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Customer Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.1 out of 10 (7)
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Japan's leading pop diva Hamasaki Ayumi doesn't slow down her output of hit releases. She's ready to countdown to the celebration of her tenth anniversary on the music scene with her ninth major album, which arrives one year after last year's bestseller album Secret. Fans can prepare themselves for Ayumi's most recent hits glitter and fated, which were released as a double A-sided single, and the follow-up single talkin' 2 myself, all of which went to Oricon's No. 1 spot. decision, featured as a side track on talkin' 2 myself will also be included on Ayu's new 14-track strong release.
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Product Title: Guilty (Japan Version) Guilty (日本版) Guilty (日本版) Guilty (日本版) Guilty (Japan Version)
Singer Name(s): Hamasaki Ayumi 濱崎步 滨崎步 浜崎あゆみ 하마사키 아유미
Release Date: 2008-01-01
Publisher Product Code: AVCD-23504
Language: Japanese
Disc Format(s): CD
Other Information: Album
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
Publisher: Avex Marketing
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1005108721

Product Information / Track List

2008年4月8日の10周年イヤーを目前にした浜崎あゆみの9th ALBUM登場!! 「glitter」「fated」「talkin' 2 myself」「decision」「Together When...」( CMソング)他、全14曲収録予定。

初回限定特典:アメリカ・ロサンゼルスにて撮影された豪華『SPECIAL PHOTO BOOK』
*First Press Sold Out.

01 Mirror
02 (don't) Leave me alone
03 talkin' 2 myself
04 decision
06 fated
07 Together When...
08 Marionette -prelude-
09 Marionette
10 The Judgement Day
11 glitter
13 reBiRTH
14 untitled ~for her~
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January 16, 2008

Despite starting 2008 with bad health news, Japanese pop diva Ayumi Hamasaki's record company sure knows how to build up buzz. In 2007, she led a successful Asian concert tour and gave away her first screen kiss in a short film shot in Hong Kong, and now she's officially launching her 10th year in show biz with her heavily promoted 9th full-length album Guilty. If you walked around Tokyo in the last weeks of 2007, there's a good chance that you saw at least one advertisement for the album. Just like the advertisements themselves, Guilty is a full-on pop assault on the senses that shows one of Japan's most successful pop artists is still going strong after 10 years.

While Ayumi's style of energetic J-pop has become a unique hybrid of rock and dance, the tracks in Guilty lean considerably towards rock, following closely with the current trend of the American top 40 charts. The tone is set up nicely with opening interlude Mirror (Track 1), which starts off nice and quiet before unleashing a guitar-driven attack on the ears. Unlike many Japanese albums which string together a few singles with some side tracks to make a full-length album, Guilty actually features multiple interludes that work at building a certain atmosphere throughout the album, including a minute-long introduction for Marionette (Track 9), a mid-beat rock ballad with a powerful arrangement that takes it time to build to its climax. However, neither the composition nor Ayumi's vocal are able match up to the song's intended effect.

Most tracks on Guilty are on the darker side, with even the ballads getting the rock guitar treatment. untitled ~for her~ (Track 14), one of the album's three ballads, does successfully stray from the overall formula without interrupting the flow (it's also the last track of the album); it even recalls early Ayumi songs in both composition and vocal style. Over the years, Ayumi's voice seems to have matured by growing increasingly towards a vibrato while retaining her signature high tone. The most apparent of this is in ballad Together When (track 7), where her voice can't seem to hold a note without resorting to short stutters or extended vibrato. While one can say it helps deliver the emotions of the song, this technique really only helps during fast songs which require a certain thump. Nevertheless, Ayumi remains a solid singer even in the ballads, though only Together When really manages to stand out among the three.

Vocals being one of the reasons, the more successful genre on Guilty is the energetic fast track. With crowded arrangements and catchy hooks, they effectively engage listeners with pulsating energy. Powerful opening track (don't) Leave Me Alone (Track 2) is a good follow-up to Mirror in establishing the general tone of the album. Meanwhile, decision (Track 4) is a full-energy rock track that builds an effective contrast between quiet and powerful in its chorus. On the other hand, title track GUILTY (Track 5) follows the album's inspiration too closely, and ends up sounding more like a female imitation of a Linkin Park song.

The more upbeat fast pop genre doesn't show up until Track 11 in the form of glitter. Rightly placed towards the end of the album, the song successfully stands on its own because it's so separated from the album's first section. Written as a single and released in the summer, the track features a cheerful arrangement to match its energetic melody, making it a perfect concert song for her upcoming tour. In fact, "energetic" is probably a good way to sum up Guilty in one word. Everything produced for the album - the overdone arrangements, Ayumi's diva-like delivery, the extravagant music videos - makes the album seem like an event unto itself, even without the blanketing advertisements in Tokyo. For an event album, no one should really expect Ayumi to find any musical breakthrough. This is a case where keeping things at business as usual can be considered a good thing, and Guilty certainly doesn't rock the boat. Instead, it's an entertaining pop album that satisfies loyal fans and has a few tracks that even the pickiest pop fan would like. For starting the year off with a bang, Guilty is a resounding success.

