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Aderianu 7th March 2021 08:26 PM

『A BALLADS 2』on sale 2021.04.08 [III]
 
The second installment in the Ballads Best series, 18 years after A BALLADS. The main release consists of two discs with 31 songs total, remastered from their original master tapes. Other versions will include blu-ray discs and goods (40 pages).

As per the TA store, the album will only include songs released after the first A BALLADS. No rearrangements or re-recordings have been mentioned in the announcement text.

=== EDITIONS ========

[2CD+2DVD+GOODS+Sumapura Music]
•11,400 (AVZ1-96674~5)
https://i.imgur.com/KRSyvykt.jpg
✦ TeamAyu / mu-mo shop limited edition
✦ Luxury BOX specification
✦ Digipak specification
✦ Goods: Special book (40 pages)
✦ Goods: T-shirt with jacket photo print
✦ Other jacket card
‣ DISC-1 - CD
‣ DISC-2 - CD
‣ DISC-3 - DVD
‣ DISC-4 - DVD

[2CD+2Blu-ray+GOODS+Sumapura Music]
•12,400 (AVZ1-96676~7)
https://i.imgur.com/KRSyvykt.jpg
✦ TeamAyu / mu-mo shop limited edition
✦ Luxury BOX specification
✦ Digipak specification
✦ Goods: Special book (40 pages)
✦ Goods: T-shirt with jacket photo print
✦ Other jacket card
‣ DISC-1 - CD
‣ DISC-2 - CD
‣ DISC-3 - Blu-ray
‣ DISC-4 - Blu-ray

[2CD+DVD+Sumapura Music]
•4,800 (AVCD-96668~9)
https://i.imgur.com/cjmHh6Tt.jpg
✦ sleeve packaging
‣ DISC-1 - CD
‣ DISC-2 - CD
‣ DISC-3 - DVD

[2CD+Blu-ray+Sumapura Music]
•5,200 (AVCD-96670~71)
https://i.imgur.com/cjmHh6Tt.jpg
✦ sleeve packaging
‣ DISC-1 - CD
‣ DISC-2 - CD
‣ DISC-3 - Blu-ray

[2CD+Sumapura Music]
•3,200 (AVCD-96672~3)
https://i.imgur.com/j8tuUhYt.jpg
‣ DISC-1 - CD
‣ DISC-2 - CD


=== CD CONTENT =======
Spoiler:
DISC-1 - CD
01 No way to say
02 CAROLS
03 HEAVEN
04 Together When...
05 You were...
06 momentum
07 fated
08 BALLAD
09 Secret
10 MOON
11 Zutto...
12 forgiveness
13 Virgin Road
14 JEWEL
15 how beautiful you are

DISC-2 - CD
01 オヒアの木
02 Days
03 beloved
04 Moments
05 walking proud
06 rainy day
07 Curtain call
08 Memorial address
09 Love song
10 śternal
11 HOPE or PAIN
12 Life
13 untitled ~for her~
14 SAKURA
15 TODAY
16 春よ、来い

