MEG / MAGIC / March 05, 2008
Without a doubt, the person who had the best 2007 was Yasutaka Nakata. Releasing three albums alone for his main project capsule, one new album for a side-project, COLTEMONIKHA, and producing phenomenal girl group Perfume‘s new singles and collaborating with Ami Suzuki on my personal choice for 2007’s best single FREE FREE… The dude is infallible. At this point, he could probably write a track for Morning Musume and make them worth listening to. Heck, he’s managed to take MEG, a somewhat mediocre pop singer and transform her music into ear-worthy melodies with the unmistakeable blend of lounge and club reminiscent of Nakata’s early (and arguably present) work (so yeah, that’s the other thing I’ve been doing while I’ve been gone…obsessing over this man).
In this case, the title track is inferior to the c/w track “MIRACLE” and the NEMESIS remix of “MAGIC” is superior to the original…don’t know who chooses these things, but regardless, they’re all fun tracks. Nothing on the single will top year end lists (unless you’re into b-side top tens or sumthin), but if February’s singles are any indication of this month’s, this will probably be one of the best we see in the next twenty-five days. Prove me wrong!