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  • Feel the love / Merry-go-round (SINGLE+DVD)(Japan Version)Feel the love / Merry-go-round (SINGLE+DVD)(Japan Version)

    Feel the love / Merry-go-round (SINGLE+DVD)(Japan Version) DVD Region 2

    Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)
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    December 14, 2013 I'M DEFINITELY FEELING THE LOVE! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    The awesomeness that just flooded my ears right now..please hold me while I faint. Ayu's new single "Feel the Love" has literally swept me off my feet! Never have I been this excited! Even "LOVE again" didn't have me this pumped up! For this review, I'm gonna ignore the controversy around the music video and focus on the melodies themselves since they were so infectious that I could literally feel the beat transcending throughout my entire body!

    Feel The Love: I LOVE THIS SONG! This was Ayu's first house-pop single that was produced by producer DJ Hello Kitty. And despite that ridiculous ass name, I will admit the man has talent. The song itself is just your average techno anthem that's set to a house beat, but the production created here is anything but boring! I just love the pounding beat that was attributed to this because it literally screamed the fun vibe! I'm no dance lover but this track easily made me a dancing frantic! (10/10)

    Merry-go-round: This track is interesting in its own right. For one it was Ayu's first collaboration with the rapper, VERBAL. Although I do like the song, I will say that rapper does...ruin the song at least a little bit. I mean, I don't hate his part...but I don't really like it, either. Either way, its still an awesome track that thrived with epic-ness! I love the fact that's Ayu's fantastically combining the housepop/ electronic genes extremely well within this song. It shows that Ayu's adapting to the current trend really well. (9/10)

    Feel The Love (DJ Hello Kitty Remix): This is surprisingly very good. I'm usually not a big fan of remixes but the production was quite impressive. I adore the heavy house mix presented here because it makes me get up and move to these deep, danceable beats. This remix pumps on and on and it's honestly giving me so much life right now! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, DJ HELLO KITTY....PLEASE PRODUCE AYU'S NEXT ALBUM!!!! (10/10)

    Feel the love (Blasterjaxx remix): This song is second in awesomeness! This remix is a lot more playful and even heavier on the dance beat! MY GOD. TWO AWESOME REMIX TRACKS. What more can I ask for? (10/10)

    This is the best thing that has happened with Electro-pop all year! In my opinion, this is the best single this year! An outstanding single in terms of composition, creativity and vocal strength. An single you should be definitely picking up!
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  • Hamasaki Ayumi Debut 15th Anniversary Photo Album -ayuHamasaki Ayumi Debut 15th Anniversary Photo Album -ayu

    Hamasaki Ayumi Debut 15th Anniversary Photo Album -ayu

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    December 3, 2013 Our Beloved Ayu... Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    Getting a copy of this was money well spent.

    When I pre-ordered this, I wasn't expecting I'd get so much beauty in return! This was a beautiful photo-book that was loaded with beautiful screenshots of our beloved Ayu. I loved the hardcover, the thickness of the paper, and the vividly bright colors this photo album displayed. It was a wonderful experience to fawn over. I also enjoyed the background and quality textures that were well designed and fabricated very well.

    Ayu OWNED this photo-shoot. Page after page, I was utterly dazzled by the simple yet breathtaking beauty she committed within these photos. I loved looking at the simple pictures she represented here because it showcased nothing but the perfection Ayu is known for!

    This was a fantastic photo-shoot that thrived with the concepts of perfection! The only downside of owning this book is that it may not be able to fit on your standard bookcase seeing as it is rather (but not overly) large. Despite that, the quality of the pictures themselves captured the essence of Ayu's gentle side quite well which (in my opinion) makes up for that negative factor.

    I'd recommend this book to anyone whose fond of the beloved Ayu. The creation she displayed within these pages truly showcases the uniqueness and evolution of our Ayu--and that itself is what makes this book worth every penny.

    Overall, an FANTASTIC add for any "Ayu" collection. ヽ(*≧ω≦)ノ
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  • FEEL (ALBUM+DVD)(Japan Version)FEEL (ALBUM+DVD)(Japan Version)

    FEEL (ALBUM+DVD)(Japan Version) DVD Region 2

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    July 30, 2013 Don't look, Don't listen, Don't speak...just FEEL. Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    Before I start this review, I should say that I'm not a big fan of Namie Amuro. It's not as though I hate her or anything, it's just that I find tremendous problems when listening to her music. But enough of that now, we'll save that conversation for another day.

