YOU was Ayumi Hamasaki’s 2nd single. It was released on June 10, 1998 and reached number 20 on the charts with 12,340 copies sold. In all this single has sold over 78,260+ copies. This was the second single in the A Song For XX Era.
2. YOU (Acoustic Version)
3. YOU (Instrumental)
YOU, the original version. As most of you know earlier this year Ayumi released Mirrorcle World, and on it was a new version of YOU. Now I really loved that version of YOU as it was very mature sounding and rock influenced. But here we have the very first version of YOU. Some drums open up this original rendition of YOU, followed by some of lovely sounding instrument. Then Ayumi begins to sing, in some very nice little vocals, it’s amazing what a few years can do, and it’s a little high. The verses are okay, not really that exciting. The chorus was as phenomenal as ever, even though Ayumi’s vocals were high as ever. Although I must admit that I liked the newer version much better as her vocals matured, this was kind of a setback, but it’s been like 10 years. It’s still a nice song though,
YOU (Acoustic Version) the acoustic version. A piano and violin open up this version. Besides having no rock influences and being longer, this song is very ballad-like, rather than acoustic. The song was driven by the piano, rather than an acoustic guitar. This version seemed very dull compared to the original.
Overall Review: YOU was very immature to say the least. I did like the single, but after hearing the new version you almost loathe the original as Ayumi’s vocals were so high and little. This single just goes to show you how much an artist can change over the years. Still, this isn’t bad for a second single.