Nagareboshi was Mika Nakashima’s 30th single. It was released on November 4, 2009 and reached no. 10 on the Oricon Weekly Charts with 10,539 copies sold. In all this single has sold over 14,420+ copies.
2. Memory feat. DAISHI DANCE
3. Nagareboshi (Instrumental)
4. Memory feat. DAISHI DANCE (Instrumental)
Mika has an obsession with stars….I think we might need to stage an intervention. But that’s in the future, for now we can admire the nice and humble cover.
Like Orion, another example of her obsession, Nagareboshi lit. Shooting Star is in fact a ballad. Like her many ballads it’s just amazing. The music is flawless with some acoustics, percussion, piano chords and an orchestra of strings, that sounds rather lovely and impressive. Her vocals haven’t really impressed me since Overload and after this song I’d have to say that I’m impressed. Overall her vocals are stronger and sounds a lot better, especially when compared to her previous tragedy called a single. And like most Mika ballads, it was quite epic with all the strings.
So the B-Side was previously released as a song on DAISHI DANCE’s album Spectacle. Memory is by far is one of their best collaborations together. The intro might be long, but the instrumental is just so beautiful. It’s pretty much just the piano and strings, and naturally some synth, which creates that amazing crossover sound, which reminds me a little or Hitomi Shimatani. One of the amazing things about this song was the fact that it’s sung completely in English. Her English overall was pretty good, her pronunciations could use some work but that’s normal for most artists. Now as for her vocals, they were a lot higher than usual. I’m pretty sure it’s because she’s singing in English, but I don’t think a lot of artists get higher pitched vocals when they sing in English, might just be to match the song. The melody was outstanding which is no surprise, and it was quite catchy. Her best collaboration, in forever.
Final Thoughts: So Mika’s back after that horrible excuse for a single. Her voice has been suited for ballads and that’s probably why she sounds so amazing on this single. I’m pretty happy about this, I still wish she’d do something up-beat like FOCUS but for now this will suffice. And she looks great on the cover, but that’s not surprising.