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RAINBOW (Japan Version)

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RAINBOW (Japan Version)
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Customer Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.2 out of 10 (72)
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YesAsia Editorial Description

Hamasaki's newest album is finally here at YesAsia! It's almost a year since her record breaking release of 'I am' and now Ayu brings you her latest album, 'RAINBOW'. This album already HOT! and receiving heavy air play is the album talked about throughout Japan! An album well expected to again be the 'number 1' selling album of this year! Here at YeasAsia, we've worked together to bring you various special offers with this release, to congratualte the J-POP Princess with the release of 'RAINBOW'! This album has all the recent hits, from, 'everywhere nowhere', 'Heartplace', 'Real me', 'Free & Easy', 'independent', 'July 1st', 'HANABI', and of course 'Voyage'! Not only that, al these tracks are in conjuction with various TV shows, commercials and more. There's way too much to list about the entire album, so pick up your copy now and experience why it's all about Ayu in Japan!!!
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Product Title: RAINBOW (Japan Version) RAINBOW (日本版) RAINBOW (日本版) RAINBOW (日本版) RAINBOW (Japan Version)
Singer Name(s): Hamasaki Ayumi 濱崎步 滨崎步 浜崎あゆみ 하마사키 아유미
Release Date: 2002-12-18
Publisher Product Code: AVCD-17239
Language: Japanese
Disc Format(s): Copy-Protected CD, CD
Other Information: Album
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
Publisher: Avex Marketing
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1002200503

Product Information / Track List

01. everlasting dream
03. Real me
04. Free&Easy
05. Heartplace
06. Over
08. taskinillusion
09. everywhere nowhere
10. July 1st
11. Dolls
12. neverending dream
13. Voyage
14. Close to you
15. independent


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Professional Review of "RAINBOW (Japan Version)"

March 20, 2005

Ayumi Hamasaki is less a singer/songwriter than a full-fledged pop culture avatar. And if one accepts this premise, as I do, reviewing an Ayumi Hamasaki album without looking at her in this light fails to address the big picture. Much like Madonna, Hamasaki signifies something more culturally significant than her peers in the entertainment world, with her music being only part of the package. She has said that she is happy to be viewed as a consumer product, but she also realizes that she is an inspiration and role model for millions of fans throughout Japan and Asia. With her music accounting for around 50% of her label's total sales, and legions of fans hanging on to her every word, Hamasaki is saddled with a tremendous responsibility. She has more than fulfilled this responsibility, giving Japan something that few other people can offer. Ayumi Hamasaki has become a purveyor of dreams.

With recurring themes of freedom, peace, self-belief, and the search for a better life, Ayu's timing couldn't be better. In a country bogged down by 12 years of recession, high unemployment, and an unshakeable general malaise, Hamasaki's music provides solace to a generation that doesn't feel the future holds much for them. The record kicks off with a short, dreamy track in which Ayu delivers the promise "I'm giving it to you / This box of dreams / Everlasting dreams / Everlasting dreams." Strong medicine indeed. The song segues into the second cut, a long, pulsing dance track entitled "We WISH" fueled by equal doses of synthesizer and electric guitar. The upbeat vibe continues on "Real Me," with the pace slowing back down on tracks 4, 5, 6, and 7. Track 7 in particular, the subdued "HANABI," showcases Hamasaki's blossoming composing skills (under her nom de plume CREA), with a key change adding an interesting twist to the subtly hip-hop influenced music. Other standout tracks include the upbeat "everywhere nowhere," the rocking closer "independent," and the beautiful "July 1st," which ping-pongs back and forth between acoustic guitar and a synthesized dance beat underlying a beautiful vocal melody.

Overall, the music and lyrics on "Rainbow" are up the the high standards Hamasaki has set for herself. Undoubtedly, fans will buy this record and will not be disappointed. Additionally, it will serve as an effective introduction for those who have not heard her yet. At the end of the day, however, Hamasaki will not be judged for the music on this or any other album. Rather, she will be remembered as one of those rare artists able to appeal to people at a deeper, more visceral level. An integral thread in the cultural fabric. Let's hope she keeps it up. Japan needs her.

