Namie Amuro – LOVE 2000

February 2, 2013 at 6:17 PM | Posted in Namie Amuro | Leave a comment

SINGLE REVIEW
Namie Amuro – LOVE 2000

1. LOVE 2000 (STRAIGHT RUN)
2. LOVE 2000 (SYSTEM BREAKDOWN REMIX)
3. ASKING WHY
4. LOVE 2000 (INSTRUMENTAL)
5. ASKING WHY (INSTRUMENTAL)

LOVE 2000 is the fourteenth single by Japanese singer Namie Amuro, released on January 1, 2000. LOVE 2000 was used as the KOSÉ Cosmetics’ VISÉE CM song. This single reached #4 on the weekly Oricon charts and charted for six weeks, selling 228,120 copies.

LOVE 2000 (STRAIGHT RUN) is a very energetic song, unlike anything Namie has released before and I’m so relieved it’s already so much more promising than the previous two singles she released. They totally let loose with the arrangement, including everything from a heavy kick drum, synths, strings and even a harp to vocoder effects on Namie’s vocals. The background vocals give the track a little extra punch as well, adding to the ‘futuristic concept’ they were probably aiming for with this single. The middle section of the song was stretched for a bit too long, but the fact that there’s so much energy here makes up for that.

Okay, this is what I call futuristic. LOVE 2000 (SYSTEM BREAKDOWN REMIX) features some of the original melodies, but they put a good dance beat under it and added some more computer sounds and some sound effects that remind me of spaceships and such. All of these facts contribute to making this remix far more enjoyable than remixes on previous singles, this one finally has a good concept and some variation (although it’s 7 minutes in length).

The second single in the era to have a B-side, and I was attracted to ASKING WHY from the start. Not in the way that it’s such an amazing song or anything, it’s an alright song to be honest, but it definitely has its moments and it’s sooo much better than the single version of YOU ARE THE ONE featuring IMAJIN on the previous single. It just balances the single and has a fresher pop sound to it compared to the energetic futuristic stuff. Right after the second verse, the song really takes off and it becomes a little bit more than I initially thought it would be.

OVERALL RATING
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3½ stars

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