Namie Amuro – TSUKI

January 27, 2014 at 8:48 PM | Posted in Namie Amuro | Leave a comment

SINGLE REVIEW
Namie Amuro – TSUKI

1. TSUKI
2. Neonlight Lipstick
3. Ballerina
4. TSUKI (Instrumental)
5. Neonlight Lipstick (Instrumental)
6. Ballerina (Instrumental)

TSUKI is the thirty-ninth single by Japanese singer Namie Amuro, released on January 29, 2014. Neonlight Lipstick was used as a KOSE ESPRIQUE CM song, and Ballerina was used both as a GUCCI×Vogue Japan promo song and as a Recochoku CM song.

I’m so excited for this new single, it has definitely been a while since Namie last released a single (March 2013). TSUKI sounds the way the cover looks, and by that I mean that the song has a nice wintery touch to fit the time of year as well. It’s not your typical ballad so I’d dub this a peaceful midtempo song that reminds me of BENI’s music somehow. The arrangement is quite peaceful with a nice harp taking centre stage and Namie herself keeps her vocals controlled yet strong. Love this one!

So the two B-sides were both released previously as digital singles, but since I’m not too fond of the digital single type of releases, this is my first encounter with both tracks. Neonlight Lipstick is a 180 from the A-side with a deep and pumping vibe, so it brings a nice contrast to the single although this is an older song. It’s very edgy and Namie shows some attitude performing this song, not too bad but still I’ll have to prefer the A-side.

The other B-side, Ballerina, is an uptempo song too. It’s badass, but to me it just seems a little empty and sometimes I really don’t get the vibe that’s going on. Namie’s vocals are altered way too much for my liking. I was hoping for something better. I can still get used to this, I suppose, but the first impression isn’t too good.

OVERALL RATING
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3½ stars

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Nomination for the Awesome Blog Content (ABC) Award

January 17, 2014 at 9:37 PM | Posted in !Random! | 2 Comments

I’m quite honored to be nominated by Hybrid Universe for the Awesome Blog Content (ABC) Award! I know I always give my posts the greatest of care and I’m so happy I actually get the recognition, haha. What does this mean? This means that this post will be my acceptance post and the opportunity to nominate some of my own affiliates for this award. It’s loads of fun to write this post, so give it a try!

–RULES–
1. Save the award (Right click –> ‘save as…’) and use it in your own acceptance post
2. Nominate as many other blogs as you like
3. Take each letter (A-Z) and write something about yourself that starts with said letter.

Everyone who is nominated by me now gets the chance to do this as well, so pass it on! For the nominees, check the end of this post. Now, let’s have a look at my personal fun ABC xD

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A is for Ayu, because Ayumi Hamasaki was my first J-pop artist

B is for Books, I guess I’m one of the few people that actually still reads

C is for Candles, especially scented ones 😀

D is for Disney, please don’t say I have to explain that one xD

E is for Everlasting, one of my favorite BoA songs

F is for Fiction Junction, they’re just awesome like that

G is for Glee, one of the best series ever!

H is for Hay Day, and yes I’m addicted to it xD

I is for…… Ice cream? Give me the Ben & Jerry’s!

J is for Jolanda, my actual name

K is for Kevin, my sweet and awesome boyfriend ♥

L is for Let It Go, song on repeat because of the awesome Demi Lovato

M is for MSc (Master of Science), which will be my title in just two years

N is for Nostalgia, I just love how it gives me goosebumps

O is for Onew, ode to the SHINee frontman

P is for Psychology, because that’s what I study

is for Quick, because it’s the only word I could think of that starts with Q xD

R is for Rihanna, love ‘n hate her

S is for Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, period.

T is for Tasniem, my best friend and support ♥

U is for USA, best country I have ever visited!

V is for Vicious, aka ME >:D (haha just kidding)

W is for We Will Rock You, loved the musical performance in London!!

X is for X-Men, I’ll still have to check that one out

Y is for Your Song, whether its Elton John, Ellie Goulding or anyone else singing it

Z is for Zodiac, something I check while I don’t believe a single word of it

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Nominated blogs:
Hybrid Universe
Ongaku to Inochi
Tsukiyo no Hikari

 

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