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Ami Suzuki – Delightful October 15, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. Delightful
  2. About You…
  3. HOPEFUL ~OVERHEAD CHAMPION MIX~
  4. Delightful ~Dub’s Re-start Mix~
  5. Delightful ~REMO-CON MIX~ (CD Only)
  6. Delightful ~G.C.D. Remix~ (CD+Photobook & Illustration Only)
  7. Delightful (Instrumental)
  8. About You…(Instrumental)

1. Delightful

Was I surprised or what to see Ami doing trance for her comeback?  Yes, I was since the closest thing she’s ever done to trance was “all night long” back from her debut album so it was great that she came back in a big way.  Now the track isn’t anything brand new to the J-pop world but with Ami’s deeper vocals catchy lyrics and overall fun, I think it did her justice.  The trance-like state that the song was in was maybe a little tacked on, but c’mon trance is always fun.

2. About You…

Yeah, I wish I could say the same for the first B-side.  Obviously it’s more of a pop song and it might come as a surprise to many because it’s the only soft track on the single.  It show how mature her voice has gotten since the last single and to be honest I was surprised she sang so much better.  Sadly, the song didn’t stick out for me and in the end, I found this to be the forgettable song in the era.

3. HOPEFUL ~OVERHEAD CHAMPION MIX~

HOPEFUL was originally supposed to be her debut track but it was shafted for “Delightful”.  As you noticed this is a remix and the original has not been seen on a single nor the “AROUND THE WORLD” album.  I’ve heard the original and the two do seem similar, but I liked this version more.  I think this was more trance than “Delightful”. I wasn’t repetitive in sound, for one thing and Ami sounds so much better.  I still love the interlude the most ^_^.

4. Delightful ~Dub’s Re-start Mix~

I think I was surprised to see a lot of remixes.  This one was kind of weird, but it kind of fit in an odd way.  The chorus though was so strange because the vocals weren’t sounding engrishly. Then the 2nd verse starts up so soon and the synth there was awesome.  I mean I actually like this remix.

5. Delightful ~REMO-CON MIX~

What can you say?  I think this remix was the longest, but my favorite of the bunch because of the high octane synths that cover this remix.  I know of REMO from his works with Ayumi Hamasaki, so I was surprised he’d actually do this.  Still, it doesn’t cover the original much, so I guess it did it’s job.

6. Delightful ~G.C.D. Mix~

So I’m thinkin it’s a little bit more on the subdued side of remixes, but still very danceable, I also enjoyed the fact that it differentiated itself from the previous.  Though, it is a remix and it doesn’t seem to have the spark that the original had.  I still have to give props for being quite interesting. 

 

 

Ami’s first single as an AVEX artist is definitly strong.  I had doubts when I saw that “Delightful” would be it instead of “HOPEFUL” and I still think they did a bad choice doing that, but Delightful brought her back into the light. As for the tracks, I’m happy they left out About You… because it just wasn’t really good material.  Though I’m happy that 3 tracks actually made it…wait 3?  yes….3.  Other than Delightful and HOPEFUL making it on to “AROUND THE WORLD”, the G.C.D. remix actually goes to be on her remix album “AmiX World”

 

Yousei Teikoku – Hades: the bloody rage

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Track Listing

  1. Hades: the bloody rage
  2. Kegarenaki Tsuki no Doku
  3. Hades: the bloody rage (instrumental)
  4. Kegarenaki Tsuki no Doku (instrumental)

1. Hades: the bloody rage

What could I expect from Yousei Teikoku?  I mean the music from “Schwarzer Sarg” was hardcore, but this track took it to a new level.  You can really tell they are a gothic group after hearing the track.  The combination of the hardcore stuff and Fairy’s voice is an interesting feat.  I still like how wild the song goes and I think it’s better than the 1st single of the era.

2. Kegarenaki Tsuki no Doku

Weird beginning with like some kind of ticking and the song goes into a soft start.  Fairy’s singing it like it was back in the medieval days which was pretty interesting.  The constant ticking will eventually start to annoy you.  I was pretty surprised that it was majorly different from any of the previous tracks I reviewed.  Pretty good overall

 

 

I think this single was pretty good.  Both songs were radically different from each other.  One being a hard driven track that could really be their best so far.  The other is a haunting lullaby that ran smoothly.  Altogether, I couldnt really find any major issues, which is so good.