=== DVD/BD CONTENT ====
Spoiler:
DISC-3 - Compilation of concert performances
01 No way to say (ayumi hamasaki ARENA TOUR 2003-2004 A)
02 CAROLS (ayumi hamasaki ARENA TOUR 2005 A ~MY STORY~)
03 HEAVEN (ayumi hamasaki 15th Anniversary TOUR ~A BEST LIVE~)
04 Together When... (ayumi hamasaki COUNTDOWN LIVE 2012-2013 A ~WAKE UP~)
05 You were... (ayumi hamasaki ARENA TOUR 2016 A ~M(A)DE IN JAPAN~)
06 momentum (ayumi hamasaki COUNTDOWN LIVE 2009-2010 A ~Future Classics~)
07 fated (ayumi hamasaki COUNTDOWN LIVE 2007-2008 Anniversary)
08 BALLAD (ayumi hamasaki Rock'n'Roll Circus Tour FINAL ~7days Special~)
09 Secret (ayumi hamasaki ASIA TOUR 2007 A ~Tour of Secret~)
10 MOON (ayumi hamasaki ARENA TOUR 2016 A ~M(A)DE IN JAPAN~)
11 Zutto... (ayumi hamasaki COUNTDOWN LIVE 2014-2015 A Cirque de Minuit )
12 forgiveness (ayumi hamasaki ~POWER of MUSIC 2011 A LIMITED EDITION~)
13 Virgin Road (ayumi hamasaki Rock'n'Roll Circus Tour FINAL ~7days Special~)
14 JEWEL (ayumi hamasaki TROUBLE TOUR 2020 A ~サイゴノトラブル~ FINAL)
15 how beautiful you are (ayumi hamasaki COUNTDOWN LIVE 2019-2020 ~Promised Land~ A)
16 オヒアの木 (ayumi hamasaki PREMIUM LIMITED LIVE A ~夏ノトラブル~)
17 Days (ayumi hamasaki ARENA TOUR 2009 A ~NEXT LEVEL~)
18 beloved (ayumi hamasaki ~POWER of MUSIC 2011 A LIMITED EDITION~)
19 Moments (ayumi hamasaki ARENA TOUR 2005 A ~MY STORY~)
20 walking proud (ayumi hamasaki 21st anniversary -POWER of A^3-)
21 rainy day (ayumi hamasaki ARENA TOUR 2006 A ~(miss)understood~)
22 Curtain call (ayumi hamasaki COUNTDOWN LIVE 2013-2014 A)
23 Memorial address (ayumi hamasaki ARENA TOUR 2003-2004 A)
24 Love song (ayumi hamasaki ARENA TOUR 2012 A ~HOTEL Love songs~)
25 śternal (ayumi hamasaki PREMIUM LIMITED LIVE A ~夏ノトラブル~)
26 HOPE or PAIN (ayumi hamasaki PREMIUM COUNTDOWN LIVE 2008-2009 A)
27 untitled ~for her~ (ayumi hamasaki COUNTDOWN LIVE 2007-2008 Anniversary)
28 SAKURA (ayumi hamasaki COUNTDOWN LIVE 2019-2020 ~Promised Land~ A)
29 TODAY (ayumi hamasaki ARENA TOUR2016 A ~M(A)DE IN JAPAN~)

DISC-4
01 No way to say (video clip)
02 CAROLS (video clip)
03 HEAVEN (video clip)
04 Together When... (video clip)
05 You were... (video clip)
06 momentum (video clip)
07 fated (video clip)
08 BALLAD (video clip)
09 MOON (video clip)
10 Zutto... (video clip)
11 forgiveness (video clip)
12 Virgin Road (video clip)
13 JEWEL (video clip)
14 how beautiful you are (video clip)
15 オヒアの木 (video clip)
16 Days (video clip)
17 beloved (video clip)
18 Moments (video clip)
19 walking proud (video clip)
20 rainy day (video clip)
21 Curtain call (video clip)
22 Love song (video clip)
23 春よ、来い (video clip)
24 momentum (ayumi hamasaki Special SHOWCASE ~Xmas Eve 2020~)
25 Together When... (ayumi hamasaki COUNTDOWN LIVE 2018-2019 A -TROUBLE-)
26 TODAY (TA LIMITED LIVE TOUR 2016)
27 Love song (ayumi hamasaki COUNTDOWN LIVE 2018-2019 A -TROUBLE-)
28 Moments (第55回NHK紅白歌合戦)
29 JEWEL (第57回NHK紅白歌合戦)
30 Virgin Road (第61回NHK紅白歌合戦)

=== COVERS ===========
Spoiler:
Cover photos by Kazutaka Nakamura

Stylist: Kei Ito
Haute couture: Masataka Kato
Hair: Takayuki Shibata
Makeup: Akemi Kibe

https://i.imgur.com/fRuTC8wm.jpg https://i.imgur.com/AIqVZrIm.jpg https://i.imgur.com/YVL15GLm.jpg

=== Other =============

Aderianu 7th March 2021 08:27 PM


jean-baptiste 7th March 2021 09:54 PM

Preview sounds great!

