Anyways, listening to the original singles Fukuda has released thus far, I notice that the first few all have a similar gruff and severe sound. He only seemed to branch out to different sorts of enka recently, for which I'm glad as, while his first few works were pretty cool and all, it was getting a little stale to hear the same sort of thing from him over and over again. This brings me to the song I'm highlighting today, "Michi Hitosuji".
"Michi Hitosuji" has Fukuda proudly proclaiming in his blaring vocals that no matter the countless obstacles, he's determined to stick to the path he's chosen in order to achieve his dream. It's a common topic in the genre but it is easily one of my favourite types for its hopeful and encouraging nature, which is why I took to it immediately. Plus, it's easy to get pumped up with such a grand and manly score filled with soaring strings and the deep taiko thumping away.
Writing and composing "Michi Hitosuji" were Toshiya Niitani and Akito Yomo (仁井谷俊也 . 四方章人) respectively, and it was released on 9th August 2017. It's Oricon chart standing is quite impressive, peaking at 5th place and staying on for 19 weeks thus far. It would've been great and fitting if Fukuda sang his 7th single during last year's Kohaku (I think it even matched the theme!), but he went with a quintessential, not to mention more established, o-enka instead... definitely not complaining considering my strong sentiments for that song.
Huh, now I know what I missed out on my CD hunt in Japan. Gotta remember to add Fukuda to the list next time.