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Amuro Namie’s 31st single, entitled FUNKY TOWN, was released on 04.04.07. The title track was used as the Lipton’ Limone CM song.

FUNKY TOWN is a cool dance song that serves as a great title track. The fun atmosphere comes through the opening instrumentation and then the addictive chorus comes in. Her vocals sound great here and the phrase “funky town” is what really catches the listener’s ear. During the first verse, she continues that coolness and the music keeps up with her strongly. The cartoon noises during the second verse are a real nice touch and bring out that light-hearted energy of the music. For the third verse, Namie breaks down things nicely with a softer sound and then the hook comes once again to pick things up. On the final chorus, she shows off vocal strength in order to bring the song to a close. FUNKY TOWN is a great dance song worth checking out.

The B-side, DARLING, takes on the sexier sound. She repeatedly sings “want me baby” before the beat and instrumentation comes in. The first verse comes in and Namie delivers smooth vocals that capture the song’s sexual atmosphere and the English phrases pop nicely. It’s the chorus that really stands out as Namie gives more vocal strength and the title of the song really stands out. DARLING does a great job of complimenting FUNKY TOWN by bringing out Namie’s sexy side.

In order to promote the single, a PV for FUNKY TOWN was made. In the video, Namie does some dance sequences that match the song’s atmosphere perfectly. There is also a scene of Namie singing with a background of Namie’s face. It’s actually a very nice video, although a little simple.

Single Ranking: A

After two slower songs on her last single, Namie brings two upbeat tracks. FUNKY TOWN is a fun dance song that catches the listener’s ear while DARLING takes on the sexy sound perfectly. Overall, this is a great single and a great way to segue into PLAY.

Amuro Namie’s 30th single, entitled Baby Don’t Cry, was released on 01.24.07. Considered a comeback single of sorts, the single outsold many of her previous ones and roughly sold 145,000. The title track was used as the theme song for the dorama Himitsu no Hanazano. The B-side, Nobody, shares the same melody as previous single White Light and was originally planned to be released on that single.

The sweet midtempo number, Baby Don’t Cry, serves as the single’s title track. The song starts off with a very comforting instrumental and then the first verse begins. Namie’s vocals sound very smooth pretty here and go with the music perfectly and English phrases such as “T-shirts” and “three years” stand out. The vocal strength really comes out on the chorus, which really stands out to the listener. The section that stands out the most is the third verse and Namie brings vocal strength and the instrumentation really shines. The song then finishes with Namie repeating “baby don’t cry” with the instrumentation supporting her voice. This song is a great example of what Namie can do when the tempo slows down a bit.

Nobody, which shares the same melody as White Light, takes on a lighter and more sorrowful sound. The song opens up with the same instrumentation although it doesn’t have as much of a wintery feel as White Light. Namie sings smoothly on the first verse, capturing the song’s atmosphere. The chorus then arrives and the English lines really shine, particularly “I gotta say to you bye-bye” and the final two lines pop strongly as well. Overall it’s another great song and one to check out.  

In order to promote the single, a PV for Baby Don’t Cry was made. Although the video is simple, it’s definitely an enjoyable one. Namie is seen walking through a city and then through a park as she sings the song. The ending shows her standing with a beautiful view in the background. Not much goes on in the video but it’s just a nice chance to see a strong visual representation of the song.

Single Ranking: A

Namie continues to bring strength on this single while taking things down a bit for the title track. Nobody is also a nice B-side, showing a different side of the melody that previously brought a great Christmas song. It’s an enjoyable single and has a sweeter and slower sound for Namie.

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.

Amuro Namie’s 28th single, entitled White Light / Violet Sauce, was released on 11.26.05. White Light was used as the Dwango CM song while Violet Sauce was used as the theme song for the Japanese release of the movie Sin City.

White Light is a sweet Christmas song that touches the listener’s heart. The song starts off with a very clear beat before the sweet wintery music comes in with some Namie speaking. Then the first verse starts and Namie’s vocals are smooth, moving with the music perfectly. The chorus really stands with beautiful vocals that also show strength and the final line really pops as she sings “I’ll never leave your side, I promise under the white light.” The third verse really shines as there is a real softness in her voice and the following the first two lines of the chorus follow suit. Namie then sweetly sings the last line of the chorus and then pure instrumentation brings the song to a great close. White Light is a fantastic song worth listening to repeatedly.

Violet Sauce is a hot dance track that is extremely addictive. The song begins with a cool and sleek instrumental that then begins to introduce other instruments as Namie says “you know what, who is hot, collaboration.” A line from the chorus, “dip in the sauce,” repeats and then the first verse starts. Namie brings smooth and sleek vocals to match the instrumentation. The chorus comes full force with the repeating “dip in the sauce” really standing out to the listener. The third verse shines the most as Namie brings some fantastic vocals, particularly when she sings “come with me.” Ending the song is another addictive sequence with a more hushed instrumental and a sly softness to Namie’s vocals as the English phrases such as “mind control” and “toys” pop. Violet Sauce is an amazing song, one of the best songs in her entire discography.

In order to promote the single, a PV for White Light was made. The video is very sweet, matching the atmosphere of the song. Scenes from the video include Namie sitting on the top of a building in a beautiful coat with a sweet hood, Namie walking along town and Namie sitting in her room.

