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Ayumi Hamasaki – M(A)DE IN JAPAN May 12, 2016

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madeinjapan

Track Listing

  1. tasky
  2. FLOWER
  3. Mad World
  4. Breakdown
  5. Survivor
  6. You are the only one
  7. TODAY
  8. Mr. Darling
  9. Summer Love
  10. Many Classic Moments (bonus track)

1. tasky

Ayu kicks off her album with another in the line of the “task” series of intros/interludes with tasky.  It starts off slowly but grows with some ascending notes that sounds almost traditionally Japanese in style but then switches it up to more of a dance beat with heavier synth usage.  The intro does end a bit abruptly, but it does a nice job introducing the album.

2. FLOWER

The shimasen follows through into the first vocal track with FLOWER.  I liked the mysterious nature of it before it adds guitars and bass to switch further into more of a powerful rock track.  I’m sure it’s just me, but Ayu’s vocals are sounding a bit more harsh than I remember as it sounds a lot more throaty than past songs of hers.  Really though, it’s a bit more familiar if you were into Ayu during her “Secret” era.  Not bad for a first track to be honest.

3. Mad World

Moving onto Mad World, it also starts slow and yet quickly shifts to more of a pop/rock style.  Unlike the previous track though, Ayu sounds back to normal as her notes are in a more comfortable setting.  The track is a bit of a slow burner for me, but I really enjoyed the chorus and the growing of the song in general.  I’m sure this will end up being of the favorites from the album that’s for sure!

4. Breakdown

Why does this song open almost the same way like “Mad World” did?  I was seriously hoping for a ballad and I kind of got it with Breakdown which has this very cold and lonesome sound to it, similar to her past track, “Marionette”.  Actually, it also slightly reminds me of “SCAR” due to some familiar melody movements.  I do think the ending section with the guitar solo came out of nowhere from such an emotional rock ballad and to end with Ayu singing ~kono mama~ as if she was trying to start a thought was different.  Still it’s a pretty cool track overall!

5. Survivor

I’m not sure why, but when I listen to our next track, it has this epic experimental sound and yet sounds a lot like “INSPIRE”.  I do love the oldish J-pop feel mix with the chanting and background tribal kind-of-feeling I get.  It’s god such a wild kind of setting that the previous tracks kind of lacked so far, so I’m happy to see a track like this make the cut.  Definitely one of the standouts of the album for certain!

6. You are the only one

Is that bagpipe I hear in the intro of the song?  Well of course it sounds a bit like it came from a computer and not the actual instrument.  After the relaxing intro, the song fortunately doesn’t become a rock track and remains a full-on ballad this time around.  Ayu’s vocals sound really pleasant against the ethereal arrangement.  Strings do enter the fray later on and the track sounds a lot more majestic and flowing.  This is a pretty decent ballad!

7. TODAY

Another ballad comes next with TODAY and this one feels a little bit more safer and familiar sounding when compared to the other tracks on the album.  I’m not sure why, but there’s a myriad of songs I can think of thatit reminds me of just in Ayu’s discography.  If there was one track that had to be the filler song, I think TODAY would fit into that category.

8. Mr. Darling

Did “Life” reappear?  Yeah, this song might be  more upbeat than the previous two tracks, but Mr. Darling did nothing for me sadly.  I do enjoy the acoustic guitar in part of the track and the chorus is loud and all I could really remember is ~soba ni ite~ which is sung multiple times throughout the chorus.  Just a slight bit generic for me.

9. Summer Love

Why is this the album closer?  It feels a little bit strange on the album too because it’s the only track to really being under EDM and the only track that would’ve suited being after “tasky” if anything.  I have to say though, it’s an energetic track and while I was thinking it would’ve been a lot like “Sunrise ~Love is All~”, Summer Love is more towards “Feel the love” or “Terminal” or any of her old remixes actually.  It’s just a fun summery dance track and a total surprise for this album!

10. Many Classic Moments

As a bonus, the album ends with a cover of a classic globe track (and also the album’s only old song as this was on the globe tribute album released last year).  I felt that it suited being after “Summer Love” due to the EDM upbringings here.  Although this was more eurobeat originally.  While Ayu did a good job, it didn’t have the depth or emotional drive that KEIKO had originally.  While the breakdown in the middle of the song is omitted (replaced by more of a musically fronted solo).  Still, it’s a decent cover and one of the more exciting tracks of the album.

