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Party queen (ALBUM+2DVD)(Japan Version) DVD Region 2

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Hamasaki Ayumi parties like it's 2012 with her 13th full-length album Party Queen! The album features 14 brand-new, never-been-released tunes, including how beautiful you are, theme song for television drama Saigo kara Nibanme no Koi. To ensure top audio quality, Party Queen was recorded entirely in London and mastered by some of the best recording engineers in the music business.

This edition comes with four music videos (and their making of) and Ayu's 2011-2012 Countdown Live on two bonus DVDs.

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Product Title: Party queen (ALBUM+2DVD)(Japan Version) Party queen (ALBUM+2DVD)(日本版) Party queen (ALBUM+2DVD)(日本版) Party queen (ALBUM+2DVD)(日本版) Party queen (ALBUM+2DVD)(Japan Version)
Singer Name(s): Hamasaki Ayumi 濱崎步 滨崎步 浜崎あゆみ 하마사키 아유미
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Release Date: 2012-03-21
Publisher Product Code: AVCD-38511
Language: Japanese
Disc Format(s): CD
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Other Information: Album / CD+2DVDs
Package Weight: 400 (g)
Shipment Unit: 2 What is it?
Publisher: Avex Marketing
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1030296940

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浜崎あゆみ、13th ALBUM!! フジテレビ系木曜よる10時ドラマ『最後から二番目の恋』主題歌として話題の「how beautiful you are」をはじめ、未発表書き下ろし新曲のみ全14曲を収録した超豪華フル・アルバム。全曲ロンドン・レコーディングを敢行し、世界の音楽シーンの最前線で活躍するトップ・エンジニアやミュージシャンを多数起用した、まさに世界標準のサウンドが詰め込まれた意欲作。 [DVD-1]には、ロンドンで撮り下ろされた3曲を含むミュージック・クリップ4曲と、それらのメイキング・クリップの未発表8トラックを豪華収録。さらに[DVD-2]には、2011年大晦日に開催されたばかりの最新ライヴ"ayumi hamasaki COUNTDOWN LIVE 2011-2012 ~HOTEL Love songs~"を完全収録!!


01 Party queen
02 NaNaNa
03 Shake It♥
04 taskebab
05 call
06 Letter
07 reminds me
08 Return Road
09 Tell me why
10 a cup of tea
11 the next LOVE
12 Eyes, Smoke, Magic
13 Serenade in A minor
14 how beautiful you are
DVD Disc 1
01 Shake It♥ (video clip)
02 NaNaNa (video clip)
03 Return Road (video clip)
04 how beautiful you are (video clip)
05 Shake It♥ (making clip)
06 NaNaNa (making clip)
07 Return Road (making clip)
08 how beautiful you are (making clip)

DVD Disc 2
ayumi hamasaki COUNTDOWN LIVE 2011-2012 A ~HOTEL Love songs~

01 do it again
02 Happening Here
03 insomnia
05 fated
06 feedback
08 sending mail
09 machine
10 Sparkle
11 Humming 7/4
12 evolution
14 November
15 music
16 Ladies Night
17 Party queen
18 Happening Here
19 Love song
20 how beautiful you are
21 Trauma ~ Boys & Girls

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.3 out of 10 (6)

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February 1, 2013

5 people found this review helpful

All Hail the PARTY QUEEN!!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
To be honest with you all, I don’t see why everyone is saying that this is Ayu’s worst album. I mean, so what if it’s a little different from her previous works? So what if it’s a bit more “party-themed” from everything else she’s released? SO WHAT?! It’s still Ayu. It’s still the great Ayumi-san we know and love.

Personally, I loved this album very much. It was a fun and adventurous album from start to finish! I don’t see what the big deal is. I mean, come on! We ALL know what she’s capable of! We ALL know how much of a goddess she is when writing deep and meaningful lyrics. WE ALL KNOW THAT! So what’s wrong with writing fun, carefree lyrics for a change? She was just having a little fun! I don’t see why everyone is criticizing her for it.

Like I said before, I loved this album. Her voice was just so uplifting and beautiful! It made me wanna dance the night (or day) away! Who cares if it wasn’t a “typical” Ayumi album? It’s AYU, people! She can rock any genre and it’ll still be pure awesomeness! I don't care if it wasn’t as “meaningful” as the rest of her albums, I don't care if other fans didn't like the “party-theme” for this style....for me, it was all that I needed. "Party Queen" delivered beautifully from start to finish. There wasn’t a single song I disliked! But the ones that stood out the most were: “Party Queen” “NaNaNa” “Shake It♥” “taskebab” “Call” “Reminds Me” “Return Road” “Tell Me Why” “A Cup of Tea” “the next LOVE” and finally, “How Beautiful You Are”.

I loved this album very much. I can't find myself skipping a single track; the quality of it is extremely high from start to finish. An excellent add to your “AYU” collection if you ask me!
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July 27, 2012

This customer review refers to Party queen (ALBUM+2DVD)(Hong Kong Version)
1 people found this review helpful

A Musical Experiment!!!!!!!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Well my first impression of this album is that Ayu demonstrates the fact that she´s the queen and she can do whatever she wants to do!!!!!! many people have criticized this material (the cover has been the most) but I like it I think this is a well worked album and is a new facet of Ayu as an artist.

