Reincarnation is Suzuki Ami’s 31st single and it was released on February 25th, 2009. It reached #42 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and has sold 3,193 copies.
3. Reincarnation (Extended Version)♠
4. Reincarnation (Instrumental)
Months after the release of her well received Supreme Show album, Amigo teams up with Taku Takahashi for her next single. Now I gotta say that I’m a bit iffy when it comes to Reincarnation. It’s still electropop in a way but is a lot more sounding of the club/dance genre. There’s one thing I absolutely love about the song though and that is the opening and ending sequences, along with the repeated synth throughout the entire song. It’s just that infectious. On the vocal side, Ami is under(as I like to say) mild vocoder. She sounds fine throughout the entire song, minus the chorus where she, unfortunately, has to yell out the lyrics. Annoying yes, but not enough to completely throw away the song.
The b-side of the single is a cover of Me & My’s Dub-I-Dub. I initially enjoyed this song over the a-side and it’s easily understandable as the song is a lot easier to get into. It really gives off that DDR feeling since the songs been given that Nakata-ish touch(even though Nakata had no part in the making of the single). Ami’s vocals are under a heavier vocoder and of course, she sings in Engrish. The way she pronounces doesn’t bother me at all, in fact, it makes the song that much enjoyable to sing along to. A worthy b-side.
Now I gotta admit, even though the Extended Version of Reincarnation may be kind of a rip off due to it leaving the actual song intact and simply adding a longer intro+ending, I absolutely love it. What it did was just extend the parts that I loved most about the song. Some may find it a useless edit of the original, depends on how much you love/hate the synth.
Overall, I enjoyed Ami’s single. I would prefer for her to stick with Nakata however as I’m not big fan of her voice unless it’s under heavy vocoder. It’s a journey into a different style of music for her while still maintaining her electronic sound.