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Nami- Omoide ni Naru no?

2010年 3月 1日

Wow… this is such a change from her old covers. It’s ethereal and sweet, though not necessarily representative of her music!

Admittedly I stopped listening to Nami Tamaki a couple of years ago. I couldn’t get into her stuff, although I did have a few favorites (e.g. Heroine, result). But overall her music just didn’t impress me. Over the past few months I’ve been watching her music videos, and when I saw this one I decided to give Nami another shot. Although most people are disgruntled with her recent(ish) label change, I actually like the new Nami (yaah go bitch all ya want). Anyway, thanks to this single I’m back into Nami!

Omoide ni Naru no? is kind of a hybrid between her classic electronic sound and her new R&B stuff. This song shares a sad story, and you can tell this from the doleful melody. Although Nami’s vocals are at times stretched to a vocal register too high for her, she does a pretty good job. The song is extremely well orchestrated and the end is sexy too. She repeats “Don’t say good bye” and “ima sugu aitai” while fading out into the background, and it’s extremely effective at carrying the message of the song.

Next is the odd-ball b-side  Itoshisa no yukue. I would say that the R&B elements of Nami’s new style are more pronounced in this song. For some reason I just didn’t find this song as catchy as the A-side (although it’s definitely a step-up from her previous b-sides). There are some slight elements of electronic jazz, especially evident in the chorus.

Next is Rauken, which begins like a typical wistful R&B ballad. The harp in the background is a nice touch, but you can tell it’s synthesized. Unfortunately the song does not possess the same finesse as the a-side. You have to be in the mood for this song though, because Nami’s vocals aren’t particularly stunning and the song tends to drag. At least Nami’s English has improved.

Overall: It’s either off or on with Nami. I’d definitely say yes to the a-side, but be wary of the b-sides.

Rating: 6.5/10

Track list:

  1. Omoide ni Naru no?
  2. Itoshisa no Yukue
  3. Rakuen
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