WAKE YOU UP / Ame no Hi ni wa Ame no Naka wo Kaze no Hi ni wa Kaze no Naka wo / Marvelous

WAKE YOU UP / Ame no Hi ni wa Ame no Naka wo Kaze no Hi ni wa Kaze no Naka wo / Marvelous was Hitomi Shimatani’s 28th equal single. It was released on June 26, 2008 and reached number 33 on the charts along with its counterpart. The second equal single was Ame no Hi ni wa Ame no Naka wo Kaze no Hi ni wa Kaze no Naka wo and it was released on the same day as this single. In all these two singles combined have sold over 4,165+ copies. WAKE YOU UP was used as the theme song for TV Tokyo’s dorama Keitai Sousakan 7. Marvelous was image song of NTV’s live broadcast wrestling show. This with its counterpart is the fourth and final single in the Flare Era.

WAKE YOU UP / Ame no Hi ni wa Ame no Naka wo Kaze no Hi ni wa Kaze no Naka wo / Marvelous - Hitomi Shimatani

Tracks:
1. WAKE YOU UP
2. Ame no Hi ni wa Ame no Naka wo Kaze no Hi ni wa Kaze no Naka wo
3. Marvelous

Review:
WAKE YOU UP, the up-beat tune. This begins with some very up-beat music followed by some gospel sounding choir singing in English. Hitomi then begins to sing and the first thing i think is “man this music is loud” but it seems to quiet down enough so you can hear her. I honestly had no clue where the verses ended and where the chorus began, but it’s safe to say that it wasn’t that memorable. Although during the last two minutes the song got better. But an electric guitar as the bridge seemed so out of place. I personally think this song belongs in another time, not the 21st Century. This reminds me of old music from either the 80’s or 90’s, especially with the last few seconds.

Ame no Hi ni wa Ame no Naka wo Kaze no Hi ni wa Kaze no Naka wo lit. In the Rain When It’s Rainy, In the Wind When It’s Windy. This song’s lyrics were part of a poem by Mitsuo Aida. This song begins with some R&B beats, but then it stops, and then some very odd music replaces it. Hitomi’s vocals sound nice, but the music is just so odd. But the song seemed to move slowly. The verses sounds pretty dull, but the chorus. The chorus was just so long winded and so boring. It started off fine, but ended so so flat. The only interesting thing about this song was the abnormally long title.

Marvelous, finally a tolerable song. After the previous lackluster songs I was about to give up on this single. But this song has given me something to look forward to. It begins with a little fast piano solo and some fast moving music. Hitomi begins to sing and it’s actually pleasant, not dreadful. And the verses move pretty fast and smoothly to the chorus. This time not only was the chorus noticeable, but it sounds good, in a sweet almost sugary pop kind of way. I really love how it used some English too, no Engrish either. The chorus moved pretty fast and it was actually catchy, almost addictive. But it’s something that Hitomi would do so I can’t say I’m not surprised. And as vinyabarion stated, it was similar to Camellia but not as good.

Overall Review: WAKE YOU UP / Ame no Hi ni wa Ame no Naka wo Kaze no Hi ni wa Kaze no Naka wo / Marvelous was certainly a unique single. It was a step up from her previous single, but it seemed a little rushed and ill-prepared. I mean it’s one thing to release a triple A-Side single with another single, but it should be a good one. It’s really depressing what’s happened with Hitomi, her singles were so good once, now they seem so dull, so lifeless. The only real track I was interested in was Marvelous and that was only fair. What’s happened to her, hopefully Flare will be better. This single will only be known as the “extremely long and useless titled single” nothing more. A deeply saddening way to end the Flare Era, not so marvelous.

Final Grade: 85C+

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  1. […] 25, 2008 and reached number 33 on the charts along with its counterpart. The first equal single was WAKE YOU UP / Ame no Hi ni wa Ame no Naka wo Kaze no Hi ni wa Kaze no Naka wo / Marvelous. Both singles sold a combined total of 4,165+ copies. This with its counterpart was the final […]



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