Single Review: nami – “思い出になるの?”

Tracklist:
1. 思い出になるの? (Omoide ni Naru no?; Does It Become a Memory?)
2. 愛しさのゆくえ (Itoshisa no Yukue; Love’s Whereabouts)
3. 楽園 (Rakuen; Paradise)

This is Nami Tamaki’s 19th single, released on February 17, 2010. The single failed to chart on Oricon.

Such a pretty cover. What a shame. ;__;

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The first, and so far only, single released under Nami Tamaki’s new stage name, nami, 思い出になるの? has polarized a great deal of Nami’s fanbase, and it’s easy to see why. Like her previous single Moshimo Negai ga…, it’s a foray into the R&B genre, but unfortunately it’s a step down. The music, while nice, is clearly lower on the totem pole in terms of production quality, and it can’t be denied that Nami’s vocals are not truly meant for R&B. It’s a nice song, but after Moshimo, I was expecting something spectacular.

愛しさのゆくえ is a lot like the song that precedes it. In fact, I liked it, to be honest. For the most part, this song is R&B a fast beat and synths. The production quality is still low and the vocals are still sort of iffy, but it could be and will get worse.

Last and certainly least is Nami’s cover of Ken Hirai’s breakout hit 楽園. Nami seems to really have taken to making covers lately, and up until now they were pretty good. However, she’s hit a wall with this one. The most obvious factor that makes this cover inferior to the original is the discrepancy between Nami’s singing ability, or perhaps lack thereof, and Ken Hirai’s. The two are clearly in different leagues vocally, and through an amazing lack of self-awareness, Nami somehow thought she’d be able to pull off a cover of this caliber, which ultimately was not true. This song is boring, lackluster and just plain poor.

Summary: It’s really quite a shame to see an artist I’ve been listening to for five years fall so deep into the hole, so to speak. And I’m not just talking about this single; Nami has lost almost all of her popularity, and this new musical style she’s trying to break into is causing a great deal of her fans to turn her back on her. I’m not ready to do that just yet, though. With only two of the songs on this single being worth listening to, this is a decent release, but it still leaves much, much, much to be desired.

Single Grade: C+

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