L was Ayumi Hamasaki’s 50th single. It was released on September 29, 2010 and reached no. 1 on the Oricon Weekly Charts with 70,715 copies sold. In all this single has sold over 94,114+ copies. This single gives Ayumi her 25th consecutive no. 1 charting single, breaking Matsuda Seiko’s record set back in 1988. It was also released in a grand total of 4 editions, two different CD+DVD editions as well as two different CD-Only editions.
Tracks: (CD-Only A Tracklist)
1. Last angel (Original mix)
2. Virgin Road (Original mix)
3. Sweet Season (Original mix)
4. crossroad (Orchestra version)
5. SEVEN DAYS WAR (Orchestra version)
6. Last angel (Original mix -Instrumental-)
7. Virgin Road (Original mix -Instrumental-)
8. Sweet Season (Original mix -Instrumental-)
1. SEVEN DAYS WAR (TK Acoustic Piano version) (CD-Only B Tracklist)
So we come to the Empress’s 50th single! Honestly, it’s overrated. That’s my opinion, might not be yours, but you’ll have to see why.
For some reason when I heard the title, I knew I would love Last Angel. It starts off with some synth instrumental, but after things get interesting. Ayu’s lovely vocals are accompanied by fierce piano chords as well as some foreboding synth. The song itself sounds darker than her past songs, even with the strings. The song does pick up and gets a bit more exciting. It’s not for everyone though, it’s not what you would traditionally call catchy as far as Ayu’s standards go but it’s exciting nonetheless. It could have been better but it was a solid song.
As far as Virgin Road goes, it’s a ballad. A sweet sounding ballad mind you, but a ballad nonetheless. I personally didn’t find it all that exciting or new. It’s basically another ballad with strings, piano, percussion, and some minor tweaks. It’s mediocre IMO.
Sweet Season is a bit more unique but at the same time, it feels like I’ve heard it before. Well, I’ve heard part of it in Japan, and part of it in the South of the US aka COUNTRY! I don’t really care for country all that much and the same goes for this song. It certainly sounds nice, but I want something that makes me aw. It seems too ordinary for Ayu but then again who knows nowadays.
As for the various other renditions of her previous single, we have 3. The Orchestra version of crossroad actually sounds amazing. It almost sounds better than the original at a few points. It’s rather epic to say the least. I just love her orchestra versions. Honestly I didn’t really like SEVEN DAYS WAR, both versions. The orchestra version was interesting to say the least. I like the instrumental piece but Ayu’s vocals for the song were horrible IMO. The acoustic piano mix was eh as well. Slightly more exciting at best but not all that great.
In all honestly, I don’t really see much of a reason to get this single. It’s not her finest work by far, she could do so much better, and it’s quantity over quality. Sure it’s beautiful and sounds nice, but it lacks a wow factor, even MOON / blossom was better. Ayu is just losing her crown so fast. It seems like all of her works since GUILTY have slowly become less amazing. I am seriously fed up with Ayu, well, I’m actually more tired of her than anything. I personally think Ayu should be the one taking a break and Hikki should be the one releasing single after single, as long as her singles are as amazing as ever. This makes me wonder how Love songs is going to be.