Lyrics: H.U.B. / Composition: Paul Taylor, Scott Nickoley, Sandra Pires
Like an old record, Namie Amuro’s first single as a R&B artist opens with quick violins and one of Namie’s best vocal performances on a dance track, the ad. lib.-ing at the beginning is well pitched and she even gets in a growl. The verses, along with the chorus, are underlayed by a multi-layer staccato beat and pounding bass line. Crashing synth accompany a mostly violin driven instrumental melody. I like the message and the chorus is really fun and catchy.
Lyrics: Namie Amuro / Composition: Cherokee, Brion James, Anthony Nance
I was pleasantly surprised to find that Namie wrote these lyrics because it is my favorite B-side of her catalogue and it’s the lyrics that make it so because I love to just get in the car and drive. So, it has sentimental value for me besides being a great JPop song. A pretty guitar strum moving betweens a few select chords and a peppy bass line and you have yourself a pretty, slow jam.
As Namie’s first ‘urban’ single, I find it to reference much of the popular music of the mid to late 90s and early 2000s. It’s an excellent effort and a great second single after the ballad single, Wishing on the Same Star.