Megumi Nakajima’s first solo cd single release!
Megumi Nakajima releases her first ever solo single just recently. In case you’re wondering who she is, well she’s most famously known for her role as the V.A for ‘Ranka Lee’ from the highly rated mecha-romance anime series ‘Macross Frontier’. This would actually be her second single if you count the cd single which she released for Macross Frontier last year.
Anyway, it is quite a good first solo effort for Megumi. I enjoy the titular track quite a fair bit as it is something different from the songs she did for Macross Frontier. Tenshi ni Naritai is a rock-ish and fast sounding track with lots of guitars and synths. Megumi’s vocals do sound much stronger here and she carries it off quite well. However, the song would benefit far better if she can work on varying her vocal depths.
The second track ‘Be Myself’ has a much more quirky and cheerful pop beat that is reminiscent of her songs from Macross Frontier. To put it simply, it sounds like a ‘Ranka Lee’ number. In fact, I detected a bit of the guitar riff from ‘Lion’ on the track. I also think that Megumi is rather suited for singing this type of song. ‘Pine’, the third track has a similar rock-infused type beat which is guitar driven but it does lack strength in Megumi’s vocal delivery. It just didn’t work as it did in the titular track.
What I am most impressed with is the fourth track titled ‘(Ka) Dajare no O-uta’ where Megumi’s playful vocals works fabulously well to make the song stands out. The song has sort of a jazzy pop beat and melody with a cute chorus to boot. It’s great that she’s trying out a different vocal style here. Easily the best song on the cd single and my favourite of the lot. But having said that, Tenshi ni Naritai is still the stronger track to release as a single for the airplay charts.
Cd Title: Tenshi ni Naritai
Artist: Megumi Nakajima
Date Released: 28-Jan-2009
Catalog No.: VTCL-35060
Label/Distributor: Victor Entertainment
Number of discs (or other units): 1
01. 天使になりたい Tenshi ni Naritai (**click to listen)
02. Be MYSELF (**click to listen)
03. パイン Pine
04. ダジャレのお歌（仮） (Ka) Dajare no O-uta (**click to listen)