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(10th Anniversary) Nami Tamaki – greeting May 19, 2018

Filed under: ~10th Anniversary Reviews~ — solarblade @ 3:14 am

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Track Listing

  1. Eternal Voice
  2. Believe
  3. day by day
  4. Complete
  5. Be Positive <Hikari no Naka de Kagayaite>
  6. NEVER STOP MY HEART -Kimi to Iu Kiseki ni-
  7. Shining Star Wasurenaikara
  8. Realize
  9. Naked
  10. Destiny
  11. Ashita no Kimi
  12. Prayer
  13. Believe -Evidence01 Mix-

1. Eternal Voice

Wow, the 1st song from the 1st album…It starts off in the chorus with little background noises, but when she starts the 2nd half synths and percussion blares in. Now, this song right here is a slower dance song *oxymoron* but my favorite part was the bridge, it just sounded too friggin awesome!. Great way to start Nami’s album

Wow, boy was I a noob back then reviewing my first song for this blog huh?  Yeah, the album opens up with Eternal Voice and back then I was really getting into J-pop and Nami Tamaki was the first artist I clung to heavily because of the GUNDAM themes she had in her repertoire.  Eternal Voice was the first taste of album songs and I was completely fine with her songs sounding similar to her anime themes and I easily fell in love with it.  Compared though, it was a bit slower but it had an epic kind of tone as it opened the track.  I also mislabeled, but my favorite parts were the pre-chorus actually…it just hit something cool in my mind and I really dug that.  Still a nice way to open the album up I’d say.

2. Believe

Uh-oh 1st single alert!!!!  Anyways, this song was played in the Gundam series and is very well known amongst the fans. Opening sequence = best ever. A very trance-like aura is emanating from the song as well. Seeing as how Nami’s voice matured now, she can really hit or miss that high note, and you guys know where I’m talking about.  Either way, this song put Nami on the map for sure.

Yeah, it seems because of the sheer popularity this song gave Nami, it wasn’t too surprising to see her debut come next on the album.  It’s been 10 years and I’ve still got a HUGE soft spot for this song despite that the numerous tries (self-covers) she does don’t quite do the justice the original did.  I still do love the grittiness of the synths and cool, dark vibes it gives off on top of Nami’s striking vocals.  It’s a song that definitely molded my love for J-pop and I can’t deny that I have a huge bias for this one!

3. day by day

Oddly enough, this is an R&B like track. Now, to me when I think J-pop R&B, I instantly think of Utada Hikaru’s song “Automatic” and it actually almost sounded like it too like in beats and rhythm. I love the final chorus of the song the best ~I can fly to your love, because I say “I love you!~ it just got stuck in my head and made me love this song even further

Before I started getting critical to album’s flow, I was just a nut that liked songs.  Coming back to this album now, I’m starting to notice that this album was kind of all over the place, (especially knowing the singles that came prior to this album).  day by day was a stark contrast to “Believe” & “Eternal Voice” that nowadays, it made me wonder why SONY was trying to make her more poppy.  I do like the 90s R&B/Pop vibes I get here and the tune while slightly hokey, definitely suited Nami’s vocals for some reason.  It has a certain kind of flow that just made you tap your foot and yesh, I still do like the run in the chorus with the surprise English!  Still, it’s a bit of a shock of a shift of moods.

4. Complete

Well, is it rock? Is it pop? w/e….This song has Nami giving an atittude…Which is always nice but it’s like her voice is different through the verses, maybe giving it a further explanation on her attitude throughout the song…Background voices we’re pretty nice to hear too…though the guy…was just not needed.  Even through that this song was catchy.

Moving into one of the B-sides that made the album’s cut, Complete (from “Believe”) also cemented the feeling that SONY wasn’t sure what to do with Nami.  The overall groove is a bit more aggressive which shows equally with Nami’s vocals which sound more deeper and has a lot more oomph to it than in previous tracks.  I also like the similar 90’s Hip/Pop vibes and it suits coming after “day by day”.  A song that I’ve come to grow to like despite that the fade-out was a bad choice to close this out.