StarSUCKER 7th March 2021 10:14 PM

I don't want to post in the celebrity section thread about "Haru yo, koi" because it's gotten stressful in there, but I cried tears of joy when I saw the announcement. My god. And the preview sounds so good. I'm dealing with especially rough life circumstances at the moment, and this news has lifted me like a rising tide. Looking forward to the release now.

I wonder if the release delay was because she wasn't happy with the initial recording, or maybe because she wanted to refine it? Regardless, so grateful that she's giving us this even while busy managing her pregnancy.

koumori 7th March 2021 11:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by StarSUCKER (Post 3336627)
I don't want to post in the celebrity section thread about "Haru yo, koi" because it's gotten stressful in there, but I cried tears of joy when I saw the announcement. My god. And the preview sounds so good. I'm dealing with especially rough life circumstances at the moment, and this news has lifted me like a rising tide. Looking forward to the release now..

:shughug

hidekirby 7th March 2021 11:33 PM

The drums in Haru Yo Koi remind me of theme of a-nation '03 a lot.

~angel*ayumi~ 7th March 2021 11:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by StarSUCKER (Post 3336627)

I wonder if the release delay was because she wasn't happy with the initial recording, or maybe because she wanted to refine it? Regardless, so grateful that she's giving us this even while busy managing her pregnancy.

as other avex artist release were pushed back to we asume itīs more of a manufacturing issuse

Katsuyuki012 8th March 2021 12:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by StarSUCKER (Post 3336627)
I don't want to post in the celebrity section thread about "Haru yo, koi" because it's gotten stressful in there, but I cried tears of joy when I saw the announcement. My god. And the preview sounds so good. I'm dealing with especially rough life circumstances at the moment, and this news has lifted me like a rising tide. Looking forward to the release now.

...

I really feel you there! :love

oaristos 8th March 2021 01:42 AM

I can't stop watching that preview and I think it's been years since I've been so obsessed with a J-Pop release. It sounds magnificent and the video looks gorgeous.

It's such a dream that we're finally getting Haru yo, Koi after almost two decades. :weep

visionfactory 8th March 2021 04:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by StarSUCKER (Post 3336627)
I wonder if the release delay was because she wasn't happy with the initial recording, or maybe because she wanted to refine it? Regardless, so grateful that she's giving us this even while busy managing her pregnancy.

imo the release delay is due to getting rights to allow TV content to be on the DVD disc

jbrat2219 8th March 2021 05:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by visionfactory (Post 3336649)
imo the release delay is due to getting rights to allow TV content to be on the DVD disc

That makes sense. I forget she doesn't own that stuff.

Katsuyuki012 8th March 2021 10:34 AM

I'm just repeating myself at this point but omfg, we're getting a Haru Yo, Koi recording and PV! What a blessing :love

Katsuyuki012 8th March 2021 01:11 PM

^I don't think the delay really matters too much since we're still getting Haru Yo, Koi on March 12, which is the only new thing on this release.

thinkingoutloud89 8th March 2021 01:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by visionfactory (Post 3336649)
imo the release delay is due to getting rights to allow TV content to be on the DVD disc

where did you get this from? I highly doubt that - seems like they were late on the PV recording if you follow her insta-post and they also stated that there were gaps in production (probably manufacturer that can't stick to certain dates because of COVID). Its nothing uncommon these days.

rainbow_smile 8th March 2021 02:46 PM

It's already been mentioned a few times that the delay isn't exclusive to A BALLADS 2 and is affecting another avex artist, so I doubt it has anything to do with filming or obtaining rights for the DVD

Lyssayu 8th March 2021 02:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Katsuyuki012 (Post 3336668)
^I don't think the delay really matters too much since we're still getting Haru Yo, Koi on March 12, which is the only new thing on this release.

