Nami Tamaki – Friends!

August 25, 2009 at 12:14 PM | Posted in Nami Tamaki | 1 Comment

The cover of the CD only edition

Friends! is Nami Tamaki’s 17th single and it was released on July 29, 2009. The single reached #25 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 3,632 copies.

I liked the cover of the CD only edition the most since the other 2 are hot messes. She looks cute on this one. CD+DVD Type A’s cover just screams “These are my boobs! Boom boom!” while CD+DVD Type B’s has a cameo by Dogzilla.

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I officially added Nami Tamaki to my shitlist after the atrocity that was GIVE ME UP, which was undoubtedly one of the worst singles of 2009 so far. It was such a huge downgrade from her awesome dance oriented songs prior to the label change and it just left me asking “What in the world happened?”. So you could easily tell how apprehensive I was when she released Friends!, ANOTHER cute pop tune.

Luckily, Friends! is not a rehash of GIVE ME UP, but more like an improved version of it. The song is bouncy synth pop but without being too annoying so that’s a plus. However, I thought it was one of the weaker songs on the single at the same time. That’s right…the B-sides are better! =O

There are 3 B-sides but they’re set up so that only one song is exclusive to each edition. I think that’s a terrible gimmick and it obviously didn’t work because this single flopped.
Anywho, the CD+DVD Type A edition includes Negai Hoshi, an upbeat song with some nice programming. I honestly liked 8-bit sound going on in the music but the song tends to drag near the end. My two personal favorite songs are found on the CD+DVD Type B and CD only editions. Happy Forever is an uplifting and catchy track while Mata ne is a mellow ballad. They are both quite nice and show that there is some hope if Tamaki is going to continue on with her current musical direction.

Pros: As a whole, this single is a hell of a lot better than GIVE ME UP. She’s improving!
Cons: Enough of the cutesy stuff already! It’s time for something more aggressive.

BASICALLY…approach the A-side with caution. The B-sides make up for it though.

Overall Rating

 3½ stars


1. Friends!
2. Negai Hoshi (願い星) [CD+DVD Type A]
    Happy Forever [CD+DVD Type B]
    Mata ne (またね) [CD only]
3. Friends! (Instrumental)


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  1. You weren’t kidding! Those cover descriptions are spot-on.

    Good to know this single’s better than her last!

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