PRIMA ROSA

by Rinoa on March 31, 2007 · 10 comments · AddThis

PRIMA ROSA Promo Photo
'PRIMA ROSA' Promo Photo
Artist: Hitomi Shimatani
Product Code: AVCD-23176/7
Release Date: 2007.03.07
Debut Ranking: #13
First Press: Bonus Track, Invitation Postcard
Label: avex trax

It’s been around one and a half year since Hitomi’s majestic album “Heart & Symphony“. Despite the fact that this album didn’t sell extremely well, Hitomi still continued experimenting with her unique “crossover” genre and releasing enchanting masterpieces. However towards the end of 2006, Hitomi started experimenting with other genres and would release her first rock single.

Her sixth studio album, “PRIMA ROSA” is a sleek representation of her whole career and Hitomi’s identity. It’s genius lies in the fact that polished versions of Hitomi’s classic genres were collated to create this brilliant album. However this is not the sole appealing factor from this album. The combination of various genres manage to represent different cultures and historical eras. The listener will experience the eloquent renaissance and the medieval eastern Europe. This album will also take you to the exotic Latin America and to North America in the 60’s when many teens started creating music in their parents’ garage. Prepare yourself to enter a world full of beauty and fantasy.

Hitomi's Radio
Promotion on a Radio Program

It is no secret that Hitomi’s sales have been slumping ever since she released her concept album “Crossover” back then in 2005. avex didn’t seem to care and just left Hitomi work exclusively on this classical-pop hybrid. Hitomi still managed to get tie-ins and recognition from the classical community. However when Hitomi’s 21st single, which was a double A-side single and rather well promoted, struggled to sell 12,000 copies, her management team started to grow anxious. Hitomi was always meant to be a decent seller and becoming a niche artist was never avex’s intention.

For this reason Hitomi would release three experimental singles, with different genres before releasing “PRIMA ROSA“. These singles would fail to become hits and it became quite clear for avex that Hitomi required a complete makeover before her career would simply collapse. avex decided to give this album a more substantial amount of promotion and press coverage. “PRIMA ROSA” received an extra bonus track as a first press extra and also an application postcard from her upcoming tour, “Hitomi Shimatani Live 2007″. Both versions had extras to induce fans to purchase both of them. The CD version included footage of the songs “somewhere” and “kokoro” performed live at the April 18, 2006 Tokyo New City Orchestra performance. The DVD version had eight promotional videos and an offshot movie. Finally it also included three performances recorded from “Special Live Crossover II“. In the promotional aspect, Hitomi was featured in a plethora of websites and variety shows. In any way, avex was seriously trying to bring Hitomi back in the spotlight and revive her popularity.

Promo Photo
Promotional Photograph

In this album we can also note Hitomi’s first attempts of removing herself from the idol image. She has started writing lyrics independently rather than solely relying on avex to find lyricists. Also Hitomi was part of the board who selected the songs to be used for this album and Hitomi chose the title of this album. In the photoshoot for this album, a lot of effort was done to portray Hitomi as a musician, fashion representative and an actress rather than a typical pretty-face idol. The images were photoshopped by Sekiguchi of “PLUG-IN GRAPHIC”, who also worked on her “~Mermaid~” artwork. For this reason musical instruments were featured to represent Hitomi as a musician, rather than an idol. Roses were also included to reflect the title of this album, especially since the prima rosa is the very first flower to bloom in spring.The result was a rather picturesque and symbolic photoshoot.

Despite all the efforts to create an excellent album and a solid promotional campaign, this album was not a successful release on Oricon. Overall it sold 18,931 copies to date, which is a rather low amount for a studio album. This was quite disappointing for her fans and has also left a huge question mark, on whether Hitomi’s career can actually be saved from disappointing sales.

 

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1. Ramblin’

Hitomi’s favourite season is without any doubt spring. It is probably for this reason that “Ramblin’” was chosen to represent the whole album, since it is the reflection of spring. It was also chosen as the theme song for The Sunday. In any way it opens up the album on a very positive note. The theme of rebirth and life is clearly highlighted. Although the tempo of this song is rather slow, the mood created is so full of life, that it manages to stand out rather well and opens this album on a rather vivid note.

