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Ai am Best (ALBUM+DVD)(Japan Version)
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Customer Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.8 out of 10 (4)
All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.2 out of 10 (5)

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Singer/songwriter/actress Otsuka Ai will turn 25 this autumn, a good time for her to share all her songs with her fans during her "Ai am Best Tour 2007". During this extensive tour, she will perform at major venues in Tokyo, Fukuoka, Hokkaido, Nagoya, and Kobe from mid-May all the way to September 12. Ai devotees can warm up for her tour with her new Ai am Best album. This release features perhaps the best compilation of Ai songs so far including Smily, Sakuranbo ("Cherry"/CD - Track 2), and Planetarium (CD - Track 13) among other favorites.

This version comes in deluxe packaging with a DVD featuring the MVs of the songs as well as Ai's latest clip LOVE MUSIC.

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Product Title: Ai am Best (ALBUM+DVD)(Japan Version) 愛 am Best (ALBUM+DVD)(日本版) 爱 am Best (ALBUM+DVD)(日本版) 愛 am Best (ALBUM+DVD)(日本版) Ai am Best (ALBUM+DVD)(Japan Version)
Singer Name(s): Otsuka Ai 大塚愛 大冢爱 大塚愛 오오츠카 아이
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Release Date: 2007-03-28
Publisher Product Code: AVCD-23271
Language: Japanese
Disc Format(s): CD
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Other Information: Album/ CD+DVD
Package Weight: 200 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
Publisher: Avex Marketing
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004620722

Product Information / Track List

「桃ノ花ビラ」から「プラネタリウム」まで文句ナシの全13曲を収め、大塚愛のベストアルバム!! CD収録楽曲のMusic Clipをすべて収録したDVD付き。

初回限定パッケージ& 初回限定同梱特典「愛はんこ」
*First press sold out.

04.Happy Days
07.フレンズ -サバカンVer.-

CD収録曲のMusic Clipをすべて収録

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.8 out of 10 (4)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.2 out of 10 (5)

Kevin Kennedy
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January 10, 2010

This customer review refers to Ai am Best (ALBUM+DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Nice going, Ai-chan! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
The title of this album, "Ai am Best", is quite a brag by Otsuka Ai, but Miss Otsuka backs up the brag with an engagingly tuneful set of thirteen pop gems (with an accompanying disk of 13 videos). Otsuka employs big hooks and rich melodies to deliver hard rockers, ballads, and inebriatingly girlish ditties that become unforgettable after a couple listens. She may not have the biggest or the purest voice among J-Pop practitioners, but her singing is full of life. I really enjoy this album!
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February 29, 2008

An unbalanced retrospective Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
While Otsuka Ai's popularity has not equalled the massive influence other female artists, such as the ubiquitous Hamasaki Ayumi, or the provocative Koda Kumi, have had, Otsuka has still enjoyed considerable success, espescially when one considers the fact that she has only been in the industry since 2003. Ai Am Best, Otsuka's first best-of collection, attempts to sum up the path her career has taken in those few years.

Otsuka, an accomplished songwriter who composes all her songs, has a wide variety of songs to her repertoire. Tracks vary from the quirky debut single Momo no Hanabira, to the massive karaoke hit Sakuranbo, to the sexy and slightly perverted Kuroge Wagyuu Joshio Tanyaki 680 Yen.

Otsuka's standout tracks are undoubtedly ones in which she defies all conventions of pop songwriting, from which we see spectacular results, such as in the ballad Kingyo Hanabi, in which a gradual buildup through the song's entirety climaxes in an explosion of drum and bass, and in Cherish, where layered guitars and strings are placed over a skittish beat and combined with moving lyrics.

Of course, Otsuka is not without her flaws. While she can undoubtedly write a mean hook, her major downfall is in her voice; her range is surprisingly small, causing her tone to become increasingly more nasal as she approaches higher notes. While in the ballads and mid-tempo tracks, this comes off as a mere quirk found in several Japanese singers, it makes songs such as Smily and Happy Days borderline unlistenable. There are also occasions where Otsuka comes very close to a knock-out, but narrowly misses it, such as in the traditional Japanese styled Planetarium, which, while being extremely pleasant to listen to, never seems to reach the emotional peak it builds towards.

Ai Am Best's biggest problem is the way in which it has been compiled; instead of being a true best-of, including an mix of singles, album tracks and b-sides, all of Otsuka's promotional songs from 2003 to 2005 have been included in chronological order, with no regard for album flow. As perhaps a side thought, Love Music, an album track from Otsuka's last record, has been included; an odd choice considering that Love Music, while having charming lyrics, is not one of Otsuka's strongest works musically. Add to this the fact that half of the collection is made up of songs from the same album, and all of a sudden, it doesn't look like Ai Am Best is doing a great job of summarising Otsuka's career.

Make no mistake, these are twelve great songs that stand well both together or on their own. However, when you consider the vast wealth of amazing album tracks and the mis-steps Otsuka, or more likely, Avex have taken in terms of song choice, it would be more recommended to pick up one of her studio albums. Ai Am Best is strictly a gateway; it fails to define Otsuka Ai as an artist.
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September 12, 2007

1 people found this review helpful

Excellent singles colletion ! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This is a very good and complete best album. It includes all her singles from ''Momo no Hanabira'' to the amazing ballad ''Planetarium'', the never relased before ''Kuroge Wagyuu Joshio Tanyaki 680 Yen'' (the single version of ''Kuroge Wagyuu Joushio Tanyaki 735 Yen'' from the album ''LOVE JAM''), ''Cherish'' and ''LOVE MUSiC'' (from the album ''LOVE COOK'') as bonus track. The DVD is a unique chance to get all her videoclips together, always released separetly, and as a bonus it includes the never released before PV for ''LOVE MUSiC''.
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May 18, 2007

2 people found this review helpful

Not really necessary Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5 out of 10
I think Ai overdoes all her songs enough as it is. This album was not a necessary release right now. She should've done this probably after another original album or two. It's still early in her career! Now, she's doing the "Ai Am BEST!" tour + that's even more un-necessary!!! In all her past concerts, she already performs most all her 'hits'! =S It's silly, if you ask me. Avex is just trying to make tons of money off of her right now. I want to see a new album from her...not a compilation of songs we've heard all too much already!

However, for any new Ai fan, this is a great thing to own because it basically sums up her career so far...really catches you up. But for Ai fans who already have all her previous releases, this is just a waste of money. I'm more looking forward to Ai's "PEACH/HEART" single most of all because it's SOMETHING NEW!!!!!
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May 2, 2007

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Ai am BEST! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Ai fans!! Buy this now!! Packaged in:

-Red plastic box with "AI am BEST" pressed into back
-Special present! (mine was an "AI" stamp!)

the booklet features all new + unreleased/left-over photos from single shoots

great compilation!!
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