Namie Amuro – Go Round / YEAH-OH

03/28/2012 at 11:00 AM | Posted in Namie Amuro | 3 Comments
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Namie Amuro – Go Round / YEAH-OH

1. Go Round

2. YEAH-OH

3. Go Round (Instrumental)

4. YEAH-OH (Instrumental)

OK, I’m just going to say what everyone else is thinking, this girl needs to release her next album already. Let’s be honest with each other. This single will make 9 A-sides released before a proper album. Who does she think she is? Ayu?

“Go Round” starts off with some clapping and stomping along with some pretty nice beats. When Namie starts singing a funky guitar plays in the background almost unnoticeable but it was a good addition. The chorus is super catchy and really brings the song up to another level. The synths kind of had this dark tone to them I felt, but they made sense with the song as a whole. Go Round is super short and while I wish it went on for longer. It was one of those where I was repeating it because it was good, but also because I felt like I hadn’t heard it enough, if that makes sense.

Score – 8.5

“YEAH-OH” ends up feeling a little similar to Go Round but with a little more of a darker tone to it both in the synths and Namie’s singing. However, at the same time, it seems more like a dance song than anything which I liked. It never really lets up and builds up perfectly to a pretty good chorus ending with a catchy ” We’re singing YEAH-OH, singing YEAH-OH”. Incidentally I was reminded of a few recent and popular American R&B songs when I listened to this. Again, as with Go Round, this song is short and I kind of wanted more from it once it ended.

Score – 9

Final Note

Good songs but I’m left wanting more, and above all else, a freakin’ album already.

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Namie Amuro – Sit! Stay! Wait! Down! / Love Story

12/23/2011 at 3:46 PM | Posted in Namie Amuro | Leave a comment
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~Single~

Namie Amuro – Sit! Stay! Wait! Down! / Love Story

1. Sit! Stay! Wait! Down!

2. Love Story

3. Higher

4. arigatou <thank the world for LOVE… gift song for 2011>

5. Sit! Stay! Wait! Down! (Instrumental)

6. Love Story (Instrumental)

7. Higher (Instrumental)

There’s just something about “Sit! Stay! Wait! Down!” that I really. Like from the versus to the lead up into the chorus, and the chorus itself of course the song has a lot of variety in it. The whole thing flows incredibly well and transitions between everything are done well, altogether the song feels very cohesive. The thumping beat during the chorus is addictive and especially catchy. The lyrics, which include her actually saying “Sit! Stay! Wait! Down!” as well as “Good boy” as if commanding a dog, but I’m sure she’s probably commanding a man here, were a fun touch.

Score – 9.5

Things come to a halt upon the beginning of “Love Story” which I’m sure you realized from the title is a ballad. It features prominent piano, acoustic guitar and some snapping. I wasn’t really interested in it overall, though the chorus manages to carry the song a bit. I’d hate to say that it ended up feeling a bit forgettable but it kind of did.

Score – 7.5

Naturally, things get pumped back up with “Higher”. It’s a really electric song. I was kind of disappointed because while the song kind of goes electric/ethereal during the chorus (which I tend to love) it sounded like it was building towards something better the whole time but never really went anywhere. Though don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed the chorus, the sound of voice as she sings “Take me Higher” was great.

Score – 8.5

Again things get slowed down a bit for “arigatou” which is another ballad but this one had a bit more beat to it. I can’t help but feel I hear a little bit of HANABI by Ayumi Hamasaki in some of the melody, just an observation, doesn’t matter much. The song just ends up seeming exceedingly average, and again, I found it to be a little forgettable. My favorite Namie ballad still manages to be Meaning Of Us and it doesn’t look like Love Story or arigatou are going to change that any time soon.

Score – 7.5

Final Note

I tend to like both fast and slow songs, but this time, I was completely bored by the slow, and totally turned onto the fast.

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Namie Amuro – NAKED / Fight Together / Tempest

08/21/2011 at 5:51 PM | Posted in Namie Amuro | Leave a comment
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~Single~

Namie Amuro – NAKED / Fight Together / Tempest

1. NAKED

2. Fight Together

3. Tempest

4. NAKED (Extended Instrumental)

5. Fight Together (Instrumental)

6. Tempest (Instrumental)

OK so I’ve been really behind lately, but get ready for a whirlwind of reviews starting with Namie here who comes quite a while after Break It / Get Myself Back for a big Triple A-Side single.

What a name right? “NAKED” starts off with some pretty heavy computerized sounds and synth as Namie starts singing in a somewhat deep tone. The chorus has an interesting flow with the vocals almost sounding cut. The song overall has a pretty strong sound but in the end I didn’t find it that spectacular or memorable, maybe only the chorus a little.

Score – 7.5

“Fight Together” is also kind of a cool title which starts off with birds chirping(?). I feel like this is her “heal Japan” song, you know, an uplifting song for Japan for the hard times right now. I actually really LOVE the beats, melody and synths this song starts with. The beats continue as Namie starts singing and more beats get layered as she goes on until she hits this kind of jazzy break down before the chorus which I didn’t exactly love. The chorus disappoints at first but then sounds really great in the end, ending with the English lyrics “We Fight Together”. The atmosphere of the song on the whole is great and I love how it ends with the same sounds it starts with while Namie repeats “Life goes on…”. It’s got a couple of flaws and the song would be perfect without them but it’s my favorite off the single.