In any way, this is the first song in quite a while that predominantly has a lot of influence from the pop genre, especially with the use of drums, bass and guitars. There are still some classical undertones, but these are fairly subtle, with the piano played in the background. Finally what gives this song some spice is the fact that it has a slight oriental element hanging around, reminding the listener of her ethnic songs. Overall all these genres have been layered in a very clever manner to create yet another vivid hybrid. Hitomi’s vocals flow extremely well and just blend in flawlessly with the instrumentals. Personally I feel it is a spectacular blend of all her most notable genres.

The promotional video was directed in the style of a short movie. It’s relatively simple and paradoxically Hitomi is not the protagonist. It has a small plot centering around a few girls who travel to the city outskirts to plant some flowers. What is certainly interesting is that one of the girl shows a photo from a book which is clearly taken from the “Destiny – Taiyo no Hana-” photoshoot. It had the theme of “despite how painful and harsh days might seem, spring will surely arrive in the future.” Overall it was quite original but on the other side the clip had little replay value.

Rating: ★★★★★

 

2. Kimi no Koe

After the spectacular opening, another pop song with crossover elements is introduced. “Kimi no Koe” translates to “Your Voice”. The theme of spring is doubtlessly present again. I can almost feel the sun shining on my face and see the flowers while listening to this song. “Kimi no Koe” is reminscent to her earlier works, with a happy upbeat tone. Hitomi’s vocals are also rather sweet and girlish to reflect the whole bright atmosphere of this song.

The arrangement is quite well done to blend in the energy of youth with the beauty of serenity. The strings manage to bring out a more mature element to this song rather than falling in the typical mid-tempo happy song, which is typically associated with filler material. I was especially fond of the violins and the tinking, music box-like instrumentals. The latter did manage to create a magical atmosphere.

Overall I feel this song has a lot of underlying elements, which would go unnoticed on the first listen. The lyrics were a collaboration of Tatsuya Kikuchi and BULGE, the former being a frequent group which worked with Hitomi’s music in the past. Tatsuya Kikuchi also composed and programmed this song.

Rating: ★★★★☆

 

3. Hareta Nichi wa…

Hareta Nichi wa…“, which means “Fine Day”, follows the trend of its’ predecessors by being a lighthearted mid-tempo track. The theme is clearly about spring and the revival of life. Yet again this song makes heavy use of strings blended in with pop music. Hitomi’s vocals are mature and purely transparent here, which really manages to make this track stand out. The listener will clearly notice how she manages to hit the high notes effortlessly. This song was also used in the “Offshot Movie”.

What clearly sets this songs apart is how spring magically comes to life, with brilliant vocals and a spectacular composition. The arrangement is an intricate creation, which successfully blends strings with bass and guitars. The lyrics were written independently by Hitomi Shimatani, which is doubtlessly a nice surprise for her fans. Hitomi would describe this experience in an interview:

“Since I really wanted spring to arrive and to draw a girl’s fresh view of the world. Thus I woke up early and wrote to a pleasant time zone to have a good feeling.”

Rating: ★★★★½

 

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4. Dragonfly

Dragonfly” takes this album to a completely different direction. It discards the mature and demure image of Hitomi and also the classy crossover genre. I am especially fond of the attitude exerted from this song. Hitomi becomes aggressive and playful, which is clearly a much welcome change. Personally I like this makeover, however I’m puzzled to see her management choosing the garage rock genre, rather than experimenting on more popular rock genres. In any way, Hitomi has proven that she is able to handle rock quite well and I do hope we’ll get more rock in the future. This song was also used as the theme song for Ai-Chiteru.

Dragonfly” was also her final single from this album and was chosen to promote this album, as it was released a few weeks prior to the album release. For this reason and other factors, this single would be a rather poor seller. The lyrics were again written by BULGE. Surprisingly avex assigned the composition and arrangement in the hands of yamazo, a promising young talent who is only 22. He definately does manage to create something refreshing. What certainly disappointed me was that her live performances were just bad. Frankly speaking avex probably got cheap and decided not to hire a choreographer and the result was disastrous in the choreography aspect. However I’m rather satisfied at how her vocals have managed to sound perfect on her first rock release.