Single Ranking: A +

Namie has done a fantastic job on this single, bringing consistent fire. White Light is a very sweet Christmas song that the listener can just smoothly ssail through from start to finish while Violet Sauce picks up the tempo for a hot dance sound. Both songs are amazing and need to be listened to immediately.

Amuro Namie’s 27th single, entitled WANT ME, WANT ME, was released on 04.06.05. The CD only featured the B-side, Handle Me and the instrumentals. The song was criticized for its sexually provocative lyrics and was even banned in Korea.

Namie brings the sexiness for WANT ME, WANT ME. The opening instrumentation features the looming sitar that immediately catches the listener’s ear and then the chorus begins. With phrases like “like a virgin” and “trojan,” Namie gives great vocals to really bring the dirtiness of the song. “Oh boy, you are so hot” starts off the first verse and definitely is a great way to start. Namie then whispers “I can do you, you can do me,” which really shows off the sexual energy of the song. The looming sitar as well as Namie’s vocals really help the sexual atmosphere here shine more and make the listener become addicted from start to finish.

Handle Me keeps up the tempo nicely as a fun pop song. Namie says “hit me” and soon the pop instrumental takes off, entrancing the listener from the first moment. For the first verse, Namie gives some nice vocals that carry with the music perfectly and the phrase “666” really stands out to the listener. Namie then gives even more powerful vocals to catch the listener’s ear during the chorus. “Easy come, easy go” then begins the second verse and without the music, Namie’s voice really stands out. The third verse features a slightly different instrumentation, with the focus on the piano and sounds absolutely great. Handle Me is a great pop song and is definitely one from Namie to look out for.

In order to promote the single, a PV for WANT ME, WANT ME was made. The video features Namie and her dancers doing some sexual dance routines. The whole sexual atmosphere of the song comes to life in this video and it’s definitely a perfect match. Any Namie fan would absolutely love this video.

Single Ranking: A +

WANT ME, WANT ME is one of Namie’s most addictive songs and she fully brings the sexual atmosphere that makes the listener take notice. Handle Me is another great B-side from Namie and has an undescribable element that makes it stand out. Truly it’s another great single and both songs are not to be missed.

Amuro Namie’s 26th single, entitled GIRL TALK / the SPEED STAR, was released on 10.14.04. GIRL TALK was used as the the Lucido-L CM song.

GIRL TALK, a relaxing pop track, serves as the first A-side. A sweet and cute instrumental opens up the song and then the chorus begins. Namie sings smoothly through the verse and English phrases such as “girls just wanna have fun” really pop nicely. The third verse is the best verse, particularly for the final note which she holds very strongly. The adlibbing is also a nice touch and certainly a fun part of the song. GIRL TALK is a very nice pop song with a relaxing atmosphere that the listener can enjoy.

While GIRL TALK is a more sweet pop song, the SPEED STAR shows off an aggressive dance instrumentation that Namie brings to life. The fun and energetic instrumental starts off the song before the first verse begins. Namie’s vocals are strong and keep with the music perfectly, delivering attitude and sass that only she can bring, particularly seen with “say adios.” The chorus allows Namie to bring a little more vocal strength and the instrumentation really focuses on the beat. After the set of the second verse and chorus, the hook comes in with a more hushed voice. It’s very catchy and the final phrase “who is the speed star” really makes for a nice finish. The song then finishes with the hook, leaving the listener wanting more after it finishes.

In order to promote the single, two PVs were made, one for each song. Both PVs are pretty simple and feature some great choreography from Namie, particularly for the SPEED STAR. The choreography for each video definitely matches the atmosphere of the song and serves as a great fit for the respective song.

Single Ranking: A

Namie’s 26th single is a double A-side single, consisting of the sweet pop song GIRL TALK and the aggressive dance song the SPEED STAR. The two songs compliment each other well and provide the listener with two different sounds to enjoy.

Amuro Namie’s 25th single, entitled ALL FOR YOU, was released on 07.22.04. The title track was used as the theme song for the drama, Kimi ga Omoide ni Naru no Mai ni.

ALL FOR YOU is a beautiful ballad with strong vocals and an absolutely gorgeous instrumentation. The opening instrumentation evokes a really romantic feeling. Soon the first verse begins and Namie’s smooth vocals carry perfectly and help the listener fall in love with the song. English phrases such as “never walk alone” pop very nicely and catch the listener’s ear. The chorus features stronger vocals that show so much emotion. The third verse is wonderful as she sings “darling you,” holding the final note beautifully and powerfully. ALL FOR YOU is definitely a great ballad and is a great A-side.

Butterfly, a fun pop song, is the single’s B-side. The song begins with a fun instrumental with tropical tints to it. With the chorus, there is a real fun atmosphere from the “beep beep” part and Namie’s vocals which provide the listener with an enjoyable listen. Then the first verse starts and Namie’s smooth vocals keep the listener entranced. The pure instrumental section is a nice breakdown of the cool music before the chorus is re-introduced. More fun instrumentation then brings the song to an excellent close. Butterfly is another enjoyable B-side and definitely one to look out for.

In order to promote the single, a PV for ALL FOR YOU was made. The video is very simple as it features Namie singing on a beach. The setting of this video is absolutely gorgeous and is definitely eye-catching, a perfect fit for the song’s beauty.

Single Ranking: A +

Amuro Namie’s 25th single features the beautiful ballad, ALL FOR YOU as well as the fun and interesting number, Butterfly. Although Namie usually brings her touch to the upbeat style, she definitely sounds at home on this sweet ballad.