SURREAL was Ayumi Hamasaki’s 17th single. It was released on September 27, 2000 and reached number 1 on the charts with 317,240 copies sold. In all this single has sold over 417,210+ copies. This single was released on the same day as her new studio album Duty, along with a concert DVD. This is also her first video single to be released in VHS, VCD and DVD. This is also the last single in the Duty Era.

1. SURREAL “Original Mix”
2. Duty “Eric Kupper Big Room Mix -Radio Edit-”
4. Duty “Under Lounge club Mix”
5. Duty “nicely nice remix”
7. Duty “Sky Modulation Mix”
8. Duty “Dub’s mellowtech 002 Remix”
10. SURREAL “Original Mix -Instrumental-”

SURREAL, the rock arrangement. The song begins very much like UNITE! with that piano playing. But afterwards Ayu begins singing faster and faster until the chorus arrives. Here her voice sounds fantastic. The chorus is backed by the guitars, almost like evolution, and Ayu’s vocals aren’t that strong but they sound great. The verses are somewhat fast, but mostly repetitive, but they grow on you. Despite all of that I still like the song, for some reason Ayu’s voice keeps drawing me in. Towards the end of the middle the instrumentals get quiet enough for Ayu to sing and that’s when singing get interesting. Out of no where that dull rock song becomes so much more. It becomes catchy, and the ad-libbing in the beginning rocks! I mean her vocals sound more alive than ever. From there to the end it’s pretty catchy.

Overall Review: SURREAL was a unique single, that’s for sure. Most of the remixes weren’t even for SURREAL but that’s all right I guess. If you like Duty then you’re bound to like one of the Duty remixes. But SURREAL was a good song nonetheless. I just wish that the song had gotten more interesting quicker rather than towards the end. It was an interesting way to end the Duty Era.

Final Grade: 93B+

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  1. […] SURREAL, the rock arrangement with the ending surprise. SURREAL was released as the last single in the era, and the same day as Duty. This song features strong rock instrumentals and powerful vocals. It begins with a piano/keyboard playing, much like UNITE!. The beginning verses sound all right but it’s really the surprise at the end that makes the song. Towards the middle half the song seems to change directions and become a very catchy song, with phenomenal choruses. The final choruses sound so exhilarating and the vocals are so superb. It’s really the second half of the song that makes the difference between dull rock song to aggressive catchy rock tune. For SURREAL’s review, click here. […]

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