This!:P

kotora 8th March 2021 03:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by visionfactory (Post 3336649)
imo the release delay is due to getting rights to allow TV content to be on the DVD disc

I am glad it get delayed because this album is great. The concept of this album is unique as well.

*Petit* 8th March 2021 10:38 PM

This is amazing!

AyuCanada 9th March 2021 03:18 AM

Is it normal that the album isn't listed on amazon japan yet?

kinix 9th March 2021 04:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AyuCanada (Post 3336702)
Is it normal that the album isn't listed on amazon japan yet?

It's all 'out of stock' not sure whether previously in stock or just not ready for purchase.

AyuCanada 9th March 2021 04:22 AM

oooooh I wsn't using kanji... weird usually her released appears even when I type romaji on their site.

AyuCanada 9th March 2021 04:28 AM

So I haven't used tenso for a while, do they still provide shipping to North America?

Chris85 9th March 2021 05:04 AM

"She sang A Song for xx (A BALLADS ver.) instead
http://www.bilibili.com/video/av8123606"
That's the one I was thinking of then. Strained and pitchy unlike Haru yo, koi.

Corvina 9th March 2021 07:40 AM

New avex releases are not put up on amazon Japan until they were released (or only some few copies) for a while already.
Idk why, but maybe because avex doesn't want that discount amazon gives for their new stuff? The contract changed?
Idk, but it's not only Ayu, it's avex' artist in general.

junshen 9th March 2021 10:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Corvina (Post 3336716)
New avex releases are not put up on amazon Japan until they were released (or only some few copies) for a while already.
Idk why, but maybe because avex doesn't want that discount amazon gives for their new stuff? The contract changed?
Idk, but it's not only Ayu, it's avex' artist in general.

Only region outside of Japan is displaying not available, I guess


~angel*ayumi~ 9th March 2021 12:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kinix (Post 3336705)
It's all 'out of stock' not sure whether previously in stock or just not ready for purchase.

it was in stock on weekend, maybe the initial shippment is already sold out. CDJ also jumped from "deliver on release day" to "deliver 1-4 days after release"

AJFmzk 9th March 2021 02:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AyuCanada (Post 3336707)
So I haven't used tenso for a while, do they still provide shipping to North America?

In general they do, but Japan post still isn’t delivering airmail parcels to North America, so our only options are surface 60 days (I think that’s ship) or DHL, which has been very reliable and fast but super expensive :( To get DHL you have to send tenso a formal request for a DHL quote through their contact us page (it’s one of the options on that page). Hopefully airmail (EMS) will be available by time of release but I’m not expecting it to happen

AyuCanada 10th March 2021 02:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AJFmzk (Post 3336730)
In general they do, but Japan post still isnít delivering airmail parcels to North America, so our only options are surface 60 days (I think thatís ship) or DHL, which has been very reliable and fast but super expensive :( To get DHL you have to send tenso a formal request for a DHL quote through their contact us page (itís one of the options on that page). Hopefully airmail (EMS) will be available by time of release but Iím not expecting it to happen

Thank you! I will wait before pre-ordering and use DHL with amazon if possible.

KLJames 10th March 2021 12:27 PM

recently i watched Secret tour again, and now i only realise, the intro before 'M' performance is the intro from 'M' from A BALLADS 1. she really like to put mixes by HΛL on stage, such as ever free, appears, etc.

just wonder in future she will do something like that again or not...

kotora 10th March 2021 03:58 PM

HΛL + DAI + ayu = golden triangle.

I miss that era.

Chibi-Chan 10th March 2021 05:22 PM

^Same =(

Katsuyuki012 11th March 2021 10:26 AM

Only one more day ahhhhh :love

junshen 11th March 2021 02:56 PM

Haru yo koi just released ! just listened to the full ver

truehappiness 11th March 2021 03:02 PM

https://twitter.com/AyuMiFans/status...79977316265986

AyumiFans posted the snippet!

