Free Free / Super Music Maker

Free Free/Super Music MakerArtist: Ami Suzuki
Release Date: August 22, 2007
Label: Avex Trax
Personal Rating: 5/5

1. Free Free
2. Super Music Maker
3. Free Free (extended mix)
4. Super Music Maker (radio edit)
Insanely phenomenal! After the let-down of her past album Conetta, Free Free was totally something new and awesome! Looks like they added more electronica elements, more powerful vocals and even more “hip!” (It’s a pretty weird way to say it but it’s hard to put the awesomeness in words!) Plus, Ami actually did a better job with her English!

Unlike her past singles, Super Music Maker is another dance song with fact pace rhythm. Even though it contained some of amazing dance elements from Free Free, it still doesn’t seem to surpass it.

Because I think that the A-side was so phenomenal, I too kthe liberty to review the remixes too! The Free Free (extended mix) begins with a different melody but still keeps the original factors of the original song. Like most “extended remixes,” the instrumentals are longer but at least they left the great vocals just the way it is!

Don’t forget about the Super Music Maker (radio edit)
which was like an upgraded version of the original! This time, they extended the vocals but tweaked the instrumentals just a little bit.

Personal Rating: 5/5


Potential Breakup Song

Potential Breakup SongArtist: Ami Suzuki
Release Date: November 27, 2008
Label: Avex Trax
Personal Rating: 3/5

1. Potential Breakup Song (feat. Aly & Aj’s)
2. feel the beat
3. Potential Breakup Song (Sugiurumn Remix)
4. Potential Breakup Song (Instrumental)
When I first learned that Ami Suzuki was actually doing a cover for Aly and Aj’s Potential Breakup Song, I was like “what? J-pop singer doing a well known pop song? What are the odds?” It turns out that the original singers are the back ups in Ami’s version so it was definately something different. But even with an all new idea for a cover song, Ami’s vocal performance weren’t really as dominating here even when there were so much musical elements supporting it. But at least it beats the original english version.

Wow, trance music. I could never stand the time limits of those songs. feel the beat makes a whopping total of 8-minutes mainly because the song was totally about synchs and trance elements. You know the style of trance music: mostly showing off the instrumentals with the minor vocals. Of course I didn’t listen to the whole song because it’s so darn long.

Personal Rating: 3/5


DaybreakArtist: Ayumi Hamasaki
Release Date: March 6, 2002
Label: Avex Trax
Personal Rating: 3.5/5

1. Daybreak (HΛL’s Mix 2002)
2. no more words (BRENT MINI’S ROTARY MIX)
3. I am… (night clubbers mix)
4. no more words (nicely nice remix)
5. I am… (Ram’s Special 11Days Mix)
6. no more words (tum up the break mix)
7. I am… (Huge Fairy tAle mix)
8. no more words (Laugh & Peace Mix)
9. Daybreak (HΛL’s Mix 2002 -instrumental-)
10. opening Run (JK’s extended mix)
Another Ayu single completely filled with remixes. So that means that Daybreak is a re-cut single. (again.) If you have listened to her past singles, you would notice how most of her songs are remixed by HΛL. (Sounds like her favorite remix and synching company or something.) Unlike it’s original version, the Daybreak HΛL’s Mix 2002 has more acoustics than vocals which isn’t surprising since all of her remixes seem to turn out that way. Aside from the majority of instrumentation, the song itself doesn’t really seem as powerful than the original but at least the change isn’t dramatically different. Personally, I thought that the original version sounded much stronger and powerful than the remix.

Personal Rating: 3.5/5

Koi no Tsubomi

Koi no TsubamiArtist: Kumi Koda
Release Date: May 24, 2006
Label: EMI Music Japan
Personal Rating: 4/5

1. Koi no Tsubomi
2. Koi no Tsubomi (A Cup Of Milk Tea Bossa Nova Version)
3. Koi no Tsubomi (Instrumental)
Koi no Tsubomi sounded like the kind of bubblegum pop that actually fits the style of singer. Just like most Kumi Koda songs, the chorus never fails to be the best part of the song since it’s memorable and leaves this rhtymic feeling on the listener.

Anyways, Koi no Tsubomi (A Cup Of Milk Tea Bossa Nova Version) didn’t leave off the same feeling that the original version did but at least it’s the kind of remix that doesn’t leave a bad after taste. (It’s not just the same song with beats.)

Personal Rating: 4/5

Progress August 2009

After a one month hiatus, looks like there’s still a ton of reviews I need to get completed before adding more! I decided to list down the progress to see how much farther I still need to go:

Alan: 100%
Ami Suzuki: 40%
Angela Aki: 50%
Ayaka: 100%
Ayumi Hamasaki: 65%
BoA: 4%
Do as Infinity: 4%
Erina Mano: 100%
Every Little Thing: 15%
Genki Rockets: 100%
High and Mighty Color: 11%
Hitomi Shimatani: 13%
Jyongri: 100%
Kumi Koda: 32%
Leah Dizon: 57%
Saeko Chiba: 7%
Shoko Nakagawa: 44%
Utada Hikaru: 81%
Yui: 22%

TOTAL: 945/1900 = 50% More to go!

Around the World

Around the WorldArtist: Ami Suzuki
Release Date: October 12, 2005
Label: Avex Trax
Personal Rating: 3.5/5

1. Around the World
2. Times (Dub’s Pop radio edit remix)
3. Around the World (instrumental)
4. Times (Dub’s Pop radio edit remix -instrumental-)
After listening to Around the World I was like, “Now I see where she got that yelling voice from.” If you listen to the song up until the bridge, you could really notice how Ami is literally screaming the lyrics on the recorder. There are also some parts throughout the song where her pitched sounded a little off. (If you listen closely) At least the song still gives us that amazing trance feel that the other releases gave us.

Personal Rating: 3.5/5


NegaigotoArtist: Ami Suzuki
Release Date: August 17, 2005
Label: Avex Trax
Personal Rating: 4/5

1. Negaigoto
2. Times
3. Negaigoto -Electronic Remix-
4. Negaigoto -Dub’s The Wish Was Fulfilled Remix-
5. Negaigoto -instrumental-
6. Times -instrumental-
Unlike her past two singles, Negaigoto turns out to be a ballad. But this fact doesn’t necessarily mean that this single was a total ripoff, because dance and trance music aren’t the only genres that Ami’s good at. And just like the cover, Negaigoto is what I call a very graceful ballad that makes me give it a few listens. In a way, it kind of reminds me of Kagami but only much better.

Looks like they switched the order around! Times is an electrifying trace track that also beats Delightful! And just like Eventful, Times contains even newer dance elements that makes the song sound even more catchy! I can’t stress it enough but Times is really something that spells out “A.w.e.s.o.m.e.”

Personal Rating: 4/5