Best Fiction / Namie Amuro

This is Namie Amuro’s 4th best of album. It covers material from her albums StyleQueen Of Hip-Pop & Play. It also includes the songs from the 60’s 70’s 80’s maxi-single & the White Light/Violet Sauce single.

The sound of this album is mostly dominated by the Urban genre, with the exceptions being the ballad Wishing On The Same Star & the 60’s influenced New Look.  Of the Style era tracks I dig Shine More & The Dallas Austin produced Put ‘Em Up. Those tracks remind me of the golden days of 90’s R&B. Oh how I miss those days.

From Queen Of Hip-Pop I like Alarm & All For You. I find Want Me Want Me to be somewhat annoying (because of the beat) & think WoWa would have been a better choice for this compilation.  The songs from Play are on point, although I’m disappointed in not seeing Violet Sauce anywhere on this disc.

Lastly are the more recent songs which include the 2 that bookend this album. Rock Steady & What A Feeling are my favorites from her last single release. I thought the samples for each one were used intelligently instead of as a crutch. Do Me More & Sexy Girl are both good tracks & I find the latter to be the better of the two. It has a stronger beat & the chorus is quite catchy.

I may disagree with some of the song selections but I think this a great summary of her music from late 2002 until now.