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Ayumi Hamasaki: ‘I Am…’ – Album Review

Released: January 1, 2002 (Avex Trax) After a fierce chart battle back in 2001 with her compilation A Best—which scored over 5 million units in her native Japan—the Queen of J-Pop came belting in with I Am…, her fourth studio album, for the New Year of 2002. Actually, looking back at it, I believe this… Continue reading Ayumi Hamasaki: ‘I Am…’ – Album Review

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Ayumi Hamasaki: ‘Duty’ – Album Review

Released: September 27, 2000 (Avex Trax) At the time, Duty by Ayumi Hamasaki did nothing for me. I was getting into the J-Pop ecstasy that everyone had been diving into around the late 2000s–early 2010s, and Ayumi’s work was one of a ka-billion that I got into first. But to me, Duty was jack all; the sound… Continue reading Ayumi Hamasaki: ‘Duty’ – Album Review

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Ayumi Hamasaki: ‘Loveppears’ – Album Review

Released: November 1, 1999 (Avex Trax) Loveppears was one of Ayumi's first records I got into. The vast majority of her singles from "Whatever" to "Kanariya" showcased a pretty diverse sound-set for Ms. Ayu-chan, so I was pretty exciting getting this record a couple years ago. Unlike most of her music, especially from her debut… Continue reading Ayumi Hamasaki: ‘Loveppears’ – Album Review

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Ayumi Hamasaki: ‘A Song for XX’ – Album Review

Released: January 1, 1999 (Avex Trax) Ayumi Hamasaki has always been the GODDESS of J-Pop. Every day, every month, every year we get a new tune or album that either slays or... delays (no T no shade). But in recent years, her music quality and repetitious formula has become a bit of a problem, me… Continue reading Ayumi Hamasaki: ‘A Song for XX’ – Album Review

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Ayumi Hamasaki: ‘A Complete: All Singles’ – Album Review

Released: November 8, 2008 (Avex Trax) I'm a bit of a random guy when it comes to iTunes, scrolling through the charts to see what's hot and not. You know, a typical week for me haha. As I scroll through, I somehow always see Ms. Ayumi Hamasaki. Even though she has yet to release another… Continue reading Ayumi Hamasaki: ‘A Complete: All Singles’ – Album Review