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Amuro Namie – CAN’T SLEEP, CAN’T EAT, I’M SICK / 人魚 [29th Single]

Posted on: August 6, 2008

Amuro Namie’s 29th single, entitled CAN’T SLEEP, CAN’T EAT, I’M SICK / 人魚, was released on 05.17.06. CAN’T SLEEP, CAN’T EAT, I’M SICK was used as both the Iromelo CM song and a mu-mo CM song while 人魚 was used in a mu-mo CM song.

CAN’T SLEEP, CAN’T EAT, I’M SICK is a fantastic pop dance song that is the single’s shining number. The song starts off with a fun instrumental with a guy introducing the song and Namie sings “oh my god!” before the chorus comes in. Her vocals shine here, particularly when she sings the title of the song and “you say like.” The first verse then starts and Namie brings the coolness while also maintaining the fun atmosphere of the song and she hits the final note really well. English phrases persist to make the hook really enjoyable and the ending “my god” is always enjoyable. The song then finishes with the chorus and then some fun instrumentation. Overall it’s an addictive pop song that the listener enjoys from start to finish strongly.

人魚 serves as the single’s ballad and a pretty one at that. After a very sweet instrumental, the chorus then starts. There is a beautiful fragility to her vocals that really shine throughout the song, which captures the listener’s ear. During the first verse, she then shows more power while still showing control. The final chorus features the best note of the entire song, really hitting the listener hard. Overall this is a great ballad and definitely one to check out.

In order to promote the single, two PVs were made: one for each A-side. For CAN’T SLEEP, CAN’T EAT, I’M SICK, the PV features some great dance sequences with her background dancers. All the dances are great and have that coolness that only Namie can bring. It’s a really fun video that needs to be watched. The video for 人魚 features Namie dressed in a beautiful pink and white kimono as she sings the song. There is also a scene when she grabs the moon and then wanders into a forest and sits down. This video is very pretty, much like the song.

Single Ranking: A +

Namie continues her streak of fire on this single as the leading A-side is a fun pop dance song that becomes addictive to the listener. 人魚 is a beautiful ballad that shows off her strong vocals. Overall, it’s a great single and definitely one to look out for.

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