Anna Tsuchiya inspi’ NANA (BLACK STONES): Kuroi Namida

1. Kuroi Namida

2. JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH

3. I’m addicted to you

4. Kuroi Namida – Deep Sadness Version –

Kuroi Namida is Anna Tsuchiya’s fourth single, released on January 10th, 2007. It reached #5 on Oricon and has sold 20 247 copies. It was used as the third ending theme for the anime NANA.

Kuroi Namida (black tears) is a powerfully emotional rock ballad, featuring absolutely stunning vocal work from Anna, especially during the chorus. The guitars make this song into a bittersweet song, rather than just a depressing ballad. The strings in the background were really nice too.

JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH is a cover of Depeche Mode’s 1981 single. I didn’t like the original, but Anna pulls it off pretty well. I’m not that much of a sucker for most of 80s pop, so this song still doesn’t rank that high.

I’m addicted to you is a hard rock song, but too much for me to like it. The instrumentals weren’t all as great as I would’ve liked, but the vocals are pretty good.

The Deep Sadness Version of Kuroi Namida is a different approach, but it lacks the beauty of Kuroi Namida: whereas the original was bittersweet, by removing the guitars, you make it into a merely sad and depressing version.

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