    I was EXTREMELY impressed with this album. I didn't expect her to head in this type of direction with her music! It was so filled with so many unique, yet amazingly catchy tracks that it was practically oozing with perfection! I'm no dance lover, but this album made me a dancing frantic! \(^o^)/

    The style within this album suited her very well. Each track stood out in their own way while effortlessly delivering a force to be reckon with. I wasn't expecting the album to be this good. I just love the creation she made for herself within these tracks! It literally reflected a concept that made album fun and exciting.

    Although the album was processed very well, I did notice that Namie's vocals did tend to sound flat once in a while—especially when it came to her rapping parts. I mean, I'm not saying that's a bad thing! It's just...I probably would have enjoyed it a whole lot more if she added some creativity within those parts.

    But despite that minor flaw, I think I can easily overlook that because of this album's uniqueness & originality. Nearly all of the tracks have intrigued me, but the ones that stood out the most were: "Alive" "Big Boys Cry" "Hands on Me" "Heaven" "Poison" "La La La" "Supernatural Love" "Let Me Let You Go" "Contrail" and finally, "Stardust In My Eyes".

    Even though I'm not a big fan of hers, I still thought that this was an excellent album that thrived with a sense of purpose. The melodies themselves were so infectious that I could literally feel the beat transcending throughout my entire body. Very impressive, I might add. (●^o^●)

    This album is in no way a disappointment. Each song is an absolute treasure. (◠ ‿ ◠)

    Overall, a FANTASTIC add to your J-pop collection. ^^
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  • Koda Kumi 1st Photo Album - MAROCKoda Kumi 1st Photo Album - MAROC

    Koda Kumi 1st Photo Album - MAROC

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    June 16, 2013 Utterly Fantastic! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    When I purchased this, I wasn't expecting I'd get so much in return! The book itself was extremely beautiful. I loved the hardcover and high quality pages this photo album displayed. And the backgrounds and textures were also well designed and placed very well.

    And of course, Kuu-chan (as always) looked positively flawless! Every time I turned page, I was literally in awe! I don't know what it is but there's always something so...different about Kuu's pics—almost as if she's on alternate universe! The pictures captured of her were very beautiful, distinctive, and quite exotic. I was never more entranced by such an effortless beauty. I thought each picture captured the essence of Kuu's personality very well: it ranged from funny Kuu, sweet Kuu, bold Kuu, sexy Kuu, and most of all, our happy Kuu.

    I would most definitely reccomend this photo book to anyone who is fond of Kuu. The creation they displayed here truly showcases the uniqueness and evolution of our Kuu—and that itself is what makes this book worth every penny.

    An awesome add for any "Kuu" collection. (^_^)
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  • Make Progress (Normal Edition)(Japan Version)Make Progress (Normal Edition)(Japan Version)

    Make Progress (Normal Edition)(Japan Version)

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    May 30, 2013 Nami's Making Process! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    Although this is an excellent album, I must admit that in the beginning, it did require some time for me to get used to it.

    This was very different from her first album. It had a lot more electro-pop and her vocals were a bit more mature. Although I enjoyed the effort she created within this sophomore album, I (sadly) cannot compare this to the amazing creation of her first album.

    But despite that depressing thought, I really appreciated the fast-paced aroma she placed within this album. It gave the album more of an edge —like a futuristic edge if I had to find the right word to describe it. And I just love the fact that nearly all the songs have such bright, upbeat electro-dance rhythms and melodies that it’s guaranteed to get one hooked for sure.

    Even though this wasn’t my favorite album from her, I will admit that Nami can make some amazing techno-pop. Nearly all the songs here caught my interest, but the ones that stood out a bit more were: "Reason" "Fly Away" "Heroine" "Truth" "You" "DreamerS" "Distance" "Fortune" "Future Step" and finally "大胆にいきましょう ↑Heart&Soul↑ (Let's Go Boldly)". Her musical style was very different from typical electro-pop I hear. Quite
    intriguing, if I had to be honest.

    If you’re a techno-pop/electro-pop fan, I recommend this album whole-heartedly because it’ll makes you see what’s Nami’s capable of in an entirely different light.