Tracks Recommended

  • Summer Love
  • Breakdown
  • Survivor
  • Many Classic Moments
  • Mad World

Song of Avoidance

  • TODAY

Wow, that was REALLY unexpected that Ayu would release an album (well, technically just for streaming, the album will release at the end of June) out of the blue.  M(A)DE IN JAPAN is a really interesting to say the least.  Not sure if I was prepared for it, but I don’t think it was as strong as “sixxxxxx” was or a lot of “A ONE” to be honest though there are some decent surprises.  Not sure if there’ll be more to this album by the time its physical release comes around, but I kind of hope so.

 

Ayumi Hamasaki – sixxxxxx August 17, 2015

Filed under: Ayumi Hamasaki — solarblade @ 4:06 am

sixxxxxx

Track Listing

  1. Step by step
  2. Summer diary
  3. Sayonara feat. SpeXial
  4. Sorrows
  5. Shape of Love
  6. Sky high

1. Step by step

Opening up Ayu’s mini, we have the sort-of promotional track for it (it was released as a digital single back in July).  I wasn’t sure what to expect coming after “A ONE”, but the song sounds like a pretty lively summer tune for her and I kind of enjoyed the mix of strings with this pop/rock sound as well.  I overall thought it was a nice track to open things up with and it’s one of the better songs she’s done in recent.

2. Summer diary

Then we move into Summer diary which I initially thought it was going to be a ballad, but it’s more like a mid-tempo (that sort of harkens back to a more easier settting from “Duty”).  It’s still got the pop/rock accents mixed with the orchestral strings, but I don’t think it stuck as much as “Step by step” did because while it has a certain nostalgic kick to it, it’s really nothing much to gawk at.

3. Sayonara feat. SpeXial

What intrigued me the most was this track because not only it was a collaboration with a C-pop group (that I never heard of mind you) but it was produced by DAISHI DANCE and I wasn’t expecting the tune to be as electronically club-friendly as much as this!  Though I am enjoying this song quite a lot because it’s a change of pace for Ayu and SpeXial actually sounded cool as well!  I’m not sure why, but this song is just up Ayu’s alley (would’ve been cool on “Colours” honestly).  Easily my favorite of the release.

4. Sorrows

Then we get serious with Sorrows which like the title describes is a heartwrenching ballad!  Though I wasn’t expecting the song to open up with a powerful rock chorus which instantly reminded me of “Because of you” from her “Memorial Address” mini.  The tune has a cool buildup and Ayu’s voice suits the dramatic arrangement (though the transition is a bit off for me).  It’s still a pretty edgy song and one of her more powerful songs.

5. Shape of Love

Seems like we finally get our actual ballad in Shape of Love.  I really find myself loving the relaxing acoustic melody here and for some reason once the chorus kicks in, I feel like it reminds me a lot of “SCAR” which is not a bad thing because it was my favorite song off of “Duty”.  Ayu kind of sounds like she did from said song too which is just awesome to hear.  Good song overall!

6. Sky high

At first, I was like doesn’t she already have a song titled this, but I was mistaking this with “Fly high” XD.  Ending the mini-album off, I figured Sky high would be the song that would be obviously poppy and leaves the listener with finality.  I didn’t expect the song to sound a bit like something from 2000’s avex music.  It like a couple other songs from the mini sounds like it came from an older release and I have no problems with that.  Sky high though to me sounds slightly generic, but in the way that it sticks out nicely here to kind of stand out.  Decent song to close it off.

I was surprised when Ayu announced she was releasing sixxxxxx just 3 months after “A ONE” which was a pretty decent album overall.  Despite being just 6 songs, this mini-album was actually quite refreshing and in some respects better than the aforementioned album.  A lot of the tracks (like Sorrows, Sky high, and Summer diary) felt almost nostalgic to me and brought out the reasons why I fell in love with her music.  Even the other 3 tracks were good tunes in their own right too!  Not bad Ayu, not bad!