Trying to find the full version though...

junshen 11th March 2021 03:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by truehappiness (Post 3336825)
https://twitter.com/AyuMiFans/status...79977316265986

AyumiFans posted the snippet!

Trying to find the full version though...

here, but not good quality! just preview first

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1V3i...ew?usp=sharing

truehappiness 11th March 2021 03:06 PM

Thanks a ton, junshen!

maxikot 11th March 2021 03:07 PM

Thank you junshen! It's magical <3

!Lawi! 11th March 2021 03:08 PM

^Thanks! Already sounds so goooood! I hope it'll be available on Spotify before the release of A BALLADS II so I can binge listen knowing it'll show in the numbers!

Her voice is slightly too nasal at first I feel but the arrangement is GORGEOUS! I cannot wait to have a HQ version!

kendelle 11th March 2021 03:08 PM

I looooooooooooooooooooove iiiiiiiiiiiittttttttttttttttttttt

junshen 11th March 2021 03:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by maxikot (Post 3336828)
Thank you junshen! It's magical <3

gimme a min, I got mp3 high quality ver.

truehappiness 11th March 2021 03:08 PM

That arrangement is STUNNING! She kinda went very light and airy for the first intro bits!

junshen 11th March 2021 03:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by truehappiness (Post 3336832)
That arrangement is STUNNING! She kinda went very light and airy for the first intro bits!

Please check the download session for HQ link

kendelle 11th March 2021 03:15 PM

oh wow the ending is magical!! I can't believe there'll be a visual to match this...

Deep snow 11th March 2021 03:17 PM

wait holy shit!!! is the song officially released or is this a leak?

truehappiness 11th March 2021 03:18 PM

It came out officially at midnight in a lot of places! PV probably later today.

The video will also be on some morning shows probably... there's two listings for her in the morning news!

https://twitter.com/asadesu0600/stat...71708820652032

https://twitter.com/TBS_asachan/stat...67968264712192

Probably mezamashi too!

Deep snow 11th March 2021 03:19 PM

listening to it right now. oh my god. it's perfection.

!Lawi! 11th March 2021 03:20 PM

Just finished my first listen and I was so moved, I don't think I've enjoyed one of her ballads so much since Walk!

I said it already but I am in love with the arrangement, and I think the progression is really well managed. Such a great addition to her discography!

Deep snow 11th March 2021 03:22 PM

the ending with the choir. what a climax. I got goosebumps all over.

koumori 11th March 2021 03:23 PM

Absolutely perfect!!

errikkutrancex 11th March 2021 03:30 PM

a little disappointed by this version of Haru yoi koi... A taste of "too much" : her live performancewas really better because simple, perfect vocal.

truehappiness 11th March 2021 03:44 PM



Not too long from now!

kendelle 11th March 2021 03:47 PM

dang, at least I have something to watch when I wake up!!

maxikot 11th March 2021 03:48 PM

Omg this is making my day!

Evan Odinson 11th March 2021 03:49 PM

A perfect rendition of this classic, loved it!

hidekirby 11th March 2021 03:54 PM

Love the arrangements. Glad they put some effort on them and not over relying on cheap synth sounds. It feels rich.

Her voice sounds different there. I have to say I'm not fond of how it comes especially during the first part. Itís the thing I noticed immediately. It sounds really nasal, almost ęliveĽ (a recent one when she tries to sound sweet but it ends artificial, like she restrains herself adopting an unnatural tone). I donít know how to describe it better. Like itís not a bad thing in itself but I prefer the voice weíve been used to on CD. Even her 2018 one. Hope I will get used to it if itís any indication of the way she will sing.

