Namie Amuro – NAKED / Fight Together / Tempest

July 31, 2011 at 2:27 PM | Posted in Namie Amuro | Leave a comment

SINGLE REVIEW
Namie Amuro – NAKED / Fight Together / Tempest

1. NAKED
2. Fight Together
3. Tempest
4. NAKED (Extended Instrumental)
5. Fight Together (Instrumental)
6. Tempest (Instrumental)

NAKED / Fight Together / Tempest is the 35th single released by Japanese singer Namie Amuro on July 27, 2011. It was released in two versions: a CD+DVD edition and a CD-only edition. The song “NAKED” was used as Kose’s “ESPRIQUE” commercial song, “Fight Together” was used as the theme song to anime ONE PIECE and “Tempest” will be the theme song of a historical drama of the same name.

NAKED appears to be a very energetic song and I really like the synth sounds in this one. This beats Break It for sure. I also notice that this track features some more instrumental parts, the music is the centre point. Combined with Namie’s all time good and solid vocals, she provided us with one pumping track here, even including a nice dance break.

I immediately liked Fight Together because it has a lot of attitude and it almost reminded me of a BoA song (I think it was fallin’, but it could be just me). It’s a nice little hybrid of dance beats, synths and some nice brassy parts right before the chorus. This was the perfect track for Namie to show her vocals have become stronger over the years.

I’m not surprised Tempest is the ballad track of the single, and I instantly fell in love with the melody of the song. Even better, I just said her vocals have become better over the years but here she just took that to another level. I was waiting for a real dramatic and mysterious Namie song for a long time and here it finally is, I love this song and in my opinion it’s the best on the single.

Shame on me, I waited too long to review this single. Now I regret it because it turns out to be her best in years. I totally forgot about Break It/Get Myself Back, now it’s all about this one. I think Namie drew all attention again, and I really hope these tracks will be featured on a new album. If she goes on like this, it can’t go wrong anymore. I fell in love with this single…!

OVERALL RATING

5 stars

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alan – Minna de ne ~PANDA with Candy BEAR’s~ / Ikiru

July 4, 2011 at 12:42 PM | Posted in alan | Leave a comment

SINGLE REVIEW
alan – Minna de ne ~PANDA with Candy BEAR’s~ / Ikiru

1. Minna de ne ~PANDA with Candy BEAR’s~
2. Ikiru
3. Minna de ne ~PANDA with Candy BEAR’s~ (Instrumental)
4. “Ikiru” (Instrumental)

Minna de ne ~PANDA with Candy BEAR’s~ / Ikiru is the 16th Japanese single by Tibetan singer alan. It was released in three different versions: two CD+DVD editions and a CD only edition. “Minna de ne ~PANDA with Candy BEAR’s~” was used as an image song for the character “Candy BEAR’s”, which was created to promote two giant pandas arrived at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo from China.

The minute I heard the first notes of Minna de ne ~PANDA with Candy BEAR’s~ and saw the cute animation PV, I fell in love with the entire song, also because it’s very variated. It’s cute, poppy and there’s even a traditional erhu and wailing part somewhere in there. alan sounds like her own erhu, she displays such outstanding vocals here. I’m glad this is not overly cute because that wouldn’t have fit her at all, she just mixes a lot of different things to create one of her most enjoyable summer pop songs ever. ‘<em>Konichiwaaaaaa…</em>’

I was very curious about Ikiru because that was the only song of the two of which I didn’t see a sneak preview of the PV. Very surprisingly, it’s a pop ballad with a piano and some very soft percussion sounds in the background. The synth riffs in some parts make it sound a bit like a Kuu song, but this song actually has ‘alan’ written all over it. The song is a bit slow, but it’s sweet and very enjoyable. I prefer the previous track over this one, but just slightly.

alan delivered another great single and I’m looking forward to her next album, which was said to be released later this year… CAN’T WAIT! She’s not the type to release special summer singles like Koda Kumi, but the first song did sound like a real summer pop song perfectly fitting for this time of year. With every release, everytime I’m glad I noticed her music about two and a half years ago, she is such an addition to the Asian music industry. She proves herself over and over again, including with this lovely single, and I can’t wait to receive news about her next studio album!

OVERALL RATING

4½ stars

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