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Ami Suzuki – Panpaka Pants WHAT YA WHAT YA Rock June 16, 2016

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pankakapantsu

Track Listing

  1. Panpaka Pants WHAT YA WHAT YA Rock

1. Panpaka Pants WHAT YA WHAT YA Rock

I wasn’t sure what I expecting from a cover like that, but it seems Ami took a different route with a track that isn’t drenched electronics.  Actually it reminds me of some surfer pop/rock.  The song itself is different and something she hasn’t tried since at least the “CONNETTA” album.  Ami though sounds a lot different though.  Her voice is a lot more scratchy and raw then her sexual lower tones.  It’s an odd song that’s for sure!

 

 

After being gone for about 2 years since her last release 2014’s digital single, “graduation”, I felt like she’s been REALLY quiet otherwise and then randomly releases this digital single back in April.  Not sure what the song is supposed to be for, but it’s what I’d say just a random thrown dart at the board.  Unusual, something that Ami isn’t known for and just kind of out of nowhere released.  I suppose it’s nice to hear something new, but I want her to come back for another album!

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Ami Suzuki – Ami Selection December 12, 2015

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amiselection

Track Listing

  1. love the island
  2. alone in the room
  3. all night long
  4. white key
  5. Don’t leave me behind
  6. BE TOGETHER
  7. OUR DAYS
  8. Don’t need to say good bye
  9. Tsuyoi Kizuna
  10. Delightful
  11. Negaigoto
  12. Alright!
  13. FREE FREE
  14. Reincarnation
  15. KISS KISS KISS
  16. Future (iTunes only)

1. love the island

So the best album opens up unsurprisingly with her debut single…though something is different…Oh yeah all of the songs on this album that were released originally under SONY have been rearranged and resung!  Opening with beautiful strings this time, but keeping the similar xylophone melody was a smart thing to do and you can hear some of that 90’s sound still present.  The biggest difference is that of course Ami’s vocals matured so much between then and now and she’s singing in a more comfortable range instead of screeching her way through.  I’m still getting that nice, breezy feel of the song and it’s just so very pleasant…a much better turnout that expected!

2. alone in my room

The sheer difference in Ami’s vocal tones keep surprising as she tackles her 2nd single once again as well.  While the kind of pop/rock sound has been dulled out by more bass and synth involvement, I think it keeps the breezy atmosphere going from “love the island”.  While I do love her voice more here in the original, I think the arrangement of the original is better…weird right?

3. all night long

I was wondering why most of Ami’s SONY songs are coming from her debut, “SA” because a lot of them weren’t too memorable except for the first three singles.  This song was my favorite from the album because it showed us a different side to Ami’s music bringing a cool Eurobeat-like track.  On the revision, the arrangement is a bit more electronica and the cool tricks are neat to witness.  The tune has a heavier beat and just has more oomph even if the original was pretty damn good too.  If one thing, Ami does seem to get covered up by all that’s going on in this new arrangement, but it’s not a terrible issue.  Still, what a cool redone song!!

4. white key

Of all the “SA” songs that threw me for a loop, white key was one of those songs where I could stomach through it once in a while, just not all the time.  Luckily, Ami once again did much better in the vocal department so it wasn’t all over the place and she wasn’t hitting absurd notes.  The arrangement also doesn’t sound as blatantly 90s which was another bad thing that held it back!  Though that weird synth from the intro is still there…kind of fits the song better though…not bad!

5. Don’t leave me behind

Not surprised she kept in the opening dialogue from the background singers of the album version of the song.  Don’t leave my behind wasn’t a song I remembered much because of how similar it was sounding to various songs from her debut album.  It still carries some of the urban R&B sound she was heading towards, but I actually am pleased in her vocals…still probably my least favorite of the choices, but it’s a lot better than its original!

