Osaka no Onna

Artist: Hitomi Shimatani
Release Date: July 28, 1999
Label: Avex Trax
Personal Rating: 4/5

1. Osaka no Onna
2. Kaze no Michi
3. Osaka no Onna (Instrumental)
4. Kaze no Michi (Instrumental)
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I finally got myself to listen to one of Hitomi’s earlier releases. The funny thing was that Avex considered this single the beginning and end of Hitomi’s career as an enka artist. This was released on a 3 inch single.

Just because Osaka no Onna didn’t make it up to the mainstream charts, Avex just decided to ditch the idea of Hitomi being an enka artist! Overall, I thought that the song was great with the great vocals and Hitomi just expressed so much emotion. Too bad she stopped singing Enka but I guess that the pop genre was what really worked out for her.

Kaze no Michi turns out to be a ballad but its arrangement doesn’t seem to surpass the A-side. To my surprise, this actually became one of my favorite Hitomi ballads.

Personal Rating: 4/5

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