深紅 / 愛の詩

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Shimatani Hitomi (島谷ひとみ)
Shinku (深紅) / Ai no Uta (愛の詩) (Deep Crimson / Love’s Poem)
September 5, 2007
Total Tracks: 5
Oricon Peak: #6 (First Day on the Charts)

Shimatani Hitomi: she’s beautiful, very talented, and very underrated. Albeit, her last single was, let’s leave it as, “less than good”; Shinku / Ai no Uta promises to be good as her management has decided that she will not be a Neoclassical / JPop niche artist anymore!

Shinku (深紅)
 – Deep Crimson

This track starts off just a bit too much like… something. I’ve heard this “type” of song from her before but I just can’t put my finger on it. But I went back through my collection, and I couldn’t find anything that sounds remotely like it. So, I think I may be getting artists mixed up. Anyhoo, chimes and a dance beat take us into the fast tempo verse. Violins kick in at this point, swooping in and out of the heavy beat like divebombers along with acoustic and electric guitar riffs. Hitomi’s vocals stretch over the beat. I have always thought Hitomi’s voice very unique. It has that Enka* vibrato, but not so much that it detracts from the song, but you can hear the training. Good chorus and finish. The song is reminiscent of Destiny -Taiyou no Hana-, but nothing like it, so, I don’t know what to say for myself.

Ai no Uta (愛の詩)
 – Love’s Poem

The second song is strikingly beautiful. It is the sweeping, romantic, emotionally-charged ballad we have come to expect from Shimtani without it becoming, like Koda Kumi’s, the same song over and over again. This song seems happy and full of love, as the title suggests, but with a bit of setsunai (sadness) running through. The arrangement is simple: the piano, which jumps octaves and slides up and down the scale without over powering the other instrument, Shimtani’s voice.

Shinku (A.C.E.3 version)

This remix is cool. It’s opening is solemn and just a bit creepy, and then an unassuming violin comes in and then a host of violins joins it with a fierce set of arpeggios. After that Shinku picks back up and the bells, which are more predominant, seem to be the only addition, albeit, a great addition.

Besides the okay-ness of the first song, Ai no Uta makes up for it and the remix is amazing. I hope Shimatani finds success again before she is relegated to the heap. Good luck, Hitomi-san!

*Enka is Japanese traditional music. It’s like American Country and I hate it (that’s Enka I hate, not Country.)

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~ by vinyabarion on September 5, 2007.

One Response to “深紅 / 愛の詩”

  1. I totally agree with this review and Ai no uta is a beautiful song but I’m sure setsunai means painful and kanashii means sad

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