My favorite songs are the combo Party Queen-Nanana-Shake it and Reminds Me-Return Road and of course I can´t forget the jazz sounds with The Next Love (my favorite in this gender)and Eyes, Smoke, Magic I personally like musicals so this songs are like hearing "Chicago" but in japanese n.n

Now let´s talk about CDL 2011-2012 It´s great!!!!!!! My favorite performances are Sending mail, November, Party Queen & Love song the entire show is well planed like always and I absolutely loooooovvvvveeeeeee the cover photo Ayu looks so nice!!!!!!!!!

So I concluded that this is a really enjoyable album and show.
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July 1, 2012

This customer review refers to Party queen (Japan Version)
Mediocre parenthes (I hope) Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
I'm kinda sad to say it but this is probably Ayu's worst album after "A Song for XX" and "LOVEppears". Even now, after many listenings, the only 4 songs I can remember are "Party Queen", "NaNaNa", "Shake It" and "how beautiful you are", the other ones are so anonymous that I can't even remember how they sound. And the last note is the title which doesn't match absolutely with the sound of the album, what's of "party" there? I want more rock and more dance Ayu, please!
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April 26, 2012

This customer review refers to 『Party queen』 SPECIAL LIMITED BOX SET (ALBUM+4DVD+GOODS)(Japan Version)
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An adventurous album Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
The album starts off with the three dance tracks "Party queen", "NaNaNa", and "Shake It♥", all of them fitting to a "party queen" theme with their carefree and fun sound. That's only the surface, though, looking closely at the lyrics may tell you a darker story about the "party queen." The tracks are catchy and more unique and memorable than others in the same genre, and the depth of the lyrics make them even more interesting.
Then comes the guitar interlude "taskebab", a fluent transition from "Shake It♥" to "call". "call" tells a love story in which one person always hide their problems from the other, and the next song titled "Letter", tells a story about acceptance in spite of one's flaws. The two songs are quite good, "call" has a catchy guitar melody which you easily sing and move to, and "Letter" has a heartfelt sound. The story gets more depressing though, as "reminds me" is about being unable to accept things as they are, and "Return Road" is the sad story of a break-up; the emotional lyrics in both songs are exceptional, with great vocals and catchy melodies."Tell me why" tells about the distance (physical and emotional) between two people in a relationship, again with great lyrics, music and vocals.
After this comes the interlude "a cup of tea", a confusing and vertigo-like piece. What follows is two jazz songs, coated with theatrical, dramatic touches. "the next LOVE" is about a girl pondering over the meaning of becoming an adult and finding love, with cynical conclusions. "Eyes, Smoke, Magic" follows a similar line, with a child watching the cold distance between her parents. I can't help but imagine these songs being performed as part of a musical, which makes the songs feel even more "alive" than usual.
After this follows "Serenade in A minor", a tranquil piece setting a pleasant ambiance for the ballad "how beautiful you are", which has a beautiful, heartwarming tone. This implies some hope that the lonely queen can someday feel happy about herself, and find the unconditional love she used to believe didn't exist...
I, personally, love this album. The songs feel very unique and memorable, with a lot of emotional content and deeper meaning to be found. I give special mentions to "the next LOVE" and "Eyes, Smoke, Magic", I am usually not a big fan of jazz but in these songs the jazz just makes everything else seem even better. The album as a whole has flaws, but it's an amazing adventure to listen to, and I wholeheartedly recommend it.
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March 26, 2012

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1 people found this review helpful

Very Different From Other Albums Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
I think the effect that Ayumi was going for with this album was to try something that she hadn't done before. But I really feel that this album is lacking in depth. The lyrics on some of the songs are just.....Meh. And that is the first time I have ever said that about Ayu's writting. Songs like "NaNaNa" (which has almost a Nu Metal effect to it) and "SHAKE it!" are fun to listen to as long as you are not expecting something profound. The title track "Party Queen" has an 80s sound to it but the lyrics remind me of something a North American pop singer would write. NaNaNa talks about a night on the town where Ayu and her gang get crazy, SHAKE it! tells us girls that we "have a magic only we can use" and means exactly what you think it does. Eyes, Smoke, Magic and the next LOVE have super cool, jazzy, cabaret music to them but speaks from the perspective of a child, something which, considering Ayu is no longer a child anymore, physically nor mentally, comes off kinda weird. "the next LOVE" has Ayu asking where can she "buy" love which I find very dissapointing. There are some real gems on here though. "Return Road" is more what you would expect from the Empress Of Jpop and uses an organ to create a dreamwave effect(think Monochrome, Microphone). "Tell Me Why"is a perfect song and Reminds Me is another good one with a heavy guitar solo in the middle. Call and Letter both have that acoustic rock sound to them (think Last Links only much improved) and Letter reminds me just a little of Heartplace from her Rainbow album. How Beautiful You Are, which was the only single, actually is the only classical ballad on the whole album. The interludes were dissapointing to me. Taskebab rips off Daft Punk's "Aerodynamic" which makes me kinda mad. The booklet is probably the worst Ayu has ever done. And again, this is the first time I have really critisized her image. The PVS are not up to snuff either. Return Road is the only one I liked. So basically, this album has it's real ups and downs. I bought it because I am a huge fan of Ayumi Hamasaki but newer fans who don't have her other albums yet should wait before buying this.
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