STEP was Tamaki Nami’s debut album under Universal, 5th overall. It was released on February 24, 2010.
1. GIVE ME UP
3. Sayonara Shite Ageru
5. Kimi no Namida
6. Negai Hoshi
7. Zero no Sora
8. Moshimo Negai ga…
9. Omoide ni Naru no?
10. Happy Forever
11. in my life
So after Don’t Stay we finally have a new studio album, will it be better though??? I have no idea, let’s find out shall we.
So this album is basically divided into two sections not literally of course, but that’s probably the easiest way. So first off: The shitty singles.
GIVE ME UP, which equates to an unoriginal bubblegum pop-dance song. Don’t get me wrong, it’s catchy and all, but it lacks the quality of some of her past releases. The same goes with Friends! too. The semi dance-beats and the slow music don’t work for this song, making it a shitty piece of work. And as for in my life, it just doesn’t suite Nami at all.
But some of the really cool songs include the dance friendly Negai Hoshi, which has some of best synth beats and programming sounds.The same goes with Happy Forever which is pretty dance driven too, and it’s just as infectious.
The older ballads include Omoide ni Naru no? and Moshimo Negai ga… One is more of an R&B synth driven ballad while the other is more of an uplifting mid-tempo ballad, both actually sound pretty similar.
And now we can get to the new songs. The first is Sayonara Shite Ageru. To make a long story short, it’s a fusion of classical elements and some more modern R&B beats. It’s not all that eventful though. Uso is clearly more R&B inspired, with the music box, strings, sweet R&B beats, again uneventful and unexciting.
Still utilizing the synth is Kimi no Namida. This song sounds more bittersweet and far more emotional driven as far as her songs go. There’s a strong sense of R&B, with the heavy synth lines, the piano chords, and all the beats. This is probably the catchiest song up to this point.
Scratch that, Zero no Sora is the catchiest, and most infectious song so far. The keyboard chords, the thumping beats, and the synth riffs, are pretty much the greatest thing that happened to Nami, after her Gundam music of course. Surprisingly enough though even her vocals sounded better, they could still use some improvement but I’ll settle this time because the song’s so good. I even didn’t mind the background vocals, which didn’t ruin it to my surprise. The song is pretty mid-tempo, not nearly as energetic or as fast as I would have liked but it’s still the most infectious track on the album.
And as far as Tokyo goes, it’s her attempt at a ballad. The music sounds nice, but that’s it. Nice really doesn’t cut it anymore, I want to hear something magical and astounding, not just plain nice.
So how does this compare to Don’t Stay? idk xD It’s been too long to be honest with you. The only really great songs I remember were Cross Season and Brightdown. So it’s safe to say that it wasn’t her best. But I can also say this about this album. You had maybe one or two really great dance songs, similar to her Gundam ones, like Hoshi Negai. You had some songs that were just plain shitty and shouldn’t have been on the album. And then there were others that were magnificent and amazing such as Omoide ni Naru no? and Zero no Sora. I love synth as much as the next person but she relied on it too much for this album, some variety was clearly needed. And her vocals weren’t all that amazing either, there were plenty of times where I was asking “where’s all the power she had?” Her vocals were flat for the most part, nothing half as strong as her previous works. I’d hate to call this album a flop, but at this rate I don’t know what to call it.
Favorite Tracks: Zero no Sora || Negai Hoshi || Omoide ni Naru no?