Monday, July 22, 2013

CD Review :: Namie Amuro - FEEL

CD

CD + Blu ray

CD + DVD

1) Alive
2) Rainbow
3) Can You Feel This Love
4) Big Boys Cry
5) Hands On Me
6) Heaven
7) Poison
8) La La La
9) Supernatural Love
10) Let Me Let You Go
11) Contrail
12) Stardust In My Eyes

FEEL is Namie Amuro's 10th album & it was released on 10th July .

Only 1 single Big Boys Cry / Beautiful is included in FEEL . However Beautiful is excluded from the tracklist . Likewise , digital single Damage is not included in Namie's latest album offering either .

Released 1 year 1 month since her previous album Uncontrolled . FEEL is Namie's 1st release under the avex trax established sub-label Dimension Point .

There're a total of 12 songs in FEEL with 5 album tracks that received music videos .

A wide range of sounds is presented in FEEL , from aggressive dance tracks incorporating drums & bass , to simple ballads using only classical instruments such as the piano .

Alive is the 1st song in FEEL with it being 1 of 5 album tracks that has a music video .

Namie always has a tendency to have extremely good opening songs for her albums , no exception goes to Alive . Just like Uncontrolled's In The Spotlight (TOKYO) , Alive is sung completely in English .

The difference's that for both songs , Alive has a lot more attitude & the melody's just completely out of the water , with it being such a futuristic sleek one , making it 1 of the best opening album tracks I've heard for this year & it definitely pays homage to the album title too .

Rainbow is the 2nd album track right after Alive . For this song , wow it sounds like something straight from a video game .

Not that it's a bad thing but it's a music style that Namie has never tried before until now . Rainbow is just 1 of those songs that gets addictive as each listen goes by & for all the right reasons .

Can You Feel This Love is track #3 & this was picked to be used as the theme song for Mezamashi TV .

With regards to the DVD tracklist of FEEL , Can You Feel This Love actually also received a music video but for some reason , it's not stated as so in the DVD tracklist but the video for Can You Feel This Love is essentially behind the scene offshot footages taken from the videos that have been included in FEEL .

To me , I thought Can You Feel This Love might be a ballad but I was surprised it's not the case as this's actually quite an upbeat cheery sounding no. & it's those type of songs that makes people feel good upon hearing it . Well that's what I had after I listened to Can You Feel This Love .

Big Boys Cry is the 1st A-side in Namie's 38th single Big Boys Cry / Beautiful . This's the only single included in FEEL since Beautiful has been excluded .

In this case , Big Boys Cry is described as a springlike pop dance no. & it was picked to be used as the theme song for the Kose ESPRIQUE TV ads which started airing at the end of Feb .

Big Boys Cry / Beautiful is Namie's 1st single since 2005's White Light / Violet Sauce that was not released in a CD + DVD format .

The next 2 album tracks are 2 songs back to back that received music videos , just like Alive .

Hands On Me was used to promote the ads of Recochoku while Heaven was produced by ZEDD , whom served as the DJ for Lady Gaga's tour .

Both Hands On Me & Heaven were released digitally via iTunes on the same day as FEEL with both songs sung completely in English just like Alive .

Between both songs , Hands On Me was the 1st 1 I heard & it's a really catchy solid no. . I found myself being captivated by it after I kept on listening to it .

Likewise the same thing goes for Heaven too . It's also a dance no. just like Hands On Me but what sets Heaven apart is that it has a fun disco feeling .

To me , Hands On Me feels like something I might hear being played in a hip hop party/club while for Heaven , it's a perfect disco track but all in all , both songs are equally top notch despite being dancey no.s at the end of the day .

The next album track is Poison & this's quite a bad ass sounding no. as it incorporated rap . It's not a typical style Namie goes for but I must say in this case , it works well for her .

Likewise , La La La is an aggressive angsty song . I thought it was going to be something cheesy sounding but the title itself fooled me & in the midst , I got surprised in a good way . Now I know why both Poison & La La La are side by side each other as they give off almost the same music vibe .

Supernatural Love is track #9 & I feel this's 1 of the coolest sounding tracks in FEEL simply because of the melody .

If I thought Alive has a great futuristic sleek sound , for Supernatural Love , it can be considered as so , only that it's a lot more energetic if not fun . There's just something about Supernatural Love that makes each listen of the song extremely addictive as each listen goes by .

Let Me Let You Go is the only album ballad in FEEL & it's the 2nd last of 5 album tracks that gets a music video .

This song , alongside with most of the album tracks , is sung completely in English .

To be frank , I never have been so keen on Namie's ballads as I feel her forte lies with upbeat hip pop songs . I guess she wanted to incorporate a ballad in FEEL in making sure that she does actually has the capability to cover a wide range of different music styles & not just only focusing on purely upbeat tunes .

In the case of Let Me Let You Go , it's a nice piano driven ballad but it's definitely a somewhat sore thumb in FEEL since it's the only track that's a ballad but sometimes slowing down ain't such a bad thing .

Contrail is the 2nd last track in FEEL & it was used in the drama Sora Tobu Kouhoushitsu . It's also the last album track in FEEL to get a music video too .

Released as a digital single on 28th April & 1 of the 1st few songs I heard before FEEL was officially released .

Somehow or another , I just like Contrail . It's 1 of those songs that has a very likeable feeling & it's 1 of the more mellower songs alongside with Let Me Let You Go .

Stardust In My Eyes is the final last song in FEEL & just like Alive + Supernatural Love , the album's last track is yet another sleek sounding futuristic no. .

Except in this case , Stardust In My Eyes has a lot more synth thrown in which allows FEEL to go out with a bang .

Namie Amuro lights up Summer with her new album FEEL . The album's 12 tracks range from simple piano & string ballads to powerful dance tracks .

I must say when FEEL was announced , I was quite skeptical especially since this album only included 1 1/2 of a double A-side single which means that the album tracks must be exceptional if not be able to stalk up to what the album's worth .

But upon hearing FEEL , I was completely blown away over the top notch production if not sheer quality of what the songs were . The overall feeling I have for FEEL is that even though it's a dance album , each of the songs have an unique identity of their own which makes things really entertaining if not very enjoyable .

I guess 1 of the grouses surrounding FEEL is that most of the album tracks are sung by Namie in complete English which's a lot more English driven than what Uncontrolled offered which in the process , FEEL might not sound like what a typical Japanese album offers .

That said , FEEL is 1 of the most enjoyable if not well produced albums I've heard/come across for the year . For Namie to release a new album so soon after Uncontrolled , it takes guts for her to do something like that but even more so when virtually it comprises of brand new material , except for Big Boys Cry .

The end results gives FEEL & in this aspect , it completely pays off very well for Namie !



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