    Overall, a solid album.
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  • Eternity (Japan Version)Eternity (Japan Version)

    Eternity (Japan Version)

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    May 27, 2013 Beautiful Songs For An Eternity.... Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    If I had to find one thing unique about ELT's music, I'd probably say I never know what to expect. With every album, their music always evolves. I never hear the same thing twice. And knowing that fact honestly baffled me. I couldn't really compare them to the "pop" standards because their sound wasn't really that mainstream. Nor could I place their music under the category of standard "rock" either. I wasn't sure WHERE to place them when it came to the topic of genre because their sound was so intermixed.

    Yet as time passed by I realized that it was that uncertainty that made them unique. The songs they created for their audience are so understated yet fairly demanding. And I felt they displayed that perfectly for this album.

    Although I cannot compare this album to the wonderful productions of "Time To Destination", I will admit there was interesting melodies when it came to instrumentation and harmony. This was their most varied album if I had to be honest. There were so many genres to choose from! Literally every aspect of ELT's signature sounds was within this album and that was refreshing to me in the least. :)

    This album is definitely a 100%. Full marks. There wasn't a single track off point. Awesome job, ELT! Keep up the good work!
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  • Ayu no Deji Deji Nikki mini 2000-2009 -Ayumi HamasakiAyu no Deji Deji Nikki mini 2000-2009 -Ayumi Hamasaki

    Ayu no Deji Deji Nikki mini 2000-2009 -Ayumi Hamasaki

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    May 15, 2013 ♥ Ayu's Tale! ♥ Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    Okay...when I bought this, I didn't expect to be amazed like this! It was really interesting to hear things out of Ayu's perspective for the first time. I wasn't expecting such blunt honesty from her. It literally opened my eyes and made me see her as an actual human being.

    By now (as you've all have noticed) it kind of helps to know Japanese when buying this since Ayu's expressing herself in her native language. There are a few English passages but nothing to really gush over. But even if you don't read/speak Japanese, I still think this book's an absolute must! The pictures Ayu displayed here make up for the language barrier wholeheartedly! Throughout the book, you'll see nothing but pictures of funny Ayu, cute Ayu, serious Ayu, sweet Ayu, bold Ayu, shy Ayu, beautiful Ayu and finally, our happy Ayu.

    This book was truly a privilege to read. It literally gives the fans a chance to see the transformation of our Ayu go from a typical singer into one of the most successful singers in Japanese music history.(●^o^●)

    I think all fans should own a copy this book because it truly showcases the evolution of our Ayu—and that in my opinion, makes up for the language barrier.

    Overall, an awesome add for any Ayu collection! (*⌒▽⌒*)
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  • EverlastingEverlasting

    Everlasting

    Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.3 out of 10 (3)
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    May 13, 2013 Everlasting Tracks That'll Forever Impact My Heart Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    This wasn't the first album I heard from ELT, but I will say the music here was beautifully produced yet again.

    I'll admit the tracks didn't "captivate" me as much as their amazing sophomore album. I felt they were still trying to find their place within the Japanese music scene—which explained the variety of musical tracks. Although it wasn't as interesting, I'll still admit the music and theme still impacted a place within my sensitive heart.

    Despite that criticism, what stirred my interest the most within this album was the different varieties of music they chose. Although this was their first album in the music business, I got a chance to listen to songs with a danceable beat, a classical feel, and some amazing rock-like instrumentals. I felt formula they used kept me entertained as a listener while opening my curiosity to what they were planning next. Their formula worked real well despite their unknown place (at the time) within the music industry. I happened to love all their blanket of genres, because I like the fact that they showcased variety. It gave them a chance to display their talent. Which was quite impressive. (◠ ‿ ◠)

    This album's a MUST HAVE for all ELT fans! Although this wasn't first album I heard from this group, it is possibly the best first impression they can ever make to someone who is new to their music.

    Overall, an unique debut album with some impressive elements. Although this isn't my favorite album from them, I can say that they'll only get better in time.
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  • Time to Destination (Overseas Version)Time to Destination (Overseas Version)

    Time to Destination (Overseas Version)

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    May 13, 2013 Awaiting My Destination in Time... Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    This is the very first album that introduced me to ELT. And I must say: it made me an immediate fan.

    The music that was displayed here was exceptationly beautiful. I noticed all sorts of unique instruments—like that heavy emphasis on the electric guitar. It made the album sound so much more distant in my opinion. Like how music was like in the 1980's—a time I didn't exist yet I might add. *Laughs*

    Even if you don't understand/speak Japanese, the melodies, vocals and varied arrangement within the songs are enough to make you fall in love with this album. Believe me, not knowing the language shouldn't restrain you from listening to this amazing album.