6. BE TOGETHER

I think of the bigger surprises is that BE TOGETHER gets a big facelift in comparison to other songs from this SONY era.  Instead of the cool pop song, it was changed into this electro club-friendly take of the TM NETWORK classic.  While I don’t think vocally it’s gotten better or worse in this version, I think the arrangement seemed to be the focal point here.  It’s still pretty catchy and Ami still sounds like she’s having fun doing this song so I can’t fault her here.

7. OUR DAYS

I knew this is one of Ami’s other big songs back in the day and I was hoping to hear a new version of this song because let’s be honest, Ami was rough singing this ballad.  I like how comfortable Ami is singing OUR DAYS and the arrangement while not having strayed too much off the original’s arrangement, the changes were pleasant and flowed much better.  Even the part where she goes into a minor tone and it’s asking for her to sing in a much dramatic tone, is done SO MUCH better.  Great song now!

8. Don’t need to say good bye

Another song that I never really connected with, Don’t need to say good bye is a lot of what I thought of “Don’t leave me behind” in the way that vocally it’s very much improved, but it’s still a kind-of boring song when you get to the nitty-gritty.  I think everything that Ami’s done with these SONY songs should be applauded for vocally being much better and sounds a lot more cleaner.

9. Tsuyoi Kizuna

Though things get strange as we enter this odd section of her career where Ami was actually an indies artist and released this single.  Unlike the SONY songs, this wasn’t redone so it’s in its original format.  It retains a lot of 90s sounds which is pretty nostalgic to some and for me it’s a good mash.  Ami still sounds decent and I’ve enjoyed this song a lot more than I first reviewed the single though I still prefer “FOREVER LOVE” as her better indies release.

10. Delightful

Then we enter her avex career and Delightful was a way to return to the spotlight for Ami.  During this time, avex was going through this pretty cool euro-trance phase with their artists like Ayu, so it wasn’t surprising that Ami’s debut under the label would be as such!  After hearing how mature Ami’s voice got in the two indies singles, she really took advantage with Delightful which is a very pulsating euro-trance song that caters to a wide audience!  Still of the best songs from Ami and she surely got better after this single!

11. Negaigoto

Actually, I wasn’t expecting this track to appear, but considering she’s going more for variety than the big hits, Negaigoto is a nice song among the list of electronic songs she released within “AROUND THE WORLD”.  Being the song with the least amount, this song is very strong and kind of gives me vibes to “OUR DAYS”.  Maybe her best ballad during avex actually (though she didn’t have too many that weren’t simply B-sides).

12. Alright!

That being said, I was also taken aback that she included this song (this was about when I joined in the fandom).  The song is an interesting song because it does have a certain strong avex sound to it, but with a summery twist.  I actually do compare this to “love the island” because both to go for the same breezy sound and with the latter going through the change on this album, they kind of almost blend if put together.  Still I like this song because it was one of the first Ami songs I’ve heard (alongside “Delightful” and “Eventful”).

13. FREE FREE

Then we hit the “Dolce” era and boy did she kick down the doors with this song (which was a collaboration with Yasutaka Nakata, the ever-loved producer for Perfume and his own group, capsule).  I mean this song captured the electronic buzz that was filtering throughout J-pop and I would say this was one of the catalysts!  FREE FREE is definitely focused on the arrangement from Nakata, but hearing Ami in the mix of filters and auto-tune was just a magical combination, maybe one of THE bests of her career!!!

14. Reincarnation

Then we have the collaboration she did with Taku Takahashi (of m-flo fame) and seemed like it split fans on whether it was a good song or just a hot mess.  Honestly, I dug the weird disconnected feel of the song and the verses of Ami’s light vocals with the repeating synth line is really mysterious.  Then it just explodes to this electronic banger (alongside Ami’s pseudo-yelling).  While it might not reach the same levels as “FREE FREE” or even “ONE” did, it’s very fitting to Ami’s electro status in the time period.

15. KISS KISS KISS

It’s so weird to say this was the last single Ami released before going into a lengthy hiatus (with some odd releases since then).  KISS KISS KISS was a song I never really caught on with despite it fitting in Ami’s catalog of electronic party songs.  This one isn’t as heavy with the synths like the previous two tracks and has a nice little guitar lick going on too.  Y’know, after listening to this again, it’s not bad and has class to it.