Score – 9

“Tempest” closes off the single with a ballad. It starts off pretty quiet and suddenly everything kicks off with the chorus and Namie goes from almost whispering vocals to belting some pretty strong notes which I thought was cool. At first it sounded to me like the lyrics in the chorus sounded a little awkward, like they tried to fit too much into it. But now I realize they actually have a nice flow to them. The song has some little bouts of whimsical sounds throughout which I thought was nice for an epic level sounding ballad.

Score – 8

Final Note

A decent single overall, I’m interested to see what she does next.

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Namie Amuro – Break It / Get Myself Back

12/12/2010 at 3:31 PM | Posted in Namie Amuro | Leave a comment
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~Single~

Namie Amuro – Break It / Get Myself Back

1. Break It

2. Get Myself Back

3. Break It (Instrumental)

4. Get Myself Back (Instrumental)

I wasn’t sure if I was going to review this, or any more Namie releases but as you may as well know already, I have in fact decided to. It’s taken me a while but I’m finally reviewing this single so let’s get going.

“Break It” is actually a really cool track. The kind of grungier electric guitar and heavy beats and synth with a hint of funk give it a really cool sound. When I first heard this song I felt that it sounded similar to select songs from PAST < FUTURE, but don’t get me wrong, this song sounded unique and catchy as hell. Also check out the video, totally Tron themed.

Score – 9

“Get Myself Back” is a pretty nice ballad in the vein of The Meaning Of Us. I’m absolutely in love with the soft lead up to the chorus which is really melodic and flows really well with Namie’s vocals and the synth. I also really liked the “Woah ohh ohh oohh” at the end of each chorus.

Score – 9

Final Note

I’m really glad I reviewed this and added Namie to the blog. I look forward to her next release.

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Special Recommendation Review: Namie Amuro – PAST < FUTURE

12/20/2009 at 12:46 PM | Posted in Namie Amuro | Leave a comment
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Namie Amuro – PAST < FUTURE

1. FAST CAR

2. COPY THAT

3. LOVE GAME

4. Bad Habit

5. Steal my Night

6. FIRST TIMER feat. DOBERMAN INC.

7. WILD

8. Dr.

9. Shut Up

10. MY LOVE

11. The Meaning Of Us

12. Defend Love

Here is my “Special Recommendation Review” of Namie Amuro’s new album PAST < FUTURE. Big thanks to Selryam from What is DISCO? for recommending it to me. On with the review!

“FAST CAR” starts the album off great, it has such a unique sound. At first I was thrown off and thought the song was just OK, but after a few listens I really liked it. It’s crazy jazzy but still maintains a great pop atmosphere.

Score – 10

“COPY THAT” is an alright song with a kind of strange sound. It reminded of something that might accompany a spy movie. I didn’t really like the skipping repitition that was used in some parts but it only happened a few times. I thought the more urban closing  they used was pretty cool.

Score – 8

“LOVE GAME”, not to be confused with “LoveGame”, is a pretty sexy sounding song. It mainly features percussion, clapping, etc. and synths it up during the chorus. I really liked the sound of Namie’s voice during the entire song.

Score – 9

“Bad Habit” I felt, was one of the weaker songs on the album. It didn’t leave much of an impression on me and the arrangement was kind of wierd. It felt like there were too many different things trying to go on at once.

Score – 7.5

“Steal my Night” just reminded me of Bad Habit. It’s different, featuring mostly synth backed by constant clapping, but again it didn’t leave any kind of impression on me. One of the few interesting bits of this song was the middle eastern sounding string instrument used sporadically throughout the song.

Score – 7

“FIRST TIMER feat. DOBERMAN INC” features a bit of Hip Hop which, I just can’t help but not like at all. The rapping bits were painful for me to listen to, especially the extended rap in the middle of the song. The rest of the song was OK, if only a little bit long. This song would have been great without DOBERMAN INC.

Score – 7.5

“WILD” was one of the first songs I heard from PAST < FUTURE, back when it was released as a double A-side with Dr. I thought it was alright then, but now I find it pretty sexy and it’s a fun track to listen to.

Score – 10

While I did happen to listen to WILD I never listened to “Dr.” before. I found the arrangement to be a bit wierd but I still enjoyed listening to it. I especially enjoyed the chorus and found the bridge, which is incredibly different from the rest of the song, kind of like a breath of fresh air.

Score – 10

“Shut Up” is a pretty cool song and I actually enjoyed the repeating of “shut up” in the chorus. I loved the quick slowed down synthy bit of the bridge.

Score – 8.5

“MY LOVE” has a kind of American sound to it that I’m just too used to and I think it kept me from fully enjoying this song. It’s not generic per se but sounds like it is. I thought the repitition at the end was not neccasary.

Score – 8.5

I really loved “The Meaning Of Us”. I loved the soft vocals accompanied by just piano in the beginning. The song features strong vocals overall but toned down music which I thought made for a great effect. The Meaning Of Us is easily one of my favorite tracks off the album.

Score – 10

The album closes with “Defend Love” which is a fast paced song with some pretty great beats. I found the song very catchy. A calmer piano bridge is featured and I liked how the closing of the song just jumped right in after the bridge ends.

Score – 10

Final Note

I’ll admit I don’t normally listen to Namie Amuro but after listening to PAST < FUTURE I found some songs that I really liked; FAST CAR, LOVE GAME, WILD, Dr., Shut Up, The Meaning Of Us, and Defend Love. Most of the tracks I liked outweighed any that I didn’t really enjoy. PAST < FUTURE is definitely a solid album from a strong artist. I think now, I’ll definitely be on the look out for new music from Namie.

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