    I never expected to hear peaceful, yet heartfelt messages within these songs. The album itself seems to thrive on the concepts of the ups and downs of everyday relationship until it eventually leads to an end of that particular romance. The song "Time goes by", heavily emphasizes the theme of that sad fact:

    "過ぎた日に背をむけずに
    ゆっくり時間(とき)を感じて
    いつかまた笑って
    会えるといいね
    Time goes by..."

    "Unable to turn our backs on the days that had passed.
    I hope someday
    We can meet again with a smile
    Time goes by..."

    "Time to destination" is one of those perfect albums where every track is as good as the last. I can easily see how this album became the 10th best-selling album in Japanese music history with 3,520,300 copies sold. The themes that are showcased within this album are so honest and real that it will never become boring—even after hundreds of listens! I can't think of one flaw that this album has—the music, the singing, the album art and the lyrics of the album all blend together and form a complete masterpiece that should be listened to by anybody that has even the slightest interest in 80s/90s pop music.
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  • Best Fiction (ALBUM+DVD)(Japan Version)Best Fiction (ALBUM+DVD)(Japan Version)

    Best Fiction (ALBUM+DVD)(Japan Version) DVD Region 2

    Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.7 out of 10 (3)
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    May 9, 2013 Extremely Impressive. Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    If I had to tell the truth, I’m not much of Amuro fan. I’m a MUCH bigger fan of Ayumi Hamasaki then I'll ever be of Namie Amuro. I mean, don’t get me wrong I don't hate her or anything but it’s just none of her albums have really appealed to me but even I WILL admit that this album was extremely impressive!

    This is a beautiful collection to own considering the fact that I do not own any of her albums prior to this one. I just loved the exotic, urban flair that she mixed into this album. I haven’t listened to the entire track list yet but I’m absolutely LOVING the tracks: "Do Me More" "Put ‘Em Up" "ALARM" "GIRL TALK" "Baby, Don’t Cry" "FUNKY TOWN" "NEW LOOK" and finally, "Sexy Girl".

    Although I’m not a big fan of hers I will say that I thought this was a pretty good best album! The songs are catchy, enjoyable, and sexy! *Laughs* You really can’t go wrong with that!

    Overall, a nice add to your J-pop collection! (^.^)
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  • A Summer Best (Japan Version)A Summer Best (Japan Version)

    A Summer Best (Japan Version)

    Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (2)
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    May 9, 2013 Ayu, I love you but... Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    When I first heard Ayu was going to release something, I was ecstatic! But when I learned it was a best-of album, I’ll admit I did feel a tinge of disappointment. And when I say that…it’s a pretty BIG deal! Throughout the span of her career, I have almost NEVER been letdown from Ayumi Hamasaki. NEVER. But when she released this greatest hits album, I did feel a great deal of sadness because as a fan, I really wanted some new material from her. And for her to release this… *sigh*

    I’m always looking forward to her works. Whenever she releases something new, I am ON that s@&%! *Laughs* Please excuse my language. But if you understood how deeply Hamasaki’s music has affected me then you can easily relate to my dilemma! (*⌒―⌒*)

    From reading this, I’m not saying I hated the album. Far from it. I’m just saying that I wasn’t too keen on purchasing something that I already own from her. But in end, I bought the album anyway (I know. I’m totally contradicting myself, right?) just to give to my little sister as a gift. And she loved it. So I was happy that I could least spread the joy of the wonderful Ayu to someone I cared about.

    Anyway, if you’re just getting into Ayu, then this album will be a wonderful start for you! But if you’re (like me) a fan of hers that’s been around from the very start of her career, then I might recommend you wait before purchasing this. Just saying.
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  • Eternity - Love & Songs -  (Japan Version)Eternity - Love & Songs - (Japan Version)

    Eternity - Love & Songs - (Japan Version)

    Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (2)
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    May 3, 2013 These Love Songs Put Me Into A Realm of Eternity. Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    It’d be weird if I said that I didn’t listen to this album constantly—in fact, I'd be lying if I said these tracks didn't put me in a good mood!

    Kuu-chan did an excellent job covering these old-school tracks. The songs themselves are very relaxing, almost soothing if I had to find the right word for it. They blend extremely well with the late 90's vibe—almost as though as if you can’t the brand new arrangements Kuu gave them.

