[Single] Namie Amuro – Baby Don’t Cry

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~Tracklist~
1. Baby Don’t Cry
2. Nobody
3. Baby Don’t Cry (TV MIX)
4. Nobody (TV MIX)

~Single Review~
“Baby Don’t Cry” was released on January 24, 2007, and has peaked at number three on the Oricon chart, selling 144,081 copies in total, making the single the 48th best selling single of 2007. The song, “Baby Don’t Cry,” was used in the drama “Himitsu no Hanazono.” There has been a fair amount of buzz surrounding “Baby Don’t Cry,” as its pop edge reminds some old Namie fans of her older music; it’s no wonder it became it her best selling single since 2001’s “Say the Word.”

“Baby Don’t Cry” starts out with powerful percussion, mixes in snapping then allows the pop synths to flow in as the song progresses. The background talking of Namie throughout the song helps the atmosphere maintain a pretty pop sound, as well. “Baby Don’t Cry” is definitely R&B because of the prominent beats, but still features very poppy instrumentals, much poppier than in Namie Amuro’s other recent music. The song is best defined as hip-pop, the style Namie Amuro is best known for. The combination of her vocals and the background music in the chorus is the best part of this mid-tempo song, but nothing compares to the climax and the extro. The vocals accompany the music well with layering, becoming a mixture of pop sounds. “Baby Don’t Cry” is very different from anything Namie Amuro has done as of late, but that does not mean it is bad. It is oh so very good.

“Nobody” uses the same instrumentation as “White Light,” but different, softer vocals. The background music is slightly different, but still sounds the same. It’s a much softer version with some more engrish and a forced chorus, which really hurts the song. “Nobody” is not a good B-side in any respect. It doesn’t compare to “White Light,” and it’s not even close to being as good as “Baby Don’t Cry.”

Over all, “Baby Don’t Cry” started off 2007 in one of the best ways possible. This pop single was great and reintroduced many fans to Namie Amuro’s music, which gained popularity once more in 2007. One need look no further than the break-out success of the album “PLAY.”

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