Ame no Hi ni wa Ame no Naka wo Kaze no Hi ni wa Kaze no Naka wo
Taiyou no Flare
WAKE YOU UP
Shake it up!
Ai no Uta (Strings Version) (Cd Only Bonus Track)
This oddly sounds like a Perfume track huh? Well, it’s a dance track for sure and Hitomi sounds great doing her vibrato in the song. I’m betting this a winter track howver with the bells and strings. Her English however is questionable, I mean she says ~Heavenry~ more, so it’s a bit bothersome, but not too much, it’s a pretty good start, BTW…
The jazzy sound of a song appears as No. 2. I’m also left hanging as to why this sounds like every other Mai Kuraki song…I mean its got your usual fare here, piano, groovy percussion, and synths. It’s not bad but it leaves a bad taste since your used to so much of it already. Hitomi sounds good though I’ll give her that.
3. Ame no Hi ni wa Ame no Naka wo Kaze no Hi ni wa Kaze no Naka wo
What a long ass title of a track Hitomi. I thought it would’ve been a ballad, it turns out to be a feel good pop track. The chorus is mostly made up of this long title as well, which makes it an easy song to remember, probably one of the better moments of the “Flare” era.
So, are we getting to a lounge genre now? Dita actually makes itself well known on the album, and IMO is definitly a plus to hear. Hitomi sounds really hot here with her smooth lyrics it’s just nice. The whole song actually made me want this song to be an A-side. Oh yea flute solo FTW
Now we’re led to the usual dance stuff from our dearly beloved. Shinku was a single paired with “Ai no Uta”, but I definitly take this over it. Shinku is powerful and reminds me of “Perseus” a lot. It’s a great track and single too, definitly a high mark on the album.
6. Nakitai Nara
Another single, and it’s an acoustic ballad. Hitomi and ballads are usually hits, there’s a few bad ones but this isn’t one of them. She sounds real beautiful going in and using her awesome vocals to express her feelings. The accompainment was also very fitting to the song as well. It isn’t her best ballad however.
Back to lounge again? Still, it’s just as strong as “Dita” if not more. Hitomi once again sounds really good in this track, however as time goes on, it starts to drag a little bit not really changing the main sounds. Luckily, Hitomi keeps it from getting too bored. I hear guy’s voice as well which did compliment Hitomi pretty nicely. Ohhhhh, piano solo is a fun one too, awesomeness.
8. Taiyou no Flare
The title track, usually Hitomi’s title tracks are very memorable, this is the case with Taiyou no Flare. This is the song I was waiting for!!!! A real good dance track, with Hitomi’s powerful vocals. It’s not as powerful as her earlier dance tracks, but this is pretty awesome in its own way. The synths are so great here, another awesome track.
9. WAKE YOU UP
WAKE YOU UP comes after and is a funky track. It’s quite catchy, but it just seems there’s something missing from the track. This was part of the triple A-side of the era and it was my least favorite from it. The BKGD vocals are kinda annoying but Hitomi I mean I think you were bored with the song huh.
10. Shake it up!
A quiet tribal dance track? That’s what Shake it up! is all about. I thought the music was too quiet and held back this time. If it was more powerful or a bit faster, this would have been so much better. I also found that she’s also bored in this track as well, she isn’t showing too many emotions which bored me. Least favorite new track.
11. Neva Eva
Hahaha, the chase track in Hitomi’s discography. Neva Eva is so catchy and fun. I love all the instrumentation in it and Hitomi was just having the time of her life with this track. I remember 1st hearing this song and thinking to myself, is she high? Hitomi, this is probably the best track on this album!
The last track from the triple a-side single and this album. Marvelous has mostly piano playing but is set to an awesome dance track. Marvelous was a nod to her past work, which I thought was great. It’s also fitting for the last track as it is kinda of a bittersweet song too. I’m pretty sure she says ~Marvelous~ but her English needs some work.
13. Ai no Uta (Strings Version)
DAMNIT, another artist fallen to the “Ai no Uta” craze. Every Ai no Uta I hear is beyond boring and just uber generic, except Ami Suzuki’s where it was too much of another artist than herself. Anyway, back to Hitomi’s take of it. Her voice is beautiful and the music has Japanese sounds to it making it more fitting to her Enka past. Right now, it’s the best “Ai no Uta” out in the J-pop world to me. The strings being worked in also made more classical or fitting with the “crossover” she’s doing.
Song of Avoidance
Flare, I think she should’ve named the album something else because it didn’t burst my temptations, It still was a definitly great album. The new lounge sound she went for was a great start, the ballads were even better and the title track was awesome, however there were some songs that Hitomi was bored in, which was bad. Still, this album is good, though it isn’t GATE ~Scena III~