Namie Amuro – a walk in the park

August 29, 2012 at 10:55 AM | Posted in Namie Amuro | Leave a comment

SINGLE REVIEW
Namie Amuro – a walk in the park

1. a walk in the park -STRAIGHT RUN-
2. a walk in the park -FABULOUS FREAK BROTHERS MIX-
3. a walk in the park -BACK TRACK WITH TK-

a walk in the park is the sixth single by Japanese singer Namie Amuro, released on November 27, 1996. The single reached #1 on the Oricon charts and charted for 16 weeks, selling 1,066,580 units.

a walk in the park -STRAIGHT RUN- started out like it was gonna be a rock song, with electric guitars building up the tension until some synths drop in. The overall song isn’t the rock song I expected but still very energetic and the chorus is very infectuous when Namie sings the title words. Speaking about Namie, I noticed a huge improvement in her vocals as well. I love this song.

The remix version is a little more mysterious and comes off as a lot slower with heavier beats. a walk in the park -FABULOUS FREAK BROTHERS MIX- has an even longer introduction than the original track already had, but this new arrangement sounds cool enough for me to enjoy it. The same electric guitars are featured in this version, but the beat remains different until the chorus. Both versions work really well!

a walk in the park is an extremely enjoyable single if you’re a Namie fan (like me). Don’t be put off by her cranky look on the single’s cover, the main song is such a happy and uplifting song when it comes to the music (the lyrics are kind of bittersweet actually) and it’s just an amazing improvement from her earlier work. Her vocals are finally better, she isn’t off key anymore.

OVERALL RATING

5 stars

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