Namie Amuro – CAN’T SLEEP, CAN’T EAT, I’M SICK / Ningyo

September 12, 2006 at 2:22 PM | Posted in Namie Amuro | Leave a comment
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Tracklisting
1. CAN’T SLEEP, CAN’T EAT, I’M SICK
2. Ningyo (人魚)
3. CAN’T SLEEP, CAN’T EAT, I’M SICK (Remix)
4. CAN’T SLEEP, CAN’T EAT, I’M SICK
    (Instrumental)
5. Ningyo (Instrumental)

This is Namie Amuro’s 30th single and it was released on May 17, 2006. The single reached #2 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 79,525 copies.

What a weird title for a song. CAN’T SLEEP, CAN’T EAT, I’M SICK is actually a very energetic and upbeat song with a blaring brass section and strong R&B beats. The additional MALE vocals in the song are a little annoying at times but now I don’t really mind them. Also, the chorus is really catchy.

A lot of fans have expressed their dislike for the next track, Ningyo. This is Amuro’s first cover of a Japanese song (NOKKA was the original artist back in 1994) and the first song title of her career to be in Kanji. The main reason fans didn’t like this song was because it was different from what Amuro normally releases now. It doesn’t feature any R&B at all and it stays pretty faithful to the original version. The song has a very traditional enka feel to it and Amuro’s vocals are quite nice.

Track 3 is a remix of CAN’T SLEEP, CAN’T EAT, I’M SICK. The remix adds some electronica elements to the song and for some strange reason, they blend really well with the already present brass section. Aside from that, it’s not that special, but still good.

Overall Rating

4 stars

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