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sifow’s 4th single, entitled RULE, was on 05.16.07.

RULE, a sweet love song, takes the reigns as the A-side. The song begins with a catchy pop instrumental and soon a few lines of the chorus are sung. sifow gives some great vocals here to match with the sweet and somewhat relaxing music. On the verses, it slows down a little bit as the focus is on her voice rather than the music and she sings a little deeper than usual. The chorus stands out the strongest particularly because of strength in comparison to the verses. The music is more aggressive and her vocals give more strength.

The B-side is the hollow love song, Love Regrets. Beginnging the song is a dark and sleek instrumental that is instantly addictive. The first line “hold me tight, still love me?” captures a sexual atmosphere that is unmistakable. Following is the first verse and there is such a cold atmosphere that the listener falls in love.

In order to promote the single, a PV for RULE was made. The video is very colorful, featuring lots of butterflies. Although there isn’t any story, it’s just a very visually-appealing video and the gold scene is wonderful because sifow looks flawless.

Single Ranking: A –

Love Regrets is the real star of this single and should have been the A-side but RULE is a nice and relaxing song worth checking out. The single is one to remember and hopefully sifow will be back before we know it.

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sifow’s 5th single, entitled 夏花火, was released on 07.25.07.

夏花火, a light dance number, serves as the single’s A-side. The song starts off with the chorus, an uptempo dance instrumental with sifow providing some great vocals to support it. The following section of pure instrumentation allows the listener to hear the traditional Japanese elements that make it so interesting. She stands just as strong on the verses as her vocals keep a sleekness that support the pretiness of the instrumentation. With a gorgeous instrumentation and great vocals from sifow, it’s no wonder that this song was chosen to be released.

Ai-Ai!!! is a fantastic dance number that really catches the listener’s ear. The song opens up with the chorus, which only features sifow singing “ai-ai” and “wow-wow-wow.” Her vocals really work with the dance feel of the instrumentation and soon we come into the first verse. There is a really cool atmosphere as sifow’s vocals are once again sleek and suit the almost sexual feeling of the song. One part that really stands out is the pure instrumental section when the music fades and then comes back strongly. This song is even stronger than the A-side and definitely makes the single fantastic from start to finish.

In order to promote the single, a PV for 夏花火 was made. The video features a very traditional look from the outfits to the people playing the instruments. As always, sifow looks absolutely gorgeous and the sheer pretiness of the video makes it a definite one to watch out for.

Single Ranking: A +

夏花火 and Ai-Ai!!! are both wonderful songs that really build this single to be strong from start to finish. The B-side is more aggressive in terms of its dance feel while the A-side takes on a pretty sound to support sifow. It’s definitely a single worth checking out.

Shimatani Hitomi’s 25th single, entitled Neva Eva, was released on 06.06.07. The title track was used as the opening theme for the Nippon TV Wrestling 2007

Neva Eva is an edgy dance song that shows the power of Shimatani Hitomi. Opening the song is an upbeat and addictive instrumental that makes the listener want to get up and dance. On the first verse, Hitomi’s vocals carry that edge and sleekness that is mirrored in the instrumentation to make a dangerous combination. The chorus stands out strongly as the music continues to support her and the last vocals of the chorus are really what make it pop. On the pure instrumental section, those jazzy flares come out strongly and keep the listener entertained from start to finish. Neva Eva is a fantastic song that is one of Hitomi’s best, if not her best, making it a definite one to listen for.

白昼夢 is a enticing Latin song. The song starts off with an instrumentation driven by Latin sounds that immediately catches the listener’s attention. Her vocals during the first verse are smooth and carry that a certain sexiness about them just works with the Latin heat of the music. The chorus stands out pretty easily although it doesn’t feature any particular instrumental or vocal change but there’s a certain magic behind it. On the pure instrumental section, there are a few different instruments that have the time to shine before Hitomi comes back in with some vocals. This is a great song and could’ve served as the single’s A-side because it’s so strong.

In order to promote the single, a PV for Neva Eva was made. The video features Hitomi as an office secretary doing some various things such as throwing a paper onto the copy machine, typing at her desk and a whole lot of dancing. It’s actually a pretty cool video despite being pretty simple.

Single Ranking: A +

Both songs on this single make it one fantastic one that entices the listener. Neva Eva is a fast-paced dance song that will immediately make the listener fall in love with Hitomi. The B-side slows things down a bit to bring the Latin flavor, suiting Hitomi’s vocals perfectly. It’s a great single from start to finish.

ayaka’s 4th single, entitled 三日月, was released on 09.27.06. Originally this song was picked to be ayaka’s debut single but for unknown reasons, it was pushed back. The title track was used as a CM song for a chain of Japanese record stores and as a promotional song for @Human.

三日月 is a powerful ballad that touches the listener’s heart. The emotional atomsphere is established right from the opening instrumental and then ayaka comes in for the first verse. Her vocals here are wonderful, supporting the piano perfectly. On the chorus, the emotions seem to come even stronger as it almost feels like ayaka is tearing up while singing with such beauty, power and control. The third verse allows for a nice little change of pace as the music takes a new turn. This is a great ballad with wonderful vocals to enhance the song’s atmosphere.

君のキスで… is a fantastic uptempo number drawing on Spanish influences. The song starts off with a nice upbeat Spanish influenced instrumental that immediately catches the listener’s ear. Her vocals during the verse carry that certain smoothness that only ayaka can bring. The chorus allows ayaka to show off her powerful her voice can be and with the more aggressive instrumental, taking on some rocky sounds, it really stands out from the rest of the song.

In order to promote the single, two PVs for 三日月 was made. One was made before ayaka’s official debut, which features ayaka sitting in a boat and sitting and watching absolutely gorgeous scenery. The other PV made during the actual single promotion time features ayaka sitting on a lamp-post.

Single Ranking: A

As the final single before the release of First Message, 三日月 was a great single from start to finish. The A-side is a great ballad with the emotions in the forefront for the listener to enjoy. 君のキスで… takes on Spanish sounds and it’s different from other songs done by ayaka so it’s a nice new treat.