Mika Nakashima – LIFE

August 31, 2007 at 9:10 PM | Posted in Mika Nakashima | Leave a comment

2. LIFE (ballad)
4. LIFE (Instrumental)
5. IT’S TOO LATE (Instrumental)

This is Mika Nakashima’s 23rd single and it was released on August 22, 2007. The single reached #3 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 138,987 copies. The title track was used as the theme song for the drama Life.

It looks like Mika Nakashima has returned to a more ‘mainstream’ sound with LIFE. At the same time, the song has a distinct early 90s pop feel to it. I thought the song’s piano intro was gorgeous and it flows into the first verse backed up by bass beats. This is a pleasant song but I’ve heard better from Nakashima. I also noticed how this song sounded similar to the works featured on her MUSIC album.

The next track is the ballad version of LIFE. To be honest, the song doesn’t sound good as a ballad at all. It’s clunky and the fast paced vocals of the chorus sound very bland because everything is slowed down. I do admit that the ballad version’s use of the piano and strings was fantastic, but that was the only thing I really liked.

Track 3, IT’S TOO LATE, is definitely a song that could have been featured on her last album YES. The music is very jazzy and combines quick electric guitar riffs with light percussion. The bridge was the highlight of this track because it’s exciting and full of style. The song is almost like a cross between BLACK & BLUE and SEVEN, combining ragtime blues and jazz.

Overall Rating 

3½ stars


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