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Ami Suzuki – Potential Breakup Song May 10, 2009

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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

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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.

 

Ami Suzuki – Soremo Kitto Shiawase April 3, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Soremo Kitto Shiawase
  2. Soremo Kitto Shiawase (Basic Session Version)
  3. Narration Drama 「join」 #3 ~the day after~

1. Soremo Kitto Shiawase

Ami “joins” Kirinji for the final A-side of the era with the ballad of the three.  It’s actually quite nice for a ballad since she’s been hit and miss throughout her career in avex.  It’s like later track “Bitter…” but without the dance beats to back it up.  I kind of like the pop arrangement and the small electric guitar moments to back it up.  6 minutes though?  A ballad shouldn’t really strive to go that long, but this song is dreamy.  Even Kirinji is heard doing a little bit of BKGD vocals.

2. Soremo Kitto Shiawase (Basic Session Version)

Or what it should be called, the acoustic version.  Taking out the ethereal stuff and the moving strings, all it is is Keyboard, Drums, and Guitar.  There’s a bit less going on and actually sounds just as well as the main version if not more appropriately written.  Finally a good “remix” to one of these singles.

3. Narration Drama 「join」 #3 ~the day after~

I have no idea where the setting is….I think it’s a train station because it stops and you hear footsteps.  Now, once again the topic is unknown to me, so I can’t help you out there but seriously translations please!!!!!!

 

 

Ami finally finishes up the “CONNETTA” era with a pretty good release.  Both of the songs really sound nice and even though the length is a bit long for a ballad Ami sounds quite nice with Kirinji.  I deem this the best of the 3 singles just for having 2 good tracks.  Now I wish she didn’t embark in this project because honestly, too many singles occupy “CONNETTA” and what happened was well…4 new tracks…pretty low standard IMO.  Oh yea BTW, this sold the most outta the 3 singles.

 

Ami Suzuki – Peace Otodoke!!♥

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Track Listing

  1. Peace Otodoke!!♥
  2. Peace Otodoke!!♥ ~Natsu no Shounen Campaign Set ver.~
  3. Narration Drama 「join」 #2 ~the day before~

1. Peace Otodoke!!♥

Well, luckily Ami chose a good group to collaborate with.  THC!! has to be one of those fun bands to just perform with and Peace Otodoke!!♥ fits that bill perfectly.  I remember how everyone was just so happy and giddy during the PV.  Then again the song feels like a summer anthem which we already have like two of “Like a Love?” and “Alright!”.  The male lead in the song has a lot of energy in his vocals and so does Ami, except her English failed again here as well.

2. Peace Otodoke!!♥ ~Natsu no Shounen Campaign Set ver.~

We also get a remix of the track and seriously what’s up with the strange random sound of brass replacing the rock sounds.  I’m not sure why, but this song just felt empty and once again showed a lot of problems.  The saxes are nice, but they detracted the emotional value of the song altogether.  Still better than “O.K. Funky God’s” remix.  Yeesh…even weird the male lead gets a few extra lines not seen in the main track.

3. Narration Drama 「join」 #2 ~the day before~

Instead of rain filling the background we hear waves crashing and Ami narrating (oh, ok) and breathing and running before answering her cell phone.  Now that’s all I know from this, but I still don’t know what the hell they are talking about.  Seriously???

 

 

Ami’s 2nd “joins” single is just like the first single.  I liked this one a bit more than “O.K. Funky God”.  I mean this is the only song of the three singles that’s active on my iPod.  Shows you guys how much this era/project sucks.  Now the remix was a smidge better than the last remix though and that’s not saying alot…ugh…

 

Ami Suzuki – O.K. Funky God

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Track Listing

  1. O.K. Funky God
  2. O.K. Funky God (God Make Dub)
  3. Narration Drama 「join」 #1 ~7 days before~

1. O.K. Funky God

O.K. Funky God has always been strange with me because it seems to be so laidback and chill from her last efforts.  Like I said in the album review, this song gets better as time flies by.  What I mean is that the beginnings of the track isn’t exactly the most exciting part of the song, but like when it gets near it’s end, there’s a lot of excitment.  Someone from Buffalo Daughter is also singing along with Ami which is a nice touch indeed.  When the guy comes in is like the best part of the song.  So strange and indeed momentous.

