Ayumi Hamsaki – Voyage

May 12, 2013 at 4:10 PM | Posted in Ayumi Hamasaki | Leave a comment

Ayumi Hamasaki – Voyage

1. Voyage
3. independent “SUGIURAMN MIX”
4. Voyage (Instrumental)

Voyage is the twenty-eighth single by Japanese singer Ayumi Hamasaki, released on September 26, 2002. Voyage was used as the theme song for the movie Tsuki ni Shizumu and theme song for the TBS dorama My Little Chef. It reached #1 on the Oricon charts and sold 628,730 copies in 2002, becoming the #9 single of the year. It charted for 21 weeks and sold a total of 679,463 copies.

Voyage is a very special and beautiful song, but to me it’s also the song Ayu always forgets the lyrics to. Anyway, I adore the arrangement since it has a more orchestral and harmonious sound that HANABI, just to name one other ballad of this era. I also like this ballad more than HANABI for this reason. There’s some hope in this song that said song didn’t have, mostly speaking from the beautiful background vocals. I can’t find any flaws in this song, best A-side of the era hands down.

I didn’t expect HANABI to get a bossa nova remix and it seems like a very odd combination in HANABI “ELECTRICAL BOSSA MIX”. I actually don’t get it at all since the trumpets are very distracting. It takes out all the emotion that got to me in the original version, plus some background elements come off as way too artificial.

By now I was ready for something more uptempo and that’s exactly what I expected from independent “SUGIURAMN MIX”. The laughter throughout the song was a bit fake and Ayu’s own volume was kept too low, but it’s nice that they kept the handclaps that were so typical for the original song. The overall song felt a little too weird to me to actually like it though. Too bad that such a good A-side was accompanied by two remixes that weren’t really worth my time.

3 stars


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