Namie Amuro – Don’t wanna cry

April 16, 2012 at 3:07 PM | Posted in Namie Amuro | Leave a comment

SINGLE REVIEW
Namie Amuro – Don’t wanna cry

1. Don’t wanna cry (Radio Edit)
2. present
3. Don’t wanna cry (Original Karaoke)
4. present (Original Karaoke)

Don’t wanna cry is the third single by Japanese singer Namie Amuro, released on March 13, 1996. The single reached #1 on the weekly Oricon charts and sold 1,371,730 copies, becoming the #9 single of 1996. It charted for 22 weeks and sold a total of 1,389,700 copies.

I can’t help myself, Don’t wanna cry (Radio Edit) is so damn catchy with the background choir. The song is very rhythmic, I love the jazzy piano in the background, but that’s actually where it stops. Namie herself pretty much ruins it at some points. She belts out some notes and then suddenly stops, she screams, and she’s so out of key. It’s quite okay in the verses, but yeah this is pretty much her worst vocal performance to date. But well, because of the cheerfulness and the choir it remains a guilty pleasure.

present is a really slow track, and the introduction sounds very vintage and I think Namie’s ‘telephone monologue’ in Japanese sounds really cute. I don’t know what she’s saying, but she has a cute speaking voice. The song itsself is pretty, but well, Namie ruins the verses. The chorus is fine, and it kinda fits the dreaming theme of the song. I’m glad there’s a lot of talking in this song, the bad parts are minimum.

Don’t wanna cry is an interesting single, because it features both her worst vocals and best music arrangements at that time. The title track is, like I said, one of her catchiest tracks ever with the choir and rhythmic arrangement, and although the B-side features some really long monologues, the chorus is quite pretty. I don’t know what to make of it, I think I’ll just leave it somewhere in the middle.

OVERALL RATING

3 stars

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