- Time Has Come
- Golden Touch
- B Who I Want 2 B (feat. Miku Hatsune)
- Every Woman
- Space Invader
- What I Did For Love (David Guetta feat. Namie Amuro) (bonus track)
Opening the album with the sort-of title track, Photogenic opens with a funky guitar riff and some sexy stuff from Namie which is what I would expect from her. I also noticed it seems we’re still going to use English for songs which is not surprising in the least. After being spoiled by her last introduction song, “Alive”, Photogenic just doesn’t do anything much for me, honestly, it belonged more towards the middle (sounds kind of like a interlude), just very lowkey and straightforward.
2. Time Has Come
Then we get into Time Has Come which begins with a 8bit section, to a chanting moment, to a slower and light beat. Talk about throwing emotions everywhere right? Though I’m loving this energetic track especially the chorus whch has guitars and some cool beats, but the verses are more reserved and the beat and piano was really cool too. Maybe there’s some hope for this album, but I’m noticing Namie’s Engrish is not that good here either…
3. Golden Touch
Our next song sounds like something really grand and loud (reminds me of stuff from “PAST<FUTURE”) though Namie sounds slightly different here, a higher tone I think. I’m loving the groove of the song and just has a good pulse to it. There’s just so much touching going on LOL.
Wow, I wasn’t expecting an upbeat happy song from Namie with Birthday but damn does it sound like a Katy Perry song (though she has a song also titled that, but neither are related otherwise). I’m liking the arrangement because of the funky bass lines and the synth lines too. Namie isn’t so much singing as much talk/singing except in the after-chorus which is pretty eh. That muted trumpet bridge was odd to say the least, but I did enjoy this song quite a bit!
Shocked to say the least when the next pop up. It begins with a playful whistling melody before going into Namie’s lines and she sounds good and quick alongside the bouncy piano lines. I can actually understand what she’s saying in this song which is a godsend at this point. Very snappy and fun song to listen to, one of the album’s gems.
I had high hopes for a song with a strong dance beat, after “FEEL” and everything. The beat has a nice drive and Namie sounds good, but the Engrish loses me about halfway in because she’s also layered and electronic so it’s kind of just all over the place. Simple song overall (though I kind of feel it would’ve suited her previous album than on here).
What an odd song we have next with Fashionista which slightly reminds me of “FAST CAR” and “Sit!Stay!Wait!Down!” mixed in with some electronics. I have to say, this mixture is kind of cool and the chorus is pretty awesome to say the least. Once again the Engrish is distracting at points, but with such an energetic song like this, I was still pleased and would come back to this many times!
Why do I feel like Namie almost wants to try to do dubstep? At least I thought that in the beginning, but once the song kicks into gear, the song smooths out to this delightful track which is pretty nice that it’s one of the more safer sounding tracks the album has to offer…sort of reminds me of “Alive” and “Come” with the smoother drive and catchy chorus. Not bad overall.
9. B Who I Want 2 B feat. Miku Hatsune
Boy did anyone see this coming? Namie actually using a VOCALOID, thank god this didn’t get a PV. I thought the weird synth melody actually worked, but I couldn’t wrap my head around this song (especially since Miku was pulling off more Japanese here). There’s just something a bit strange going on here and I think it just didn’t work with the album either.
After the emptiness that came from the previous track, Stranger fills up the speakers and I’m loving the beat and tribal drums throughout. I was surprised how much sound was going through my headphones, I had a problem just following the lyrics because I was more entranced from the arrangement. It’s a good song though and really gets my feet tapping, though it seems this one isn’t a favorite to many people. Hmmm strange.
11. Every Woman
Moving on, Every Woman happens and there’s something familiar about this song (like it belongs from “PLAY” or “Queen of Hip-Pop”). Like “Stranger” the arrangement fills out the headphones nicely, but I feel like this was a bit of a throwaway song because it just led to simple places and the lyrics could be found on other songs which is not good to me. Forgettable.
12. Space Invader
I was slightly expecting an electro song in the same vein like “Scream” but Space Invader sounds more like urban-pop with some tendencies of dubstep and a mid-tempo (strange right?). I don’t know why, but I also seem to forget how this one goes after listening to it. It just seems to kind of zoom by with little to no reason to come back to it…meh.
Oh hey, acoustic guitar opening up Anything! That’s actually rather refreshing on an album that depended on so much synth. Namie sounds heavenly if not a little Engrishy here. It actually sounds rather American to my ears, but I think it’s the chorus and the addition echo effect on her voice…though about that chorus…it does sounds VERY similar to TLC’s “Unpretty”…flattery huh.
14. What I Did For Love (David Guetta feat. Namie Amuro)
Hm, a bonus track? That’s rather unheard of for Namie’s main albums, but the fact that it’s not Namie’s song but David Guetta (if you don’t know who he is in this day…shame on you!). I really like the piano-led arrangement at the beginning and I can tell what Namie is saying which is awesome. Of course being a Guetta song, the tune does go from a ballad-setting to a dance track that’s very him. It’s not bad, short though.
- Time Has Come
Song of Avoidance
- B Who I Want 2 B feat. Miku Hatsune
Surprising that Namie would put out an album excluding the two singles that came before it, but honestly, after “FEEL”, _genic was a step down from it. I mean I do love that she went back to different sounds, but a lot of the songs had some issues and the Engrish was back to “Uncontrolled” levels of bad…what the hell happened Namie? If you are a great singer, stick to what makes you great, don’t try to make English a thing (to be honest, let’s go back to “PAST>FUTURE”-esque stuff and leave the English behind, you are so much better than that!