2. O.K. Funky God (God Make Dub)

The remix starts off the same way as the original, but given a shuffling kind of sound.  Now the songs sounds so strange and trippy with the sound being drowned out by this whirly kind of sound (I can’t explain it).  It’s a pretty disturbing remix and seriously could have been taken better than this piece of crap.

3. Narration Drama 「join」 #1 ~7 days before~

Ok, if someone would explain the reasoning of having this track on a single then I’ll be grateful.  Like, I know it’s raining and Ami and some “dude” is having a conversation.  Actually, if there’s a translation of what’s going here then I’ll be grateful as well.  It’s just so random so see these drama tracks on a music single!!!!

 

 

So Ami’s first single of this “joins” project seems pretty lukewarm.  Disregarding the drama track the A-side is one to warm-up to with its slow start, but trust it’s a good track.  The remix though was just failure times two.  One of her worst remixes if not the worst of her career.

 

Ami Suzuki – Like a Love? March 20, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Like a Love?
  2. Squall ni Nurete
  3. Like a Love? -Instrumental-
  4. Squall ni Nurete -Instrumental-

1. Like a Love?

Hold on, haven’t we already had our summer track?  What’s really special about this track is that Ai Otsuka wrote the song and I hear the Ai-ness of the song actually.  I don’t know, it didn’t have as much punch as “Alright!” did, but I’m guessing it’s a ballad because it isn’t really powerful.  I wanna hear Ai’s take on this song so bad though because I think her voice would suit it more.

2. Squall ni Nurete

I always get confused with the B-side.  Like it’s also a ballad but more acoustically driven.  Then there’s the whole synth line that throws the song off its balance.  Other than those awkward moments, it’s a pretty strong B-side given the fact this whole era has been really depressing. 

 

 

Ami and Ai…who would’ve thunk it right?  Well, Like a Love? was a pretty interesting collaboration, but props has to go to Squall ni Nurete because it was the stronger and better track off the single.  I think I like this single a little less than “Fantastic” but it’s still good for a single.

 

Ami Suzuki – Reincarnation February 25, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Reincarnation
  2. Dub-I-Dub
  3. Reincarnation -Extended Version-
  4. Reincarnation -Instrumental-

1. Reincarnation

Ami keeps rolling out the hits and Reincarnation is definitly something different.  She’s not with Nakata anymore which is a little sad to see, but she also ended up with Taku.  Even more interesting is that Emi Hinouchi wrote the lyrics.  Ami really sound good during the quiet vocal parts, but when the chorus comes out, she is yelling.  Luckily, this isn’t the yelling from “climb up to the top” so it’s not that bsd.  Still, I love the dance beats to this one.

2. Dub-I-Dub

Yea, it’s a cover of a Me & My track, even fueled by DDR.  Now it’s a fully English tune so I was so worried about it and well, Ami being under heavy vocoder doesn’t exactly help it either.  Ami doesn’t have a good grasp at the language and adding the vocoder was a bad idea.  The music isn’t too bad, but Ami is really bad singing English here.

3. Reincarnation -Extended Version-

Of course what do you expect?  It’s a longer version of the A-side.  The opening of the track is different and the instrumental parts are more focused this time around.  Adding about 2 more minutes to the song it’s still the cool A-side we’ve come to known, so it’s basically there for those ravers.

 

 

Ami’s 1st single for a new era brings a change to her Nakata stuff for sure.  Reincarnation is a great way deviate away from him because it still has a great dance beat and it’s catchy.  Dub-I-Dub, however was just a little meh and for being a cover of a DDR song, I wasn’t expecting much from it, especially if it’s in English.  “ONE” and “can’t stop the DISCO” were better singles IMO