AMI SUZUKI joins Aly & AJ – Potential Breakup Song

December 4, 2007 at 7:17 PM | Posted in Ami Suzuki | Leave a comment
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1. Potential Breakup Song
2. feel the beat
3. Potential Breakup Song (Sugiurumn Remix)
4. Potential Breakup Song (Instrumental)

This is Ami Suzuki’s 27th single and it was released on November 28, 2007. The single reached #34 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 5,315 copies. The title track was used to promote the film XX – Makyou Densetsu.

I was pleasantly surprised with Ami Suzuki’s Japanese language cover of Potential Breakup Song, the popular song originally performed by the American pop duo Aly & AJ. Suzuki’s cover features a more electronic dance sound as it includes synthesizers and frequent beats. This version seems to have more going on than Aly & AJ’s when it comes to the music. Aly & AJ provide background vocals during the English parts, as several phrases from the original are mixed in with the Japanese lyrics. Believe it or not, I thought the original was pretty good and Suzuki has made a worthy cover.

The B-side is the 8 minute electronic snoozefest feel the beat. This track wasn’t really my thing because I still haven’t completely warmed up to electronic club music yet. The song is just like SUPER MUSIC MAKER, but nowhere near as good because of boring instrumentals and the lack of any real singing. Maybe if the song was shorter, I would have liked it more.

Included on the single is an 8 minute remix of Potential Breakup Song produced by Sugiurumn. Some of the extra instruments he adds in the remix are nice, but it sounds just like all his other remixes (it reminded me a lot of what he did to Mika Nakashima’s Sunao na Mama). The slowed down vocals along with the elongated instrumentals just scream Sugiurumn. However, it is a little more unique thanks to some additional vocals by Aly & AJ, which were borrowed from the original of course.

Overall Rating 

3½ stars


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