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Namie Amuro – Big Boys Cry/Beautiful March 10, 2013

Filed under: Namie Amuro — solarblade @ 12:59 am

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Track Listing

  1. Big Boys Cry
  2. Beautiful
  3. Big Boys Cry (Instrumental)
  4. Beautiful (Instrumental)

1. Big Boys Cry

Ok this song has such a cute melody with the flutes…I just had to say that because it just made the song for me because it has a certain spring flair to it.  Big Boys Cry is a speedy song lyrically with Namie floating in the chorus after all that.  It’s not heavy like her past songs, but I kind of like this playful atmosphere for some reason, it’s amusing in a good way.  I don’t know if it is A-side material, but I did quite like this track.

2. Beautiful

I was expecting Namie to leave the Engrish back on “Uncontrolled” but she brings it for the ballad A-side for Beautiful.  Not gonna lie, the song is actually not bad either because her pronunciation has gotten a LOT better in my opinion.  Of course she throws in Japanese so it’s not a total language bomb (even if she’s like ~even it’s no supplies, even it’s no supplies~).  Minus that slip-up, this song has a great tone and really makes up for some of the slower tracks that I really couldn’t get behind in her last album…great ballad!

After “Uncontrolled”, I wasn’t sure of where Namie was really heading but this single is a good sign for me at least.  Big Boys Cry is quite quirky and playful, but I do feel as if it needed more backbone?  I don’t know like there’s just something that doesn’t feel complete about it.  At least Beautiful was there to really bring it up because it was just a great ballad for Namie (except the supplies line).  Overall, definitely good, slightly under “Go Round/YEAH-OH” but better than a couple others.

 

Kanako Ito – Chaos Logic

Filed under: Kanako Ito — solarblade @ 12:37 am

chaoslogic

Track Listing

  1. Chaos Logic
  2. D.P.
  3. Chaos Logic (off Vocal)
  4. D.P. (off Vocal)

1. Chaos Logic

I was waiting for an epic Kanako A-side and it seems that it’s answered with Chaos Logic!  There’s just something about this song that just really fits her kind of like “Sky Clad no Kansokusha”.  It’s got an aggressive tone but doesn’t really fall into the whole sameish anime-ish drive like other songs tend to do.  I actually think it’s better than “Sora no Shita no Sokanzu” oddly enough and I liked that song too hahah.

2. D.P.

I really loved the intro to D.P. because it was so ethereal so kind of different.  Once Kanako starts singing, the song gets a bit more futuristic with synth lines and bloop and swerves mixed with the light and breezy tone of Kanako’s voice.  For being a bit slower than “Chaos Logic”, this song really works for me as well.

I can’t believe I forgot about this single x.x, anyways, Kanako’s 3rd of the era, Chaos Logic is definitely her best single she’s had in quite a while.  The leading track is aggressive and very cool and while similar to some other songs, I think it stands out just fine.  D.P. is also a really cool mid-tempo song though, one of the nice surprises to be honest ^_^.  Overall, this is a pretty solid single!