Nami Tamaki – Winter Ballades

January 12, 2008 at 11:23 AM | Posted in Nami Tamaki | Leave a comment
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Tracklisting
1. Promise
2. Christmas Time
3. winter fall
4. Promise -Instrumental-

This is Nami Tamaki’s 15th single and it was released on December 26, 2007. The single reached #19 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 6,978 copies.

Nami Tamaki steps up to the plate and proves herself as more than “that girl who sings the anime theme songs”. Winter Ballades is a collection of 3 winter themed ballads, something she has never done before and it’s quite daring for an artist such as herself. The single’s lead track, Promise, is a medium tempo song that’s pretty different from the few ballads she has performed in the past. Utilizing somber strings and gentle percussion, the music is a pleasant listen. What stood out the most were definitely Tamaki’s vocals. Singing at a lower register, she presents her vocal capabilities and range in a whole new light, which impressed me in the end.

The next track is the more upbeat Christmas Time. Opening with flowing strings, piano, and chimes, the song later unfolds into a sophisticated ballad. The music maintains a calm atmosphere that gradually speeds up when the bridge arrives, but it sounds so pretty throughout. Tamaki’s vocals are once again very good, especially during the chorus.

The 3rd track is a calmer and slower cover version of L’Arc~en~Ciel’s 1998 hit winter fall. Tamaki’s take of the song is piano and string based and sung at a much slower pace. The high notes she hits are great too. It’s a great cover of the original and I thought she performed the song very well. I’m not a fan of L’Arc~en~Ciel so what do you guys think?

Overall Rating

4 stars

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