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Ayumi Hamasaki – Rule/Sparkle February 24, 2009

Filed under: Ayumi Hamasaki — solarblade @ 6:16 pm
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Track Listing

Version A

  1. Rule
  2. Sparkle
  3. GREEN (CMJK Spring Storm Mix)
  4. GREEN (Acoustic Orchestra version)
  5. Rule (80kid’z “No More Rule” mix)
  6. Rule (Remo-con “tech dance” remix)
  7. Rule -instrumental-
  8. Sparkle -instrumental-

Version B

  1. Rule
  2. Sparkle
  3. Days (8-bits of tears YMCK remix)
  4. Days (Acoustic Orchestra version)
  5. Rule (80kid’z “No More Rule” mix)
  6. Rule (Remo-con “tech dance” remix)
  7. Rule -instrumental-
  8. Sparkle -instrumental-

1. Rule

It’s been a while since we’ve actually had a hardcore rock track.  Rule definitly does not disappoint.  As a major tie-in to the upcoming movie, Dragonball it had to really energetic and full of life and Rule does it right in my opinion.  The sweet guitar riffs and Ayu’s strong performance made it a great listen.  It doesn’t hurt that there’s shirtless ninjas in the PV either.

2. Sparkle

Then again we haven’t a full trance track in a long while.  It’s got a more darker view that we usually don’t have with Ayu, so hearing this really excited me.  Ayu is taking a more quiet, mysterious singing route for the verses and gets loud and the music pulsates with great stuff.  I’m very surprised there’s no PV, but maybe it’ll have one when “NEXT LEVEL” comes out.

3a. GREEN (CMJK Spring Storm Mix)

Things start to get confusing when the next tracks pop up.  Versions A & C get the GREEN remixes.  Now the first remix of GREEN is definitly strange and took out the epic Chinese sounds and replaced it by robotic synths and a dance beat, it really does seem off the wall and unusual.  I think I’ll stick with the Original please.

3b. Days (8-bits of tears YMCK remix)

Oh hai, another on of my artists make an appearance.  If you don’t know already, YMCK is well-known for their chiptune/VG music which is popular with me.  This is definitly an original remix from in Ayu’s long list of remixes and it’s actually quite good.  Ayu does get her voice messed with, but that’s to fit the theme, but mostly it’s in the original state.  I love this remix.

4a. GREEN (Acoustic Orchestra version)

I really did miss the Acoustic Orchestra tracks.  She did it so well with “My Story” so this was a huge upgrade.  There’s traces of the Chinese sound without and hearing harp and other instruments just brought this song to a new level.  I still think the chorus is a bit weird, but still a good version to a good song.

4b. Days (Acoustic Orchestra version)

Nice to see Acousic Orchestra versions of both past A-sides.  I didn’t think she really needed one for this song, because Days was just pretty as it was and didn’t need it, but the thought was nice and it isn’t as bad, but I really liked GREEN’s a lot more.

5. Rule (80kid’z “No More Rule” mix)

We finally get back to normal.  All versions of the single of Rule remixes and the first one has a real hardcore trance style to it.  Unlike the GREEN remix, this one doesn’t sound terrible and there’s vocals all over it.  I do wish that it was a bit faster, but this’ll def do for me.  I like it.

6. Rule (Remo-con “tech-dance” remix)

Wow, this remix is almost 7 minutes long…The other Rule remix is definitly not interesting me.  Just like what Remo-con did for Ami’s “Delightful”, there was just too many repeated moment and it was more focused on the music rather than Ayu’s presence which is not a good thing.  It takes about 2:30 to get Ayu even singing.  So unless you like these kind of aimless tracks this one is def for you.



The ending of “Next Level’s” era was great.  It seems Ayu wanted to go back to the format of having a buttload of remixes and for the most part they were really good.  As for the main attraction, Rule was pretty hardcore of her while Sparkle brought electronica back in full force.  Best single this era overall.


One Response to “Ayumi Hamasaki – Rule/Sparkle”

  1. Ayu Fan 999 Says:

    i couldn’t agree more (:

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