The promotional video from “PRIMA ROSA” was slightly different from the single version. Instead of being monochrome it had a sepia colouring with new scenes. The setting is quite dark and mysterious, hinting towards the historical era of the 60’s. I find it’s reminiscent to vintage spy movies. Hitomi and her band wear outfits which were typical of the 60’s and they perform in what seems an American nightclub. There are also various references to the theme of flying and wings through various animals and images.

Rating: ★★★★☆

 

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5. Psychedelic Future

I really have mixed feelings towards this song. It’s not exactly terrible or anything, but I consider it an experiment gone to a rather strange direction. The song takes a mid-tempo direction with the mellow pop-rock genres. However the style of this song is clearly something Hitomi never experimented with. It is reminiscent of the 60’s, when the hippies movement became a household name. Needless to say, this song has a lot of western influences, especially the American pop-rock aspect. Hitomi’s vocals are quite playful and carefree. Despite the fact this song sounds so corny, it is extremely infective and addictive. You’ll end up dancing around it soon without realising.

The title “Psychedelic Future” was pretty cryptic to me at first and I imagined it probably is just another wacky title thrown in, where the staff has no idea whatsover about the meaning itself. “Psychedelic” usually refers to a state where senses are intensifed, usually by drug use. However after further research into the hippie subculture, I found out that they supported psychedelic drugs.

Despite the fact that this song sounds rather simplistic, it has a lot of underlying work involved. The lyrics are again written by BULGE and they also contributed in the chorus. Soy Soul contributed by playing the musical intruments. The most notable instruments were clearly the trumpet, guitar and drums. It is also a song which heavily makes use of English phrases, and I was pretty impressed at how clear her pronunciation was.

Rating: ★★★★☆

 

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6. Camellia (Prima Rosa version)

If you have loved “Camellia” from the spring single and you are a fan of the crossover genre, I’m pretty sure you shall love this version. “Camellia (Prima Rosa version)“, is a beautiful rearranged piece, which is an enchanting tribute to her spectacular crossover era. Originally this song was a happy one, but the rearrangement attempted to create a balance which is neither is too bright, nor too dark. I feel the sense of proportion is successfully achieved in this song.

The piano composition was based on “Eine kleine” by the famous European composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. I am simply intoxicated by this beautiful rendition, especially since it manages to create a wide spectrum of moods and atmospheres in just one song. I am also really fond of the combination of orchestral and techno-inspired elements. The lyrics are simply brilliant and were also the first lyric input by the infamous BOUNCEBACK. They serve as a confidence boost to the audience. In the end there is simply nothing I would want to change from this pure fairytale masterpiece.

The promotional video is quite lively and vivid. The colours used rather bright, creating a very positive mood. The setting seems to emulate a neo-Renaissance style, especially in the furniture selection. Remaining loyal to the theme of flowers, Hitomi wears a variety of outfits with flowers in her hair, attached to her clothes or printed on them. Also you almost get the feeling that it rained flowers, with the excessive amount of flowers spread in the scenes. It’s doubtlessly one of my personal favourites, especially after learning that Hitomi started learning the piano in order to render this promotional video more credible.

Rating: ★★★★★

 

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7. Destiny -Taiyo no Hana-

This song just needs no introduction. Anyone who has good taste in music or is a classical genre fan should listen to this song. This song is the peak of her crossover genre, her vocal prowess, J-Pop itself and everything else. It’s beyond perfect and has every tiny aspect created flawlessly. It was announced to be the tie-in with the anime Black Jack 21 and was released in June as a single. Literally the song name means “Destiny – Flower of the Sun.

Hitomi manages to introduce an aspect which was quite lacking in her past releases: emotion. This aspect was an important achievement for Hitomi, since it created a rather haunting atmosphere. The majestic orchestral arrangement was simply excellent. It manages to take the listener to the surreal medieval era. It was directed and arranged by Daisuke Soga and the instruments were played by the Tokyo New City Orchestra. Overall it’s a rather dramatic piece which is rich in passion and detail. The lyrics were also a vivid representation of unconditional love, especially with the use of symbolism. Personally I feel more artists should follow this format of a power ballad.