Other than that itís a really beautiful song, quite happy with the arrangements. Also like how gentle she sings even when the song is coming to the end with the choir and all. It reminds me of the way she sings on Secret. I absolutely love how she sounds on it. Wish she could have recreated that feeling.

freedreamer 11th March 2021 03:58 PM

omg the ending gave me so goosebumps!!! It's sooo epic!!
i too do feel she was restricting herself in the beginning. but I guess she really wants to control her vocals

truehappiness 11th March 2021 04:21 PM

https://open.spotify.com/album/1qVUJ...VZ2_M260w&nd=1

Spotify link for pre-saving!

junshen 11th March 2021 04:31 PM

Added iTune m4a HQ from official iTunes release in DL session

SURREAL__RAINBOW 11th March 2021 04:31 PM

the song is gorgeousssss

indigochild 11th March 2021 04:51 PM

Everything about this is so... lush. It's stunning and I'm shocked lol Ayu you better deliver this type of magic from now on with your own songs dammit!

Katsuyuki012 11th March 2021 05:52 PM

I don't even know what to say. This is literal perfection. I'm so freaking HYPED for the video!!!!! That ending with the choir and Ayu's adlibs gave me chills. :love

KPL 11th March 2021 06:08 PM

I'm stuck in a meeting now but I want to watch the premiere SO BAD now!

CeReSu 11th March 2021 06:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by truehappiness (Post 3336854)


Not too long from now!

It was so beautiful !!
Love it :luv2

Katsuyuki012 11th March 2021 06:11 PM

One of my new all-time favourite videos :love

!Lawi! 11th March 2021 06:11 PM

GOR-GEOUS

I was hoping they hadn't shown everything and their would be another outfit but still, the quality is insane in comparison with Ohia and DaD. This is a job well done, from the track to the clip!

maxikot 11th March 2021 06:14 PM

She nailed everything with this release. The song, the music video are just perfect. There is so much grace in this video, just love it <3

leafyamazaki 11th March 2021 06:18 PM

That video was just *chef's kiss*

Evan Odinson 11th March 2021 06:18 PM

Beautiful video!!!! Loved it :love

BTW her cover has been added to Spotify's "Women's Voice" Playlist (Celebrating women vocalists from Japan)

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37...ITkqowClw&nd=1

AndyF 11th March 2021 06:19 PM

It's just perfect. One of her best videos ever.

barisuta53 11th March 2021 06:23 PM

She looks great but her face is completely different with this pregnancy.
And she sounds great but also completely different.

The video is beautiful though.

hidekirby 11th March 2021 06:24 PM

I was about to post best PV since MAD WORLD and then realised... haha

Beautiful PV. I was afraid because of the director's past but it was very simple, very elegant.

xLuna&1LOVE 11th March 2021 06:25 PM

Dayumm, I am stuck in a really boring online meeting, and I really really want to see the PV. I'm only getting more excited when I'm reading all the positive posts here.

koumori 11th March 2021 06:30 PM

I have passed away
too good

Lyssayu 11th March 2021 06:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hidekirby (Post 3336860)
Her voice sounds different there. I have to say I'm not fond of how it comes especially during the first part. Itís the thing I noticed immediately.

Same here, almost doesn't sound like Ayu! It gets better afterwards though. and DAMN that PV is just gorgeous - though her face is weird lol
Love the arrangement as well, such a beautiful track!:luv2

Sky High 11th March 2021 06:35 PM

Love it :)

Xianghua 11th March 2021 06:44 PM

I saw the comment about the ending being magical, and that’s exactly my thought as well and came to post :) as for her voice in the beginning sounding nasally, Yumin in the original sounds like that too, so I assumed maybe Ayu was trying to emulate that.

