Ayumi Hamasaki – talkin’ 2 myself

October 3, 2007 at 8:08 PM | Posted in Ayumi Hamasaki | Leave a comment
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Tracklisting
1. talkin’ 2 myself “Original mix”
2. decision “Original mix”
3. fated “Orchestra version”
4. talkin’ 2 myself “Original mix -Instrumental-”
5. decision “Original mix -Instrumental-”

This is Ayumi Hamasaki’s 42nd single and it was released on September 19, 2007. The single reached #1 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 110,628 copies.

talkin’ 2 myself is such a drastic improvement over Ayumi Hamasaki’s previous single glitter / fated. The song opens with blaring, quick electric guitar chords and low key strings that instantly set the dark and unsettling mood of this track. Hamasaki’s vocals lower pitched vocals blend in with the music quite nicely and it gives her voice extra power as well, especially during the fast paced chorus. When it comes to the composition, this is easily one of the best I have heard from her.

The B-side, decision, follows the same style as talkin’ 2 myself since it begins rather softly and then explodes into a rockish frenzy that quiets down when the first verse arrives. Once again, Hamasaki displays more powerful vocals during the chorus. The song’s structure and darker atmosphere is similar to that of the A-side.

The 3rd track is a beautifully orchestrated version of fated. This was definitely the better track on the glitter / fated single and to hear it performed by only a string section is amazing. The strings give the song a whole new level of emotion. This is much better than the original version in my opinion.

Overall Rating

4½ stars

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