Namie Amuro – Queen of Hip-Pop

Queen of Hip-Pop
2.5
WANT ME, WANT ME
3.5
WoWa
2.5
I Wanna Show You My Love
3.5
GIRL TALK
3.5
Free
2.5
My Darling
2.5
Ups & Downs duet with Nao’ymt
2.5
I Love You
2.5
ALL FOR YOU
2.5
No
2.5

thoughts. B.
Queen on Hip Pop, Namie’s sixth album, was kinda the first and really the last to harbor this hip pop sound she started around her third or fourth album and then played around with with Style. It’s a bit more organized and cohesive then her previous album. As if she put more thought into it, instead of just having it be all over the place. Even so, it’s oddly bland to me. It is a better sounding album, but I think I dig Style a little more as it never got dull to me. Queen of Hip Pop sounds like another version of Namie’s Style, I’ve always liked WANT ME WANT ME. WoWa is OK. I Wanna Show You My Love is a nice an catchy fan song from her. GIRL TALK is quite possibly the song that made me go and seek out her albums. Free and My Darling are two under rated bops from her. Ups & Downs duet with Nao’ymt, I Love You, ALL FOR YOU and No round the album out nicely but don’t stand out as much as I would have liked them to. There is also a hidden track on this album: Yes which is like an answer song to No, with like everfree levels of under rated. A decent album, but I think I prefer Style over it.

  • favorite track – GIRL TALK
    least favorite track – Queen of Hip Pop
    guilty pleasure track – WANT ME WANT ME
    under rated track – I Wanna Show You My Love/Yes (hidden track)

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Namie Amuro – STYLE

Namie’s Style
2.5
Put ‘Em Up
3.5
So Crazy
2.5
Don’t Lie to Me
2.5
Lovebite
3.5
Four Seasons
3.5
Fish feat. verbal & Arkitec
2.5
Gimme More
2.5
As Good As
2.5
Shine More
2.5
Come
3.5
Wishing On The Same Star
3.5

thoughts. B.
STYLE is Namie’s fifth album and this was when I really started getting into her music, I really liked this mild form of rnb from her because she did it so well. This album is alright, she was just testing the waters; working with different sounds. It’s not so much a mixed bag of an album as it comes across as slightly all over the place to me. Everything about this album just screams of her experimenting with this hip pop sound that she cemented in her follow up album. It’s a pretty even mix of rnb and pop, though neither overwhelms the other. Put ‘Em Up, Don’t Lie to Me, Lovebite, Four Seasons, Come and Wishing On The Same Star are the tracks that stand out to me. Four Seasons, Come in Wishing On The Same Star being a few of the gateway tracks that lead me to becoming a fan of Namie. If I was to have any gripes on a couple of the tracks her vocals seem either all over the place or lazy. It’s why this album isn’t as good as it could be. You have tracks where her vocal performance is pretty good: Four Seasons, then you have a track where it just seems like she’s going through the motions: So Crazy. Which is the main reason why I gave the 2 star tracks a fair rating. I liked break the rules better, but this wasn’t a bad introduction to her distinct flavor of hip pop sound.

  • favorite track – Four Seasons
    least favorite track – So Crazy
    guilty pleasure track – Put ‘Em Up
    under rated track – Don’t Lie To Me

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Namie Amuro – break the rules

no more tears
3.5
better days
2.5
break the rules
3.5
LOOKING FOR YOU
2.5
PLEASE SMILE AGAIN -album mix-
2.5
never shoulda
3.5
CROSSOVER -album mix-
2.5
GIRLFRIEND
3.5
NEVER END -album mix-
3.5
think of me
2.5
HimAWArI
3.5

thoughts. B+.
I have a weird relationship with this album because when I first got into Namie, I literally had zero interest in this album and I can’t even remember why. It just didn’t really click with me the first few times I listened to it. So, one day I’m listening to it, like really listening to it and was like wow this is a really good album. This is Namie Amuro’s fourth album break the rules, an it doesn’t have a very obvious rnb/pop sound like GENIUS 2000 did. It’s a lot more subtle. I like how different this album sounds from any of her other albums, honestly, it really stands on its on and I say that because a lot of the tracks on here were songs that at one point in time I would not have given a second listen to. Crossover is a great example of a song I would have wrote off, but is actually not that bad. The same can be said for Looking For You and Please Smile Again. The tracks that stood out for me were No More Tears (great song), Never Shoulda and Girlfriend. Never End is such a touching song in memory of her mother who was killed. Better Days is nice and HimAWArI are really under-rated treats from her. At one point in time I would have said this was maybe my favorite album from Namie (I think that honor belongs to PLAY or Queen of Hip Pop). Even so this is an interesting album and probably her most under-rated in my opinion.

