Baby, I can see someone else singing Like This.
So I’ve got a bunch of posts waiting to be written – and this one, I confess, was done entirely half-assed.
Kuroki Meisa‘s PV for her first digital single, Like This, was released today. Maybe yesterday. Most of you readers, trailing over from the Yamada Ryosuke and KAT-TUN fans that make up International Wota, will probably know her as Sister Angela from Kame’s last drama One Pound Gospel. In addition to being an actress, she’s a model. And with her half-lidded eyes, she’s constantly drawing up comparisons in my mind to Yamada Yu, another model/actress turned singer.
Except the second time I was watching this music video, I started hearing Amuro Namie. Then I paid some more attention to her dancing, and her outfit in those scenes (with the tight and the black and the shiny), and I saw Amuro Namie.
We should all know by now the Japanese pop industry is anything BUT unique. You can only stretch pop so many ways. And to give Kuroki credit, it’s a nice synth R&B/hip-hop song, the dance beat catches on fast, and her voice isn’t so bad in it, though it lacks power. It’s stereotypical of the genre as found in Japan, but I could give this more than a singular listen. But from the layering of the chorus, to the semi-rap of the bridge, to the attitude permeating the song… it’s all screaming Amuro Namie to me. Kuroki even maintains the unchanging facial expression, though she showed some very lovely smiles in the drama. So was this done to have Kuroki coast on the tails of Amuro’s return to the spotlight? Or was this Kuroki’s personal choice of genres for her debut single?
Either way, Amuro with straight hair is utter sex. If the imitation was intentional (and I don’t doubt it was), Kuroki picked the right person. She’s not on the level of Yamada Yu, nowhere near the level of Amuro, but maybe she’ll grow into her own.