16. Future

It’s kind of weird that the new track featured here is ONLY an iTunes exclusive track (kind of ripped off don’t ya think?).  Also despite being added to “Snow Ring” (which was released quite a bit after this album), it’s an odd choice to include.  I mean it makes sense as it’s the newest song, but it really dove off from the electronics off from “FREE FREE”, “Reincarnation” and “KISS KISS KISS”.  The song itself isn’t bad and has a poppy vibe to it, but it kind of makes me think it should have been mingling alongside the SONY remakes.  Weird way to close this best.

Tracks Recommended

  • FREE FREE
  • Delightful
  • OUR DAYS
  • all night long
  • love the island

Song of Avoidance

  • Don’t need to say good bye

Wow, I mean It took quite a while for Ami to actually release a best-of since joining avex and this was at the beginning of her major slowdown of releases.  I thought it was amazing that she decided to remake a lot of her SONY songs (though I’m sure many would’ve been happy if she would’ve redone ALL of her A-sides).  Then the avex songs came in (and Tsuyoi Kizuna) and I feel like she could’ve redone some of the earlier ones and then throwing a new song at the end as a digital-only exclusive was a bit odd too.  I liked it, but it could have been handled better!

 

Ami Suzuki – FUN for FAN March 24, 2015

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funforfan

Track Listing

  1. love the island
  2. alone in my room
  3. all night long -Single Mix-
  4. white key
  5. Nothing Without You
  6. Don’t leave me behind
  7. Silent Stream
  8. BE TOGETHER -ORIGINAL MIX-
  9. OUR DAYS -ORIGINAL MIX-
  10. HAPPY NEW MILLENIUM
  11. Don’t need to say good bye
  12. THANK YOU 4 EVERY DAY EVERY BODY
  13. Reality -TK Original mix-
  14. Dancin’ in Hip-Hop -Original mix-

1. love the island

Ahhh, going back to the classics!  As Ami’s debut single, love the island really struck me at first listen when I first started the blog.  From the free-spirited arrangement and the definite 90’s flow, the song is a blast of nostalgia for me.  Now don’t get me wrong, Ami’s debut was a bit rather strained for her voice because she was singing in a higher pitch than where we would find her after joining avex.  There’s also a male background singer as well which is slightly distracting, but he only appears throughout the chorus (and probably a good thing because it’s where she struggled the most (high squeaks and all).  Overall, it’s still a great song for me and one of the high points in her career.

2. alone in my room

Moving onto her 2nd single, alone in my room seemed to fix the nuances that came with her first single.  She is sounding a lot more confident and not striking high notes like crazy.  The tune also doesn’t feel quite as dated as “love the island” was but there’s those CASIO synths that caught me off-guard.  Ever since I reviewed the “SA” album and singles, I’ve found myself enjoying this a lot more, its summer tone and happy-yet-sad style was pretty neat too.

3. all night long -Single mix-

Yes, when it comes to the “SA” singles, all night long is still beyond my favorite from the album (and possibly her entire SONY era at that!  After two upbeat singles, all night long has a totally different feel to it, taking it more to a creepier place with 90’s euro-pop as its basis.  I couldn’t be more happier because this song is so cool and grimey and just oozes personality (not saying the previous two didn’t but c’mon!).  Yeah, definitely worth listening to if you get the chance!

4. white key

So the CASIO keyboards come back in white key and I keep moving back and forth between liking this song or just slightly loathing it.  I mean Ami’s vocal performance is very shaky and she hits notes so flat here as well and the chorus is the worst because she’s layered with her nasal voice (yeah very tight sounding).  I think after being spoiled by her first three singles, her 4th would be the first to kind of crash.

