Spirit (Hitomi album)

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Hitomi Spirit Cover.jpg
Studio album by Hitomi
Released April 27, 2011
Genre J-pop, electropop, synthpop, pop rock
Language Japanese / English
Label Maximum 10
Producer Advanced Alternative Media Inc.
Hitomi chronology
Love Life 2
(2009)Love Life 22009

Spirit[1] is the tenth studio album of Japanese singer-songwriter Hitomi. The album was formally released on April 27, 2011 under the independent label Maximum 10.

Spirit features production from Advanced Alternative Media, making this the first time that they work with a Japanese artist.[2] Other western artists, like Rivers Cuomo from Weezer, Chuck Comeau and Pierre Bouvier from Simple Plan, and Gabe Saporta from Cobra Starship collaborated in the album as well.


The album was released approximately two years after her previous work, Love Life 2, and it is her first album after her departure from the Avex major label. It was produced by musicians of Advanced Alternative Media Inc., making this the first album in which Hitomi works exclusively with Western songwriters, composers, and producers.

No singles were released for promoting the album, although two songs were made available to the public prior to its release. The song "Love Me, Love Body" was used as the official theme song to Coca-Cola Japan's healthy drink for women "Love Body", and was digitally released on July 28, 2010. "Song For You" was the other song previously released. It was included in Hitomi's single "Umarete Kurete Arigatō", which was her last single released under the Avex label. The last songs that Hitomi published under the Avex major label, "Umarete Kurete Arigatō" and "Smile World" -the two A-side songs of her last major single-, along with the thems songs of the NHK anime television series Hanakappa, "Special" and "Guru Maze Yeah", were not included in the album.

""Rollin' wit da Homies" is a duet of Hitomi and Weezer vocalist Rivers Cuomo, making this song the first collabotation of Hitomi and another artist included in some of her studio albums.[3] The album did not have any physical single to promote it, and peaked at nº 125 on its first week in the Oricon charts.[4] First pressings of the album sold at Tower Records included a limited edition poster.[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Producer(s) Length
1. "Hands Up!!" Sam Hollander, Dave Katz, Shep Goodman, Gabe Saporta Hollander, Katz, Goodman, Saporta S*A*M*, Sluggo 3:27
2. "Time Machine" The Cowboy Blasters Scott Cutler, Anne Preven, Christian Berishaj Cutler, Preven, Christian TV 3:08
3. "Private Flower" Hitomi Hitomi, Leah Haywood, Daniel James, Shelly Peiken Dreamlab 3:09
4. "2010: Kanemōke no Heaven & Paradise (2010 ~金儲けのHeaven & Paradise~, Heaven & Paradise of Making Money)" Hitomi Chris Rojas, Laura Pergolizzi Rojas 2:29
5. "Lights On" (featuring Adskillz) Hitomi Jimmy Harry, Haywood, James Harry, Dreamlab 3:15
6. "Spirit" Hitomi Cutler, Preven, Chuck Comeau, Pierre Bouvier Cutler, Preven 3:10
7. "Sweet & Honey" Hitomi Harry, Cathy Dennis Harry, Dennis 3.48
8. "Love Me, Love Body" Hitomi Cutler, Preven, BC Jean Cutler, Preven 3:52
9. "Freedom" Hitomi Cutler, Preven, Kevin Rudolf, Makeba Riddick Cutler, Preven, Rudolf 3:14
10. "Supernova" SHG-NKM, Hitomi Haywood, James Dreamlab 3:19
11. "Song For You" Hitomi Cutler, Preven, Eric Hudson Cutler, Preven, Hudson 3:32
12. "Rollin' Wit Da Homies" (featuring Rivers Cuomo) Rivers Cuomo, Sheppard Solomon, Allan Grigg Cuomo, Solomon, Grigg Kool Kojak 3:17


Oricon Sales Chart (Japan)
Release Chart Peak position Sales total Chart run
April 27, 2011 Oricon Daily Albums Chart 33
Oricon Weekly Albums Chart 125 1,055[6] 1 week
Oricon Indie Albums Chart 6