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Ami Suzuki – Alright! February 15, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Alright!
  2. Hare Moyou.
  3. Alright! (Instrumental)
  4. Hare Moyou. (Instrumental)

1. Alright!

I still feel that I miss her trance style and I got that with “Fantastic”, but we go back again to a more reserved pop style with her summer A-side, Alright!.  You can still feel dance beats, but other than this is way pop and a dropoff for Ami.  Honestly, this could be called “avex’s “love the island” as they both are summery tracks.  Ami’s vocals are on that fine line between singing and yelling.  Still, it’s one of the better tracks this era has provided.

2. Hare Moyou.

Ok, forget happy-go-lucky “Alright!” and let’s take a ride on the calm jazzy side of the B-side.  This track sounds more summery than the A-side and that’s saying something.  Yay, for something good as a B-side though.  Ami is singing with some bongos and it’s just got a smooth arrangement.  It’s definitly the best this era had to offer.

 

 

This definitly did a great job with representing the summer months at the time of its release.  The bad thing though was that this single bombed terribly, especially after “Fantastic” it just began this slump of sales for her.  Both Alright! and Hare Moyou. are underappreciated in my opinion…

 

Namie Amuro – CAN’T SLEEP, CAN’T EAT, I’M SICK/Ningyo

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Track Listing

  1. CAN’T SLEEP, CAN’T EAT, I’M SICK
  2. Ningyo
  3. CAN’T SLEEP, CAN’T EAT, I’M SICK (Remix)
  4. CAN’T SLEEP, CAN’T EAT, I’M SICK (Instrumental)
  5. Ningyo (Instrumental)

1. CAN’T SLEEP, CAN’T EAT, I’M SICK

I just adore how the single opens with blaring saxes.  Namie’s trademark urban style finally begins this era’s hardcoreness with this amazing track.  There’s a lot of squeaks and rhythms that accents Namie out pretty well and her English is nice here.  It’s funny that the sax line rarely changes out for a different sound but this is such a nice, and chill track. 

2. Ningyo

Would you really have notice that it’s a cover of an old NOKKA track?  It seems very different from the usual Namie stuff we get.  It’s got such a calm and lullaby feeling and the whole arrangement is like that too.  I mean if it’s a cover of an enka track, it definitly wouldn’t come off like that.  Well, the chorus comes off like it, but other than that it’s just very dreamy and surreal.  Great cover and B-side.

3. CAN’T SLEEP, CAN’T EAT, I’M SICK (Remix)

I honestly don’t think the A-side should’ve been given such a remix.  Trading the more jazzy urban style for a heavy electronic beat doesn’t really give the song more justice.  You still here the sax parts but it’s covered by the new parts.  Yeah, this just wasn’t that good of a remix…

 

 

This single was definitly a hot one.  The main A-side is definitly in Namie’s comfort zone and was it filled with attitude and flair.  Ningyo was definitly an interesting yet sweet listen and I’m kind of disappointed in the fact that it’s not on the album.  The remix though is forgettable though…

 

Yousei Teikoku – Valkyrja

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Track Listing

  1. Valkyrja
  2. Michibiki no Ao
  3. Valkyrja (off vocal)
  4. Michibiki no Ao (off vocal)

1. Valkyrja

Dark chanting begins the track off as it becomes another gothic dance track.  Unlike the others though, Yui is using a very seiyuu-like vocal approach and it doesn’t really seem to fit with the music.  The dance beat through the verses sound like “Schwarzer Sarg”, but a little more disappointing.  It’s not the worst of the era luckily and I can stand Yui’s bad vocals.

2. Michibiki no Ao

Michibiki no Ao’s violin beginning reminds me of “Noble Roar” for some odd reason.  Also, just like the A-side it turns into a dance track reminescing some of Nami Tamaki’s early SONY stuff with a strong guitar/synth part.  Yui’s vocals seem better, but not by much because the higher notes seem to be a bit of a challenge to her.  It’s definitly much better than “Valkyrja” though.

 

 

It seems this era is going downhill.  Valkyrja was trying to be good, but at the cost of the important thing, the vocals.  Michibiki no Ao did a way better job, even though there’s still problems.  Not their best single.