Ayumi Hamasaki – Fly high

March 30, 2012 at 9:13 PM | Posted in Ayumi Hamasaki | Leave a comment

SINGLE REVIEW
Ayumi Hamasaki – Fly high

1. Fly high “HΛL’s MIX 2000″
2. Fly high “SAMPLE MADNESS REMIX”
3. Fly high “Supreme Mix”
4. Fly high “Acoustic Orchestra Version”
5. Fly high “SHARP BOYS U.K VOCAL MIX”
6. Fly high “Saturation Mix”
7. appears “HW Club Mix”
8. Fly high “Dub’s F Remix”
9. Fly high NON-STOP-MIX “N.S DANCE MEGA MIX”
10. kanariya “fake compilation”
11. Fly high “Album Version” -Instrumental-
12. Fly high “Vocal Track”

Fly high is the thirteenth single by Japanese singer Ayumi Hamasaki, released on February 9, 2000. Fly high was used as the LYCOS CM song. It’s the second re-cut single from Hamasaki’s LOVEppears album, and was limited to 300,000 copies. This single reached #3 on the Oricon charts and charted for four weeks. It sold 299,540 copies, becoming the #89 single of 2000.

No original version on this single, but Fly high “HΛL’s MIX 2000” comes pretty close. It takes the original song and makes it more dynamic, starting off with Ayumi’s amazing rap part, and adding more synths and beats to the original basically. It’s like an updated version of the original and I love what HΛL has done to it, a great way to kick off the single.

Fly high “SAMPLE MADNESS REMIX” is kind of a madness actually, but then in a good way. It starts with a brassy part which I really liked, and then a more dance orientated sound takes over. Ayu herself isn’t represented that much in this remix, just a bit with a lot of repeated lines and her fabulous rap parts. Yeah, they’re my guilty pleasure. It’s a mysterious remix with some nice sound effects by the synths and it’s not bad.

Until Fly high “Supreme Mix” drops in and I’m hiding under my desk, really. Lord have mercy, I HATE this remix xD After a million times of hearing her line ‘It’s gonna‘ over and over again, I rape my ‘next’ button. They beat is way too crazy and fast, it’s like a hyperactive version of the original. Please, no more!! 😥

Ahhh this is exactly what I needed now: Fly high “Acoustic Orchestra Version” is so sweet and harmonious. It features some great strings arrangements, piano melodies and even a soft acoustic guitar. The best part: they left out the rap parts to keep it very serene. More singles needed this, and this is definitely a great contribution to the ‘Fly high’ single. I hate the previous track even more now xD

Back to the remixes then. Fly high “SHARP BOYS U.K. VOCAL MIX” is like a watered down version of the original and it doesn’t really go anywhere. I mean, it has no pinnacle. It’s there and it stays kind of in the same place for four minutes. The beats and synths were enjoyable but it’s a plain remix if you ask me.

Fly high “Saturation Mix” is awesome! It’s so heavy and rocky, it takes the original dance song and gives it a 180 turn with lots of electric guitars and heavy percussion. True, the song is very aggressive and fast (almost like a metal track), but this is such an original idea for a remix. I really loved this one.

appears makes its comeback with appears “HW Club Mix” and I like how they incorporated the bells in the first part of the remix, right after the chorus. Sure, I’ve heard about enough of the song for now, but it’s a nice remix and not too heavy after the previous one. Just an overall clubbing sound with lots of synths (and really, those bells were a good move!).

Fly high “Dub’s F Remix” is way too long, and the next track is even longer! So basically what this means is that this track needs another long ass introduction that leads right into a part where Ayu’s first line gets repeated over and over. Sometimes I think these repetitions are just for stalling… There’s a pretty nice tribal sound to this remix and it turns out better than I thought in the first place. But why that crazy length…?

I could ask the same for Fly high -NON-STOP MIX- ”N.S DANCE MEGA MIX”, and I don’t even get why it’s called a mega mix because it’s only one song in there. Anyway, after a while it seems like it remixes the remixes, there were definitely some very recognizeable parts in there. After all, almost 13 minutes of this isn’t bad at all because it incorporates great mixes and transitions, and sometimes even some parts of the original song. Strangely enough, I can dig this.

One more time for the previous single: kanariya “fake compilation”. Weird name. It’s another club mix for kanariya and it already has so many. This isn’t even the best, but it has its moments with the little brass elements now and then. Overall I’m just tired of this song right now xD

OMG I’m finally done with this crazy long era… Why the fudge did Ayu need 8 singles from one album? The good thing is that this last single, the second re-cut, is pretty cool overall. It features some really nice and original remixes (since that’s the only thing this single has, not even an original song) of which I though the “Saturation Mix” was the most unique one with its heavy rock sound. Other remixes such as “HΛL’s Mix 2000” and definitely the “Acoustic Orchestra Version” nailed it too. A nice way to close this loooooooong era, Ayu!

OVERALL RATING

4 stars

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