Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Yumi Tanimura -- Ganbare Broken Heart (がんばれブロークン・ハート)
Yumi Tanimura (谷村有美) was such an unknown name for me some weeks ago. She was a singer-songwriter with aidoru looks that debuted in the late 80s and released some interesting songs. One of them is the fun and happy-go-lucky “Ganbare Broken Heart”, which was released as a single in April 1989.
With a very light vibe, “Ganbare Broken Heart” showcases a typical late 80s arrangement with synths in place of horns and a prominent electronic bass line accompanying it. Also, a typical but always nice sax solo can be heard during and after the bridge. Although not groundbreaking, it’s a nice and pleasant piece of pop music that has a summery and playful vibe going along. I especially like it when I’m traveling to Rio de Janeiro in a sunny afternoon (which is almost always).
As for Yumi Tanimura, her vocals are not bad at all, and she is also a very competent live singer. Based on that and in the fact that she wrote some lyrics, I probably can’t categorize her as an aidoru. All in all, "Ganbare Broken Heart" is a nice song from the late 80s, and the video is very cute with Yumi Tanimura being goofy and pretty while miming the song.
Lyrics for “Ganbare Broken Heart” were written by Nobuyoshi Tozawa (戸沢暢美) while music and arrangement were done by Nishiwaki Tatsuya (西脇辰弥).