  • favorite track – No More Tears
    least favorite track – Crossover
    guilty pleasure track – break the rules
    under-rated track – HimAWArI

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Namie Amuro – GENIUS 2000

LOVE 2000
3.5
RESPECT the POWER OF LOVE
2.5
LEAVIN’ for LAS VEGAS
3.5
SOMETHING ‘BOUT THE KISS
3.5
I HAVE NEVER SEEN
3.5
STILL IN LOVE
3.5
MI CORAZON (TE’ AMOUR)
2.5
YOU ARE THE ONE feat. IMAJIN
3.5
THINGS I COLLECTED
3.5
NEXT TO YOU
2.5
ASKING WHY
2.5
GIVE IT TRY
2.5

thoughts. B-.
Namie Amuro’s early career and albums are strange to me. I got into her during her Style and Queen of Hip Pop eras, so when I went back to listen to her before albums I was blown away. I remember only liking her break the rules pre Hip Pop era and that still holds true now. I do like her third album GENIUS 2000 more than her previous two albums. She was clearly dipping her toes into the rnb pool with this album in I definitely liked the tracks that came as a result of that. Namie has an interesting voice, sometimes she sounds good an sometimes she sounds very strain-y, but she never really disappoints me. This album is both generic/decent. I thought the oddest track on this album was LOVE 2000, which sounds so early aughts. Then after that you have very watered down rnb tracks, that aren’t bad. The highlights are LEAVIN’ FOR LAS VEGAS, SOMETHING ‘BOUT THE KISS, STILL IN LOVE, YOU ARE THE ONE and THINGS I COLLECTED. I HAVE NEVER SEEN is pretty good as well. The rest are OK. I did think it sort of tapered off and got really dull towards the end as if NEXT TO YOU, ASKING WHY and GIVE IT A TRY were just thrown on last minute to stretch the album out a little more. This album is nothing to write home about, but a tiny step up from her last two albums.

  • favorite track – STILL IN LOVE
    least favorite track – GIVE IT A TRY
    guilty pleasure track – LEAVIN’ FOR LAS VEGAS
    under-rated track – THINGS I COLLECTED

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Namie Amuro – Concentration 20

Concentration 20 -make you alright-
2.5
B wz you
3.5
Close your eyes, Close to you
2.5
Me Love Peace!!
3.5
No Communication
3.5
a walk in the park
2.5
To-day
2.5
Whisper
2.5
CAN YOU CELEBRATE?
3.5
How to be a Girl
2.5

thoughts. B-
Namie Amuro’s second album Concentration 20 as generic as it comes across as is still a definite step up from the confusing mess that was her debut (as a solo singer). I’ve never really ever paid much attention to this album; it’s an album from her that is just there despite it having her highest selling single on it: CAN YOU CELEBRATE? It just always kind of bored me. I do like some of the tracks on here such as: B wz you, Me Love Peace!! and No Communication. The stand out of course being CAN YOU CELEBRATE? which reminds me a lot of Sweet 19 Blues. The rest are just OK, if not a little on the strange side. I’m just relieved that she didn’t remix half the tracks on here or the singles like she did on her first album. It’s an interesting albeit dull album from her.

  • favorite track – CAN YOU CELEBRATE?
    least favorite track – To-day
    guilty pleasure track – Me Love Peace!!
    under-rated track – B wz you

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Namie Amuro – SWEET 19 BLUES

PRIVATE
2.5
Don’t wanna cry -Eighteen’s Summer mix-
3.5
Chase the Chance -CC mix-
2.5
i was a fool
2.5
present
2.5
SWEET 19 BLUES
3.5

thoughts. C.
SWEET 19 BLUES is Namie Amuro’s best selling album to date and I get why, but it’s also mind-boggling considering this is probably my least favorite album from her. I honestly believe that if she had shaved off all those pointless, filler interludes as well as not remixed her singles; this album would have fared a lot better with me. It’s just littered with filler and horrible remixes and I’m just sitting here thinking, why? I loved Body Feels Exit, but the Latin mix of it is just terrible. The only remixed single song I did like was Don’t wanna cry -Eighteen’s Summer mix-, but I still for the life of me do not get this album or what she was in the studio thinking? It’s just confusing with all the super short interludes and some of the songs, like I think one was called Jump and I was like, what is the point of this song? A lot of filler-ish crap could have been scrapped, but they weren’t and so we get a successful debut album that had so much promise with the singles leading up to it, fall flat on it’s face. DNR.

  • favorite track – Sweet 19 Blues
    least favorite track – i was a fool
    guilty pleasure track – Don’t wanna cry -Eighteen’s Summer mix-
    under-rated track – PRIVATE

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