Namie Amuro - UNUSUAL Feat Yamashita Tomohisa
UNUSUAL is 1 of 4 new songs found on Namie Amuro's 1st collaboration album Checkmate ! which will be released this month on 23rd March .
This song features the vocals of NEWS's leader Yamashita Tomohisa & it has been described as a love song .
Namie had said before that she wanted to make a song with a male artist who could sing & dance . She got the most inspiration from watching Yamapi's One in a million performance & this marks the 1st time Namie has performed with a Johnny's talent .
I think just like anyone else , I was really surprised if not shocked when I saw Yamapi's name on the singing credits for UNUSUAL in which Yamapi's someone that I never thought Namie would collaborate with .
However when I found out that both of them were going to sing a love song , I was really worried as to whether will UNUSUAL backfire ?
Thankfully when I finally heard the song , my fears were dispel out & also , the song sounds like something I can see both artistes do in their separate solo discographies .
In Namie's case , UNUSUAL sounds like a mix mash of her previous songs which have that same catchy R&B vibes such as WHAT A FEELING , WILD & Defend Love . For Yamapi , UNUSUAL more or less takes a note or 2 from the SUPERBAD side of his recently released debut solo album SUPERGOOD , SUPERBAD .
Unlike what happened in Wonder Woman which featured AI & Anna Tsuchiya , for UNUSUAL , Namie wasn't overshadowed by Yamapi's vocals which's a good thing & both of them compliment each other pretty well too .
Definitely a solid collaboration song , hopefully this will not be the 1st & last that Namie's working with a Johnny's talent .