GIRL TALK / the SPEED STAR was Namie Amuro’s 26th single. It was released on October 14, 2004 and reached number 2 on the charts with 41,717 copies sold. In all this single has sold over 106,804+ copies, making it the second single of the three consecutive to sell more than 100,000+ copies. GIRL TALK was used as the LÚCIDO-L CM song, while the SPEED STAR is only featured on this single. This was the third single in the Queen of Hip-Pop Era.

GIRL TALK / the SPEED STAR - Namie Amuro

3. GIRL TALK (Instrumental)
4. the SPEED STAR (Instrumental)

With GIRL TALK we have some smooth R&B that’s surprisingly light. It’s not your typical heavy R&B music, it’s lighter, more refined, and is just plain adorable . Not only that the lyrics were very sweet, kinda cute in a girl way. I mean “Sex and the City, girl talk, Thelma and Louise, whispering details” pretty light lyrics. Beside all of that, the song featured a rather up-tempo R&B beat, and some strings I’m sure. The song overall was so catchy, especially the chorus. With the mixture of Japanese and English it created one memorable chorus. And towards the end you can hear Namie sing a little in English, it’s one of the best parts.

For some reason I tend to think of a motorcycle when I hear the SPEED STAR. Heck, the beginning of it features a motorcycle starting, followed by some rather odd synth background noise, very alien like. But afterwards the song takes a heavier stance, with heavier almost rock R&B beats, and to top it off there’s some synth in the song. And the verses aren’t all that memorable, but once Namie sings the chorus, you become hooked. This short, yet catchy, chorus is highly addictive. It features a little bit of English, but that little bit is enough to get hooked on. It also features some synth music that’s not half bad, and I loved the rock sound it possessed. Too bad it wasn’t added to her album.

Overall Review: GIRL TALK / the SPEED STAR was sizzling R&B filled with an intense rush of rock. Truthfully, this single was just what Namie needed. It was one of her more R&B refined singles, featuring not just soft, but a fiercer side at the same time. I was fascinated by the gentle and soft sounds of GIRL TALK, yet wanted more from the rhythmic giant the SPEED STAR. Either way, there’s something to love about this impressive single. It’s just too bad that the latter title track wasn’t added to her album, the Queen of Hip-Pop.

Final Grade: 100A+

4 Responses to “GIRL TALK / the SPEED STAR”
  1. glassmask says:

    umm..a typo? i thought the single was released on 2005/2006-ish.. october 14 2008??

    namie is hot…she looks like a little girl..even though she’s in her 30s..

    just love her voice and face~

  2. Die says:

    yes, i fixed it lol, I was absent minded then

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