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If I Believe(Japan Version)

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If I Believe(Japan Version)
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Customer Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.4 out of 10 (11)

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Kuraki Mai is armed with a sensational musical collection again!

The 4th album of the acclaimed singer supplies you with super tunes like "Kaze no Lalala" , "If I Believe", an amazing duet with Chinese pop diva Sun Yanzi, "Kiss", the Theater version of "Time After Time - Hana mau Machi de" taken from the movie "Detective Conan - Mikyu no Jujiro", "Tonight, I Fell Close to You" and other amazing specials! Also, since the superstar signed up for her 1st University Spanish course, she's added the smooth Spanish song "Mi Corazon"! Do not miss out on Mai's splendid mellow performances!

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Product Title: If I Believe(Japan Version) If I Believe(日本版) If I Believe(日本版) If I Believe(日本版) If I Believe(Japan Version)
Singer Name(s): Kuraki Mai 倉木麻衣 仓木麻衣 倉木麻衣 쿠라키 마이
Release Date: 2003-07-09
Publisher Product Code: GZCA-5031
Language: Japanese
Disc Format(s): CD
Other Information: Album
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1002840073

Product Information / Track List

01. If I Believe
02. Time after time〜花舞う街で〜−theater version−
03. 風のららら
04. Kiss
05. mi corazon
06. I don’t wanna lose you
07. Make My Day−album version−
08. SAME
09. Just A Little Bit
010. You are not the only one
011. Tonight,I feel close to you

日本標準価格:3059(税込)

(日本版 / Japan Version)

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Professional Review of "If I Believe(Japan Version)"

July 14, 2003

Kuraki Mai's "If I Believe"- A Gratifying Response to Her Fans's Appeal

It is important for an artist and his/her record labels to fully understand the mechanisms of the music industry, so that their artists can grip a firm seat in the competitive music market. Kuraki Mai, for example, has lately been appreciated by a skin care company and her title track on this album "If I Believe" has become the theme song of a widely broadcast advertisement. Such commercialization has of course gained Kuraki Mai a lot of air times and helped keep her target audience. However, I am not saying that the success of this track relies merely on the quantity of its being aired but its quality deserves the credit too. Rhythmic and snappy, "If I Believe" is definitely something more than just an ad theme song but brings to life the confidence of the performer.

The creation of the atmosphere and the rendition both show the singer's attention to details on the Theater version of "Time After Time- Hana mau Machi de". It can surely feed the curiosity of the music lovers who like to discover new elements from the published songs. Finding this track on the album actually is as exciting as buying a useful thing at a big bargain sale. To Kuraki Mai's fans, nevertheless, all of her songs are priceless, aren’t they?

Taken from the movie "Detective Conan - Meikyu no Jujiro", "Kaze no Lalala " starts with a slow and lazy tune but the tempo climbs in the chorus. With the sound-on-sound recording and the chorus ensemble, this tune is never a bore.

When most of the computerization is removed, Kuraki Mai shows off her vocals on "Kiss" with a fair standard. I will say the Latinized dance beat "Mi Corazon" is the best track of Kuraki Mai deserving the most credit. Thanks to the advanced recording techniques, this track generates a mysterious mood that replaces the childishness of Kuraki Mai by her unexpected maturity and sophistication.

The dance beat "Make my Day" is enjoyable with its cool arrangement and so is "SAME". Of course I am not only recommending the dance tunes but I find it a nice surprise for Kuraki Mai to have catered to the changing taste of her fans and made a gratifying response to their appeals. We can find strong evidence for this on "If I Believe" that is enriched with songs from her previous 4 singles.

Recommended Tracks:"Make my day","SAME", "Mi Corazon"

Reviewed by朝夕
Translated by Holly

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Customer Review of "If I Believe(Japan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.4 out of 10 (11)

Anonymous

February 18, 2004

I will buy this! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I have yet to buy this album, but I did get a chance to hear the first track "If I Believe". The song is so pretty, just as beautiful as she is. The melodies and her voice makes you so happy that you could forget all the troubles and peak at the magnificent surroundings around you. This is how it feel with the song "If I Believe". Everything is so serene with graceful imagery. Another track that I listen to is the last track "Tonight, I Feel Close To You". This song left me with an uncontrolable urge to cry. Her charming and calm vocals in this song is so melodic that it will give you a feeling that makes you want to cry. It reminds me so much, I remiscize...
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Anonymous

December 13, 2003

Very nice! Good work! Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
I've bought this album with high hopes and i'm not dissapointed at all! I love all of the 11 tracks! But it would be better if Mai did not put her 2 b-sides songs. Because i wanted something new and fresh form her. But anyway good job MAI!!! I'm looking forward for her next album and single!
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Anonymous

September 22, 2003

Great Album! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This new album from Mai-K. is great and I think it's her best album.
I love the Songs "If I Believe", "Time after time ~ Hana mau machi de", "Kaze no la la la", "Kiss" and "Make my day". The English-Song "Tonight, I feel close to you" with the taiwanese Singer Sun, Yan-Zi is great, too. I Love it!
A must for JPop and Mai-K. - Fans!!!
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Anonymous

September 20, 2003

one of the best cds Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
this is the best cd i own! all the songs on this ablum are really catchy and none of them are really boring! i can actually listen to this whole album without skipping songs or things like that! i recommend this album to everyone! keep up the good work mai!
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Anonymous

July 30, 2003

Mai Kuraki - My best!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Mai's 4th album is excellent!!! I really love the Detective Conan opening song, 'Kaze no la la la' and also the the movie song 'Time after Time'. Apart from the chorus part I think 'Time after Time' is quite similar to Final Fantasy 10's theme song. I am a fan of Mai, but im not always up to date with her songs, the first time i heard 'Kiss' and 'Make My Day' was on her official website, and I thought it was really coooool!!! I was deciding wether to buy the singles or not, but then the album came out, but still i got the 'Kaze no la la la' single, cuz its just a great song to listen too!! 'Tonight, I Feel Close To You' is one of my favourites too, singing with Taiwan singer, Yan Zi. This song really shows off the girls beautiful voices. The 4th album honestly has all of Mai's best songs init which has impressed me a lot!!! I cant stop listening to her album now! very addicting!!! In Hong Kong and other asian countries apart from Japan, she is not as popular as Ayumi Hamasaki and Utada Hikaru, some people not even heard of her name, but I just wanna say that this pretty girl has alot of talent!! and people should take more notice in her and her songs!! Now I am just waiting for Detective Conan's 7th movie DVD to come out (me also a Conan Fan!!) 'Time After Time' and 'Kaze no la la la', best Conan songs yeh!!!!!! I will support Mai K forever same with Detective Conan!!!!! yeh!!!!! ^____^
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