5. Nothing Without You

It’s funny, after “white key” the remaining singles for “SA” flew over my head when I first reviewed them.  Nothing Without You begins in what I think is a café?  Anyways, the tune kind of moves towards a slight R&B fashion with piano acting as the melodic force.  I will admit, the song is kind of cute to listen to and once again some pretty icky background voices are thrown into its chorus.  The worst thing is that 2nd chorus where she kind of overdoes it in vocals as she pushing her squeaky vocals out…makes me wince everytime!

6. Don’t leave me behind

I don’t remember why it wasn’t tagged as edited since it has the version with the R&B background vocalists opening the tune.  A lot of this song reminds me of “Nothing Without You” with the R&B beats and style which is probably why I forgot this A-side existed in the first place.  I don’t know, but whenever I listen to this one, she sounds so very one-note and it bores me quite a lot!

7. Silent Stream

The final A-side to represent her debut album, Silent Stream does try to separate itself from it’s sister A-side by being a little more pop/rock in its execution.  Sadly, the guitar felt muddled by the arrangement and tempo of the track, at least Ami’s vocal melody is a bit more stronger than in “Don’t leave me behind”.  Still, with how long this era took, I was way over this by that point.  Overall, it’s not bad, but forgettable.

8. BE TOGETHER -ORIGINAL MIX-

Next up is her biggest hit in her career which is also a cover of a popular TM NETWORK track and boy was it nice to have this come after some pretty mediocre singles.  The tune is still showing signs of Ami heading towards her urbanized sound that would be in the remaining albums she would put out.  It’s a quirky song and shows off a more fun-side to Ami which is a nice change of pace.  Definitely another need-to listen.

9. OUR DAYS -ORIGINAL MIX-

Then we slow things down for OUR DAYS and I definitely remember the PV for this one being a whole lot like High School Musical without being the musical XD.  The song itself is a ballad and it has some interesting moments especially that serious after-chorus.  Ami is still kind of struggling here with her vocals hitting some tight spots.  The arrangement though is nice and memorable at least.  Not bad for her first ballad.

10. HAPPY NEW MILLENIUM

Rounding out the first “infinity eighteen” album, HAPPY NEW MILLENIUM was released before 2000 hit so it was a pretty big song for her.  A lot of the arrangement did remind me of “BE TOGETHER” which might not be the best thing to do, but hey it was the late 90’s.  The song is nice to listen to, sadly the album version did pop out at me more in the long run so this was a bit meh of a song.

11. Don’t need to say good bye

Is it weird that I feel like this song seems to hop on the same similar train as “Don’t leave me behind” and “OUR DAYS” in ways?  I really felt like I was hitting deja vu with this song and sadly like the former track, it’s a bit boring to listen to sadly!

12. THANK YOU 4 EVERY DAY EVERY BODY

With the way the song title looked and sounded, I thought this was going to be a goodbye song, but in technicality, it really wasn’t.  The tune is a lot like her sound in the 2nd “infinity eighteen” album which was a lot more urban than I was expecting Ami to go.  I actually liked the song a lot, the arrangement (while at this point in her career was getting quite stale) still had some punch and Ami sounded like she was having fun in the song (as much as she did in the PV).  Good song!

13. Reality -TK Original mix-

The best album ends with the lone single to represent it (would go on to be her final single under SONY as well), Reality.  When I heard it, I was surprised it was kind of going back to something along the lines of “all night long” with the mysterious sound and some synth usage.  Though, the sparse arrangement and focus on Ami’s vocals was an interesting route (add that the song’s structure is a bit odd too).  I do love it’s funky vibes though and Ami’s vocals are surprisingly enticing here.

14. Dancin’ in Hip-Hop -Original mix-

I’m not sure what was with the other A-side because it was a collaboration with Infamous Syndicate (though not mentioned anywhere) this song was a weird combination of pop and rap.  Actually it felt like a song more for the latter and not much for Ami which kind of left me confused.  It just didn’t work and it’s made worse by being the last track.

