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“Moon/Blossom” – Ayumi Hamasaki

I always have problems with her face, but I loved the softness of this cover. It fits well.

I still think this is Ayu's prettiest look to date. OH WAIT, THAT'S NOT HER. XD

Sometimes I wonder if Ayu ever sleeps. With her spewing out double a-sides left and right, one begins to ponder.

Naturally, when I saw that Moon was nearly six minutes long, I thought “oh crap.” The song has a captivating opening, and then suddenly begins to sound a lot like Izayoi by BeForU. (if you haven’t heard that song, look it up. Its quite good.) Ayu’s voice sounds much better in this song than it did in previous releases. The song itself is simply average with a sweet, forgettable melody. The 5:47 length wasn’t necessary and I began to get a little tired. Still, I made it through the song. Twice, I might add. The song is a good effort, but she could have cut this down to about four minutes and it would have been much better.

Blossom also has a lovely opening and Ayu sounds great again. I liked the energizing chorus, and the whole song is feel-good. I’m reminded of her “I Am..” era a bit with this song, which is nice considering that it was my favorite era.

The Lowbrows have provided us with a remix of Microphone which I already had enough of a love-hate relationship with. This remix pumps up the dark sound found in the original, while also making it a little bit gritty as well. I liked the remix very much.

In Conclusion: I’ve felt like Ayumi has been uninspired lately, and I had hoped this single would have taken the edge off of those feelings. It didn’t exactly do that for me. I enjoyed hearing improvement in Ayu’s vocals, but I just wasn’t feeling any of these tracks. I’m a little tired of multiple a-side singles as a whole, not from just Ayu so please don’t think I’m targeting her.

~Alisa~

What was your favorite Ayumi era? What’s your opinion on artists releasing a ton of double a-sides?

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Font-strosities: How Ugly Fonts Ruin Good Music

As promised, credit to Jin from Sora to Kujira for partial inspiration on this post.

It occurred to me that because we are brats and snobs, a lot of our faith in an album hinges on its cover artwork. Crazy, right? But you have to know its true. We nitpick covers like mad because they are normally the first part of an album or single you see. You get the cover long before you get the music. Thus, we tend to prejudge whether or not the release will be good or not depending on the cover. You can deny it all you want, but it happens.

While we wait for the release, we have nothing better to do than to criticize the covers for all they are worth. We critique the outfits, the hair, the cosmetics, the angle of photography, the facial expressions, the font. I’ve noticed font becoming a big issue lately on forums and other blogs and I can understand why. The text is what tells us “hey, this is a release by so-and-so!” Font is important! I’m assembled a collection of just a few covers with fonts that don’t even look good enough for MS Paint.

South Wind, a release from Sayaka Minami. (she was a member of BeForU, if you remember them)

Angel Trip by VAMPS

VAMPS are like the poster children for terrible fonts. Its a real shame because I like their music but their covers leave a lot to be desired. With the weird colored, massive text on this single, it takes away from the lovely lady with wings. I think this cover would have been better if the focus was on the woman, not the text.

Love Letter by Ai Otsuka

Allow me to beat a dead horse by rambling about this cover. Besides it being completely colorless, the font seems awkward and out of place. Poor Ai. Does anyone care about her anymore?

And now for the most infamous font of all time:

This Is the One (no it isn't) by Utada Hikaru

Auuuugh, take it away! Take it away! If this album wasn’t predestined for failure enough, it was given a cover like this.

When asked for comments on the preceding album covers, Roy Mustang provided us with this face.

Now, its your turn! Share with me some album covers with awful fonts! Do you agree or disagree with the covers I’ve posted? Is Roy Mustang ridiculously awesome yet irrelevant to this post? Also, share with me some covers with fonts that you liked!

~Alisa~

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