5. Be Positive <Hikari no Naka de Kagayaite>

So it’s slow pop time, I like this song, even though it’s slower. Her voice was nice throughout the song and it was enjoyable, if Nami had made this a single, I would’ve bought it!. This song is just nice. Great to know Nami wrote this song, a trait she starts using on each album.

So yeah, this was one of the few songs Nami wrote and likewise, it’s also the first slow song off the album, but it’s not entirely a ballad.  It’s kind of like a Britney Spears-ish way to have a ballad (at least something from her “…Baby One More Time” era).  Thinking about why I didn’t say too much about, I actually think now its one of the more boring tracks on the album, lol.  I think I was more excited that Nami was doing more than powerful anison tracks.  I do think it has a smidge of an ending theme kind of feel, but otherwise despite Nami’s decent vocals, this one just doesn’t stick out in my mind as much as it did back then.

6. NEVER STOP MY HEART -Kimi to Iu Kiseki ni-

Now it’s ballad time!  Really, I’m not a huge ballad fan…So I’m not too fond of this song.  The chorus sounded like she was straining her voice for them high notes.  Another one of those songs that she’ll prolly never perform live.  Either way, at least she has a ballad on the album.

I do like the way the album does slow down to this point of the album to stick in this B-side from “Prayer” and like I said in the above track, it definitely has a 90s bubblegum pop kind of tone to it that I wasn’t really here for.  I definitely didn’t realize the after-chorus has some like odd harpsichord (and maybe harp?) either way, as grandiose it tries to be, the song just feels cheap and Nami shows off her vocal weaknesses especially in the chorus where she seems to be struggling with higher notes.  It never was a high-hitting song for me so I’m surprised my opinion hasn’t changed entirely.

7. Shining Star Wasurenaikara

Sampling “Twinkle, Twinkle, Litte Star” for its entrance, you’d think it’s a ballad also. THINK AGAIN!  You are totally in for a surprise, it’s a catchy little dance tune.  She’s singin her heart out throughout this song.  Backup singers that sing the important English parts kinda disappoint me because you’d think Nami would do that. Beautiful song overall.

I’ll never understand why Nami chose this to be the 4th single, because of the 4, this one seems the corniest in reality with the song sampling “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” in its melody.  I mean it only comes up occasionally, but its such an odd decision here.  At least the verses make up for that up until the chorus where it feels like Nami takes the backseat while the backup vocalist get the hooks and longer lines.  I think nowadays, this song is more like a guilty pleasure than anything else.

8. Realize

Another of them awesome Gundam songs, Realize is a lot more lighter on the synth this time around.  Guitar is pretty prominent in the song which is a plus. The bridge, like Eternal Voice is the best part of the whole song.  I heard this song many times live, and before Speciality/Don’t Stay she was pretty bad at it live but when her Graduation DVD came out she sang this song to awesomeness.  One of her best’s of this album

Used as the 2nd ending theme to GUNDAM SEED Destiny after “Believe” (and her follow-up single), Realize fit the bill no doubt, but it was a much ligher affair in comparison, giving it a more hopeful sounding atmosphere on top of the happier guitar & synth riff that was blaring in the arrangement.  Yeah, the pre-chorus of this song still is one of my favorite parts, but I LOVE this song a lot more than I used to…it even rivals Believe as best on this album unironically!

9. Naked

*cough* what? A song called Naked? WTF!  Anyways the beginning starts with the guitar playing 4 notes and stopping abruptly repeatedly.  Then she comes in with the chorus like a bunch of her earlier songs. Sadly, this song didn’t keep my interest up for too long. Prolly least favorite from this point

Yeah, I’m not sure why I made that lewd comment, but here we are I suppose.  Seems we jumped back to the 90s bubblegum pop sound for Naked which made me think of both “day by day” and “Be Positive” and it kind of threw me off that the album we hop back to that style.  I’m not sure what she was going for her, but the song seems rather uncharacteristic for this album and breaks the album’s flow.  Sometimes I seem to forget that this is indeed a track Nami did.

