Nakitai Nara was Hitomi Shimatani’s 27th single. It was released on March 19, 2008 and reached number 34 on the charts with 3,574 copies sold. This was the third single in the Flare Era.
1. Nakitai Nara
2. Kuchizuke Shiyou
3. Nakitai Nara (Instrumental)
4. Kuchizuke Shiyou (Instrumental)
Nakitai Nara lit. If I Want to Cry, the sad ballad. An acoustic guitar begins to play as this ballad begins. Hitomi then begins to sing in some soft vocals. With the cello in the background, the song sounds so sad, almost like it was crying. During the chorus Hitomi’s vocals stay basically the same, and that’s not the best thing really. Although during the 2:21 point of the song when she sings it actually sounds nice, but then again there are background vocals. As for the chorus, well it seemed so dull, even with the wonderful instrumentals. Ballads really aren’t Hitomi’s forte, she should stick with dance and pop songs in my opinion.
Kuchizuke Shiyou lit. Let’s Kiss, a Parisian ballad? Well unlike the previous song, this one isn’t so long winded, nor is it so dramatic. Instead this song is a little softer, and it’s filled with some interesting music, namely the accordion music, it makes it sounds like you’re in Paris, or France for that matter. Anyway Hitomi’s vocals were a lot better, they were soft, yet so lovely. The piano playing constantly was a nice little touch too. Although there was no climax, and the you couldn’t tell where the chorus was, the song was still an improvement. Much better than the previous song.
Overall Review: Nakitai Nara was a disappointing single. I normally love ballads, but these were so sad. I mean Hitomi is normally a better pop, or even dance singer, not a ballad singer. The first ballad was so flawed and so dull. But at least the next ballad was more vibrant more appealing. However, it could’ve been worse, this single was tolerable nonetheless. Still, a dull single for the Flare Era.
Final Grade: 85C+