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Customer Review of "RAINBOW (Japan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.2 out of 10 (72)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.2 out of 10 (153)

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August 22, 2012

5 people found this review helpful

Exceptationally Beautiful! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This was the first album I ever purchased from Ayu...and because of that, I'll treasure this album always.
This album was exceptationally beautiful. It went through my veins, reached into my soul and put a subtle calm feeling I just can't describe. I never knew music could make me feel this way...a bunch of emotions attacking me at once. At first, I thought something was wrong with me but once I thought about it, I realized only true artists are capable of doing that to a person. And Miss Ayumi is a truly gifted artist.
And of course, the themes located within this album were flawless. I mean, the themes of freedom, the struggles of women, and "a summer that ends in sadness" were probably incrediably difficult to put into words...but she lays it down as if they were the most casual converstation in the world! All the tracks were carefully composed. There's not a single song I dislike, but the ones that stood out to me the most were: "Everlasting Dream" "Real Me" "Close To You" "Everywhere Nowhere" "Over" "Dolls" "Hanabi" "July 1st" "Taskinillusion" and finally "Independent".
Purchasing this album was money well spent. The mixture of both ballads and upbeat songs created a solid substance that showed she has matured within her lyrics. I do not regret buying this album. In fact, I'm honored that I can even own one of Hamasaki's works. And I'm very willing to recommend this album to anyone. Believe me, you will not regret it!
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December 24, 2010

1 people found this review helpful

Very Good Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I LOVE this album! There's a mixture of both ballads and upbeat songs. As this was released during the peak of her popularity, all the songs have solid substance. You won't hear this kind of music from Hamasaki Ayumi anymore so I suggest that you buy this album or a cheaper version of it.

Track 1 (everlasting) is short, but it's very relaxing and is an intro song. Track 2 (WE WISH) has an awesome guitar solo and you can hear the strength of her voice in this song compared to her voice in her current songs. Track 3 (Real Me) I don't care much for as it auto-tunes a bit of her voice. Track 4-15 are all very good and vary from ballads to more upbeat songs. Track 10 (July 1st) is a very refreshing, "fun" song to hear and the DJ scratch is pretty cool too. Tracks 11-14 are slow songs and are sad-sounding so Track 15 (independent) brings a welcome cheerfulness to end the album. This track also has a hidden song if you're patient enough to wait and listen to it.
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December 9, 2010

One of her best. Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
this is the only ayumi cd i own,and i really liek thsi album
"Real me"-10/10-amazing song!,it pop and r&b and i really like when she sings this genre.
"Fre&easy"-5/10-never been crazy about this sone,i dont like how the song is all quiet,and then gets LOUD all of a sudden.
"We wish"-9/10-a really good opening to the album
" Heartplace"-7/10-not crazy about this song.
Over -6/10-i honeslty never listen to this song so im not sure about it
HANABI-10/10-AMAZING song i love it.
everywhere nowhere -8/10-a good pop song
July 1st -7/10-ive never liked this song that much
Dolls-9/10-its a really nice ballad i like it.
Voyage -9/10-one of ayumi's signature ballads ,it has a lullaby sound to it,its a really sweet song.
Close to you -9/10-again a relly good ballad
independent-7/10-i dont like this song
overall,its one of her ebst albums it has a few pop/r&b songs wich are really good and it has reall good ballads.
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September 2, 2006

This customer review refers to Rainbow (Overseas Version)
Ayu does it again! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
There is not a song on this album I don't like, and I'm sure anyone who loves Ayumi will feel the same way!! Riveting, moving music from the dearly beloved Queen of J Pop. This is a definite buy and well worth the money!
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August 31, 2006

This customer review refers to Rainbow (Overseas Version)
GET THIS! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
The songs in this album shows that Ms. Hamasaki has indeed matured with her lyrics. I love this album it's the only one I play through without having to press the skip button. I highly recomend it also her "I am..." album which is probaly her best album yet. Her songs start to tell a story from the begining track rainbow to the end I highly recomend it :P
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