Suzuki Ami – can’t stop the DISCO [30th Single]

September 27, 2008 at 5:08 pm (Suzuki Ami) (, )

Suzuki Ami’s 30th single, entitled can’t stop the DISCO, was released on 09.24.08. It comes as the second single of Ami’s 10th anniversary and like previous single ONE, it was produced by none other than Yasutaka Nakata. The title track was used in a Mister Donuts CM, promoting the collaborative CD between avex and the Mister Donuts franchise.

While previous single ONE had more of a sexy vibe, can’t stop the DISCO takes on a more cool route that Ami really brings to life. The song starts off with an absolutely addictive instrumental that has an out-of-this-world quality to it, immediately catching the listener’s ear. There is a small hook, consisting of two lines, but it really stands out as the music becomes a little higher. Strangely, that little instrumental change really makes a difference and entices the listener, introducing the chorus perfectly. Following, Ami steps up on the first verse and the low-tone of her voice really works to give the lyrics that kakkoi feeling. The chorus is where the vocal distortion comes in as she sings all in English and it stands out strongly from the rest of the song. Lyrics like “come in to the disco” and “you can’t fool me” really do the song justice and make the chorus just too addictive. The song closes with more fabulous pure instrumentation, which actually makes a flawless transition into the B-side, climb up to the top. can’t stop the DISCO is another fantastic song from Nakata and Ami with its cool vocal qualities and addictive instrumental.

One word to describe the B-side, climb up to the top, is fun. The opening instrumentation takes a cue from the closing music of can’t stop the DISCO. Structually, the song isn’t like her other recent songs in that it isn’t formed as by verse and chorus. That’s because the focus of this song is clearly on the instrumentation and for good reason too since the music here is absolutely sensational. Interestingly enough, the darker atmosphere of the music meshes with the happy vibe of the lyrics. Basically it’s like there are two parts that form a chorus and those two parts are repeated throughout the course of the song. Despite being so simple, it’s actually very addictive. The lyrics are sung all in English with phrases that show the light-hearted energy of the song as she sings “whoop it up, blow one’s top” and “what is you up to? out of control.” Nearing the five minute mark, the song takes on a lighter sound as the instrumentation reaches higher and this makes for a smooth introduction into SUPER MUSIC MAKER (SA’08S/A mix). It’s another great song that makes this single so enjoyable and it’s a huge step up from the previous B-side, A token of love.

In order to promote the single, a PV for can’t stop the DISCO was made. Strangely enough, the video cuts about two minutes from the song so it leaves the viewer wishing there was more. The video is pretty simple as it features Ami wearing a fur jacket and a black and white ensemble and she is consistently seen in yellow circles (these circles function as an “O” when the title of the song is written out on the screen). There is another scene featuring Ami in more colorful clothes in a silvery box and she looks very pretty here (the eye makeup really standing out). The final scene is of Ami dressed in a hoodie with the lights on and off. When the lights go off, Ami’s face is covered with colorful glow-in-the-dark symbols like stars. The video is enjoyable although it definitely would have been nice to see the entire song instead of having an entire two minutes be cut off.

Single Ranking: A +

It’s another single from Ami and Nakata as both songs are absolutely addictive. can’t stop the DISCO has that kakkoi atmosphere that makes the listener fall in love with it. climb up to the top then goes for the more fun sound and it really works well. Following ONE, it keeps up that hot electropop vibe that keeps Ami the reigning queen of electropop.

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