WHATEVER was Ayumi Hamasaki’s 6th single. It was released on February 10, 1999 and reached number 5 on the charts with 70,940 copies sold. In all this singe has sold over 189,610+ copies. This was also the first single after her debut album A Song for XX and the first single in the LOVEppears Era.

1. WHATEVER version M
2. WHATEVER version J
3. WHATEVER version M (Instrumental)
4. WHATEVER version J (Instrumental)

WHATEVER version M, the electronic beat dance track. The song begins with Ayumi singing, but once she hits one word it just keeps repeating and the electronic beats take over. The verses sound nice, so that’s always good. Ayumi’s vocals are pretty good, especially when she hits the high notes. The chorus is particularly catchy since it moves fast and the fact that the dance beats are present. The music was mostly dance and with electronic beats. An interesting and shorter version.

WHATEVER version J, another dance track with a little rock flare. This song begins with some keyboards playing followed by the drums and guitar. This version of the song is more rock inspired, still every dance oriented though, and features a shorter time. Ayumi’s vocals are the same, but here they sound better. The chorus here is surprisingly a lot better. It sounds so great with the guitar signaling it, and the fact that it’s not all dance. But then again Ayumi’s vocals had a greater effect on it. But the whole “wow, wow, wow” thing gets annoying in both version of the song. Still this is my favorite song on the single.

Overall Review: WHATEVER was a brand new thrilling dance single. Considering that this single was the first single to feature electronica beats, it’s pretty good. Although her newer dance singles would be a lot better. I did like the version J better than the version M, but then again there are two versions. But, neither would appear on the album. Still, it was a new and riveting way to begin the LOVEppears Era.

Final Grade: 94A-


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