Over Load was Mika Nakashima’s 28th single. It was released on May 13, 2009.
1. Over Load
2. No Answer
3. Over Load (Hidefumi Kenmochi Remix)
4. Over Load (Instrumental)
5. No Answer (Instrumental)
I was rather impressed with her latest album VOICE but I had no idea what to expect with Over Load. As far as I’m concerned I prefer Mika’s up-beat songs and catchy songs such as FOCUS but I’ll settle for Over Load. It combines elements that are common to songs that are often memorable, which is one of the reasons why I like it. On one hand you have some acoustics which always sound great, and then on the other hand you have the strings which you can never go wrong with. Besides that though there are a few synth beats and the electric guitar periodically. What I really loved though was just how amazing the chorus was. It was a breath of fresh air really, using the strings and guitar in a way that made it sound original and serene. There was a lot going on which is probably why it was so infectious as well as beautiful and euphoric. She’s improved quite a bit since VOICE.
Mika continues her trend of amazing songs with the beautiful sounding No Answer. It does remind me of the previous track a little, in fact it sound more like a watered down version that’s just more ballad sounding. The synth beats and oriental strings were just AMAZING and at the same time so calming. What I liked about this song though was the fact at how calming and laid back it felt, those strings can work wonders. It somehow completes Over Load.
Also featured is the Hidefumi Kenmochi Remix of Over Load. I eally asn’t expecting a remix so I was quite surprised when I found out. Anyway it’s pretty much a more mellow and at the same time more epic version. There’s a greater emphasis on the acoustics which makes it a little more interesting. Although it was a little slower it was just as enjoyable, sure the chorus could’ve been better but overall it was nice.
Overall Review: Over Load has got to be one of Mika’s BEST single in ages! One word that comes to mind whenever I think of this is mainstream. She’s shifting away from her jazz roots and slowly transitioning into more of a pop / mainstream oriented career, with this single anyway. I LOVED how she feature the strings and some acoustics, the best of both worlds essentially. And her vocals were spectacular, she’s packing some power. As for the B-Side I have to admit that I was surprised. It really completed Over Load musically, think of Over Load as the day and No Answer as the night, each is unique and each completes each other. You’ve got an up-beat strings propelled song and a laid-back oriental ballad, not exactly polar opposites but different enough. As an overall single I have to say it’s quite the mainstream improvement.