Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Steven Piek | Calgary, Alberta Canada | 01/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well well well, I don't pretend to understand a word of what she's saying and all, but I must say I love Ayumi's voice. And the music that goes along with it, is a perfect match. As far as j-pop goes Ayumi fits the shoe perfectly. I also recommend the Ayu-mix series. The more dance/club selections are very well remixed by some well known remixers (Hex Hector, Ferry Corsten, Club 69 and Thunderpuss). I liked how most of the tracks here are updated with better sounding recorded instruments and more impressive baselines. As far as the Ayu-mix series is concerned get Vol 2 (the one with her looking like a cat) it is the best one."
A good place to start
R. Brown | Kyoto | 04/12/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ayumi Hamaskai (or just "Ayu") is the reigning pop diva in Japan. If she tries on a pair of sunglasses or boots or false eyelashes, the entire Japanese archipelago will be awash in teenage girls sporting the identical look. She dominates JPop in a way Madonna could not have dreamed of attempting in the US. In the December 31, 2004, edition of Kohaku, NHK television's massive annual New Year's Eve singalong program watched by millions, she was the climax, the grand finale clad in a cyber kimono (which she lost soon enough).
Although she tends to squeak on high notes, her voice has mellowed a bit as she has matured. All the songs on this CD are in Japanese (the Japanese lyrics are included in the insert).There are ballads and techno/pop, so you A Best gives the listener a good sense of what she is capable of. A good comparison would be to the more recent Cyber Trance Presents: Ayu Trance."
Late 1990s J-Pop at its Best
Jerry Sanchez | New York | 01/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I would not know a thing about Ayu had it not been for my two years spent in the Kansai region of Japan seven years ago. Many of the songs compiled on this album come from her previously popular albums of the late 1990s. I heard her songs almost everywhere, from when I entered a Lawson's or 7-11 (or any number of convenient store chains in Japan) to McDonalds to small sidewalk electronic stores. I'll admit that I don't think that Ayu is the most talented Japanese female pop artist in Japan (I enjoy Bird much better), but this album captures the J-pop of a few years ago. It brought back all of the good memories I had walking around Japan for two years and made me smile. As such, it is worth five stars to me personally."