Ayumi Hamasaki - Love songs (2010) Review
1. Love song
The opening of this album come out with this sad yet powerful rock ballad, with organic feel into it with those unforgettable tingling piano along with the thumping beats in the intro, interlude, and outro. very beautiful.
and here ayu bring us back to hear Far-East root, with clever layers of Japanese shamisen, Chinese strings, and acoustic guitar, Tetsuya Komuro did his nice job to make this track a little bit too beautiful.
and here comes another typical medium rock ballad of ayu with a little strange yet interesting string-synthetizer in the intro. This track at least worth a listen
4. sending mail
ayu always brings a surprise to her listeners. For an album title as light-hearted as “Love songs”, “sending mail” is a one dark number, beginning with a layers of synth and ayu singing then ending with epic violin, this track is like another “Mirrorcle World” which is truly a miracle.
5. Last angel
with an epic string intro and electronic beats and robotic ayu’s voice in the background makes this downbeat electronic ballad worth a listen
an interesting interlude with thumping beat, fading out the “dark” segment of the album
7. Like a doll
finally, a light-hearted medium-electronic-ballad with acoustic piano lullaby which really fits the title, ayu sing in her lower register how she’s Like a doll (yes, really) along with organic electronic beats. Doesn’t really work at first listen
another interlude with a bunch of layered strings and synths which brings us yet to a more light-hearted segment of the album
ah, a nice medium rock ballad with great ending will surely make her listeners crave for more
10. Thank U
a poppy-bubblegum-song-dedicated-to-fans-for-concert’s-encore. Not her best
11. Sweet Season
a medium happy ballad with sparkly bubblegum elements. worth a listen.
an interesting interlude with layers of strings and orchestral instruments, brings us to the “romantic” segment of the album
13. do it again
this song start with a promising intro, a complex-play of acoustic piano with impressionistic feel in it, but comes out flat in the end because of the repetitivenes of the “do it again”. yeah, she probably always wanted to do it again and again and again
this track start with cute call and answer intro and bang into a sweet medium happy ballad.
15. Virgin Road
ayu ends this album with powerful voice and a lot of emotion in this admiring piano driven ballad, makes a conclusion of the whole album
this is her best album of the 2010s decade so far with beautiful collaboration with the producer Tetsuya Komura, makes Love songs a pretty cohesive album and perhaps ayu’s most truthful album with its ”love” concept.
when I was happy in my life.
There was a time I believed I’d live forever…
There was a time when I prayed to Jesus Christ…
Madonna - Mother and Father / American Life (2003)
to know that tomorrow I won’t have to set up my alarm so early in the morning cause one of the subject got cancelled! Yay! at least i won’t have to submit the report tomorrow! I’m free tonight! Just wish that the rest of this day will feel this good… :D
that’s it for now i think. :D
to see Glee Season 3 Episode 18, “Choke” tomorrow! it’s gonna be awesome! fingers-crossed or Rachel-Kurt’s Audition.
are all 73% finished! at least I can sleep tight tonight… :D
hmm… nothing special happened today, just ordinary yet satisfying day :D
and I had a very nice dream earlier this afternoon when I was taking a nap. Gonna tell y’all later.
PS: I’m really dying for my mom/dad to buy me an iPod right now…! #rant
Happy day! Phewh! It’s been a long time since the last time i felt
this optimistic in my life! LoL. Coz today i got a little hangout time
with my friends and i just got an offer from a friend who’s a member
of a college band to be a vocalist in that band, but just as a
spare/backup if the main vocalist can’t come!
Omg, i just can’t wait til he calls me and get the rehearsal going!
But then again, i don’t really put my hope too high, but at least it’s
a start, right?
Gonna get that major label contract coming… :D