Tamaki Nami – Greeting

Release Date: February 25, 2004

Tracklist:

1. Eternal Voice
2. Believe
3. day by day
4. Complete
5. Be Positive <hikari no naka de kagayaite>
6. NEVER STOP MY HEART – kimi to iu kiseki ni –
7. Shining Star ☆wasurenai kara☆
8. Realize
9. Naked
10. Destiny
11. ashita no kimi
12. Prayer
13. Believe -Evidence01 Mix-

Eternal Voice starts us off with Tamaki’s signature techno-rock-pop like songs. The background music rocks for this song, and it reminds me of her Gundam music. It has an infectious, powerful feeling to it, but I can’t say the same thing for Tamaki’s vocals. Once again, her voice is covered up by the loud instrumentals, and she, as always, strains on the higher notes. The melody of Eternal Voice isn’t the most original one, but it is quite catchy. Too bad the guitar solo in the interlude section completely steals the show though.

We head right into Tamaki’s debut single, Believe. I can say that it provides a nice transition, but then again, all of Tamaki’s music I’ve heard of before some really similiar: the same techno-rock-pop type music.

day by day is a bit a different…at least the beginning is, with the piano and all. Right after the introduction, we fall back into Tamaki’s usual: pop, techno, and then more pop. The melody in this song is a bit more original though, especially the choppy parts at the beginning of the chorus. One of my pet peeves about this song is how the English is so randomly placed; it seems unnatural. Tamaki’s voice sounds a bit more natural in this song though.

We finally head into the rock genre with Complete, giving us a glance of Tamaki’s darker side. Her voice is also more mature sounding in here too, which is quite nice, I must say. Dammit, I’ll admit it: I love this song. The chorus is the best part, especially with the edginess of her voice. She is finally putting some soul into her voice, which, in my opinion, is necessary with every vocalist.

The instrumentals in Be Positive <hikari no naka de kagayaite> are a tad strange, to say it vaguely. We go into the softer, calmer side of Tamaki’s voice and music with this song. She still strains in this song though, something she needs to fix ASAP. I think this is her attempt at a ballad (an upbeat one, not the ones that K is so famous for). Here’s a shocker: there is no trace of Tamaki’s signature techo-pop-ness in this song.

I never expected a B-side to be on an album, but I guess Tamaki likes NEVER STOP MY HEART – kimi to iu kiseki ni – too much to leave it out. I’m glad it’s in here though, because it continues the calmness created by the previous track. Actually it is more of a ballad than Be Positive <hikari no naka de kagayaite>. It creates a nice transition from one track to another.

We have yet another single, Shining Star ☆wasurenai kara☆, but this time it is the A-side, so it isn’t that much of a shocker. I’m glad this song came after the two ballad type songs; the beginning of this track provides us with the smooth transition into the techo-pop genre again. Yes, we did need the transition, because we have Realize up next. Yay for Gundam!

Ohhhh, me like the beginning to Naked; it has guitar chords that are interrupted. This song is another techo-pop song, but unlike the above songs, it has more of an epic feeling to it for some reason. Tamaki’s voice also has more power behind it, so that’s another plus for this song.

It’s a shame we fall back into the Gundam music-like songs with Destiny. At least Tamaki tries to hit really high notes; but they don’t sound natural. This song is just so bland to me though…

The beginning of ashita no kimi is a bit different from the rest of her music, as it begins with a drumset, lightly tapping the drums. The melody here is one the best from Tamaki that I’ve heard of so far, but her voice ruins it for me (too strained, as always). Then, as usual again, the awesome guitar solo near the end is too good to be ignored (I feel like I’m repeating myself over and over again when reviewing Tamaki Nami).

We finally come to the last ‘real’ track of the album, Prayer. This song continues the techno-pop streak from god knows when. I think I like Believe -Evidence01 Mix- more the original mix. It’s more epic sounding with the strings, and the echo the mixer put to Tamaki’s voice.

Overall Rating:
3/5

Meh, I’m still not a fan of Tamaki’s music.