Tracks Recommended

  • all night long -Single mix-
  • Reality -TK Original mix-
  • alone in my room
  • THANK YOU 4 EVERY DAY EVERY BODY
  • BE TOGETHER -ORIGINAL MIX-

Song of Avoidance

  • Dancin’ In Hip-Hop -Original mix-

So a best to commemorate essentially all of Ami’s time under SONY, FUN for FAN was a rather bittersweet album to say the least.  Most of her early works were kind of struggles with her sound and her own voice which tried to sound higher than she could muster.  It’s not a bad collection, but more of a reminder of where she came from before her sudden resurgence during her avex days.

 

Ami Suzuki – Snow Ring February 3, 2013

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snowring

Track Listing

  1. Snow Ring
  2. Shining
  3. Last Birthday
  4. Future
  5. CAN’T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD
  6. Snow Ring club remix [Sunset In Ibiza Remix]
  7. BE TOGETHER [Shohei Matsumoto EDM Remix]

1. Snow Ring

Yay a new release from Ami, shall we check it out?  Opening the mini-album is the track that’s being currently promoted (though no PV?).  Snow Ring harkens back to songs like “Negaigoto” and “Crystal” with it’s slow paced wintryness.  It’s still really nice to hear Ami singing and she has a pretty tone except for some of the higher notes in the track.  It’s not bad but for someone who has been doing Electronic music, this was a bit unexpected no?

2. Shining

If “Snow Ring” was to represent the those great winter A-sides, then Shining is definitely more representive of the boring B-side from the “Little Crystal” single because this song is just bland and FORGETFUL!  I can say that I approve of the little funky guitar riff and synth blips as well…but I can’t remember this song for the life of me.

3. Last Birthday

Supposedly this song was known in the past as she performed this tune before.  If things couldn’t get more slower, it just did with this track because I’m even more bored of this song than I was with “Shining”.  Very simplistic and while it has technically been a while since Ami released a ballad, this was just a bit too to the books.

4. Future

I can’t believe that Ami shoved Future onto the mini-album.  If you didn’t know, this song was originally a digital single and then was found on the iTunes release of “Ami Selection” which was a while back!  It’s kind of funny that this is the fastest song of the first four tracks and I actually do enjoy this track because it’s kind of like a nod to her past because in some ways it reminds me of “love the island” (but without the shouting).  Plus I get Katamari vibes from this song…don’t ask me why XD

5. CAN’T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD

Another questionable addition to the mini-album, we get a cover of Kylie Minogue’s big hit!  Though this too was previously released back in 2010, so seeing it here and the way it is is rather jarring.  Ami’s take keeps the electronic vibes going which is way it felt awkward coming after “Future” and all.  The arrangement is heavier and I like that Ami tries to keep the sexiness there, but the Engrish is at a low point here >.<.  It’s like she’s drunk here hahah.  I liked the effort, but this could’ve been handled better (or just left off).

6. Snow Ring club remix [Sunset In Ibiza Remix]

Moving onto the the two remixes, the first is for Snow Ring and that’s a bit strange turning a ballad into an electro club mix.  After the long intro, I feel the remix keeps the song wintry, but Ami mixed with the arrangement is a bit shoddy at various parts…but it’s still kind of nice in its own way.

7. BE TOGETHER [Shohei Matsumoto EDM Remix]

The final track of the mini is funnily a new remix for BE TOGETHER (which is still her best-selling single).  I’ve found myself interested in Shohei’s remixes and his edit for this track is surprisingly catchy and makes the song perfect for a rave/dance party.  It’s just a lot of great stuff going on and ranks s the best off this goddamn disc.

I mean minus the best album the last original thing she released was back in 2009 and it’s really disappointing that she came back with such a poor mini-album.  I mean Snow Ring (the song) isn’t terrible but its remix, Shining, and Last Birthday are just tragic for Ami since she’s not built for ballads TBH.  Future is probably the exception because it’s not bone-dry and forgetful.  Of course BE TOGETHER’s new remix sounds pretty good since it is Shohei XD.  This was just so disappointing for me…I hope sh gets back into electro STAT!