Unai_ 11th March 2021 07:03 PM

MV was so epic, I really loved the end part

Is 春よ、こい available on Spotify?
can not find it on Apple Music neither on iTunes :(

(Apple was not appearing on his IG post)

Kacku 11th March 2021 07:04 PM

This whole release just blew me away. The song is everything: Ayu sings with such care and tenderness and sounds gorgeous, especially at the end (those last ad-libs are perfection), the arrangement is sublime, the build-up throughout the song is so beautiful and so well done, the choir adds such an Ayu stamp (and singing their parts lets me live my full back-up singer fantasy). And the video is so gorgeous, both of Ayu's looks are instantly iconic (especially the red one!!!), the sets and choreography and the dancers' looks are so good. She gave me everything I hoped for. :heart

Katsuyuki012 11th March 2021 07:04 PM

^^ It will appear on Spotify etc. once it's midnight in your country. :)

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kacku (Post 3336913)
This whole release just blew me away. The song is everything: Ayu sings with such care and tenderness and sounds gorgeous, especially at the end (those last ad-libs are perfection), the arrangement is sublime, the build-up throughout the song is so beautiful and so well done, the choir adds such an Ayu stamp (and singing their parts lets me live my full back-up singer fantasy). And the video is so gorgeous, both of Ayu's looks are instantly iconic (especially the red one!!!), the sets and choreography and the dancers' looks are so good. She gave me everything I hoped for. :heart

You just said everything I was unable to say! This is so perfect. It feels like such a big moment in her career. :love

Evan Odinson 11th March 2021 07:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Unai_ (Post 3336912)
MV was so epic, I really loved the end part

Is 春よ、こい available on Spotify?
can not find it on Apple Music neither on iTunes :(

(Apple was not appearing on his IG post)

It appears now but I'm not sure if Apple music works the same as Spotify, then you have to wait until march 12th 00:00 am in your current time zone!

https://music.apple.com/jp/album/%E6...556546084?l=en

Faiza 11th March 2021 07:06 PM

I'm blown away, it's absolutely beautiful. More of this please Ayu!!

Unai_ 11th March 2021 07:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Evan Odinson (Post 3336915)
It appears now but I'm not sure if Apple music works the same as Spotify, then you have to wait until march 12th 00:00 am in your current time zone!

https://music.apple.com/jp/album/%E6...556546084?l=en

didn't know! thank you so much! need to wait some hours in Spain :yes

Mikytaryan 11th March 2021 07:11 PM

Spring has started and there's no turning back...

Stunning, gorgeous video. Beautiful ephemeral movements, amazing outfits and her voice blends so well with this spring-traditional arrangement. And the dancers...wow, everything was so well thought and it's just pure aesthetics bliss.

thinkingoutloud89 11th March 2021 07:15 PM

I'm probably the only one who is a bit iffy about this.
Her voice sounds different, not bad but I'm not sure yet if I like it either.
The PV is just okay for me - high budget for a simple scene makes beautiful shots.

I'll give it more spins without the PV to make a final judgment.

Evan Odinson 11th March 2021 07:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Unai_ (Post 3336917)
didn't know! thank you so much! need to wait some hours in Spain :yes

You're welcome! It's the same for me here in Chile, about 11 hours left to stream it on Spotify but for some reason it's available on Instagram Story Music :laugh

barisuta53 11th March 2021 07:18 PM

Also -- Ayu's "dancing" is pure kabuki. I think that's what I like the most about this video.

Chibi-Chan 11th March 2021 07:24 PM

Oh my gosh, this is gorgeous. For me, spring has definitely come with this cover of hers. I love how it keeps close to the original, but added different instruments to the arrangement. Also, the build up is so nicely and gently done, yet has a real impact. I'm crying a little right now. The visuals are stunning as well, not to mention the choreography, which is very fitting. I really hope she gets some good press for this, because she deserves this!

TheRainbow 11th March 2021 07:24 PM

Very nice. :-)

rainbow_smile 11th March 2021 07:27 PM

awww i loved it! the PV is beautiful, and her voice is so soft. Her voice still sounds like ayu to me, but i think she changed the way she pronounces some syllables, which makes her singing sound unusual to me (not in a bad way though)

xLuna&1LOVE 11th March 2021 07:28 PM

Finally watched it! Absolutely enjoyed every second of it. Gosh, she is so beautiful And what a beautiful arrangement the song has!