 

Ayumi Hamasaki – A ONE April 14, 2015

Filed under: Ayumi Hamasaki — solarblade @ 5:55 pm

aone

Track Listing

  1. a Bell
  2. WARNING
  3. NO FUTURE
  4. Anything for You
  5. Last minute
  6. Zutto…
  7. Out of control
  8. Story
  9. The GIFT
  10. The Show Must Go On
  11. Walk
  12. Movin’ on without you
  13. Tell All (2015 mix) (Team Ayu Limited only)

1. a Bell

Of course, Ayu would kick her album off with a short intro.  I’m not sure what I was expecting from it, besides a bell somewhere in the background, but a lot of it is just only piano/strings.  To be quite honest the intro sounds like something from Final Fantasy X or Kingdom Hearts…it just has the flowing, grandiose sound…but as quickly as it starts, it ends.  Weird because it doesn’t connect very well into the first full track…

2. WARNING

Simply put, WARNING just kicks things into gear with a heavier rock sound.  I do love the mix of the synths and guitars giving it a high-octane track.  Ayu sounds pretty good here and the energy is off the wall which is something I’ve been missing from Ayu for quite some time.  I do think her ~la-la-las~ are a bit overused in the song (so much padding).  Still a great song to really get things going (despite the album not exactly coming close to replicating this feeling for the rest of the way).

3. NO FUTURE

Seems like Ayu is working with Tetsuya Komuro again and this is a throwback song if there was ever one.  It sounds like something I would’ve expected globe to release back in the days.  It has that signature Tetsuya sound with the synths and eurobeat chords that really represent avex of days past.  Ayu though does pretty well in this song, she sounds strong and suits the arrangement quite nicely. (If only “Love songs” had sounded remotely like this).

4. Anything for You

Then we leave the upbeat songs for our stretch of ballads.  Up first is Anything for You and judging by the 7:00 length of the song, I was already coming in with a frown on my face.  I will say that if anything, it does reminds me of “M” for some reason, but this song drags a lot of the way and by the time I get to the end, I’m so unfocused on the track and forget what it sounds like.

5. Last minute

At least we get into some familiarity with Last minute (part of the triple A-side that preceded the album).  I still do think that from the single, Last minute was the most impressive because Ayu really projected her emotions very well.  Plus, the song opens up into a kickass rock ballad as well which is something to break the monotony of her ballads.  Great song to have on the album!

6. Zutto…

Interesting that this and “Last minute” switched spots as being first.  Being the lead A-side, Zutto… is a pretty good ballad as well, but if it wasn’t for the exploding aforementioned song, Zutto… had to take 2nd place.  I will say hearing it now, it oddly reminds me of “Anything for You”, but the melody is quite stronger and Ayu put more effort here.  There’s not much else to say here, but it’s a nice little tune still.

7. Out of control

For a song title like Out of control, I was kind of expecting something like “WARNING” with power behind it, not another simple piano/strings ballad.  Talk about being led astray, Out of control barely left a mark on me and feels like something we just heard in “Zutto…” and “Last minute” but half-assing on both.  The guitar solo I suppose was really nice, but overall…it was just white noise.

8. Story

Man, these ballads are really killing me right now.  I really don’t know why she’s linking so many ballads together, but it’s starting to bore me to death.  It’s a lot like what I felt for “Out of control” but this time it’s a little more like “Last minute” with the stronger guitar chords.  Also, the melody does stick to me a little better as well, so it’s not a total loss.

9. The GIFT

I’m not sure why, but the opening for our next song sounded almost haunting (well before the song switched it up and became plain again).  I do like that Ayu’s singing is a lot lighter than in other songs.  Something about this ballad though works and there’s some really interesting parts.  Not bad and the ending is pretty as hell lol.

10. The Show Must Go On

I wasn’t sure what we were going to get with our next track, but it feels like we’re escaping the ballads finally!  Bringing back a nice eurobeat arrangement to give us a song that sounds like it would be great for live performances as it’s loud and bright.  Ayu sounds good too (if not slightly nasal), but this track is fun, that’s for sure.

11. Walk

The only song from the single, I wished was left off the album was this track, simply because it really doesn’t leave much of an impression nor does it do any better being here as it’s even less remarkable.  Weird that it is separated from the other ballads of the album (probably was a smart thing in the long run).  Just still kind of flies over my head, though it’s not as boring as “Out of control” and this song kind of sounds like a ballad from her past albums.

12. Movin’ on without you

I was surprised that this was added on last minute to the album.  If you don’t know, this is a cover of a Hikki song (plus it was released on her tribute album, “Utada Hikaru no Uta”).  Ayu’s take on this classic is quite nice and has a certain updated R&B feel which caught my interest quickly.  It’s the odd song of the album, but I feel like Ayu did this cover quite well!

13. Tell All (2015 mix)

For Team Ayu members, they get a bonus track in the form of a new version of her 2013 digital single, Tell All.  I was surprised that she’d throw this on A ONE (and not “Colours” for some reason).  It opens like a ballad which is no surprise, but I knew the song was going to get strong.  There’s a lot of differences between the two versions, but I prefer this one because it builds up to an epic chorus and throwing the guitars and synths from the original in the second chorus was just awesome!  Great revision!

