Mikuni Shimokawa - Kimi no Uta Album Review——————————
01 - Kimi ni fuku kaze (Ending theme of Full Metal Panic: Fumoffu)
02 - Monozuki
03 - Kanashimi ni makenaide (Ending theme of Grenadier)
04 - all the way
05 - Toihoshi
06 - Kimi no yume -Kanzenban-
07 - Itsu demo yume wo
08 - Remember
09 - Missing
10 - KOHAKU -Album Mix- (Opening theme of Grenadier)
11 - Sorega ai deshou (Opening theme of Full Metal Panic: Fumoffu)
12 - Arekara ~Soshite, Ima~
13 - Love song on the radio -Live in Shindoru-
Alpha and Mikuni Shimokawa strikes back!!! Whew, one of my favorite J-Pop artists comes swinging at me at full force with her newest album, Kimi no Uta. At a price of 3000 yen, plus shipping equals $35 or so, minus my 300 bonus points that I attained from earlier purchases from CDJapan totaling to about $32 and change… some will say, ‘That is some expensive shiznit!’ While I will say, ‘This is one of my best investments in music lately.’ Some songs that might attract some attention are Grenadier’s and Full Metal Panic: Fumoffu theme songs. I was so excited when I got this order in the mail and quickly proceeded to strip the box of its contents and spun the CD in the player.
My first impressions were, ‘Hmmm… this is kind of a disappointment.’ The songs to me in the beginning were not as great as those that were in her last album that I reviewed, 392 Best Sellections, but after a few more hours of vigorous listening, the light of eureka lit up and bam I am now addicted to the songs that are in this album. Some of my personal favorites in this album include: Kimi ni Fuku Kaze, Kanashimi ni Makenaide, KOHAKU, Toihoshi, Sorega Ai Deshou, and Arekara ~Soshite, Ima~. While there are some songs in this album that I do not feel as much as those I have listed, they are still good, and are songs that I will listen to regardless of what I say here.
Before I made this purchase, I was super hooked on Mikuni Shimokawa’s Arekara, which was the closing theme of the final episode of Full Metal Panic: Fumoffu. When I saw that Arekara was on this album I quickly jumped on it… only to find out later after listening that it was a remix version (~Soshite, Ima~). I very much dislike remixes, since I am an ‘original’ man. I guess I will have to buy her other album; Sorega Aideshou / Kimi ni Fuku Kaze now. ^_^.
What I adore with Mikuni Shimokawa is her melodic voice; it just charms the soul. She is definitely one of the few voices in this world that I can stand listening to forever. Okay, maybe I am starting to sound like a stalker ^_^;;. But I cannot deny the fact that I do think of her that highly. You J-Pop loving people should put this album or any of her albums for that matter on your prioritized music to get list!
Recommend Value - B+, while I love a lot of these songs, I do not think those who do not know her or do not know her music will like her works. A shame, but that is how music is. Mikuni Shimokawa has made her mark on me as one of the best out there. I will continue to look forward to her stuff. It is always a joy when I listen to her lovely voice :P. Too bad I lost her 392 Sellections CD, it was the first press edition too!!! Oh wells, I think I will have to buy another one along with the Sorega Aideshou / Kimi ni Fuku Kaze album. Sigh… $40+.
Closing Statement(s) - Fact of the day: Alpha was crazy enough to buy the Olympus Trip 35 camera after seeing that Mikuni has one in the 392 Sellections album. Now that is what I call obsessed :P.