There is something different about the vocals, and it's good. It's not really polished, but somehow really pure or something. Okay, gonna log off now to watch it again and again and again!

Evan Odinson 11th March 2021 07:33 PM

Some people are already complaining about her face for some reason and that her voice sounds different to the cover the did 18 YEARS AGO (people on Twitter btw)

https://i.imgur.com/WBAG3l3.jpg

AJFmzk 11th March 2021 07:37 PM

Beautiful song, beautiful video, beautiful Ayu. Not sure how I feel about her new vocal style yet, but the delivery was really nice and overall I really love it.

barisuta53 11th March 2021 07:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Evan Odinson (Post 3336927)
Some people are already complaining about her face for some reason and that her voice sounds different to the cover the did 18 YEARS AGO

Not that I've seen here. I think you're misinterpreting what people are meaning.

I commented that her face looks strange with the pregnancy but after repeated viewings it seems that the contour (you can see it in certain shots) is also weirdly done.

Not a complain, just an observation. Especially compared with how she looks in candids on Insta and how she looked at the Xmas live.

I, and others, also commented that her voice sounds different. No one here has so far compared it to the performance 18 years ago. No one even brought it up until you did.

Weird or different =/= an attack or a negative comment. Please don't read into it.

Evan Odinson 11th March 2021 07:42 PM

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Originally Posted by barisuta53 (Post 3336929)
Not that I've seen here. I think you're misinterpreting what people are meaning.

I commented that her face looks strange with the pregnancy but after repeated viewings it seems that the contour (you can see it in certain shots) is also weirdly done.

Not a complain, just an observation. Especially compared with how she looks in candids on Insta and how she looked at the Xmas live.

I, and others, also commented that her voice sounds different. No one here has so far compared it to the performance 18 years ago. No one even brought it up until you did.

Weird or different =/= an attack or a negative comment. Please don't read into it.

Not here! In Twitter!! Literally saw comments like "her face looks fat" "She doesn't look like her anymore" "She sounds different from the first time she sang this, I don't like it" lol

barisuta53 11th March 2021 07:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Evan Odinson (Post 3336930)
Not here! In Twitter!! Literally saw comments like "her face looks fat" "She doesn't look like her anymore" "She sounds different from the first time she sang this, I don't like it" lol

Ah! Gotcha. Sorry about that I think I went a little defensive. 😅

She is going to look weird and different though because sheís pregnant ready to drop. Makeup and retouching can only do so much I guess.

I actually think she sings it better here than the MF performance. I revisited it in anticipation and this is a much better vocal.

jyujiw 11th March 2021 07:45 PM

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Originally Posted by truehappiness (Post 3336854)

Omg, this woman. Wow.
The music has such an elegant progression and she sings so peacefully. I thought strange the first "wa" but then I realised the original has the same direction hahaha
The ending with her and chorus evoking the backing vocal lines, oh my, I passed away.

And the video is so gorgeous, simple, gentle, but with a lot of diversity in the angles and scenes... it's been a while since I was so hypnotized with a MV hehe
The looks, choreo... it's really a beautiful piece of work

Faiza 11th March 2021 07:46 PM

Are the choir saying haru yo koi, hayuku koi whilst she's adlibbing or just haru yo koi?

barisuta53 11th March 2021 07:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Faiza (Post 3336933)
Are the choir saying haru yo koi, hayuku koi whilst she's adlibbing or just haru yo koi?

Yes they are! it's a nice touch

"Spring, come, quickly come."

Well, 春よ来い、早く来い (haru yo koi hayaku koi)

Faiza 11th March 2021 07:47 PM

I thought so! My Japanese is rusty aha, it is a nice touch

!Lawi! 11th March 2021 07:48 PM

^That's a good question actually - are there any other differences from the original lyrics that Japanese-speakers can hear?


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