Tracks Recommended

  • Last minute
  • NO FUTURE
  • The Show Must Go On
  • Tell All (2015 mix)
  • The GIFT

Song of Avoidance

  • Anything for You

With Ayu these days, I’m not sure what she’s going for anymore. “Colours” brought a more vivid and outgoing Ayu while A ONE focuses more on the calmer side (with some exceptions like WARNING and THE FUTURE) but I kind of was here and there with this one.  A ONE really shoved most of the ballads in the middle of the album, minus Walk…but I was so over many of them quickly and the upbeat songs too precedence to my likings.  With a mini-album already announced less than a week this album dropped, I wonder what’s going on.

 

Ayumi Hamasaki – Zutto…/Last minute/Walk February 19, 2015

Filed under: Ayumi Hamasaki — solarblade @ 6:57 pm

zutto

Track Listing

  1. Zutto…
  2. Last minute
  3. Walk
  4. WINTER BALLAD MEDLEY (Days~CAROLS~No way to say~JEWEL~You were…~momentum~POWDER SNOW) (Fanclub Limited Edition only)
  5. Zutto… -Instrumental-
  6. Last Minute -Instrumental-
  7. Walk -Instrumental-

1. Zutto…

A winter ballad triple A-side huh?  Well, I suppose it’s a thing for her now huh?  Being the first on the list, Zutto… has something about that kind of reminds me of her sound in the past and I appreciate it quite a lot.  Ayu sounds great here and gives a lot of emotion in this track and I love the arrangement being quite and yet loud when it needs to be.  I enjoyed it quite a bit and definitely stuck out from her ballads, well that is until…

2. Last minute

The 2nd of songs, Last minute is a lot more quiet than “Zutto…” for sure which brings out Ayu’s vocals further to the foreground.  Initially, I was bored of this one because of the sparse arrangement, when the chorus hits, guitars enter the fray and turns it into this powerful rock ballad and Ayu’s vocals are even stronger than in “Zutto…” which says a lot here.  The most impressive song on the single!

3. Walk

The final A-side of this single, Walk is the quietest of the three which comes as no surprise to me that I just didn’t care for it in the long run.  Something about this song just didn’t cut it and it felt like it stayed on the same path the entire way and that bores me a lot!  Oh well…

4. WINTER BALLAD MEDLEY (Days~CAROLS~No way to say~JEWEL~You were…~momentum~POWDER SNOW)

Took her long enough to release a winter medley to correspond to the summer medley she released back in 2009.  For what it is, it’s a nice collection of songs that were used (though I’m not sure if all of these songs constitute as wintry ballads, momentum and No way to say being the main ones).  At least the transitions are smooth and the songs themselves are all still nice to listen to and this just solidifies my enjoyment with most of them.

 

 

Ahhh, Ayu another winter single…kind of is getting boring.  At least this one was pretty decent overall.  I really liked Zutto… and Last minute quite a lot (the latter the most because it’s got guitars and sounds epic!).  Zutto… could be like “DAYS” where the melody is the most impressive thing it has.  Sadly, the weakest link for me was Walk…just sounded a bit bland and lifeless in comparison.  Of coure the medley are for the big fans out there and I can’t help but say it was nice of a listen despite a couple songs being odd choices.  Can’t wait for her upcoming album!

 

Ayumi Hamasaki – Terminal October 12, 2014

Filed under: Ayumi Hamasaki — solarblade @ 2:30 pm

terminal

Track Listing

  1. Terminal
  2. Terminal (Dub mix)
  3. Terminal (HACKJACK remix)

1. Terminal

So the begins with the album cut of Terminal and I’ve said before on the album review of “Colours” is that this tune is produced by Armin van Buuren, so obviously the song is going to be full of electronic wonder and beats alongside with Ayu’s vocie which is actually fitting to the tune.  There’s something about the tune that just suits here like her works with Ferry Corsten back yonder, so Terminal really is a treat, especially with how long since she’s pulled something like this out of her bag.  Great song and made for a good recut track!

