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Next Level [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Jacket A]

Ayumi Hamasaki

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Release Date March 25, 2009
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Catalog No.AVCD-23856
JAN/ISBN 4988064238569
Product Type CD
Number of Discs 3
Label/DistributorAvex Marketing



Tenth album release from Ayumi Hamasaki includes 13 tunes total (subject to change). First press packed in special pink case. Limited edition includes bonus CD featuring 14 tunes from her "Premium Countdown Live 2008 - 2009 A" performance (subject to change). Also includes bonus DVD with six music videos and making-of the footage (subject to change). Features alternate package. *Unless otherwise indicated, DVDs are region-2 encoded (Japan, Europe, and Middle East), and carry no subtitles.

Description in Japanese

NEXT LEVEL [DVD付初回受注限定生産/ジャケットA] / 浜崎あゆみ

浜崎あゆみ 10枚目のオリジナルFULL ALBUM!! 10周年イヤーを締めくくり、11年目へ向けて新たなチャレンジに満ち溢れた意欲作! 歌詞、歌唱、アレンジ、楽曲その全てに新たな要素を加え、これまでの10年を昇華し、さらに次のステージへと進化し続けるayuの姿がここに! CDは全13曲を収録予定。[Disc2 (CD)]には、LIVE CD from"PREMIUM COUNTDOWN LIVE 2008-2009 A"の音源を全14曲収録予定。 DVDには、圧倒的な世界観を確立し、その企画・映像美とも世界トップレベルを誇るvideo clipを6タイトル収録予定。また、その撮影風景でのオフショットをおさめた貴重なmaking clipも収録!!

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    DISC 1

    [Disc1] Bridge to the sky
    [CD1] Bridge to the sky
    [Disc1] NEXT LEVEL
    [Disc1] Disco-munication
    [CD1] Disco-munication
    [Disc1] EnergizE
    [CD1] EnergizE
    [Disc1] Sparkle
    [CD1] Sparkle
    [Disc1] rollin'
    [CD1] rollin'
    [Disc1] GREEN
    [CD1] GREEN
    [Disc1] Load of the SHUGYO
    [CD1] Load of the SHUGYO
    [Disc1] identity
    [CD1] identity
    [Disc1] Rule
    [CD1] Rule
    [Disc1] LOVE 'n' HATE
    [CD1] LOVE 'n' HATE
    [Disc1] Pieces of SEVEN
    [CD1] Pieces of SEVEN
    [Disc1] Days
    [CD1] Days
    [Disc1] Curtain call
    [CD1] Curtain call

    DISC 2

    [Disc2] GREEN
    [CD2] GREEN
    [Disc2] Will
    [CD2] Will
    [Disc2] End of the World
    [CD2] End of the World
    [Disc2] Heartplace
    [CD2] Heartplace
    [Disc2] And Then
    [CD2] And Then
    [Disc2] Naturally
    [CD2] Naturally
    [Disc2] POWDER SNOW
    [Disc2] HOPE or PAIN
    [CD2] HOPE or PAIN
    [Disc2] Over
    [CD2] Over
    [Disc2] SCAR
    [CD2] SCAR
    [Disc2] SIGNAL
    [CD2] SIGNAL
    [Disc2] Hana
    [CD2] Hana
    [Disc2] too late
    [CD2] too late
    [Disc2] everywhere nowhere
    [CD2] everywhere nowhere
    [Disc2] Days
    [CD2] Days
    [Disc2] For My Dear
    [CD2] For My Dear…

    DISC 3

    [DVD] Days (video clip)
    [DVD] Days <video clip>
    [DVD] GREEN (video clip)
    [DVD] GREEN <video clip>
    [DVD] Rule (video clip)
    [DVD] Rule <video clip>
    [DVD] Sparkle (video clip)
    [DVD] Sparkle <video clip>
    [DVD] NEXT LEVEL (video clip)
    [DVD] NEXT LEVEL <video clip>
    [DVD] Curtain call (video clip)
    [DVD] Curtain call <video clip>
    [DVD] Days (video clip)
    [DVD] Days <video clip>
    [DVD] GREEN (making clip)
    [DVD] GREEN <making clip>
    [DVD] Rule (making clip)
    [DVD] Rule <making clip>
    [DVD] Sparkle (making clip)
    [DVD] Sparkle <making clip>
    [DVD] NEXT LEVEL (making clip)
    [DVD] NEXT LEVEL <making clip>
    [DVD] Curtain call (making clip)
    [DVD] Curtain call <making clip>

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      Customer Reviews

      Amazing!!!!!! 5

      An Amazing album with an amazing cd + DVD package to match. The bonus live cd is amazing. More artists should do this!!!! Worth every cent This is probably my Favorite Ayu Album, the consistancy of amazing songs is outstanding!!!! She really out did herself with this one.

