歌姫BEST

Direct from Faithway and Hamu san’s discovery, this is the cover art for 歌姫BEST.

 

Hamu san is a little disappointed (or shocked) but I personally think it’s actually quite nice. I like it for it’s stark freshness and maybe I was expecting something really fugly, given my known distaste for 豹皮. I also love the porcupine hairdo. It’s so different it’s refreshing and I think it may make the press again.

I also hope that the DVD "cover" at the bottom does not end up being the eventual cover because that image has been recycled too many times and it’s not even pretty! Enuff Said.

リバーサイドホテル is a live version which is a little disappointing, so I’m hoping it’s a different night from the one that is on the DVD. But then again, I think people who buy this will realise what a great LIVE singer she is and may watch her concerts.

This is the official set list:

01 リバーサイドホテル(LIVE version)
02 ダンスはうまく踊れない
03 魔法の鏡
04 チャイナタウン
05 黄昏のビギン
06 色彩のブルース
07 桃色吐息
08 愛はかげろう
09 恋の予感
10 窓
11 傘がない
12 秋桜
13 別れの予感
14 異邦人
15 瑠璃色の地球
16 いい日旅立ち

On the whole, I think it’s a good selection though I could do without tracks 7, 8, 9 and 13. I think there are better songs like "No More Encore" but I guess they had selected them based on popularity of the songs and singers as well. Still, the 2 and a half (live versions can only count as half) new songs make this quite a good buy. It’s also charting rather well on the HMV preorder site. Together with the DVD, it is constantly making the Top 50, so maybe we can see some improvement and excitement.

dannybunny

Akina fanboy since 14. Still undecided which are his top ten favourite Akina tracks as it's mission impossible. Digs "Everlasting Love" a whole lot more than the average Akina fan.

11 thoughts on “歌姫BEST

  1. Oh gosh the hairdo hahaha :D!
    Well it does grab your attention pretty well so people might not end up dismissing it so easily hehe.
    I actually like the dvd cover. In fact I use it as an avatar on an Ayumi Hamasaki forum hahaha (good promotion khihih).
    Thank you for the news!

  2. o yeah i love this image. i always appreciate artists trying out different styles, be it good or bad. this one is quite nice! ^^

  3. I think it would have been better without the bristly "sock" on her head, but at least it’s a new photo.

  4. I like this image, especially the hairdo. It really gives me a suprise as I thought she would just dye her hair red and gel it up like flame. However, I don’t think it’s a new photo but just a composed one using Utahime II photos. The hairdo, ear-ring and kimono are all created by computer. Another low budget cover art!

  5. Daydream,

    You beat me. I could not post message from my office.
    I believe this is a computer photoshop photo as well.
    You can see the same picture in Utahime II set. The kimono is the same cut but white in Utahime II. There is a picture that has the same post but the head was cut off in Utahime II.

    For the cover, I thought it’s fun enough but far from perfect.

    Patrick

  6. Daydream/Patrick- you’re absolutely right. It didn’t hit me, but now that you pointed it out, it seems really obvious.

    So, the "new" image is a purely fabricated one. Pretty cheesy…

  7. ladies and gentlemen, the Cheesy Digital Imaging Factory presents – a whole new breed from Akina’s rehashed glasshouse – The Leopard Cactus.

  8. At least, I think this cover is very effective that Danny finally raise his voice again. 🙂

    Where have you been?

  9. hey Patrick!! haha. i’ve been busy with work and celebrations! and just got back from a trip to bangkok! thanks for your lovely xmas card!!! =)))

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