ForgivenessArtist: Ayumi Hamasaki
Release Date: August 20, 2003
Label: Avex Trax
Personal Rating: 4/5

1. forgiveness
2. ourselves (Kentaro Takizawa Mix)
3. HANABI ~episode Ⅱ~ (HΛL’S MIX 2003)
4. forgiveness (Instrumental)
It has been a really long time since I’ve listened to an Ayu ballad. (Since NEXT LEVEL was a total J-rock phenomenon.) forgiveness has been sitting on my iPod for a while so I decided to go ahead and review it!

Even though Ayu’s vocals were still developing during the time this single was released, I thought that she did a positive job with her voice. (Because unlike most of her older ballads, her vocals weren’t supported by a chorus that actually sings.) The beauty of Ayu ballads is how the pacing of the song changes throughout. During the chorus, it’s all powerful and moderate but when it coems to the verses, it becomes quiet and slow. To be honest, I thought that forgiveness was one of my most favorite Ayu ballads even though it shared a few characteristics with some of her older songs.

Personal Rating: 4/5


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