 

Ami Suzuki – KISS KISS KISS/aishiteru… October 28, 2009

Filed under: Ami Suzuki — solarblade @ 12:34 pm

kisskisskiss

Track Listing

  1. KISS KISS KISS (Japanese Version)
  2. aishiteru…
  3. KISS KISS KISS (Extended Japanese Version)
  4. KISS KISS KISS (Extended English Version)
  5. aishiteru… (extended)

1. KISS KISS KISS (Japanese Version)

While it’s a cover from The Ananda Project, KISS KISS KISS was translated over into Ami’s tongue and while it’s still pretty club-like there’s something about it that’s classy and in a good way.  I do think the chorus is way too repetitive for my tastes (coming from someone who loves “Chocolate Disco”.  I do however think it’s more stable as a song than “Reincarnation”.  I’m pretty sure I’ll come to enjoy it fully eventually, but right now it’s just average to me.

2. aishiteru…

Thank god for the B-side.  aishiteru… sounds like something Madonna would’ve released on her “Confessions of a Dance Floor” album it’s just that the synths used here are just that familiar to me in that way.  I’m just ecstatic that we finally get something that’s really exciting and easy to dance with.  She does do a little bit of that yelling in the chorus, but it’s not as forced like “climb up to the top”.  I’m happy with this track for sure.

3. KISS KISS KISS (Extended Japanese Version)

Adding about 2 minutes of instrumentation.  Basically it’s just a club edit.  The additional minutes don’t really phase me in anyway, it’s just amazingly longer.  I’m still peeved at how the song can get really annoying because of the whole ~kiss kiss kiss~ thing that keeps repeating itself.  The verses though are still really nice though, I guess it’s a love/hate relationship I have for this tune.

4. KISS KISS KISS (Extended English Version)

This was the first song we listeners actually got to hear since it was released earlier in the summer on the HOUSE NATION album “Aquamarine”.  It’s more of a cover of the original because it’s set in full English.  Sadly, that’s where things get bad.  Ami’s English is pretty bad in this version of the song and I barely understood her.  Still, apply same previous things in the last track and I basically feel the same way besides the Engrishyness.

5. aishiteru… (extended)

Adding a minute to the original, the extended version of Aishiteru… is also treated as a club mix because of it’s long opening.  I don’t mind the extension really, but was it really needed to begin with.  It just seems like it was a last minute plan (like how the single was changed to a double a-side a few days before release).  I don’t know, but I’m not really interested in an extension plz.

 

 

It’s cool that she went with Tomoyuki Tanaka for this single because it actually worked for her this time.  Unlike “Reincarnation” scream-a-thon, KISS KISS KISS brought back the more classy side of Ami and I sort of like it if wasn’t for the whole repetitive phase of the title, which is starting to become the next “Ai no Uta” jeeze no more of these same titled tracks plz!  Aishiteru… was a surprise for me because it was better than everything else she released this era so far. 

 

Ami Suzuki – Potential Breakup Song May 10, 2009

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potentialbreakupsong

Track Listing

  1. Potential Breakup Song
  2. feel the beat
  3. Potential Breakup Song (Sugiurumn Remix)
  4. Potential Breakup Song (Instrumental)

1. Potential Breakup Song

Well, well, well…what do we have here?  Ami Suzuki earlier in the avex days did cover some other disney tracks….(lemme tell you, they were a bit embarassing).  Anyway, I really question whoever decided to let Ami cover Aly & A.J.’s biggest song because it came out of left field for many people who followed Amigo for a long time (me).  Now unlike the sisters pop/rock lovefest, Ami’s is definitly more chill and flowed really well altogether.  The sisters were featured in the song as minor backups and it suited with Ami’s more sultry vocals here.  The only real problem I had was with her thin vocals when she was singing ~This is the potential breakup song~ area.  Still this was way better than the sis’s version for sure.