    And I adore the emotion she puts behind her voice. It sounds utterly amazing in my opinion because it really displays how much her voice has grown since her debut—which is a plus for any fan because they can sense that overwhelming emotion no matter how many times they put this album on repeat.

    Nearly all the tracks have this alluring vibe…I can’t really say anything bad about them. But the tracks that interested me the most were: "TATTOO" "Love is Over" "言えないよ" "SWEET MEMORIES" "0時前のツンデレラ" "BE MY BABY" "め組のひと" "I love you, SAYONARA" "Swallowtail Butterfly ~あいのうた~" and finally "さよならの向こう側"

    This was an awesome cover album. The way Kuu-chan took these simple tracks and transformed them into something beautiful is very unique indeed.

    Overall, a definite buy.
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  • true the rainbow (Normal Edition)(Japan Version)true the rainbow (Normal Edition)(Japan Version)

    true the rainbow (Normal Edition)(Japan Version)

    Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (2)
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    April 28, 2013 Tuning To The Rainbow... Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    I can't remember the last time I reviewed Sakamoto's work—I figure now's a good time to start!

    Track 1: Tune the Rainbow
    A beautiful single in my opinion! I never heard such a upbeat, peaceful tune! I'm growing more and more attached to this melody each time I listen to it. This was a delightful tune to hear. And the chorus is definitely catchy! The song itself provided a very clear representation of Maaya's vocals. I just love the way she sings so effortlessly in an unforced, yet expressive voice. It literally blew me away. (10/10)

    Track 2: THE GARDEN OF EVERYTHING ~電気ロケットに君を連れて~ (Taking You on an Electric Rocket)
    Hmm...quite an interesting piece if I say so myself. It was a duet between Maaya Sakamoto and Steve Conte, however—as I'm sure you guys have noticed—Conte's voice was more prominent within this tune. But Maaya's background vocals were a perfect match with Conte's singing. It brought more of a foreign feel to it if you know what I mean. And Maaya's ability to switch between English and Japanese throughout the song was pretty nice. Very exquisite mix. (10/10)

    Track 3: ちいさなヘミソフィア (Small Hemisphere)
    This was a nice song but overall, a bit average in my opinion. Nothing really stood out with this song. It was just an ordinary melody overflowing within my ears. Nothing more. But despite my slight disappointment with this song, I still think its fairly decent. I listen to it every now and then. (7/10)

    This is a special treat for all Sakamoto fans. It emphasizes the prime examples of good composition mixed with nice music with some thought put into it. I highly recommend this single and cannot wait for new releases by this vocalist. ^^
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    greeting (US Version)

    Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.5 out of 10 (6)
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    April 28, 2013 Addiction at its Best! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    I got this album the other day and from what I can tell you...I think she did an excellent job on this CD! The whole album consisted of nothing but upbeat, dance tracks that created a distant aroma of happiness that was emphasized perfectly throughout the CD.

    This album is amazing! It hits every musical tastebud a person can possibly have. The the perfect combination of Nami's mind-blowing vocals and fabulous background music literally made me wanna get up and move! Her ability to display a variety of talents within her vocal really shined throughout this album.

    "Greeting" was such an interesting debut. It's got this incredible range and clarity, that's just awesome to hear unfold. Her songs also have—which I like a lot—a very distinct when it comes to rhythm and beat. I felt each song had a unique feel to it. The tracks I favored the most were: "Believe" "Eternal Voice" "Be Positive~光の中で輝いて~ (Shining in the Light)" "day by day" "Realize" "Shining Star☆忘れないから☆ (Because I Won't Forget)" "明日の君 (Your Tomorrow)" and finally, "Prayer".

    There was so much flair within this debut! It's one of the few albums you could sit down and listen to from start to finish because of it's amazing fresh style. Very heartwarming, I believe. ^^

    Overall, an excellent album for Nami fans! (*⌒―⌒*)
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  • Season's Call (Normal Edition)(Japan Version)Season's Call (Normal Edition)(Japan Version)

    Season's Call (Normal Edition)(Japan Version)

    Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.5 out of 10 (4)
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    April 23, 2013 A Good Listen. Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    The first song I've ever liked from this artist. And let me tell you: I was COMPLETELY blown away!

