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Fortune

Artist: Nami Tamaki
Release Date: January 26, 2005
Label: Sony Music Japan
Personal Rating: 3.5/5

1. Fortune
2. Everlasting
3. DreamerS
4. Fortune (Instrumental)
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Fortune turns out to be another one of Nami’s song that starts flowy and quiet in the beginning and then transitions in to her usual fast tempo dance/techno oriented music. Regardless, Nami’s aggressive vocals makes a disapperance here and is replaced by a less-agressive voice. It still sounds nice, though.

Surprising to see how Everlasting is calming but at the same time, there’s nice components added into the song. Like hearing the different instruments during different parts and segments of the song. A pretty decent listen.

DreamerS is another “okay” song. It’s just that the style of the arrangement was something that we’ve already heard from Nami.

Personal Rating: 3.5/5

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Reason

Artist: Nami Tamaki
Release Date: November 10, 2004
Label: Sony Music Japan
Personal Rating: 4/5

1. Reason
2. Promised Land
3. Truth
4. Reason (Instrumental)
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Yay it’s Reason, her second epic song from Gundam Seed Destiny! I think this was when she first started her songs off with a soft chorus introductions which then speeds up after singing a part of the chorus. Her vocals are still as awesome as ever and I actually never deleted this song from my iPod after five years!

Next up is Promised Land which is a bit more aggressive than Reason but there’s still that quiet introduction that goes into the tech and synch stuff. Compliments still goes to her vocals and the arrangement and the catchy chorus! Another great song coming from Nami Tamaki!

Finally, Truth doesn’t really grab the listener’s attention as much as the other two tracks did. Even the chorus couldn’t help much. The song’s oaky but it’s not something I would listen to more than once.

Personal Rating: 4/5

Daitan ni Ikimashou ↑Heart & Soul↑

Artist: Nami Tamaki
Release Date: July 14, 2004
Label: Sony Music Japan
Personal Rating: 3.5/5

1. Daitan ni Ikimashou ↑Heart & Soul↑
2. Distance
3. Special Birthday
4. Daitan ni Ikimashou↑Heart & Soul↑ (Instrumental)
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The first think I thought when I saw the title for this single was “Wow, that’s a complicated title!” I’m taking a break soon so I might as well get some reviews done.

Daitan ni Ikimashou ↑Heart & Soul↑ sounds a bit too pop for my taste when it comes down to Nami Tamaki. But even so, she did a decent job with a pop-oriented song. Anyways, this is a remade version of “A Perfect Match” which was originally sung by a Swedish group called A-Teens.

Distance is one of those songs that people could forget easily. Yeah, I mean it’s unforgettable. Everything in the arrangement does nothing to stand out and the song sounds a bit mediocre. Her vocals is probably the only reason why I would listen to this song.

Special Birthday is pretty mid-tempo. The only problem is that the arrangement got a little old quickly. Yes, her vocals still own. (How many times must I repeat that?)

*gasp* A low rating for one of Nami’s earlier works!? The reason for the low rating wasn’t entirely her fault though. (Mainly because of the average arrangements)

Personal Rating: 3.5/5

Shining Star ☆Wasurenai Kara☆

Artist: Nami Tamaki
Release Date: Janaury 28, 2004
Label: Sony Music Japan
Personal Rating: 4.5/5

1. Shining Star ☆Wasurenai Kara☆
2. Kanashimi no Valentine
3. High School Queen
4. Shining Star ☆Wasurenai Kara☆ (Instrumental)
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I liked how there were some parts of the “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” nursey rhyme throughout Shining Star ☆Wasurenai Kara☆. Well, only for a little bit until Tami’s synchs and vocals come in. The chorus sounds nice and all but I jsut don’t like it when the rest of the song turns out to just be the repeats of the verses and the chorus. Otherwise, her vocals are still as great as ever. Not to mention that she’s doing well with her English!