10. Destiny

Starts with the chorus *sighs* I’m shocked that this song was put here because Naked was at a medium tempo and the next song is a ballad…Ok, it’s got that Gundam speed like in Believe and Realize, but then again. it was used on Gundam DUH!.  Good thing about this song is that it has equal synth and guitar unlike Believe = synth in the forefront and Realize = guitar in the forefront. Real good song. BTW that note she hits in the chorus…yea It’s strained to no end.

As the last of the new tracks from greeting, Destiny kind of immediately kicks off with its chorus which is an interesting startup to say the least.  Yeah, I still agree that the high note she goes on every once or twice in the choruses is a bit too high for her, but I mean it’s not too detrimental to the song.  The tune does remind me a LOT of “Eternal Voice” in just sound which is odd, but I think its a cool song nonetheless.

11. Ashita no Kimi

Ballad, and it starts in the chorus! Her voice does have an angelic feel to it, which is nice. It sound like a wintry song. It kinda picks up speed, but barely in the bridge, but goes back to slow in the chorus. In other words this song was subpar against the whole album making it, a filler

Moving to the B-side from “Realize”, Ashita no Kimi wasn’t the first choice to have chosen to be on the album, but I suppose they had to somehow slow the album down once again after “Destiny”.  Like “Be Positive”, the song is a bit cheesy for me, but I don’t seem to like this one much either.  I think its the chorus that just makes me want to press next because it’s just kind of boring of a song sadly.  I mean, Nami sounds good, but yeah not a good song.

12. Prayer

A single as the last song? *shrugs* As usual it starts off with the chorus. Prayer, like Realize also is driven mostly by guitar, which is pretty cool, because it’s also has a wintry feel, if the PV didn’t already show that XD.  I liked the whole chorus, it just made me wanna get up and start doing the moves from the PV itself!

Still interesting she chose Prayer to close the album out instead of “Ashita no Kimi”, but it is what it is.  As the 3rd A-side she released, Prayer was the first that didn’t have a tie-in to the GUNDAM series, but that’s quite alright because regardless, she did keep the anison synth/rock feel but made it more mellow and less like a repeat to other tracks.  I still do find myself loving the song today and its just a cool bop of a song…still odd way to finish the album…

13. Believe -Evidence01 Mix-

As much as I love trance/dance music, Believe couldn’t have been a better choice to be put in ballad form, I really enjoyed this remix. Even though I wanted to hear Realize as a ballad….oh wait, they did do that!  Either way great way to end the song and album itself

Though the album actually comes with a bonus track, a ballad version of her debut, Believe.  Though it’s funny because it was already released as part of that “Believe Reproduction” single.  I think cutting out the energetic and aggressive arrangement was a good choice, but I’m not impressed from the lack of actually resinging the tune.  They just added some echo filters to make it more well-rounded.  Plus, the chorus just sounds odd as a ballad-centric chorus too.

Tracks Recommended

  • Realize
  • Believe
  • Eternal Voice
  • day by day
  • Prayer

Song of Avoidance

  • Ashita no Kimi

Greeting was a real awesome debut for Nami, and I praise it…but majority of the songs started off in the chorus…which was totally unusual. I guess it can get better from here. A nice variation of songs too.  Though the album did feature too many poor choiced B-sides, it turned out all right.

Wow, my first ever album review on this blog and boy not much has totally changed on my feelings on greeting initially.  Some songs have stood the test of time for me luckily and they’re still listened to frequently on my end.  Though when it comes to the album as a whole, greeting does feel ike a bit of an identity crisis.  I’m not sure whether SONY wanted to make her an anison singer or just an idol singer because half the album is epic GUNDAM-like songs and the other half is 90s cheesy pop songs.  Yeah, this album isn’t quite as amazing as I initially made it out to be, but it’s one way to start a career right?

 

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