Mika Nakashima – Eien no Uta

October 15, 2007 at 9:17 PM | Posted in Mika Nakashima | Leave a comment
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Tracklisting
1. Eien no Uta (永遠の詩)
2. You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To
3. Eien no Uta (Instrumental)

This is Mika Nakashima’s 24th single and it was released on October 3, 2007. The single reached #5 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 13,628 copies. The title track was used as the theme song for the movie Southbound.

I was really put off by the opening English dialogue in Eien no Uta because it was kind of unnecessary. Some people thought that a man speaking with a thick Jamaican accent added flavor and style to the song, while others thought the exact opposite. I’m kind of stuck in the middle on this issue so I won’t go any further into it. Now onto the actual song, which is nice addition to the “reggae themed” work she has done in the past. Even though I didn’t find this song as good as MY SUGAR CAT or Seppun, I am still impressed by Mika Nakashima’s gorgeous vocals and the use of high pitched saxophone combined with calming electric guitar chords.

The next track is collaboration with the band Katteni-Shiyagare and it’s a cover of Cole Porter’s You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To. Nakashima definitely gives her best English singing performance in this song and she sings the track with surprising ease. The music is very jazzy and contains a very strong brass arrangement with thumping drums. This track originally appeared on Katteni Shiyagare’s latest album LET’S GET LOST which was released on July 18th.

Overall Rating

4 stars

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