After seeing the disappointing sales I was seriously considering that Japan has beyond hopeless taste in music or that consumers are mindless sheep. I was horrified to see that this single would not achieve a lot of spotlight since it clearly was quality material and had a hefty promotion. The promotional video was another stunning masterpiece. It has a gothic atmosphere, set into a dark and mysterious forest. The colour red was used to stand out from the dull setting, representing passion and love. A lot of elements of mystery are inserted, making this promotional clip one of the best released in Hitomi’s career.

Rating: ★★★★★

 

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8. Puraha no Onna

Puraha no Onna” takes this album to another direction. The ethnic elements are blended with orchestral ones to create a rather appealing combination. It is also rather reminiscent of her gothic single “~Mermaid~“. However I feel that Hitomi managed to convey much more emotion and colour through her vocals. Her soaring vocals manage to suggest a hint of despair and yearning. The title means “The woman of Prague” and I feel it clearly manages to portray the ethnic elements of Eastern Europe. It also takes the listener back to the medieval era and is reminscent of the gypsy lifestyle.

Overall I was definitely impressed with Hitomi’s rich vocals and the excellent arragement. The orchestra was again the impressive Tokyo New City Orchestra performance. The lyrics describe the story of a painful and unrewarded love. This unrequited or impossible love scenario is frequently portrayed in many stories from the medieval era, especially due to social status differences. Personally I feel it’s one of the most stunning tracks from this album and I hope she shall perform it live in her upcoming concert.

Rating: ★★★★★

 

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9. Koimizu -tears of love-

This song was the other A side from the single Destiny -Taiyo no Hana-. It’s quite mellow and soothing, with a heartfelt edge. Many fans do consider this song one of her best ballads released. The most appealing factor from this song was the fact that she collaborated with Miyazaki Ayumi to write these lyrics. They reflected the sad and secret feelings. Miyazaki also composed and arranged this song.

The strings are clearly what shine most from this song, especially the violins. They are used to create a flow of emotions. The tinkling chimes are rather enchanting and manage to create a magical atmosphere. Overall this song is rather strong for a slow ballad which is not a power ballad. This track was used as a theme song for the dorama ‘Mystery Wednesday’ that was aired on the 5th April 2006.

The promotional video probably used the same set as “Destiny -Taiyo no Hana-“, especially since it was pretty much a last minute decision. It had a very simplistic style especially since the camera focused on one angle. Also the image switched from monochrome to colour to emphasise the emotion within the chorus. I personally found this video quite fitting to the whole atmosphere created by this song.

Rating: ★★★★½

 

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10. PASIO

PASIO” was the single which left her fans shell-shocked. After two years of classical releases, her no one would’ve ever imagined she would go and release another ethnic single. It left most of her fans divided. Some were literally horrified and others were simply ecstatic. In my case I seriously though avex had gone crazy by releasing something which is so similar to her 2003 releases. However this song slowly managed to grow onto me like fungus. It will never be a personal favourite, but I will still enjoy dancing around my room to it.

The most appealing factor from this song is the fact that it is so exotic. The whole Latin-American and tropical atmosphere is simply superb and suggests something rather sensual. However avex decided to show some magician performing tricks rather than having some attractive choreography. Personally I don’t care about the magician or special effects and I feel avex wasted the chance of creating something rather appealing to the general public. The director seriously needs to be fired for reflecting everything apart from Latin American music and Hitomi’s charisma.

The live performances were by far so much better. Hitomi was seen wearing a gypsy outfit and she also had two backup dancers. She also had a rather amusing choreography while she didn’t sing. The live band was also very ethnic and rather exotic. I really enjoyed the fact that there was also the use of the quena for the recording. This is a recorderlike bamboo flute having a notched mouthpiece, used in Andean music. Finally “PASIO” was used for as the “Good Rukkin club” ending theme and the Entame Sports theme song.

Rating: ★★★½☆

 

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11. El Dorado

El Dorado ties up the exotic Latin elements from this album. The title is in Spanish and means “The Gilded One”. Interestingly enough, it seems that rather than throwing in random titles, the management team did some research. El Dorado is actually a mythical city of gold. Many explorers would go and explore South America to try and discover this elusive city. For this reason the name “El Dorado” came to be used metaphorically to any place where wealth could be rapidly acquired. Thus various places carry this name, mostly in Hispanic regions.