There’s definitely a lot of vocal development in Kanashimi no Valentine. The beginning of the song sounds soothing and calm until near the end when her vocals are up and strong. A very slow-tempo and ballad oriented track to say at the least. (kind of like alan’s megumi no Ame)

Finally, High School Queen contrasts with her older releases because it’s rock oriented! Pretty cool song. There’s nothing much more to add when I say the arrangement rocks, the vocal rocks so the song rocks!

Personal Rating: 4.5/5

Prayer

PrayerArtist: Nami Tamaki
Release Date: November 12, 2003
Label: Sony Music Japan
Personal Rating: 4.5/5

1. Prayer
2. real dreaM
3. NEVER STOP MY HEART -Kimi to iu Kiseki ni-
4. Prayer (Instrumental)
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The cover art was MUCH better then the ones on the past two releases. Plus, there’s not a huge majority the usual dull-white color all around her and now, her real beauty is shown! Great change!

Prayer turns out to be (another) dance track which is still addicting and powerful! I’m digging that explosive and energetic feeling that she never fails to successfully deliver to her audiences!

Another try at rock? real dreaM makes a huge improvement since her first attempt all the way back in her Believe single. At least this time, there’s beats in the background.

Yes, there’s also another ballad. NEVER STOP MY HEART -Kimi to iu Kiseki ni- also has a taste of R&B but at least it more memorable then the B-sides back in Realize.

The one thing about new artists is that they don’t have a speific genre that they know that they’re good at when the first start out. That’s the same with Nami. P.S. Is it always going to be one A-side and two B-sides?

Personal Rating: 4.5/5

Realize

RealizeArtist: Nami Tamaki
Release Date: July 24, 2003
Label: Sony Music Japan
Personal Rating: 4/5

1. Realize
2. Hot Summer Day
3. Ashita no Kimi
4. Realize (Instrumental)
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Looks like Sony Music Japan finally changed the look of the cover art. (Her white hair of believe was bothering me a little bit.) The cover still isn’t really appealing for the eyes. There’s too much white and it’s almost impossible to see the text!

Realize is the runner up from the 3rd Gundam Seed opening, Believe. At least their next opening song sounds more catchy but with a more positive mood since the series has just reached its most critical point in the story line. Regardless, her vocals still amazes me to the maximum and the arrangement is still very catchy.

Finally! A Summer song! (Urm…it’s fall right now…) Anyways, the tone of her vocals in Hot Summer Day explains it all. Nami has obviously just came from vacation and is doing an awesome job expressing it through lyrics.

Ashita no Kimi was probably one of the most weakest of her B-sides in the Greeting era since it’s Nami’s first try at ballads. Well, nice try though.

Personal Rating: 4/5

Believe

BelieveArtist: Nami Tamaki
Release Date: April 23, 2003
Label: Sony Music Japan
Personal Rating: 4/5

1. Believe
2. Complete
3. Can you feel my love
4. Believe (Instrumental)
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This very hot, harajuku looking chick on the cover is indeed Nami Tamaki back when she was fifteen years old! I digress, I used to be a fan of Nami ever since I watched Gundam Seed. (Yes, I’m a Gundam fan too and have been watching the older series too.) The one fact that is very hard to believe, Nami started singing at a very young age! Even younger then when Jyongri started out!

One word for Believe: Wow. Her vocals were skillfully manipulated and the fact paced synchs and dance elements totally blew me away! I couldn’t honestly believe that this girl was only fifteen. (And if you watch the actual opening theme of Gundam Seed, you would be amazed on how the song could really suit the mood of the series; especially since the plot was really building up around the third opening.)

Nami tries her stab at rock-oriented music with Complete which wasn’t exactly what it should have turned out to be. Her vocals are still strong here.

At least Can you feel my love was better than Complete! Now trying out a Hikki-like R&B track, Nami would actually do a better job with R&B than rock songs. A great listen but definitely B-side material.

Personal Rating: 4/5