No more crying for Mika

by Leanne on July 30, 2006 · 4 comments · AddThis

Mika CRY NO MORE promo CRY NO MORE
Release Date: 2006.02.22
Peak Position: #8
Label: SONY MUSIC ASSOCIATED RECORDS
Product Code: AICL-1730
First Press: “BLOOD+” jacket-sized sticker
Nakashima Mika’s Official Web Site

After playing the role of NANA and releasing a single posing as her, Nakashima Mika returned with “CRY NO MORE” a slow blues ballad that washes Blast (Oosaki Nana’s band) completely away from her. However, Nana herself isn’t completely washed off. Mika is set for a sequel for the movie which will start production soon. Also, her collaboration with HYDE in “GLAMOROUS SKY” has formed a deep friendship with him and might lead to more work together in the future. A small piece of evidence of future collaberations with him is that “CRY NO MORE” is the ending theme song to the anime “BLOOD+”, while HYDE’s latest single (released on the same day!) is the opening theme song. One has to wonder what this magical pair will work on in the future.

 

CRY NO MORE single cover

 

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1) CRY NO MORE

Featuring a few instances of gospel choir, “CRY NO MORE” is a pleasant piano-driven blues ballad. But, in all reality, that’s all there is to it. Mika’s voice is quite pleasant to listen to, but she doesn’t shine too much. The chorus gets tiring after awhile, with the constant repetition of “I don’t wanna cry no more”. It picks up for awhile before the end with more of an instrument ensemble, and the chorus picks up, too. However, this song doesn’t present the same impact that her other ballads such as “yuki no hana” and “hi no tori” presented. All in all, it falls short.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

 

2) BLACK & BLUE

“BLACK & BLUE” is a tougher, jazzier song, that has a very old feel yet sounds modern enough to be interesting. It gives the impression of someone doing some detective work. Mika’s vocals here really display the song’s emotion, and her voice really fits the song. The chorus is quite catchy and finger-snap worthy, and for some reason, it’s fun hearing Mika yell out “Son of a gun!” Maybe if this was the main track, the single would have had something going for itself. It rates a 4, but just barely.

Rating: ★★★★☆

 

3) CRY NO MORE (instrumental)

4) BLACK & BLUE (instrumental)

 

Conclusion: This song barely reached the top 10, and for someone who is seen as an extremely popular artist these days, it’s only an okay ranking. The first track isn’t anything too special, and with a c/w that is barely any better, it’s no wonder why it didn’t fare so well for an artist of her caliber. Let’s hope that next time she doesn’t feel like crying, she doesn’t tell us in the form of song.

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

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  1. GLAMOROUS SKY Yazawa Ai's masterpiece manga "NANA" has been gaining a lot of attention this year: first with its very own tribute album, a dedicated café, and now a movie starring Nakashima Mika herself as the rocker-chick Oosaki Nana. To play with the "realism" of the movie a single has been released entitled "GLAMOROUS SKY" under the psuedonym "NANA starring MIKA NAKASHIMA". Staying true to the style of Yazawa's character, the single contains four rock tracks, the title track being composed by the famous rocker HYDE himself.........
  2. sweet & sugary kitty reggae After the bluesy and boring "CRY NO MORE" and the New Orleans charity single "ALL HANDS TOGETHER", Mika unbraids her hair and lets go of the southern-sounds of Louisiana to float into the relaxing Caribbean with "MY SUGAR CAT". ......
  3. REIRA starring YUNA ITO – ENDLESS STORY Yuna Ito, a new artist in the Japanese entertainment scene, debuts with "ENDLESS STORY", an excellent single full of emotions and hopes for the future for this upcoming artist.......
  4. HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR – HOT LIMIT HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR's latest single is out, but will it be their last? On July 2, 2008, lead singer Maki (20) announced that she will be leaving HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR at the end of the year because of the marriage with DREAMS COME TRUE leader Nakamura Masato (49).......
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ThePatriot UNITED STATES July 9, 2007 at 1:46 pm

I think it’s a pretty nice song. It has a nice melody and a pretty deep meaning.

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Nathan CHINA May 13, 2007 at 2:05 am

I have to say I still like her original songs ,the ablum”Music”….but i am happy to say after the movie NANA,MIKA has a change…Her regardless of others is admir~~I really love this song~~~ keep working!!

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Ginette March 2, 2007 at 7:15 am

But isn’t this song is the ending song for BLOOD+ ?

Agree with you, she’s got pleasant voice but yes, doesn’t shine that much.

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HilaryDuffFanboy AUSTRALIA August 12, 2006 at 11:23 am

Hm… I personally love the song… it is made even greater when you consider the themes behind the song and the PV… and after studying “To Kill a Mockingbird” and the Civil Rights Movement in History class, I am quite aroused by such things like this song. It actually has a really good meaning to it…

I’d give CRY NO MORE a perfect five stars…. but that’s just me. =P

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