I've been a huge Ayu fan since I discovered J-Pop (thanks to Hikki's "Simple and Clean" remix on Kingdom Hearts, and Ayu's "Dearest" on Inuyasha's ending credits) and my first Ayu album was her then latest album "GUILTY"
I was delighted with her powerful voice (I know she's not a vocalist performer like Kelly Clarkson or Christina Aguilera but DAMN SHE REALLY CAN DO GREAT THINGS WITH HER VOICE that no other japanese girl can do) and her cheerful yet dark tracks.
What I think about the upcoming "LOVE again" album? SLAP IN THE FACE.
I can't believe she put EVERY track of her latest two "mini-albums" in this new album... yeah... it's 7 new tracks BUT knowing her... at least 2 of them will be interludes (I hope just one LOL, can I dream?).
The thing that I hated the most was to see that You & Me was FREAKING there! I rather have just 14 tracks than just that filler...
We all might be a little upset with all this... but we haven't seen the REALITY: "LOVE" and "again" are MAXI-SINGLES disguised as Mini-albums.
So, it's ''appropriate'' to have all these songs in the album. (Still... it's kinda upset-ish to have both named as mini albums instead of singles".
The thing I liked the most of this upcoming album are the covers, they are BEAUTIFUL and FLAWLESS (I mean.. after the awful covers of "Party queen"). And I know I'll love the new tracks just as I REALLY LOVE "Song 4 U" and the whole "again" mini album.
About A CLASSICAL:
I love it so much! I was doubtful about the release but the classical arrangement is wonderful, made every single song special and unique!
I hated the cover, but at least it's a beautiful picture, I really think she could have chose another picture of the photoshoot to be drawn.
About all the drama:
I know how you feel... Ayu is a mess right now, but maybe it's now her fault, maybe it's her messy management team (full of "friends" and "family who doesn't know anything about business or how to work with artists".
I really miss A LOT her epic ballads and her CREA tracks (HANABI, HANABI episode 2, Heartplace, M, OVER, Rainbow, July 1st, HAPPY ENDING) I believe her peak was during "I am" - "GUILTY".
Don't (miss)understand me (LOL, had to do it) the following albums after GUILTY are great, but that's where all her management issues and vocal issues started...
There are A LOT of great album tracks in NEXT LEVEL (love it, really experimental and electronic), Rock'n'Roll Circus (like Microphone, count down is AMAZING and we all though it was an interlude lol), Love songs (lovely, I really love November and Do it Again).
BUT her LATEST album is the one I have most enjoyed since GUILTY.
Yeah... Party queen covers are awful and I don't get the "clever-concept" behind them... I know what they suppose to mean but.. still.. BAD EXCUSE!
But the songs are amazing... this time we had no boring or filler ballads, the first tracks are super upbeat and different, and the middle part is full of rock/dark tracks! from "call" to "Tell me why" is really retro-ayu-ish! remind me a lot to her peak time during "I am" and "GUILTY"
I STILL HAVE MY HOPES UP FOR THIS GIRL!
I just want her management team to do the right thing: Release singles and promote them! Stop releasing bad-meaningless PV's! Stop focusing in her music and talent instead of her bad relationships with people!
That's my humble opinion, we all have different opinions... please I don't want to start a useless fight, just respect my opinion as I respect EVERYONE's.
Btw, I hope you all have enjoyed Christmas and New Year's Eve
And thank you if you read all my LONG post lol.