CD Album

I am...

Ayumi Hamasaki

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Release Date January 01, 2002
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Catalog No.AVCD-17037
JAN/ISBN 4988064170371
Product Type CD
Number of Discs 1
Label/DistributorAvex Marketing

Description

Ayumi Hamasaki's first album in 15 months since her mega-hit 3rd album! It contains all singles she released between December 2000 and September 2001, and previously unpublished (on CD format) songs that have been used in commercials, plus new stuff showcasing her creativity, of course! Since the hit of her single "M," she's been composing her own songs under the pseudonym CREA, and she's been doubling as her own stage producer on her own live concerts.

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Description in Japanese

I am・・・ / 浜崎あゆみ

3rdアルバムから15ヶ月、いよいよ待望のオリジナル・アルバムリリース!! 大ヒットシングル「M」以降、詩だけでなく、自らCREA名義にて作曲も手掛け、サウンドのアプローチに関しても提案。さらにツアーでもパフォーマー、ステージプロデューサーとして卓越した才能を発揮している彼女が放つ今作は、昨年12月から今年9月に発売された全シングルに加え、既にCMにてオンエアされている未発表のタイアップ楽曲を収録。この他にもayuならではの内容が盛りだくさん!!ファン必携の1枚!! 先着予約特典で缶バッチをプレゼント。

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    Tracklisting

    1
    I am...
    I am...
    2
    Opening Run
    Opening Run
    3
    Connected
    Connected
    4
    UNITE!
    UNITE!
    5
    evolution
    evolution
    6
    Naturally
    Naturally
    7
    NEVER EVER
    NEVER EVER
    8
    still alone
    still alone
    9
    Daybreak
    Daybreak
    10
    taskinlude
    taskinlude
    11
    M
    M
    12
    A Song is born
    A Song is born
    13
    Dearest
    Dearest
    14
    no more words
    no more words
    15
    Endless Sorrow - gone with the wind ver.
    Endless Sorrow -gone with the wind ver.-

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      Customer Reviews

      Great album! 4

      This is a very good, high quality album, and possibly one of Hamasaki's best efforts. It has good vocals, great music and arrangement. The only slightly negative is the high number of singles, leaving very few new songs on the album (especially as I bought it in 2010). The booklet is also very good and features very nice pictures of Hamasaki in a desert with a cool outfit and beautiful sky.

      A Messenger of Peace 4

      Released on New Year's Day of 2002, the cover of this album says a lot. Ayu appears seems to appear as a "peace muse" with the dove symbolizing "peace". Indeed, it was a call to peace and harmony in a period of violence and uncertainty. With every album since her first, Ayu continued to adopt radical changes. With this fourth album, we see the Empress of J-pop make her move into the territory of rock music. This is quite evident with upbeat tracks such as "evolution" and "UNITE!", two very excellent pieces that were composed by Ayu herself under the pseudonym "CREA". This is the first album that sees her take on the composing role, with her first ever composition being "M", which is also included on here. For someone who has no formal education in music or composition know-how, Ayu sure has outdone herself. "evolution", "UNITE!", "Endless sorrow", "M", and "NEVER EVER" turned out better than expected. My personal favorite is "Endless sorrow" for the strong emotions the song conveys. The version included in this album is not the same as the single though because it is a new mix with slightly changed lyrics at the end of the song. There are sources saying this was because she wanted to "save the song". "evolution" happens to be her claim to fame for most people, perhaps being even more popular than "Boys & Girls". It is all the better that this was a song she made herself. The only one of the five that is disagreeable to me would have to be "NEVER EVER". I feel as if the song is very dull and stagnant, but flows with strong feelings of despair and sorrow. Singles aside, album tracks worthy of noting would definitely be what may be Ayu's first trance-type song ever, "Connected". This was a song done by famed DJ and trance producer Ferry Corsten. Yet another composition by "CREA" that is non-single appears on this album. It is called "Naturally", which I consider the strongest album track. When you listen to this, it's really hard to believe someone with not a lot of composing knowledge could make such a wonderful song. It flows very well with strong feelings. Ayu's first ever collaboration with Keiko of globe is included in this album as well. Produced by the famous Tetsuya Komuro, this song was made as a direct response to the September 11th attacks. And of course, who can forget possibly one of her best known ballad songs "Dearest", courtesy of CREA and DAI. The track "Daybreak" would later become recut as a single of its own, which says a lot about the quality of this song to stand on its own as a single. Yet another courtesy of CREA and DAI. This album saw the first time Ayu took charge of composing her own songs. Almost the whole album was done by her, or by her and DAI. "I am..." was definitely a sign of things to come and the start of what would be an excellent run of songs self-composed by the Empress.

      Good. 4

      "I am..." is a good album by Ayu but it's not her best though there are some amazing songs on the album such as "evolution", "Connected" and "Naturally". "I am..." brings a dance/electronic/rock pop feel to Ayu's music making it quite unique among her discography. Naturally this album is a MUST have for any Ayu fan.

      UNITED KINGDOM
      A Best For Sure 5

      This album, although it isn't a masterpiece, is the first album to show that ayumi had top star quality. The theme of I Am has alot to do with the condition the world was in at that time and this is the only album that has a song on it dedicated to the United States( A Song Is Born). It has more of a pop rock sound to it than Duty, but still keeps the eurobeat appeal in songs like Naturally and Daybreak. Connection, which must be one of my favorite songs on this album, is her only Trance song that isn't a remix and has an easy to listen to quality to it. The tital song I Am is one of those Ayumi Hamasaki songs that doesn't sound like and can't be compared to any other. It's passionate and deep. Other must listen to songs on here would have to be Never Ever, Evolution, M., Dearest, and still Alone. I didn't like the Gone With The Wind version of endless Sorrow at all , the original version was much better, and the song Unite was far too expiramental for my taste. However, this is probably one of her best albums and like Rainbow allows us to hear a calmer happier side of Ayu in the lyrics. Buy it! You won't regret it!

      UNITED STATES
      The best album 5

      Best album of Ayu. I'am, M, endless sorrow, Unite!, evolution and a song is born are amazing. The other songs are very good. Buy this album the closed eyes.

      FRANCE
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