In literature, the concept of “El Dorado” is used as a metaphor to represent the ultimate goal, such as true love, success, happiness or richness. It is also used as a figure of speech to represent something much sought after that may not even exist, or at least may not ever be found. The lyrics were written by shungo and they reflect the fate of a sad city. The arrangement, programming and composition were the work of Yuta Nakano.

I am really fond of the guitar solo and the pure exotic element of this song. I feel it truly manages to capture the true essence of Andrean and Latin genres. Hitomi’s vocals simply soar and manage to carry a lot of emotion, which is really missing in many of her past hispanic-inspired releases. It definitely manages to be my favourite Latin American ethnic song she has ever sung.

Rating: ★★★★★

 

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12. Harumachibito

Harumachibito” was the 2006 representation of spring. For this reason it has a lot of elements similar to “Ramblin’“. It is a mid-tempo ballad with eastern elements and also reflects the anticipation of spring. “Harumachibito” also roughly translates to “She who waits for spring”. Finally despite for not having anything clearly outstanding, this song manages to convey a feeling of serenity and hope.

Once again Hitomi reunites with BOUNCEBACK, who composes and writes the lyrics for this song. The lyrics are extremely artistic and provide a lot of imagery. They relate the story of a woman who waits for spring with the hopes to reunite with her lover. This song had two tie-ins. It was the “3rd Japan university woman selection ekiden” relay theme song and the music.jp TV-CF song.

The promotional video boasts of a variety of outfits and beautiful spring scenes. In all she wore five outfits and the reason for so many outfits was to reflect the wavering heart of a woman. While the dead trees are shown to depict winter, cherry blossoms are featured to symbolize spring. Hitomi personally went shopping with her stylist for the kimono selection. The director would mention that the boat cut was his favourite, since they managed to make it seem as moving while the movement was from the camera’s side.

Rating: ★★★★½

 

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13. Brand new Dream

This song truely has a very special place in my heart. I just love every tiny aspect of this song. Personally I would go as far to place this song as the best slow ballad ever released by Hitomi. In any way this song again has elements from her crossover and pop genres. The lyrics were again written by Hitomi Shimatani herself and reflect how a person works hard to achieve a dream. Hitomi’s dream since she was a child, was to become a singer and this song clearly reflects how she is still working hard for this dream.

A new composer and arranger, kanke was in charge. I must say he clearly managed to create a very picturesque reflection of Hitomi’s career and her dream. The orchestral performance was clearly stunning and was yet again a performance by Tokyo New City Orchestra. I heartilly do hope to see more of these collaborations in the future. It perfectly manages to finish off this album as it has a clear sense of finality. I also feel it ties up the whole feeling of spring and promise.

Rating: ★★★★★

 

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Bonus Track: Futari de Iijanai

Futari de Iijanai was the first collaboration single released by Hitomi with Masayuki Suzuki. It roughly translates to “Just the Two of Us is Alright” and depicts a love story between a young strong woman and a weak older man. This song also has another new style and genre for Hitomi’s typical releases. It is reminiscent of those early disco songs in the 80’s.

Apart from thinking that Masayuki looks like he’s old enough to be her father, I guess this song is fairly good for a duet. The song is quite catchy and quite a neat song if you’re into the early disco music. Hitomi’s vocals are clearly the ones which dominate the song even though she was the “guest” in this single. What definately bugged me was how cheap Sony was to avoid directing a promotional video and having close to little promotion. However the UTABAN hosts solved that shortcoming by filming their own version for this single by travelling with Hitomi to Australia (and conveniently excluding Masayuki). It is needless to say that this video is clearly there for comedic relief and shouldn’t be taken seriously at all.

This song was included in both artists’ album. Masayuki’s album had a slightly different version, while Hitomi’s album was used as a first press extra in the CD Version. Both albums were released on the same date, but Hitomi’s album charted higher than Masayuki’s. Surprisingly enough this single has managed to mantain steady sales for quite a while and although it will never receive a hit status, it is certainly one of the most attractive songs for the mature audiences. To date it has charted for nine weeks and it shall probably remain charting for quite a long time. I was rather impressed to see this song get a small underground fanbase in Japan, despite the low promotion.

