Sit! Stay! Wait! Down! / Love Story
Sit! Stay! Wait! Down! / Love Story was Namie Amuro’s 36th single. It was released on December 7, 2011 and debuted at no. 3 on Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 77,758 copies. In all this single has sold over 156,584+ copies. This is her first single since 2007’s Funky Town to have a B-Side.
1. Sit! Stay! Wait! Down!
2. Love Story
5. Sit!Stay!Wait!Down! (Instrumental)
6. Love Story (Instrumental)
7. Higher (Instrumental)
How to describe this song? It’s definitely different than her last offer to say the least. It’s filled with synth riffs which sound fantastic I’ll say. It also goes will with the cover, considering everything is about a dog. Sit! Stay! Wait! Down! This song is definitely catchy but at times it can be rather boring. And I will say there are times where it sounds like Namie is just talking, overall still a great song though.
Love Story is another lovely ballad offering from Namie. Typical ballad arrangement, piano and orchestra driven, with of course some great vocals.
Oddly enough Higher is by far my favorite track on this single. The arrangement is unique in that it seems to pick up and drop speeds suddenly. It’s characterized by some great synth riffs and just overall infectiousness, at least where the chorus is concerned.
The full title of this final track is arigatou <thank the world for LOVE…gift song for 2011>. And strangely enough, this ballad actually sounded better than Love Story. This wasn’t as generic as the previous ballad. More relaxing, not nearly as formal if you will. It has a great mixture of beats and strings, sorta like a light R&B ballad, very light R&B, but you get the idea. An easy listen if nothing else.
It’s been a while since I’ve done a review so I hope I still have it in me, but this single overall isn’t terrible. It’s not my favorite single from Namie but after her last single I was expecting more. The first A-side is a good song, good, but not great. I honestly didn’t have anything against the 2nd title track, but let’s be real, it’s like most of the ballads out there. The B-side were the stars of this single, so at least that’s good. Perhaps the next one will be better.