    Track 1: Season's Call
    The first time I heard this song was when I was watching the anime "Blood+". I have to admit...I was impressed. The music, the vocals, and the atmosphere were processed really well within this song—which is a bonus for me since I'm not to fond of J-rock. But despite my musical tastes, this was a really good single. It reeked with awesomeness. (10/10)

    Track 2: UNEXPECTED[DIST.]
    From the looks of it, I would say this song's a re-recorded version of a song he's done in the past. Unfortunately, I don't have much opinion of it considering the fact that I'm not really familiar with his works since this was the first song I ever heard from him. But from the soundings of this song, I can say its alright. Not great. But listenable. (7/10)

    This will probably be the first (and last) single I'll ever like from this artist. It's not because he's bad singer or anything, it's just I can't find myself listening to his other works besides this one. (And yes, Ive tried).

    But despite that setback, this was a REALLY good song from him. And I hope other listeners will find this artist and appreciate his talent.
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  • BEST - second session (Jacket B / ALBUM+DVD)(Japan Version)BEST - second session (Jacket B / ALBUM+DVD)(Japan Version)

    BEST - second session (Jacket B / ALBUM+DVD)(Japan Version) DVD Region 2

    Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.7 out of 10 (11)
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    April 23, 2013 Another Session. Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    I wasn't to keen on purchasing this in the beginning considering the fact that I already owned a few singles from this album anyway. Yet as time went by, I grew to love all the tracks in this album and decided to buy it.

    Kuu-chan clearly knows what she's doing when it comes to lacing her songs into the latest American-ish hip hop sound along with that urban feel to it. I felt this album was heavily emphasized with those influences, but was balanced perfectly with those occasional J-Pop ballads.

    I also enjoyed the fact that this album started off with energetic, fast-paced songs that transcended into a more "diluted" upbeat theme that then fused into ballads, and then back into her energetic mood within the songs.

    This album's a good start if you're just getting into Kuu. Nice production. Great beats, beautiful singing and amazing songs.

    Overall, a fantastic album to own. ^^
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  • Clarity (ALBUM+DVD)(Jacket A)(Japan Version)Clarity (ALBUM+DVD)(Jacket A)(Japan Version)

    Clarity (ALBUM+DVD)(Jacket A)(Japan Version) DVD Region 2

    Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (4)
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    April 23, 2013 Definitely One of A Kind. Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    Although I can't call myself a true "fan" (considering the fact that I JUST discovered her) I can say that this will be an album I'll treasure always.

    I noticed the music here was purely techno-pop mixed with fantasy themed instrumentals. Which was an interesting change since it's quite rare to hear songs like these. Most of the tracks were uplifting and upbeat which I really appreciated because it seemed to bring out a "magical" feel within this album. For some reason, I felt these tracks would have suited perfectly for theme songs for fantasy video games since they all have this "fantasy" feel to them.

    The album flows quite nicely with the tracks displayed here. In fact, because of the mixture, it made me appreciate (and notice) the interesting melodies and unusual instrumentals that gave an exotic vibe to this album. Although this was processed very well, I did notice that sifow’s vocals tend to sound flat once in a while. I mean don't get me wrong, they flowed really well with the background instrumentals, its just...I would have enjoyed it all the more if she added some creativity within her vocals.

    Despite that minor flaw, this album still pulls off as interesting, fresh and exciting. I think I can easily overlook that flaw since of this album's originality & creativity. Nearly all of the tracks intrigued me, but the ones that stood out the most were: "CLAЯITY" "LOVE & PEACE" "image" "Chain" "CLOVER" "tell me love!!!" "Rainbow's" "キミと空 (You and the Sky)" and finally, "My Dear".

    The unusual themes and exotic melodies were more than enough to captivate my interest. I do not regret buying this album, it was a wonderful experience from start to finish and I highly recommend this to any techno-pop fan.

    If she ever returns to the music scene, I certainly hope she keeps this unique style because it is definitely one of a kind.
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  • 2U (Normal Edition)(Japan Version)2U (Normal Edition)(Japan Version)

    2U (Normal Edition)(Japan Version)

    Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)
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    April 23, 2013 Different...But A Good Change Nonetheless. Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    This was quite a remarkable change from his debut album!

    For one, I noticed he seemed to stray away from the ballads he did in his first album and completely indulged himself into aggressive, upbeat tracks. Although there's nothing wrong with that, I did feel that the songs weren’t leaving as much of an impact as the songs from his debut did.

