Depend on you
Depend on you was Ayumi Hamasaki’s 5th single. It was released on December 9, 1998 and reached number 6 on the charts with 36,840 copies sold. In all this single has sold over 131,460+ copies. This was the final single in the A Song for XX Era, as well as the last single in her debut year. This single also features the song “Two of Us” not featured on any album to date.
1. Depend on you
2. Two of Us
3. Depend on you (Instrumental)
Well I’ve already reviewed Depend on you before, well the 10th Anniversary edition found on Mirrorcle World, but this version is quite different. The song still features some great rock elements namely the electric guitar, drums, keyboard, and you can even hear some strings too. Anyway the song is just as good as the newer version in my opinion, well this isn’t as great but it’s still good. The vocals could use some work, but they’re from when Ayu was only 18-19 instead of 28-29. The chorus was so catchy, not as infectious as the newer version, but it was catchy! And the instrumentals were as amazing as ever.
One of her earlier works and most original ones to date is Two of Us. It has a ballad feel to it, and features some rather unique synth beats for a while. The acoustic guitar along with the slow moving drums were a nice touch. The vocals were nice but no real comparison to her new material. I did love how it sounded though, well the strength of her vocals, during a few points; not many though. But I can see why it wasn’t featured on any album.
Overall Review: Depend on you was pure rock nostalgia!!! I loved how nostalgic it felt, almost like a trip back in time when Ayu was just becoming the Empress of J-Pop. Her vocals could have been better, but I’m so used to her vocals from 2001+. I still loved this single though, especially the title track. It was so amazing, I can’t wait to review some of her earlier works, and I mean earlier than this, well not by much! A superb way to end A Song for XX Era.
Final Grade: 94A-