GIRL TALK / the SPEED STAR
Lyrics, Music, & Arrangement: T. Kura, Michico
Oh, girlfriends! One of the most R&B influenced of Namie’s Hip-Pop, this song really has fun. Bouncing, chiming, flipping, and zooming with synth, ‘GIRL TALK’ really attracts the listener. Namie does an excellent job ad. lib.-ing in this song and her voice sounds very good. Lyrical perscision comes in as these lyrics are more or less rapid-fire. A lot of it is Japanese slang, dropping vowels randomly, and so, it makes it hard to sing in karaoke if you don’t know it by heart ’cause the lyrics barely help. Undeniably popular with Japanese audiences, T. Kura, Michico, and Amuro-chan pull of another hit.
the SPEED STAR
Lyrics, Music, & Arrangement: Akira, Monk
Let me say that Namie + Dance music = utter amazing-ness!
Fast, car-like electronic sounds accompany this thrilling dance track and ticking, booming bass settle low and amp’d. A sampled guitar riff plays throughout the song, much like ‘WANT ME, WANT ME’, but with a completely different effect. The lyrics for this song are just as fast as in ‘GIRL TALK’ but even more slang is used. The chorus is sexy, fast, and floored. There’s a good bit of English in this if you can get to it through the heavy accent. One interesting thing about this song is that it uses less bass than one would expect. It’s very top heavy (treble).
It is worth noting that GIRL TALK / the SPEED STAR was Namie’s first #1 on the Oricon Daily Chart since 1998′s I Have Never Seen. This single basically rocked, period.