Album art + tracklisting: Namie Amuro - Feel

Namie Amuro - Feel [CD] |
Namie Amuro - Feel [CD + DVD] | Namie Amuro - Feel [CD + Blu ray] |

Namie Amuro may have failed us with the singles for upcoming album of hers, but boy did she come through with the album covers. The queen of Okinawa will release her 11th studio album Feel, which will release on July 10th, graced with what are some of her best album covers to date. Beautiful. Classic. Classier than your faves' album covers. This shit even has meaning, with Namie representing the proverbial mantra of 'see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil' on each individual cover. Loving this shit. LOVING IT WITH ALL MY HEART!

The album track listing is still to be finalized with the addition of 2 tracks (which I pray to Yevon are not "Damage" and "Beautiful") and the order may change upon release, but thus far it's as follows...

  1. Alive
  2. Big boys cry
  3. Can you feel this love
  4. Contrail
  5. Hands on me
  6. Heaven
  7. La La La
  8. Let me let you go
  9. Poison
  10. Supernatural love

A teaser is also in circulation which features the album track "Alive", which sounds like Madonna's "Jump" meets Daft Punk, meets Kevin Rudolf's "Let it rock".It also gives us a glimpse of what how the scramble crossing in Shibuya will more than likely look when this album drops.

Having seen this teaser and hearing a clip of a new Namie song I actually like, I am now slightly interested in this album. I hope Namie turns this shit out for the album tracks, because ain't nobody got time for "Big boys cly", "Contlail", "Can you feel zis lubu".

Namie Amuro will also be embarking on a tour to support this album, which will visit venues around Japan from August to December. It will be exactly like her last 20th anniversary tour, except with a few new songs. Once you've seen one Namie Amuro tour, you've seen them all. She wears the exact same ruffled skirts, the same tired arse boots, and guaranteed there will be at least one section in the gig where she dances with pom-poms.

Also, something which is a bigger deal than news outlets and blogs are giving it credit for is that Feel will be the first release from Namie's very own record label Dimension point. The name is derived from where Namie throws other bitches wigs. Into another dimension. Ayu best have her home girl sew dem tracks down, because her scalp is now officially NOT safe. All Dimension point releases will be distributed by Avex who also own the label, but Namie will be the manager of it.

Namie had expressed a desire to nurture new talent, but I for one didn't think she would actually set-up a new label as a means to do this. This is great move and goes a way towards shifting societies perception of what women in Japan should have the option to be. Not only has Namie defied odds of having a successful career in the wake of a young pregnancy, a divorce, the loss of a parent and a swift career decline that many thought she would not recover from, but she will now be a handling her own business. LITERALLY. I just hope she does sign new and / or existing artists and really nurture them. It would be a shame for somebody of Namie's iconic stature to have a platform to put artists in di spotligh', but not ever do it.


  1. I wish she would invite MAA to her label! MAA is great, it's a shame she's not very famous... She released a single under Warner Japan recently but it flopped and she decided to work as a fashion designer and nobody knows if she's still making music. I want that bitch to be famous NOW!

  2. Namie's photo shoots are almost always on point. These covers are some of her best yet, and I LOVE the CD/ DVD photo. She is looking into my soul with those eyes and the smile is obscured, just the way I like Namie: Miserable. Surprisingly, the title of the album seems to fit in well with the covers. Let's see if the same can be said for the music. In my opinion, it seems as though Big Boys Cly, Can You Feel dis Ruv, and Contray, came before she had an actual concept for the album. If the remaining songs lean more towards the sound of Alive than the aforementioned songs, Feel might just be halfway decent. What we've heard so far isn't rubbish enough to put a damper on the album, but if the rest of the material isn't up to par than they will certainly contribute to making the album lackluster. I think It could go either way at this point.

  3. TOTALLY LOVIN' THESE NEW ALBUM COVERS. Hands down best to date - the cd+dvd cover with that horrible faded tattoo. other than that though love it!! beats those uncontrolled album covers any day. have to agree the singles were total crap. really hope she will pull through with this album havnt' loved an album of hers since past future. unfortunately :(

  4. I'm so gonna buy all three versions! This is just awesome.

    And I don't guess that the last two songs will be Beautiful und Damage. Why should they announce two songs later when they are allready released? This would make no sense to me.

    It also looks like that she is again singing in full english. That's pretty cool. Maybe she will go worldwide soon? Her english sounds better than it sounded in Uncontrolled.

    Can't wait for the album! It will be so much better than her last few albums. I can FEEL it! :D

  5. I will give the album a try once it comes out even though my expectations are quite low. The covers look good, especially the one were she is smiling.

  6. Wow the album art is so beautiful seriously...
    I hope this album is good at least.. Was disappointed with Uncontrolled.

  7. Is there ever a time when Namie doesn't sing engrish???!!....

  8. This is so random.. Random J.. lol

    But do you listen to any of these Japanese artists?? : BRIGHT, Miliyah Kato, Yuya Matsushita, Shota Shimizu, Daichi Miura, Thelma Aoyama, JASMINE, Maki Goto, Kana Nishino, YU-A, Jay-ed, Emi Maria, AI?? Would you consider talking about their music on your blog?? :D

  9. He already talks about Daichi Miura, Thelma Aoyama & JASMINE! The others are most likely mentioned somewhere.

  10. I'm surprised Miliyah, Emi Maria and AI haven't really gotten any posts. I'd love them to though along with YU-A!

    BRIGHT are disbanding soon or already have and Maki Goto is on hiatus sadly :(

  11. I posted that comment idk why it went to Guest. O.O

    Anyways ive seen Random J talk about Miliyah once a while ago but i dont think he is too fond of her. Yeah i'm suprised too. I'd expect to see Emi and AI on his blog. I'm really curious if he is fond of these people i'd love to hear his reviews.^^

    And seriously BRIGHT is disbanding?? Since when?? Do you have any links about that? Yeah Maki is on hiatus.. But i LOVEEED her entire Sweet Black album if she comes back from hiatus.. I hope she does an album like that again..

  12. Yeah he has here and there i have been visiting this blog for a couple of yrs now i am glad he made the change to Disqus. He should do reviews of their music regularly!!

  13. J had mentioned a lot o these artists in posts before and even posted a review on One of Bright's albums.

  14. Looks like the covers for A Best. -raises eyebrow- not to be shady but....lets be real

  15. Apparently, Namie stated in previous interviews that "Uncontrolled" was put together at the last minute (no surprise there) while "FEEL" will have more of her input and direction. *shrugs*

    I just hope this album impresses me as much as "Past<Future" did.

    Regardless, I'm pleased she's going full force with electro/dance pop. I was never really fond of her foray into r&b tbh.


  17. Apologies for the late reply, I completely forgot about this :( I'd love more of them too :D

    Here's the link regarding BRIGHT: it was announced in April, and their last performance was in May 12th so it seems they already did disband :( SWEET BLACK is my favourite from Maki! I really want another release like that from her, I hated what avex did to her after that D:

  18. Not really looking forward to this at all... I have to say the album covers are gorgeous and I agree the theme (speak, see, hear) is great.

    Also "Contrail" is the only song I've liked from this so far, It's giving me Crystal Kay "Vivid" vibes though.


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