Artist: Ayumi Hamasaki
Release Date: July 24, 2002
Label: Avex Trax
Personal Rating: 4.5/5

1. independent
2. July 1st
4. independent (instrumental)
5. July 1st (instrumental)
6. HANABI (instrumental)
There were so many covers for this single! I simply chose to use blue one because blue’s my favorite color.

I just loved how the mood and pace transitioned back and forth throughout independent! There were some quick and energized parts and then the chorus is also thrown in to change the moderate pace to fast. For some reason, I felt that Ayu really handled her vocals pretty well this time too!

Transitioning moods in July 1st also reigns surpreme! At first it sounds like a complete balland and the next minute, the arrangement is thrown in to the trance and dance category. This was probably one of the best Ayu releases out there and a total job well done.

Finally, HANABI has the kind of instrumentals that soudns pretty scary. Not to mention, Ayu has that sad voice to add to it. I really liked the song and its beautiful arrangement but when I listened to this song a few minutes ago, I was really in the mood for happy music…

Personal Rating: 4.5/5


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