    But despite my criticisms, I still thought it suited this album very well. Mainly because the tracks flowed from songs of a hot afternoon, to fancy lounge music that switches into late afternoon treat that officially revs up to songs of a young night that transforms into a late night dance track and finally wraps up with a sweet goodbye.

    "2U" really bring out the different flair in Matsushita's style—I wasn't expecting this type of change at all! But the songs that interested the most were: "SUPER DRIVE" "Naturally" "Beautiful Days" "Paradise" "4 Seasons" "キミへのラブソング ~10年先も~" "Last Dance '06" "2 of Us" "Song for You" and finally, "Step by Step". Even though this album didn't give me the soothing ballads I wanted to hear, I still thought the dance tracks produced here were exceptationly beautiful, talent-wise. It gave him a chance to display multiple ranges within his audience, as if proving to us that he doesn't have to stick to one genre.

    Although this album was clearly an experiment to search through something outside his comfort zone, I'll still give him a five for taking that risk, effort and delivering a beautiful execution. I'm glad Matsushita was able to explore all of these things in order to create a significant change for his music.

    This album is in no way a disappointment. Each song was an absolute privilege to hear.

    Overall, a lovely CD to own.
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  • Kiss Kiss Kiss / aishiteru... (Japan Version)Kiss Kiss Kiss / aishiteru... (Japan Version)

    Kiss Kiss Kiss / aishiteru... (Japan Version)

    Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)
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    April 23, 2013 ♪♫ KISS KISS KISS KISS...♪♫ Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    I'm not familiar with this artist, but even I will admit this is an awesome single from her!

    Track 1: KISS KISS KISS (Japanese Version)
    I watched the video the first time I heard this. And I must say this was extremely impressive. Everything sounded on exactly on point—which is a plus considering this was my first time listen to this artist. The music was strangely relieving, as if it were literally putting me in a trance. And such catchy lyrics! I can't see myself ever tiring of this. (10/10)

    Track 2: aishiteru...
    Just as in the review "KISS KISS KISS", everything was well stitched together. There were no off points nor messy vocals. Everything was blended perfectly. Plus, her vocals mixed with the background music really well. Very remarkable. (10/10)

    Tracks 3 & 4: KISS KISS KISS (Extended Japanese Version) and
    (Extended English Version)
    Well...these two tracks really didn’t sound that much different from each other. Other than lyrics and the language of course. Good, I guess. (10/10)

    Track 5: aishiteru… (extended)
    Again, no change other than the prolonged music. Although this can be annoying to some people, I found it strangely soothing. It literally became more appealing to listen to as the song kept going. Another interesting trait. (10/10)

    Although most of these songs were mainly trance, I found it to be quite exciting considering the fact that I like that kind of music! *Laughs* I know, this has nothing to do with my review!

    But overall, a pleasant single. I'll be sure to check out her latest singles as well. :)
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  • glitter / fated (Japan Version)glitter / fated (Japan Version)

    glitter / fated (Japan Version)

    Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.4 out of 10 (7)
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    April 19, 2013 Glittering With Awesomeness!!!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    Track 1: Glitter
    This song is adorable that it's not even funny! It's very catchy and even if you don't care for it much, the chorus will get stuck in your head. Gotta love that. I also love the beat for it as well. Trust me, the LAST thing you wanna do is sit still when listening to this song! That's literally like a death sentence—well, at least to me! *Laughs* (10/10)

    Track 2: Fated
    My God. This was such sad ballad. It hits your heart the moment you listen to it. The song itself takes a minute or so to get into, but by the time the first chorus comes around, it gives you such an intense feeling that you're not sure if you're going to cry or your heart's going to come out of your chest. I guess the best advice for this song is to grab some tissues...you're gonna need it. (10/10)

    Track 3: Secret
    Even though I own this song within the "Secret" album, it's still refreshing to listen to every now and then. The passionate vocals and beautiful lyrics make this a perfect ballad. Every time I hear it, I am literally transfixed by its mere beauty. Gorgeous ballad. (10/10)

    Tracks 4 & 5: Instrumentals.
    As always the instrumentals are AMAZING! I have nothing more to say. (10/10)

    Another great single by the wonderful Ayu. Utter perfection from start to finish. Please support this talented woman and get this single! It'll be something you'll cherish forever and ever.
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