mind that when Haruka pulls it off.  Haruka keeps up with the song and even though she doesn’t pull any vocal stunts, she keeps the song at a very strong pace through the entire track.  Definitely an early favorite here!

5. Kimi to Miru Yume

After that boost of energy, we simmer down with Kimi to Miru Yume which is another ballad from Haruka which also shares similarities with “Kokoro no Kakera” so seeing an upbeat track in between is a little strange.  Kimi to Miru Yume does show Haruka’s vocals off in a better light, but the arrangement is a bit jagged in areas and gets loud when it doesn’t need to be.  Not really that memorable to be honest.

6. Harukana Sora e

It seems that Harukana Sora e reaches into Haruka’s folk style and it really does kind of remind me of something off of a VOLKSLIED album which is something I have missed with her music…you know something breezy, wavy, and cute.  This definitely worked as a mid-tempo and while her vocals are pretty high and weak in some areas, the song itself made up for it ^_^. 

7. Hana ga Saku Machi de

Getting past that long track before, Hana ga Saku Machi de is another folkish wonder with flutes playing a role here as well.  This one sounds a bit more cuter than the previous track which is the first thing that stuck out when I listened to the song, plus it’s half the time that “Harukana Sora e” was.  It has a lot of charm and it stuck out on the album.

8. Sora to Kaze no Senritsu

Another lengthy track (not as long as “Harukana Sora e”), Sora to Kaze no Senritsu kind of feels a bit bland when compared to the previous tracks because while it’s upbeat…it kind of sounds like a typical happy anison track but a little more breezy.  In a way it’s nice though, but Haruka doesn’t seem to be into the songas she lets on.  As time goes on, the song does seem to grow on me since the chorus is affectious as hell! Not bad!

9. Mizu wo Utsusu Mono

Funny enough on the album there is only ONE song I have come across since I’ve started reviewing Haruka’s music.  This song was the primary track from her “Hikari no Amaoto” single back in 2010.  Returning to the song, I still feel like it’s a great song and I’m happy it made the album’s cut since it’s one of the better tracks off the album!  Just all kinds of folkish goodness here!

10. Hoshikuzu

Haruka opens up Hoshikuzu by herself before the arrangement comes in shortly after…it’s a bit of a weird tease.  Like the opening is loud and orchestral, but the verses come in and everything dissipates leaving Haruka and piano….yeah it’s a bit strange.  As time goes on, it starts to make better sense as that dramatic ballad, but it’s a bit boring to me.

11. Soukoku no Libra

It seems like Soukoku no Libra was going for a grand feel because of the addition of strings and horns and overall it has an epic anison feel which is a pretty cool choice.  There’s a lot of percussion going on, but it doesn’t seem to deter from the experience.  I will say though I enjoyed Haruka’s performance since she’s hitting a lot of different notes and tackling it nicely!  Good song!

12. RAINBOW

With a song titled as such, I was definitely expecting something very cutesy and we did oddly enough, though it’s kind of fitting for some reason because it sounds more like a Winter song because of the arrangement which didn’t help it much.  This song is so generically cute that unfortunately it does stick out on the album but in a bad way!

13. unnamed place

At first, I thought unnamed place was going to be another ballad, but as it turns out it’s kind of a darker piece with a light arrangement but with a touch of mystery about it and I loved it since it sounds like something I would listen to over and over again.  It’s just really pretty and makes such a difference coming after “RAINBOW”…Definitely my favorite song off the album!

14. Tsuki no Uro

It feels like this and “unnamed place” were tied to the same series because both tracks have this dark glow to them and both stand out in similar areas.  This is more of a ballad though, but I wasn’t too phased, it’s not half bad, but the previous track still trumps it.

15. Omoi no Concerto

So like with Haruka’s last best album, she ends it with a new track which acts also as the title track.  Though when I begun it, it sounds almost exactly like “Michibiki no Harmony” which was the same thing for said album.  It’s meant to bring closure but in a happy light which is a bit bland with this one.  Just a bit similar too similar to a bunch of other tracks that it’s just a bit ugh…

Tracks Recommended

  • unnamed place
  • a little more
  • Soukoku no Libra
  • Mizu wo Utsusu Mono
  • Sora to Kaze no Senritsu

Song of Avoidance

  • RAINBOW

As this is the second best album I’ve reviewed from Haruka, I have to say that Omoi no Concerto when compared to her last one, “Michibiki no Harmony” is kind of bland and the choices of songs were a bit less out there.  I think if there was more vareity, this would’ve ended up a lot better than it did.  Maybe her tie-ins are starting to give Haruka less interesting songs…so I hope she’ll get more!

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