Saturday, March 28, 2009

Review: WILD / Dr.

Artist: Amuro Namie
01. WILD
02. Dr.
*please note that the CD single does contain instrumental tracks for both songs*

Goodness, her English has improved! I understood all of the English lyrics just by listening.
Well gosh, what a fun track. It starts off with some electric noises that sound like a chipmunk being thrown through space and then Namie makes her entrance with "Work the middle, work the middle, work the middle like I do..."
After that the main 'song' starts. It switches between an energetic chorus in English and Japanese that will probably be stuck in your head for days on end and softer vocals in between. They work very well together and this is an excellent new single from her. Definitely my favorite dance track by Namie Amuro, right behind Violet Sauce (Spicy).

When I first heard this I thought it was kind of a strange song. Now after hearing it a few times, I really like it. There are a bunch of different melodies in it. Some of them are unexpected and very high energy, but for the most part, this song is slow and beautiful. (It's 5:40 long).
So, it starts out with a computerized voices speaking some typical English computer commands ( the kind you might hear in most science fictions films ) and some sinister strings. Then it turns into a bouncy electric beat and stays that way for most of the song. There's a very short part in this song near the end that I really like.
This actually sounds much more meaningful and surreal than a lot of Namie's more recent songs. It's certainly much less shallow than (admittedly, very fun) songs like New Look. Her voice is also very pretty in this song (slower songs, generally, do give the singer more time to show off their vocal grace).

All in all I give this new single 5/5, and in a nutshell, I would say it's AWESOME!!

Watch the beautiful WILD promotional video on YouTube!

Watch the distracting anime-style Dr. promotional video on YouTube!

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