Hamasaki Ayumi – Sunrise / Sunset ~LOVE is ALL~ [46th Single]

September 14, 2009 at 4:18 pm (Hamasaki Ayumi) (, )

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Hamasaki Ayumi’s 46th single, entitled Sunrise / Sunset ~LOVE is ALL,~ was released on 08.12.09. While Sunrise ~LOVE is ALL~ was used as the theme song to the dorama Dandy Daddy?, Sunset ~LOVE is ALL~ was used as the Panasonic LUMIX Fx60 CM song. Both songs share the same melody with different tempos.

Sunrise ~LOVE is ALL~ is the upbeat version of the song with electronic influences to spice things up. The song begins with a relaxing and cool instrumental that has a summery feel to it and then Ayu begins singing. Her vocals are quite nice and the beat of the song is clearly aggressive, providing an interesting contrast. The energy comes out more strongly on the chorus in which Ayu chants happily. There’s just something missing from the song that keeps it being particularly memorable despite its difference from past summer songs.

Sunset ~LOVE is ALL~ slows things down for the ballad version of the song. Although the verses are nice, the chorus just feels a little awkward. It worked much better in Sunrise ~LOVE is ALL.~ Ayu’s vocals are good but the music just holds it back from being a great ballad.

In order to promote the single, two PVs were made: one for each A-side. They are set at the same setting and fit their respective song well. For Sunrise ~LOVE is ALL,~ Ayu and her dancers sing and cheer happily for the crowd but for Sunset ~LOVE is ALL,~ she sits down and sings as the audience listens. Honestly, both videos are pretty boring and a lot more could have been done with them.

Single Ranking: B –

Ayu has had some great summer songs (glitter, Greatful days) but this one just didn’t stand out. It didn’t go too well for Sunset ~LOVE is ALL~ either. Perhaps she shouldn’t have used the same melody because it’s hard to take it two different ways successfully (Koda Kumi nailed it with her single of a similar idea). Hopefully Ayu will bring something stellar for her next single because she definitely still has still got it!

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2 Comments

  1. Ashen Twilight said,

    WAAAAAAAAAAA!!! You liked Greatful Days? I think that is one of my least favorite songs from her post A Song for XX. It just reminds me Gwen Stefani for some reason too.

    I totally agree with you though. =)

    • amaiyume said,

      hahaha no love for Greatful days?!
      It’s one of my favorite songs by her actually XD
      And my fav summer song hahaha

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