Ayumi Hamasaki – H

May 12, 2013 at 3:57 PM | Posted in Ayumi Hamasaki | Leave a comment

Ayumi Hamasaki – H

1. independent
2. July 1st
4. independent (Instrumental)
5. July 1st (Instrumental)
6. HANABI (Instrumental)

H is the twenty-seventh single by Japanese singer Ayumi Hamasaki, released on July 24, 2002. This single reached #1 on the Oricon charts and sold 1,000,260 copies in 2002, becoming the #1 single of the year. It charted for 25 weeks and sold a total of 1,012,544 copies.

independent is an amazingly uplifting song unlike Ayu’s other summer songs. It’s very catchy with the handclaps and funky guitar riffs and I love how a background choir chants along every now and then. I don’t even know what to say about this track since most of it just speaks for itsself. It’s light, danceable and just plain fun, ofcourse it’s a recommendation for all you folks out there who don’t know the song yet!

July 1st continues the summer vibes on this single, and to me it’s a special song for a very stupid reason (my birthday is on July 2nd, so I listen to this song every July 1st to get into the mood).  The arrangement is very good since it starts off pretty simple with just a guitar and Ayu’s vocals, but still you can feel the tension build up in the background until it explodes into this dance/rock summer anthem. It has the same ambience that independent had but without the handclaps haha.

After two uptempo summer songs, HANABI slows things down as the ballad of the single. It’s not very typical since it has both a pop ballad mood and soft R&B sound, also it appears to me that this song has a more sullen approach (not meant in a bad way). It’s a lot more ‘down’ that the other songs so that brings along some contrast on the overall single. As an individual song I haven’t always loved this, but it has grown on me over the past few years. Now I really like it because it’s not at all a typical ballad.

4½ stars


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