Wishing on the Same Star

Wishing on the Same Star was Nami Amuro’s 21st single. It was released on September 11, 2002 and reached number 2 on the charts. In all this single has sold over 97,253+ copies. This song was apparently meant to be her last single before her hiatus to transplant to New York for artist development. That being said, it is also her last single as a pop artist. It’s also her most commercially successful, as well as the first, single from her STYLE Era.

Wishing on the Same Star - Namie Amuro

Tracks:
1. Wishing on the Same Star
2. Did U
3. Wishing on the Same Star (Instrumental)
4. Did U (Instrumental)

Review:
It’s actually very obvious that Wishing on the Same Star was released as one of her last songs as a pop artist. Even though it is a ballad, it still features a few pop elements, well those found in a ballad. The piano opening was beautiful along with the sporadic synth music. That and her lower pitch vocals at a few points and the strings. It made for a lovely combination. The lyrics were very beautiful too, especially the English. And I was shocked that there was English, very unusual yet good. Another thing I loved were her vocals. They were so different than her newer works, and actually refreshing, and at points you could hear all the power and emotion. I also loved the instrumentals, very romantic. And the melody was catchy somehow.

Still a little pop, but featuring some R&B influences is Did U. The opening was very pop, until the synth beats and guitars were added, gave it a little R&B feel, all the new instrumentals. And unlike the previous song, her vocals were deeper, very R&B. Anyway the melody was catchy too, but this time the song featured catchy verses and an infectious chorus. Well infectious as R&B can be, still catchy and memorable. I actually think that this song could have been released on her STYLE album.

Overall Review: Wishing on the Same Star was a pop idol’s departure. It was a wonderful ballad that’s very sweet and profound. And to top it off, it features a great R&B track that’s rather catchy. It’s just too bad there wasn’t more. Her vocals were different in each song, and it gives one an new sense of Namie and her earlier work. But overall I found it to be an amazing way to end her pop image, as well as begin the STYLE Era.

Final Grade: 100A+

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