Rating: ★★★½☆

 

Conclusion

Hitomi Shimatani has successfully covered countless genres throughout her musical career. Her unique and dramatic vocals are versatile enough to fit any genre has attracted the attention of many people worldwide. I feel that her spectacular vocals combined with an excellent musical team has managed to make her music timeless within this album. It is probably for this reason that Hitomi receives countless tie-ins and she is often invited to perform on various special events. The sole complaint that I would like to mention is that I want some decent interludes like Hamasaki gets in her albums. I believe they would manage to create a more smooth transition between her genres.

Some fans have complained that this album fails to surpass the classical and dramatic quality of “Heart&Symphony“, but I feel this album is perfectly balanced. Rather than focusing on dark and sad themes, this album tries to take the best of both worlds. For this reason I am extremely addicted to this album and I feels to represent the bigger picture, reflecting “the true Hitomi”.

I feel “PRIMA ROSA” is a beautiful masterpiece, which displays how much Hitomi has evolved as an artist. Each and every single track was an enchanting discovery which reflected her whole career and personality. “PRIMA ROSA” contains polished versions of her early pop career, more unique and serious versions of her exotic ethnic genre and passionate and dramatic crossover creations. Personally I believe that any fan of music should pick this up and enjoy this excellent album.

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

 

Regular CD Edition
CD Version
CD+DVD Edition
CD+DVD Version

CD Tracklist

  1. Ramblin’
  2. Kimi no Koe
  3. Hareta hi wa…
  4. Dragonfly
  5. Psychedelic Future
  6. Camellia (PRIMA ROSA Version)
  7. Destiny – Taiyou no Hana –
  8. Puraha no Onna
  9. Koimizu – tears of love –
  10. PASIO
  11. El Dorado
  12. Harumachibito
  13. Brand new Dream
  14. Futari de Iijanai (First Press Bonus Track)

On a final note I’d like to thank the wonderful lazysister for being so wonderful to translate so much material about Hitomi Shimatani.

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Rinoa enjoys spending her free time writing articles, most particularly reviews, biographies and news articles. Her favourite artist is Ayumi Hamasaki but she enjoys listening to a wide range of musical talents from all over the world.

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Tenoh Haruka UNITED STATES March 13, 2008 at 3:28 am

well….i know this is a lil old, but i havent been online in a while….the day that I GOT prima rosa, was march 8th 2007. Thats my anniversary for hitomi shimatani, i dont care if her bday is some other date, that is the day i take to honor her. Dude no lie, im a delivery driver right, so all i played, was hitomi shimatani music ALLLL DAAAAYYYY I made up my own myspace blog and added it to my site, that 3/8 is prima rosa day. in wich we should all take out from our busy lkives and atleast rememebr the woman that has brought us so much happiness ;) hehe, i know its a tad-bit overboard or some plp might say stuff, but i see it as “damn….its already been 5 years since I’ve been introduced to jap music, and look how much my lifes changed,” so thats really all thats behind prima rosa day

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Rinoa April 2, 2007 at 7:35 pm

Sure, I like that single too. I’ll start working on it soon!

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Tenoh Haruka April 2, 2007 at 7:10 pm

hehe, ur right, they think that knowing english is like a chore or something. ok then, umm, no albums then, oh, how about the zip zap zipangu+angelus single that she made, like years ago. I love it, end it was angelus that i heard at the end of inuyasha that got me addicted to her in the first place….so yea, its important, and yet again, her latin hits prevail again in my list…lol

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Rinoa April 2, 2007 at 4:53 pm

Er sorry mate but I can’t work on albums right now as I mentioned, since I’m really busy with my uni stuff so I’ll only work on smaller projects for now, such as singles. However I might work on it later since I love Ayumi’s rock music too.

Hm.. personally I think the music is more eastern Europe but there have been some arguments over the source of folk influences. Since I’m no expert in folk music I cannot say exactly from where it is. In any way I bet avex just made it a “european” song since I doubt many Japanese are into the ethnic european music.