2. Terminal (Dub mix)

It’s been a while since I’ve seen ~dub~ in the title of her remixes at leastthe last time I think I saw one of these was when she was overloading on the remixes earlier in her career.  Anywho, the dub mix of Terminal is just kind of a vocalless remix of the tune with some slight background voices from Ayu, but otherwise a kind of generic club mix that really doesn’t go anywhere

3. Terminal (HACKJACK remix)

The same thing can be applied for the other remix on the single and likewise it’s for a club mix, but there’s a lot more oomph to this one.  Some of the beats kind of remind me of T-ara’s “Sugar Free” which is pretty absurd, but the punch of the tune stands out a lot more to me for some reason.  I mean it’s funny that Ayu’s only line is the whole ~kimi ni~ but beyond that there’s not much else vocally.  I think this remix could’ve benefitted with more lyrics, but musically I liked it.

 

 

So we have an official recut single huh?  Been a while since we’ve had one of those though, being about 3 months after “Colours” released is a bit late to the party.  Terminal is a pretty awesome song from the album and loved that it was chosen to be recut, but we could’ve had a little more incentive besides the two remixes that really didn’t even have much to do with the song.  The HACKJACK remix could’ve used more Ayu, but it was a pretty powerful remix and well the dub mix kind of sucked and paled in comparison.  TBH, I just want Ayu to move on from the album and release a new song lol.

 

Ayumi Hamasaki – Colours June 23, 2014

Filed under: Ayumi Hamasaki — solarblade @ 8:51 am

colours

Track Listing

  1. Feel the love
  2. XOXO
  3. What is forever love
  4. Hello new me
  5. Pray
  6. Terminal
  7. Angel
  8. Merry-go-round
  9. Lelio
  10. NOW & 4EVA

1. Feel the love

Wow, Ayu opens her newest album with the leading A-side from the only single released for this album.  It’s funny because it does light up the rest of the album with a dance track and I’m quite all right with that.  The song is still great to listen to and Ayu gives a great performance even if the PV was a bit shady.  A fun summer song and an awesome way to kick this album off.

2. XOXO

Yes, I know Ayu released three special singles before the album, but I didn’t review them so that’s why I didn’t bother to bold them because they were that close to the release date (well actually not really because the album is actually dropping in July >.>)  and those 3 singles would render the album to be entirely be in bold.  To XOXO, when I saw the producers being mostly dance producers, I was excited to hear the lot of em. I do get a certain “Party queen” sound out of this one with the more hip style and emphasis on beats.  Ayu’s voice is still kind of changing a bit which does throw me, but I can dig it.  It’s a good song to just dance with overall.

3. What is forever love

Moving on, we get out next new track What is forever love is another good dance track and I believe this is the one produced by DAISHI DANCE who we all should be familiar with if we’re fans of Mika Nakashima.  So the similarities in style is very obvious from the start.  What we weren’t told was that this is actually a duet between Ayu and Naoya Urata from AAA.  I was quite surprised and well at the same was like figures the two would work together again.  The song is pleasant enough and the dance beats do make it nice that it isn’t a full ballad at least…relatively saying, it’s a good track.

4. Hello new me

While I didn’t bold the special singles, I did bold the actual digital singles and there was two!  This one was the 2nd, released in May and well for being a dance-centric album, I wasn’t expecting a ballad to make an appearance (shows that I didn’t listen to either digital track).  I guess it was nice that “What is forever love” managed to slow things down before we took on this song.  It’s kind of like a more mellow “Life” which was already forgetful to me as it is, but this kind of felt out of place and overly forgetful.  Oh well…

5. Pray

Then we move to another ballad which was also the other digital single she released.  The thing with this track is that it also doesn’t seem to fit this album real well, almost sounds like it belongs on “FIVE” more than anything else.  Add on that it’s the longest track at over 6 minutes and well…in a way is good, but not in the way that it’d work on this album.  I like this song by itself though which at least means something.

6. Terminal

After that rather abrupt slowdown, we move back to dance tracks into the second half of the album starting with Terminal and really when you have a producer like Armin van Buuren, you know you’re getting a trance track and that’s what Terminal is.  Very synth-heavy, but it has its moments of calm with those areas with piano and Ayu singing lyrics.  It’s been a while since we’ve had an original song done like this by a trance producer (that wasn’t part of the a-yu-mix crowd, maybe “Connected”?).  Still if you want that heavy pulsating beat, this is the song to come to and I loved it!

