LOVE again is actually the 4th since A Classical is being released this week.
Love songs is hailed as a comeback for a lot of fans (as usual though some LOATHE the album) but a lot of people enjoy the album a lot and it's her best album in the last four or five years for them as well. You may want to preview most of Love songs before you buy it since some people have issues with how 'slow/boring' the album can get due to the overwhelming amount of medium tempo tracks.
Personally, I like how the releases were done (five months, five releases, no delays, lots of new stuff to look forward to without 4 months inbetween of NOTHING) so I don't think it was really a 'scam' or anything... I believe that this was somewhat done to give Tales of fans an instrumental of Song 4 u since a lot of people wanted one for progress yet it was instrumental-less on FIVE and also to kinda fill in releases in the 'five in five months' thing to lead into a 14th album just before her 15th anniversary which is likely to be when she may release her 15th original album in 2013.
Oops, thanks for the correction. Almost forgot about the classic album in between
I tried previewing the album a couple of times through CD japan, but the quality was pretty shitty. I also remember DLing the songs you actually shared here minus the singles (the singles missing were 6 right?). Come to think of it, I thought the album songs were great but wasn't sure about the singles since the previews were too short and some of them did feel a bit meh. Her ballads are some of the best, if it's seriously as strong as you guys are saying, then it's going to be added to the wish list as well. The album was especially added to my attention again after stumbling on her live performance of Love Song on youtube a few days ago. The lyrics really touched me and made me wonder where the hell the song came from, forgetting that I've already listened to it around the time of release
It was enjoyable following the news and having her back in the spot light. It's all very nice to experience if you're watching and not the one buying everything. I should correct what I'm trying to say here. I'm sure there are people who don't think it's a scam and actually think they're worthwhile such as yourself. I guess I'm talking mostly about the people like me who buys albums mostly and don't think it's worthwhile to pay up for remix songs and instrumentals (there are exceptions sometimes).
Damn, I really shouldn't be thinking about it. It's on the wish list now and will be bought in due time. I'm hoping to enjoy Party Queen and maybe Love Again first. Hehe, suddenly there is a lot of Ayumi loving!
That sounds pretty messed up. Are you happy with collecting it and enjoying the remixed/instrumentals at least?