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Tenoh Haruka April 2, 2007 at 3:34 pm

all i have to say is thanks alot, and umm, id actually like to hear about Ayu’s A best 2 black album, i know its a little off, but i heard the song “beacuse of you”, and im addicted. but i know Hitomi has much better vocals than her, but she makes it in my list sometimes. I was wondering, that if she would apply her vocals (hitomi that is) to ayu’s music, it would be a great combo. Like the hard metal/rock music to hitomi, id like to hear an experimental single, just like that. because i heard “beacuse of you” and “dragonfly” back to back, and like, hitomi’s is more girly, and is more mellow/soft. She should TRY (not completly submerge herself) to be a little more punk rock, thats wats in here with the young’n so, yea, just throwing that out atcha. PEACE! and thanks, heehe, i actually google-earth’ed the prague thing too…lol, hold up, if prague is in czech republic, then WHY does it sound celtic/early french/ WESTERN european music? it borders on scottish and celtic. So why put the name of an EASTERN european city name….kinda makes you think. they screwed up on that one… lol

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Rinoa April 2, 2007 at 7:25 am

Woah there. You certainly were pretty excited. Yeah I was kinda thinking of you when I remembered how much you liked the hispanic influenced releases. In any way if you didn’t join the forum crossover (click my avatar to access it) you might enjoy being there with many more Hitomi fans. I’m glad you did really enjoy this album. Feel free to suggest any review you’d like to see next, though no albums right now after this huge review monster :P

P.S: Prague is in the Czech Republic, which is in the North Eastern Europe.

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Tenoh Haruka April 1, 2007 at 11:04 pm

btw, where IS prague? beacuse, the woman has to be from SOMEWHERE, lol

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Tenoh Haruka April 1, 2007 at 11:03 pm

when you wrote about pasio, i hope you were thinking of me. beacuse your right, i was one of the ones that are extatic with pasio, i LOVE it….and some hate it, lol, lemme continue reading, il write as i read along so i dont forget anythigns…and your right, i LOVE El Dorado, beacuse it just tweeks those instincts that hispanics have to dance to good music. and not to be generalizing, but we tend to be dancing all the time lol, and this song just makes me go CRAAAAAAZY. ESPECIALLY at work and in my car, omg its always soooo loud in my car, lol. ok, for MY conclusion. Your right rinoa, she has EVERYthing here. If you love to dance, you got pasio and el dorado. If you wanna break ur neck bobbing it like a crazy person (like me…lol) you got dragonfly and kimi no koe, and ramblin. If you wanna get slow and emotional, you got harumachibito and tears of love. Im telling you, when i got this album i literally went CRAZY over it. It played nonstop on my psp for weeks, ALL of march i listened to it, the DAY it came out, till now in april. But yes, your right, they need to do something about her whole image, im a dedicated fan of hers and will ALWAYS be, but she needs more sales than just 13000 dude. like really! So im with you on that one, avex needs to tap into that PERFECTION inside hitomi that she has displayed. beacuse lemme tell you, in her albums, there are usually about only 3 or 4 songs id extract as my addiction songs. but in prima rosa, i put it on, and let it PLAAAY…..and never get bored. but yes, they neeeeed to get her sales up, beacuse i would seriously have a fit if they stop making her music. You have NO IDEA how much i anticipate her next concert, beacuse i am soo willing to fly to japan to see it. but once again man, thanks soo much for this forum, and obviously i stick out cuz im her biggest fan. lol, but yea, sincierly thanks…alot..lol

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Tenoh Haruka April 1, 2007 at 10:36 pm

before i EVEN READ this review, all i have to say, is YESSS!!!!

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Celsius005 UNITED STATES March 31, 2007 at 7:12 pm

Another masterpiece of a review. Thank you for the informative read, Rinoa!
I’ve got my own copy of this album and I must say that I listen to it very often. The crossover/pop hybrid really got my senses going from start to finish, and thusly I was able to thoroughly enjoy the variety of color changes in [PRIMA ROSA]. The PR version of “Camellia” shines brightly above most others mainly due to the rich orchestral composition and the tempo change. Both “Dragonfly” and “Puraha no Onna” served as sort of checkpoints for me when listening to the album because they really do seem to stand out. The orchestral score of the latter is undoubtedly impressive.

The low sales still puzzle me nonetheless…

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