Itano Tomomi Fui ni

Release Date: July 13, 2011

Track Listing

  1. Fui ni
  2. Come On
  3. Boku no Sei (Type A)
  4. Don’t Miss It (Type B)
  5. Tsuki no Inori (Type C)
  6. Dark Side (Theater Edition)
  7. Fui ni (Instrumental)
  8. Come On (Instrumental)
  9. Don’t Miss It (Instrumental)

Review

Itano Tomomi’s second solo single is another dance/pop song. It’s not as instantly catchy as her debut Dear J but it has its own charm that manages to grab your attention after a few listens. One of the most obvious things you’ll hear when listening to this song is just how limited of a range that Itano has.

She’s not exactly going to blow everyone away with diva-like pipes but her voice is well suited for sugary, sweet songs that don’t exactly require one to exercise their vocal chords to the max. That’s not a slight, it’s a fact and the production does a good job of keeping her in check.

Taken as whole, Fui ni is a well crafted bit of idol pop that should please many of Itano’s core fan base as well as capture attention of the casual listener. I’m sure most of you probably won’t give a damn if her voice is thinner than 2NE1’s Sandara Park and will eat this track up regardless.

Similar to Dear J there are different bonus tracks to choose from depending on what package you buy. All versions include the primary b-side Come On. It’s a full on dance track that does away with the sweetness of the a-side and aims for getting your ass on the dance floor. I actually like it a lot more than Fui ni, I guess it’s more along my preferred sound with its driving club oriented sound.

The Type A & C bonus tracks are the ballads Boku no Sei and Tsuki no Inori. While the Type B bonus track is a mid-tempo number called Don’t Miss It. I don’t think Itano should really be singing ballads. She kind of sounds like early, high pitched & squeaky Ayumi Hamasaki. I don’t know, perhaps that might be a good thing for some of you.

Don’t Miss It fares better by keeping things similar to the mood of Fui ni. Less attempts at heavy handed ballads and more light and fun tracks that don’t require a lot of effort to belt out. If you’re lucky enough to get a hold of the Theater Edition (which I guess is the only version that isn’t sold in regular stores) of this single you’ll hear the most interesting bonus of the bunch, Dark Side.

It’s quite similar to recent Namie Amuro songs. Not the super weird ones from her Past > Future album but some of the more mainstream sounding ones. Or perhaps think of something along the lines of Meisa Kuroki’s LOL. If you like those songs then you will certainly get a kick out of Dark Side. It’s definitely something unexpected. But you have to hand it to the AKB crop of producers, at least they’re willing to experiment a bit with their idols. (*cough*TAKE NOTE H!P PRODUCERS*cough*)

It may sound that I totally hate Itano and that I think she should not have sung a note. While that may be the perception that’s far from the reality. I actually do like her when the songs she’s given fit her voice. And much like Dear J I’m recommending only certain tracks off the plethora of singles. If you’ve been paying attention you can probably guess which ones I’m talking about.

Of course you don’t have to listen to me. And really, things could have been much worse…

Fui ni (Type A)

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Fui ni (Type B)

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Fui ni (Type C)

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