      NEXT LEVEL!!! 5

      Well I don't like Guilty, never will and never had. With NEXT LEVEL, it was a breath of fresh air. Ayu owns electric music. I like how she incorporated the electropop and totally made her own unique sound. Although the eletropop sounds are mind blowing (sparkle!!! & Rollin'!!!!) the best song on this album is definitely Days. If you're into a lovely pop ballad that emits a wintery feeling, days is for you! (have the same feeling as No way to say! <333)

      Best Ayu Album 5

      Best Album Of 2009 In The Japanese Dance Chart Ayumi Has Never Stopped Shocking Me With Her Music I Cant Wait To Hear The New 2010 Album Looking Forward To It But This Album Is The Best Dance/Rock Album I Have Ever Heard

      Takin' it there... 5

      OK, so I'll be the first one to admit that I was NOT excited about this album AT ALL. And the first couple listens were NOT spectacular, but perhaps I was being biased. Coz once i listened to again, IT WAS FRICKIN' AMAZING!!!! Altogether, I find it reminiscent of her RAINBOW album, and I liked it. After listening to it and analyzing the tracks, I find that each one has SOMETHING interesting and unique about it, and after a while I was really able to appreciate it :) good purchase <3

      No 'Next Level' of her Career 1

      I appreciate the sentiment. Apparently Ayumi knows she's been recycling things for far too long, and so she set out to step up to the 'next level' of her career. With the release of the Rule/Sparkle single shortly before the album, there appeared to be a glimmer of hope that the album would live up to it's name and actually be different. However, old habits die hard, and this album is filled with Ayu's usual problems. First off, the singles are all over the place and, aside from Sparkle, are completely rehashed and old news. The other songs to get PVs (Next Level, and Curtain Call) aren't exactly standouts either. The title track is actually a pleasant, upbeat poppy number, but it has some moments that are so much like fairyland/Blue Bird/glitter that it makes me uncomfortable. I cringe at the pre-chorus every time. The last minute switch up of melody saves it from being the same song (for the 4th time), but it's still too similar. Curtain Call is strange. It feels like it was trying to be powerful and epic, but it's too raw and naked to have the impact it was aiming for. It feels completely disconnected from the album, and is an awkward way to end it. Other tracks are just pure failure.. EnergizE is an awkward mix of corny peppy-pop melody and this new 'rock with electronic noises' production that is prominent in this album. A lot of the new album tracks just feel like songs she could have done before, but are styled with this new production sound. In a lot of ways her 'Next Level' is superficial - it's a bit of a face-lift, but there's no real change to the substance. She does fool around with a couple tracks (rollin', Love 'n' Hate, sorta), and it's greatly appreciated. Now it's time to move forward and make an entire album with new sounds and ideas. There were a couple of things that really crippled this album for me. First off, the singles don't really sit well. Sparkle is fine, Rule does alright, but Days and Green just can't mesh with the album. Green has a pretty good transition from rollin' that greatly helps it settle, and they really tried on the way out too. But when you think of the song itself compared to the album, it just doesn't fit. Days is simply too poppy. It shouldn't be here. Despite some new ideas, and some fresh material, Ayu manages to make most everything sound like old news with her vocals. She approaches these songs the exact same way she's approached all of her material since Memorial Address. She sings every song the same way, and it's infuriating. Of course, every singer has their own style, but a good vocalist would adapt themselves to new types of music in some way. Ayu simply doesn't She just doesn't invest enough of herself into this 'new stage' of her career to actually put some renewed effort into her vocal delivery. The other thing that bogs this release down is the lack of new material, and the lack of REAL material. The album has 14 tracks; subtract the 4 single tracks, we have 10 tracks left; minus the 2 songs released with the PVs prior to the album, we have 8 tracks; take away the interludes and introduction, and we're left with 4 tracks. Yes, out of a possible 8 new songs, half of them are short interludes, and two of the full-length songs are crap. Now some of those interludes are rather neat and could've made decent full-length tracks. They probably wouldn't have feasibly been made into the type of pop that Ayu does, but that only would have increased the credibility of the concept of the album. It should be completely different from her other works, but it honestly feels like they just chickened out partway through and decided to play it safe with a mostly typical Ayu pop-rock feel (with an electro edge) and cheaped out by filling the rest with interludes. I really do appreciate the sentiment, and it's LOADS better than Guilty. But really, the next time she decides to make a big deal about changing her sound and moving on to the next part of her career, it'd better be for real. It's a step-up, but it's too superficial to be completely convincing. Ayu, next time, put your money where your mouth is.

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