2. feel the beat

I was expecting something really hardcore from the B-side, but what I got was a borefest, an 8-minute borefest.  I mean don’t get me wrong Sugiurumn did make the song very club-heavy, but what he/they? forgot was the lyrical sense of the song.  I mean all of the song it’s Ami saying ~i feel the music, i feel the sound, i feel the beat, beat, be-be-beat~.  I mean that doesn’t exactly fill the song up right if you ask me.  The arrangement doesn’t change much except when it restarts midway…Still, the chorus (if that’s what it is) is the best part because the ahhh-ing in the background was so eerie and cool.  The album version is still better.

3. Potential Breakup Song (Sugiurumn Remix)

Wait, wasn’t Sugiurumn making the last track, so why would he want to remix his own track?  WTF!  Anyways, it’s definitly long also passing 8 minutes…I actually liked this remix because it’s more completed in a sense.  I like how it starts up with it’s calm guitar thing.  It seems like Ami’s singing has slowed down a bit for the remix which kind of sucks, but whatever, it sounds they made this remix more ethereal, but with added club beats. 

 

 

*phew* I’m so finished with Ami’s discography!!!!  Anyway, Potential Breakup Song was a very surprising cover and very soon I might add.  I actually liked the more house version of Ami’s and even though feel the beat gets shortened for the album release it can be good if you don’t mind long songs.  The remix was actually pretty awesome and it was the only remix of the era so I can’t say much beyond that xD

 

Ami Suzuki – FREE FREE/SUPER MUSIC MAKER April 30, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. FREE FREE
  2. SUPER MUSIC MAKER
  3. FREE FREE (extended mix)
  4. SUPER MUSIC MAKER (radio edit)

1. FREE FREE

Before this, I’ve never heard of Yasutaka Nakata or even anything J-tek actually the closest thing to J-tek was “AROUND THE WORLD” and Nami Tamaki’s music.  Now since I was in the air after the “CONNETTA” album to which I was losing faith with Ami, she totally got sexed and won me over the summer of 07 with “FREE FREE”.  It’s a meteroic barrage of synth and vocoder from Nakata.  Now at that time I also didn’t know what the hell a vocoder is and even how to describe the song at the time, so hearing this blew my mind for sure.  Even though it isn’t the first time she’s been under it, I felt her voice just suited this equipment perfectly.  The first part came as ~I believe you set me free~  Then Ami’s vocals were oozing, even though the verse was muffled lol, but when she blazed through the bridge I was like SHE”S FUCKIN BACK!!!  Amazing J-tek track and Nakata should be really happy with the results of the song.

2. SUPER MUSIC MAKER

The other A-side, SUPER MUSIC MAKER was a lot more complex of a song then “FREE FREE” which in cases like this, it’s pretty cool because the song is full of interesting sounds and rhythms.  This time Ami is singing at a normal register and and I hear what she’s saying, sadly the song is a little bit messy within the synths, it’s like overload the song with synths.  Is it bad that I consider the remix on “can’t stop the DISCO” than to the original? 

3. FREE FREE (extended mix)

So what’s better than FREE FREE?  An extended version of said song.  Now just like the last track, it starts out with a simple beat before leading in the amazing track that is it.  I thought the extension was really awesome and hearing the different spots again was cool.  I found it cool that they moved the male backup to the start and the guitar screech was more prominent.  It could be too long for some people, but to me, this is a great track long or not.

4. SUPER MUSIC MAKER (radio edit)

So the opposite happens with the final track off the single.  I’m not surprised since the ending was just so long and boring.  I was happy to see this getting shortened and such.  I still find it funny that it sounds like m.o.v.e’s “SYSTEMATIC FANTASY” which came out a little bit earlier than this song.  I thought it was a smart idea to have it been included in “DOLCE”

 

 

This single basically kickstarted Ami’s career again.  Both songs are great J-tek tracks and for this, it’s easily one of my favorite Ami singles of all time.  I honestly don’t see anything wrong, maybe the extensions were a bit too drawn out, but this was an amazing single.