Namie Amuro – I HAVE NEVER SEEN

February 2, 2013 at 5:25 PM | Posted in Namie Amuro | Leave a comment

SINGLE REVIEW
Namie Amuro – I HAVE NEVER SEEN

1. I HAVE NEVER SEEN -SINGLE MIX-
2. I HAVE NEVER SEEN -WITH HER SOUL MIX-
3. I HAVE NEVER SEEN -INSTRUMENTAL-

I HAVE NEVER SEEN is the tenth single by Japanese singer Namie Amuro, released on December 23, 1998. The title track was used as the theme song for the NTV dorama Yonigeya Honpo. This single reached #1 on the weekly Oricon charts and charted for 12 weeks. It sold 657,250 copies, becoming the #29 single of 1999.

Diving into Namie’s older songs again. I HAVE NEVER SEEN -SINGLE MIX- is the first song in which she actually has improved her vocals, compared to the stuff she did before she released her first best album ‘181920’. It’s a good song, even for its time, but I have a little trouble with identifying what type of song it is (midtempo or..?). It constantly feels like there’s a beat coming up, and I was kinda anticipating that the whole time. Apart from that, the signature 90s music together with Namie’s own vocals and the background vocals make it come off as quite a powerful song after all.

I HAVE NEVER SEEN -WITH HER SOUL MIX- is more like a 90s R&B approach to the original with a soft and mellow beat in the background. The male voice that was also present in the last part of the original screws up some parts now because his vocal melodies don’t fit this version, but together with the fact that the background melodies only come in when the mix reaches its second verse it’s the only minus. This is all about the vocals, there’s barely any music.

OVERALL RATING
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3 stars

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