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[Album Review] Namie Amuro's "FEEL"

posted by Aysohmay on 21 July, 2013 at 06:20 pm   ·   11 comments
[Album Review] Namie Amuro's "FEEL"

Quote by Namie Amuro
I need you loving me
To make me feel alive

Namie Amuro's 11th studio album, titled "FEEL", opens with the track "Alive". The song's chorus include the above lyrics. Well Namie, looks like you should be feeling alive, because this album is definitely making me love you.

Like much of pop music these days, "FEEL" is an electropop album, following in the footsteps of many pop artists these days who are heavily influenced by the sounds of Electron Dance Music. From the dance anthem "Alive" to the more trendy sounds of "Poison", the album's use of electronic elements is decidedly pop, allowing them to enhance the sound instead of sounding like a trance-track with vocals overlaid on top. Only a few tracks feel like they couldn't have existed before the EDM movement, either because they're too trance-like or because of the use of tasteful dubstep. Those who aren't a fan of EDM will still find themselves attracted to "FEEL".

For those who do love EDM, this album is for you too. Most of the album is very danceable. In fact, the beat to several of the songs are so infectious that you'll find yourself involuntarily dancing. You'll feel the beat in your whole body, compelling you to move. One track in particular, "Alive", deserves to be an international club sensation. The song is sung entirely in easy-to-understand English, making it easily accessible to Western audiences. The only bad thing about the song is that it starts the album on the highest note, with none of the other songs being quite as good.

Despite no track being as good as "Alive", the bar was set very high with the song, and many of the others reach almost as high as well. "FEEL" does not suffer from filler ballads. The slower songs and ballads at the end of the album don't feel like they were put in to fill in space. They're all standout tracks in their own right and serve to bring the album to a calm close.

Typically when albums get reviewed, I like to discuss some of its flaws to give a thorough look at the album as a whole. While there are some weird lyric choices here and there, and some of the electronic elements were questionable, overall there's almost nothing to complain about. The transitions flow, the song selection is fantastic, everything just works.

Namie has been one of the biggest names in the J-pop industry for nearly two decades now, and its no surprise. The singer's sound has evolved with time, always remaining relevant to music industry's trends while still keeping her unique flavor of music. "FEEL" shows why the singer remains a force to be reckoned with after all these years.

The Good
- Every song is good
- "Alive" is the hottest dance track of the summer
- EDM was done in a way that sounded more poppy than usual, yet was still danceable

The Bad
- A few odd lyrics in a couple of songs

4.5 our of 5


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  • Posted by GEEGEEBABYBABY1 · 197,730 Jpops · 680 shares · 3 years ago  

    I thought it was a great album, why didn't I find this review earlier?

  • Posted by ASAGI · 132,274 Jpops · 121 shares · 3 years ago  

    BEST ALBUM! I Give it 5/5

  • Posted by Erifu · 151 Jpops · 3 years ago  

    I think she is always same.

  • Posted by toki123 · 97 Jpops · 3 years ago  

    What odd lyrics? I thought the album wasn't anything special.

  • Posted by chambertlo · 246 Jpops · 3 years ago  

    While the album is good, I feel that the emphasis on English as the main language detracts from the overall feel of the music. Namie sounds much better when she sings in her native tongue, and some of the English lyrics are just plain horrid. That being said, I did not find one bad track inn the whole album, and I feel it is her best release since PLAY. Great party music.

  • Posted by WingedSphinx01 · 12,754 Jpops · 4 shares · 3 years ago  

    I agree somewhat with this review. Music is nice but many of the lyrics are bad. Hands On Me compares love to being a woman battered by a man. (Yes they do, go read them!) That alone puts a bad taste in my mouth. Then Poison compares Namie's love to a poisonous drink that when consumed kills the person, all the while Namie forcefully urges the listener to drink....It comes across as bitter and aggressive. However other songs on this were really charming. Can You Feel This Love is a sweet, harmless song with a traditional Jpop sound to it. Let Me Let You Go is a heartfelt ballad and the best song on the album imo. So the album really expresses two different sides of Namie. The sweet, energetic and hopeful side, vs the angry and forceful side.....It's this mixed message that puts me off more than anything. I still happen to think PLAY and Past/Future are much better albums.

  • Reply by Burichan  

    I think you might have interpreted the lyrics to Hands on Me wrong. Usually when people say "beat it up" or "beat it like a drum" its not to mean an actual beating. Its sexual in nature. Rough sex. I don't wanna get too graphic so here:

  • Posted by fade92 · 141 Jpops · 3 years ago  

    it's not the typical 'jpop' challenging songs like her previous albums or AYU, UTADA, but I see it as her keeping with the times and not being an odd ball out it is a safe album if said but it i still a good album I thoroughly enjoyed it my jam is Poison!

  • Posted by Zakura · 34,184 Jpops · 3 years ago  

    I love her but I gotta say, this album is very disappointing.

  • Posted by selenaangelfun · 986 Jpops · 3 years ago  

    Alive has been stuck in my head. It really is easy to understand and Namie did an amazing job as usual. Her english has improved tremendously! Queen of J-Pop for life!

  • Posted by harunoizanami · 1,914 Jpops · 3 years ago  

    yes, there are some odd lyrics but I think she really did a good job! really love her! soar high Namie! <3

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