Recommended tracks: Mirror (Track 1), (don't)Leave me alone (Track 2), Together When... (Track 7), Marionette (Track 9), glitter (Track 11)

by Kevin Ma

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.1 out of 10 (7)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (24)

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August 31, 2012

5 people found this review helpful

An Album That Definitely Speaks Out Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
When purchasing this album for the first time, I noticed it was visibly darker, more rock driven compared to her previous works. I mean, it contained a bit of upbeat dance tracks and ballads, but if you listened closely, even her upbeat tracks had a bit of a notable rock tinge. I couldn't tell if that was a good thing or not! But when I discovered the events that happened to Ayumi-san, my heart burst with sympathy. I mean, when learning your best friend dies, that can be a pretty depressing situation. But when splitting with your longtime boyfriend and going deaf in your left ear's pretty sad to process. But as a fan, I will support this album based on the pain she's feeling. I mean, I know it sounds silly, but I wanna show my support by purchasing this album to at least show that I care what she has to say.
As I said before, this album was exceptionally dark. More emotional. It reminded me of "Duty". The lyrics have a heavy, more personal feel to them which emphasized greatly that she was beginning a new chapter within her musical career. By the emotion tainted in half the lyrics, it obvious Ayumi-san feels at fault within her new piece of work. Yet unlike her past work, this album had no theme. It purely ran on the base of emotion.
Like all her albums, I fell in love with this immediately. It carried a strong, pulse-pounding beat that driven the listener into a railroad of compassion. I meanm Ayumi-san always sings beautifully, but for this album, it just shined a bit more. She sings with such raw vocal that's flushed with emotions and angst that you don't know what to say! It was so heartbreaking....
I don't care if it didn't have a happier theme, I don't care if other fans didn't like this darker style....for me, it was all that I needed. "Guilty" delivered beautifully from start to finish. There was not a single song I disliked, each track was pumped with purpose. But the ones that stood out to me the most were: "Mirror" "Talkin' 2 Myself" "(Don't) Leave Me Alone" "Judgement Day" "Glitter" "Decision" "Together When..." "Guilty" "Marionette-prelude" "Marionette" "Rebirth" "My All" and finally, "untitled~for her~".
This is a album I will cherish always. She poured her heart and soul into's definitely album that's not to be taken for granted!
GET THIS NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!
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February 14, 2010

1 people found this review helpful

Powerful and Emotional Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
My favourite album from Ayu so far. I bought this shortly after “Next Level”.

If you expect the typical shallow formula of “pop + soft ballads + R&B” tracks in this album then you should forget about listening to this.

This album consists principally of rock songs, with the intense use of drums and heavy metal instruments. Even the ballads are rock ballads. Songs like "Mirror," "(don't) Leave Me Alone," "Decision”, “Marionette” and "Guilty" are the outstanding tracks and I can see why Ayu is still one of the top divas in J-pop despite so many years.

This album is a strong, pulse-pounding and spectacular one especially when Ayu sings with raw emotions and angst accompanied by the heavy sound of the music.

Rock music lovers will no doubt like this album. An album (like this one) which the musician and his/her team put in the heart and soul to make is one that definitely will not be forgotten or taken for granted.

Like what I say, unless you are looking for some shallow “easy to listen to” bimbotic bubble gum pop songs, this album is definitely not to be missed.
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April 28, 2009

This customer review refers to Guilty (ALBUM+DVD+ Poster)(Hong Kong Version)
Fantastic album Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This is 9th Studio album by pop-diva ayumi hamasaki

This Item Comes With

GUILTY Poster Version A
GUILTY Poster Version B
The information above is WRONG

Great songs are included in this album, and videos to, the mini-fil for 'glitter & fated' is really cool, Marionette PV is great great too.

I love the posters just the detail of not having the photobook, but this a godd album, good songs and mvs
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August 14, 2008

1 people found this review helpful

Gorgeous Album Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Honestly. It's a gorgeous album. All of the tracks are so well written and they're the kind of songs you can listen to over and over and over again.
I was worried when I first got it, because usually, as artists go on in their careers, their music declines in quality, and this assumption made me dislike the album at first - but, after actually listening to the songs instead of skimming through them, I found that there is not a song on the album that I don't like. Seriously. I love them all. Sometimes I set my media player to shuffle and set this album as my playlist.
Most of the songs have catchy melodies, or riffs that travel around in your head all day.
I highly recommend this album. Like Sakura-chan said, not Ayu's best work, but still a wonderful album. (My personal favourite is 'Secret').
Ayumi Hamasaki seems to improve in quality as her career goes on, and being able to do all of this with tinnitus is truly admirable, because if you've ever had an ear infection and tried to sing, the physical feeling is quite unbearable.
I hear that 'untitled ~for her~' is about a friend of Ayu's who died (The album is dedicated to this same friend, if you look at the booklet). It is a beautiful song, and anyone who has a heart and reads the translation while listening to the song will most likely give way to tears.
To summarize, an excellent piece once again, and I can't wait until Ayu's 10th album.

Favourite track(s): talkin' 2 myself [the intro is genius]. The Judgement Day; Marionette.
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August 4, 2008

This customer review refers to Hamasaki Ayumi Vol. 9 - Guilty (CD+DVD) (Korea Version)
1 people found this review helpful

Just got it! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Yea, I know I'm a little late in getting this album, but hey, I FINALLY got it!

I simply love how powerful this album is. It's Ayumi at her greatest. I got this album after I heard and ordered her Mirrorcle World single and decided to get one of her albums. I wasn't disappointed.

When it comes to the PVs, they are simply amazing, but the one that struck me was Marionette. It is officially my favorite music video. Whoever came up with the idea and choreography is a genius. It is SO creative!

This version also came with a photobook (separate from the lyrics book) and I was surprised at that. I expected the photobook to be the lyrics book with pictures (like all other albums), but this one came with a nice picute lyrics books along with a slightly bigger photobook.

All in all, I am VERY satisfied with this album. This album made me an official Ayumi Hamasaki fan. She has my support.
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