CD Reviews :: ayumi hamasaki - Duty & MY STORY
1) starting over
4) End of the World
6) Far away
10) teddy bear
11) Key ~eternal tie ver.~
With a hot cover like that , it's any wonder why Duty which was Ayumi Hamasaki's 3rd album , was the best selling album in her career to date with over sales of 2,904,420 in Japan alone .
However as compared to her other albums that I listened such as Secret , My Story , (miss)understood , I realised that this's a bit weaker in terms of the songs that I listened in Duty , some of them don't register in my head that much in that they didn't made a lasting impact on me but they do after I listen to them a few more times .
Still , it's not a bad album on whole . I love tracks such as SCAR , SURREAL , SEASONS (her best lyrical work to date) , the gorgeous teddy bear , key ~eternal tie ver.~ & she closed the album with a really good song to me which's girlish .
Duty & Vogue are nice as well but I was expecting better things from this album considering that it's her best selling album to date . A bit disappointed on whole but it's still a good listen from Ayumi .
MY STORY ::
CD Only Cover :
4 Alternate CD + DVD Covers :
1) Catcher in the Light
2) About You
4) my name's WOMEN
7) HOPE or PAIN
8) HAPPY ENDING
10) walking proud
16) winding road
17) Humming 7/4
The very 1st album that I listened from Ayumi Hamasaki in whole , is this album . Her 6th studio album MY STORY in which to me it's fanastic & every track on there is a winner .
For me , I think her best album's a cross between her latest 8th album Secret & this . In My Story , she incorporated a much harder rock sound to her usual material which I love for all 17 tracks on there . She also composed the melodies/tunes for 3 tracks which's the interlude WONDERLAND , winding road & humming 7/4 under her pen name CREA .
The tracks I absolutely adore on this record are About You , GAME , My Name's WOMEN , Liar , HOPE OR PAIN , HAPPY ENDING . Her ballads in the form of Moments & CAROLS are gorgeous as well .
The interludes are great as well . Love WONDERLAND , Kaleidoscope & the 1st track which's Catcher In The Light . Don't like HONEY a bit cos in that song , her voice borderlines on mickey mouse a bit but you gotta admit it's catchy . INSPIRE's cool . The music of INSPIRE sounds a bit like a bollywood tune if you ask me .
& she closed things off with 1 of my fave upbeat rocking tracks from her , something called Humming 7/4 & she also composed the melody of it too .
If you really want to listen to an Ayumi album , I strongly recommend either MY STORY or Secret . No wait , in fact both . I will review (miss)understood in days to come cos I haven't give a full listen or 2 for that .