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Ayumi Hamasaki – No way to say June 1, 2019

Filed under: Ayumi Hamasaki — solarblade @ 3:26 am

nowaytosay

Track Listing

  1. No way to say
  2. No way to say “Acoustic Version”
  3. SEASONS “Acoustic Version”
  4. Dearest “Acoustic Orchestra Version”
  5. Voyage “Acoustic Orchestra Version”
  6. No way to say “Vandalize/Realize Mix”
  7. No way to say -Instrumental-

1. No way to say

I’m guessing from the cover art that No way to say is going to be a winter song just because it very much so looks the part, though I wasn’t expecting No way to say to kind of have that 00’s avex sound to it and not a ballad like what “forgiveness” turned out to be.  If anything it kind of gives me a sound that was from “LOVEppears” or even “RAINBOW”.  Not bad though, but I think of the era’s songs, No way to say is smack dab in the middle.

2. No way to say “Acoustic Version”

Though I’m not sure if giving the song just an acoustic guitar was a good idea, but I do think Ayu’s vocals manage to stand out moreso which is a plus.  It’s just that this stripped down version is what it is and that really doesn’t help much.  At least the chorus sounds a bit more fuller?

3. SEASONS “Acoustic Version”

I do like the harmonica (maybe?) that was added to the acoustic cut of SEASONS, but that’s rather shortlived once Ayu starts to sing and the tune strips to acoustic guitar & piano, but I don’t know why but I feel like SEASONS sounds much better in this setting than “No way to say” could pull off.

4. Dearest “Acoustic Orchestra Version”

Adding one more word to what version is sounds strange to me, but here we are with Dearest which begins with a nice piano intro and then Ayu’s light vocals starting in the verses.  I suppose the orchestra makes sense because strings are present and there isn’t any acoustic guitar.  Dearest though sounds prettier though and more meaningful so I definitely enjoyed this version!

5. Voyage “Acoustic Orchestra Version”

As for Voyage, the song is more dramatic with its movement and I really enjoyed the focus on a stronger arrangement and Ayu once again sounds really nice.  I mean there really isn’t much need to be said here, basically the same thoughts I shared with “Dearest”.

6. No way to say “Vandalize/Realize Mix”

Ending the single off, I was a bit surprised there’d be an upbeat remix on here considering the previous 4 tracks were definitely not that!  The remix though does feel like it takes its time to get to the singing but even then I think the track feels somewhat stale because the remix doesn’t really go anywhere and keeps to the same sound.

 

 

As the final single for the “Memorial address” era, No way to say is kind of a middle-of-the-boat for me.  No way to say is fine, but after the last couple of single, it just doesn’t really stick out and the track feels like something 2 albums ago.  The remainder of the single was mostly light, giving us stripped down versions of older songs which is fine, but nothing too mind-blowing (maybe cept Dearest & Voyage).  That last remix though was just odd here, had no place here.  Yeah, lets get to that mini shall we?

 

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