7. Angel

After the two longest songs on the album, we cut to some shorter songs.  Angel starts off slow but nicely with Ayu but the song takes a dramatic turn when it turns into a kind of sluggish ballad but not really because it has other things going on.  Actually…I hate to be that guy, but the feel of the song reminds me of frickin’ Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball”…I don’t know why, but that slow beat and power vocals in the chorus just really scream it…I don’t know, it’s OK, but sure does sound unoriginal to me…

8. Merry-go-round

Fitting that she’d include the secondary A-side from the single to be on the album.  When I reviewed it initially, Merry-go-round was a good song despite the fact that VERBAL kind of made things icky.  Coming back to it now, not much has changed on my opinion, still a pretty catchy song and I still don’t like VERBAL in the song but, hey whatcha gonna do.  At least it made the album and picks things up after “Angel”.

9. Lelio

There was a couple promotional PVs but the only one I saw was this one and well, Lelio was something else.  It suited the whole dance-centric aspect nicely but a lot of the time, I thought this song was a Koda Kumi track XD.  That being said, Lelio is a pretty cool song.  I enjoy the dance beats and Ayu’s energy with this song quite a bit XD.  Probably one of the standout songs off the album.

10. NOW & 4EVA

Seems strange that this is the final track.  NOW & 4EVA is well, a softer song and suitable song to be the closing track.  I mean like “Hello new me” it doesn’t do anything different than ideas she’s done in the past so this kind of flies by my head, but I can say I enjoyed Ayu’s vocals.  Still it’s fitting as the last track, but by itself I think I’ll end up not remembering it much.

Tracks Recommended

  • Feel the love
  • Lelio
  • Terminal
  • XOXO

Song of Avoidance

  • Hello new me

Coming into Ayu’s newest album, Colours…it really felt like monochrome to me.  I think it’s for the fact that really avex kind of blew it with the marketing by having all of the songs released seperately before the album dropped (which even then the physical release is a couple weeks away as it is).  Though it seems that more effort was put into her dance tracks than her non-ones…Honestly all 4 mid-tempo tracks are just ultimately forgettable to me here…like they didn’t belong (especially the two digital singles).  Besides that chunk, the rest of the album is really good, she should’ve fully stuck to that and probably not let the current marketing strategy continue on TBH…

 

Ayumi Hamasaki – Feel the love/Merry-go-round December 15, 2013

Filed under: Ayumi Hamasaki — solarblade @ 8:55 pm

feelthelove

Track Listing

  1. Feel the love
  2. Merry-go-round
  3. Feel the love (DJ Hello Kitty remix)
  4. Feel the love (Blasterjaxx remix)
  5. Feel the love -Instrumental-
  6. Merry-go-round -Instrumental-

1. Feel the love

It seemed like Ayu was pretty quiet this year, but finally releases a new single!  I was instantly happy that the primary A-side wasn’t a ballad (because she’s had too many in recent times).  Feel the love is a really great sounding EDM track though I can tell this song could be great to hear live because it’s got a lot of areas where chanting would be awesome.  I do love the pre-chorus though…great buildup!  Even though that PV was odd to say the least, I still can’t help but loving this…I’ve missed this side of Ayu (and honestly, she sounds kind of like Ayu during “Rock n’ Roll Circus” era and not this different tone she’s been pulling ever since so I really liked it.

2. Merry-go-round

So the other A-side was produced by m-flo and I was expecting a high-energy track and some of it, it passed in flying colors.  Ayu sounds really pretty in this song and did well singing along the song electro going on.  Though I could’ve lived without VERBAL rapping in the song.  That was the thing that REALLY didn’t work for me.  Still a good track, but yeah xD.

3. Feel the love (DJ Hello Kitty remix)

I’m surprised both remixes were just for Feel the love.  The first one definitely felt like it was going to give the tune a harder edge and it ways it does because the beat is heavy and the slow parts are kind of cool sounding.  In some ways it does remind me of the original mix but at the same time it really has a cooler groove.  Definitely a club banging remix.

4. Feel the love (Blasterjaxx remix)

It starts off with a pulsing beat and fades in with the melody which kind of gives the remix more of an eerie glow haha.  After Ayu’s introduction the song spirals into a louder track and then a REALLY pulsing sound.  Sometimes the pulse blocks the sound of the main synth melody so there’s this delay in sound almost which is awkward to my ears.  It only uses the chorus and hooks which is disappointing, but I suppose it’s OK.

 

 

It’s been over 2 years since Ayu released her last single, “L”.  Though she has released minis and studio albums since then so it’s not like she disappeared.  Feel the love/Merry-go-round is actually not a bad single and devoid of ballads (which is more than I could wish for).  Feel the love is a really catchy song and one of her best in a long time.  Merry-go-round could’ve been just as great if VERBAL wasn’t involved and the remixes were OK, nothing too special.  Still, not bad