Wonder Woman / Namie Amuro feat. AI & Anna Tsuchiya
UNUSUAL / Namie Amuro feat. Tomohisa Yamashita
make it happen / Namie Amuro feat. AFTERSCHOOL
ROCK U feat. Namie Amuro / ravex
Do What U Gotta Do feat. AI, Namie Amuro & Mummy-D / ZEEBRA
Wet’N Wild feat. Suite Chic / Heartsdales
Do or Die feat. Namie Amuro / JHETT
FAKE feat. Namie Amuro / AI
#1 / Namie Amuro feat. Kaname Kawabata (CHEMISTRY)
BLACK OUT feat. Lil Wayne & Namie Amuro / VERBAL
BLACK DIAMOND / DOUBLE & Namie Amuro
Luvotomy / m-flo ♥ Namie Amuro
AFTER PARTY feat. Namie Amuro / ZEEBRA
WANT ME, WANT ME feat. VERBAL (hidden track)
1. Wonder Woman / Namie Amuro feat. AI & Anna Tsuchiya
We begin the album with the first of the four new songs on the album and I think the first whose PV was shown first as well. All the aren’t strangers to each others music which is great since Namie & AI has collaborated before and AI and Anna have before as well. To me the song is another one of the glorified girl power songs, but it’s not so bad. I do think that Namie and Anna do a great job through the verses they have and AI takes the bridge before all three tackle the chorus. I actually enjoyed the song a lot and showed that the girls can do power in songs together.
2. UNUSUAL / Namie Amuro feat. Tomohisa Yamashita
The next of the new songs is a collaboration between Namie and Yamapi and it was an interesting choice of collaborations here since it’s a female and male singer. Of course I know Yamapi since I listen to NEWS and all but this is the first time I could clearly pull his voice out and I kind of like the harmonies between him and Namie with the good synth dance style going on.
3. make it happen / Namie Amuro feat. AFTERSCHOOL
Namie and K-pop now? Seems like a match made in heaven if you ask me. After “UNUSUAL”, this was kind of a nice surprise since the beat is heavier but it does have a good kind of K-pop feel to it. While the members of AFTERSCHOOL are playing as background support for the most part they sound good, but Namie sounded like she was having fun with the song though. It’s pretty good, but the previous song sounds better vocal-wise.
4. ROCK U feat. Namie Amuro / ravex
Ahhhh one of the few songs I’ve heard before the album’s idea popped up, ROCK U was her contribution to ravex’s debut album. It is probably the most electronic of the songs on the album considering the people who produced the song. My love for the song hasn’t changed too much since reviewing it the first time, though the clicking throughout various parts of the song really are annoying after a while >.> Still such an epic track for Namie here.
5. Do What U Gotta Do feat. AI, Namie Amuro & Mummy-D / ZEEBRA
Then we get into a bunch of older songs. Do What U Gotta Do is a bit older being from 2006 and all that and I have not heard the song and it’s quite fast and groovy actually. I will say Namie’s parts sound pretty sexy and had a good flow to it. AI also sounds quite good even though she’s not featured as much as Namie. The rappers are a little blech, but they give an extra boost of attitude to the song. Not bad really.
6. Wet’N Wild feat. Suite Chic / Heartsdales
I didn’t understand what Suite Chic was really all about and had to research and it seems like the group was like a lot of DJ’s, MCs and a few singles and Namie was a part of this as well. Clearly though Suite Chic were the secondary importance since both members of Heartsdales were doing their rapping and Namie’s importance was in the chorus. It’s a good song, but the beat and melody reminds me of Christina Aguilera’s “Dirrty”…it’s just too close.
7. Do or Die feat. Namie Amuro / JHETT
Ahhhh, this song has a pretty heavy ass beat and I love the pounding it gives my ears. I did question where JHETT was during the song, but oddly enough he was the arranger for the song so it just left Namie to sing the song and it’s actually not too bad. The beat doesn’t really change either so that might be bad since it becomes a little repetitive down the line, but not bad.
8. FAKE feat. Namie Amuro / AI
The most recent of the collaborations (that aren’t new), FAKE was such a great track to listen to because it showed off a lot more of soul from both AI and Namie in the verses and such. It did get tiring after a while hearing ~fake, fake~ so many times so that actually brought the experience down a bit.
9. #1 / Namie Amuro feat. Kaname Kawabata (CHEMISTRY)
I actually quite enjoyed #1 a bit since it had a deep and bass-filled slow that made me nod my head to it. I like Namie’s vocals which are full of a sexual charge that works. Kaname does pretty well also, giving a male version of sexy and together it just worked like crazy. Not bad and simple in terms of arrangement so it did its job nicely.
10. BLACK OUT feat. Lil Wayne & Namie Amuro / VERBAL
Finally, our last of the new songs, BLACK OUT is a surprise since it features Lil Wayne and we all know how big he is in America. Namie takes up a bit of the chorus and she sounds good but sadly isn’t the important one in the song since VERBAL takes a lot of the rapping in the song. Lil Wayne takes up the second verse and he sounds like his usual self doing his rapping all creepy and all that. Interesting song, but it felt oddly short from that rapping sections and how many times Namie sang the chorus.
11. BLACK DIAMOND / DOUBLE & Namie Amuro
Oh god, if there was a song that I seriously was craving for a lot of the time, BLACK DIAMOND was actually one of those kind of songs. It’s just that epic of a collaboration for some reason and both DOUBLE and Namie pull this beat-driven sexy track with ease. I definitely still enjoy the song and it’s power between the two gals.
12. Luvotomy / m-flo ♥ Namie Amuro
Hmmm, another dance track but this time under Taku and VERBAL? I like the synth arrangement that Taku produced here since it’s so deep and easily danceable. VERBAL is here and there in the song but Namie was clearly the star here since she had more time. Overall the song isn’t as electro and heavy like “ROCK U” but this had a good feel to it though.
13. AFTER PARTY feat. Namie Amuro / ZEEBRA
Of all the songs on the album, AFTER PARTY sounds so unlike Namie for some reason and more like a song that would fit with Janet Jackson for some apparant reason. Beyond the pretty cool and laidback arrangement, I found it hard to pay attention because while Namie’s vocals sound pretty and smooth, ZEEBRA completely bored the hell out of me and sounded like a drunk creeper with the mumbling going on. Not so sure where I stand with the song right now.
14. WANT ME, WANT ME feat. VERBAL
Even though “AFTER PARTY” should close the album, we get a hidden track to close things out and it’s an edited version of one of Namie’s dirty A-sides if not the dirtiest. It’s essentially the same song, but there’s things that are different as well like Namie’s removal for the verses and being replaced by VERBAL’s raps. To be honest the song in its original form was perfect and a rap just kind of ruined things…sorry.
Song of Avoidance
I found it weird that I was expecting more R&B on the album than anything and was surprised that a lot were songs that could’ve been easy dance tracks. A lot of the songs sound good to the ears and I can see myself liking this altogether despite not having any ballads or such. Good party album ^_^