Tamaki Nami – Shining Star ☆Wasurenai Kara☆

Release Date: January 28, 2004

Tracklist:

1. Shining Star ☆Wasurenai Kara☆
2. Kanashimi no Valentine
3. High School Queen
4. Shining Star ☆Wasurenai Kara☆ -Instrumental-

Wow, “twinkle twinkle little star” in a pop song: that’s the introduction to the A-side, Shining Star ☆Wasurenai Kara☆. Tamaki’s voice seems a bit strained in this song, especially on the higher notes. I like the layering of the voices in the chorus though; it creates a cool effect. As usual, her songs are so full of life.

Kanashimi no Valentine is a ballad, in contrast to the A-side. Something I’ve noticed: Tamaki’s voice is gentler and more flowing when singing ballads. Anyway, this song has a light accompaniment, so the listener can focus on her voice (which is doing better than the last song). The Engrish in here is slightly unbearable though (sigh).

The last track, High School Queen, takes us to Tamaki’s rock music. Her voice is the most powerful when singing this type of song, in my opinion. This song is a hyperactive, jumpy song, and the melody shows its playfulness.

Overall Rating:
3/5

Tamaki Nami – Prayer

Release Date: November 12, 2003

Tracklist:

1. Prayer
2. real dreaM
3. NEVER STOP MY HEART -Kimi to iu Kiseki ni-
4. Prayer (instrumental)

Prayer explodes into music (slightly surprised me). It sounds a lot like Tamaki’s Gundam music, even though this isn’t part of the Gundam franchise. Her voice seems a bit strained on the higher notes, but most of the time, it’s quite powerful. The background sometimes overpowers her voice, and that’s a bit of a drag.

The next track, real dreaM, is more of a rock song (in contrast to her usual stuff). Tamaki’s voice is, once again, more girly than the A-side. The layering of the voices at some points has a nice effect, and the melody is fresh. real dreaM is a fast paced track; almost like a dance track.

A light piano and strings accompaniment begin the final track, NEVER STOP MY HEART -Kimi to iu Kiseki ni-. This song, unlike her previous songs, is a mid-tempo ballad. The melody of the chorus is rather pretty and unique, in a way. My favourite part has to be the piano though; it has a nice effect on the song overall.

Overall Rating:
3/5

Tamaki Nami – Realize

Release Date: July 24, 2003

Tracklist:

1. Realize
2. Hot Summer Day
3. Ashita no Kimi
4. Realize -Instrumental-

I’ve always loved Tamaki’s Gundam Seed songs, and Realize is one of them. The background music is like techo music; typical of Gundam songs. Her voice is strong in this song, and full of power. My favourite part is the chorus though; it’s so catchy (or maybe I’ve watched too much Gundam Seed).

The first B-side, Hot Summer Day, starts off with Tamaki’s voice (much more girly than the last song) singing with sparse accompaniment (sounds like game music). Her Engrish isn’t that great though, but when she sings “hot summer day”, is kind of addicting. The chorus’ melody is rather weird though, as if it doesn’t fit with the rest of the song.

Ashita no Kimi starts off with some beats before Tamaki comes in with the rest of the background music. The melody is more flowing in this song (compared to the last track), and rather unique, at least in the verses. Other than that, the song is rather boring.

Overall Rating:
3/5

Tamaki Nami – Believe

Release Date: April 23, 2003

Tracklist:

  1. Believe
  2. Complete
  3. Can You Feel My Love
  4. Believe (Instrumental)

1. Believe
This song is very, very techo. Tamaki’s vocals in Believe are a bit strained at the higher notes and her range doesn’t seem that wide either. The background music is typical rock instrumentals, and the melody doesn’t catch my attention either.

2. Complete
The song begins with an electric guitar, followed by the introduction. The verse sound a lot like Believe, however. The music is more rock than techo this time around, and the chorus is an improvement from the previous track. Tamaki’s vocals are also stronger here. This is a very American influenced song, as far as I can tell. The synth has been jacked up in Complete, even though Believe did have some. Too bad this song didn’t stick out to me.

3. Can You Feel My Love
The guitar is very hypnotic in the opening, and the song starts off better than the past two tracks. Maybe because it’s more organized and less crazy than before. Can You Feel My Love is also a lot simpler than the rest of the single, giving the listener some breathing space. It’s a shame the melody seems like a variation of the past two songs to me. Nothing interesting really goes on in this song, I’m sorry to say.

Overall Rating:
2/5

This single is absolutely boring to me. I can’t wait to review her Gundam SEED singles though; they’re way better.