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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Ami Suzuki -- alone in my room

I was never a big fan of “fallen aidoru” Ami Suzuki (鈴木亜美), but “alone in my room”, her sophomore single, which was released in September 1998, is an exception. As the last successful artist to debut under the wings of “invincible producer” Tetsuya Komuro (小室哲哉) in the so-called “TK era”, and also one of the few successful solo aidoru singers of its time, it’s incredible how poor of a singer Ami Suzuki was (although her smile was incredibly captivating).

Way different from the Techno/Euro House stuff that made Komuro famous, “alone in my room” proves that he's also a very versatile producer. Of course a very dated synth melody swims through the song, but the main arrangement is acoustic and not dance-oriented. Nevertheless, it’s a very pleasurable sound that enhances the girl-next-door quality of the young Ami Suzuki. As for the chorus, it’s catchy and features some nice drums work (it’s not common for me to highlight drums in a song, so that probably means something positive in the case of “alone in my room”).

“alone in my room” reached #3 on the Oricon charts, selling 297,940 copies. Lyrics were written by MARC and Tetsuya Komuro, while music and arrangement were done solely by Komuro.


  1. Hi, Marcos.

    Yup, I was living in Japan for the rise and fall of Ami Suzuki, and it was pretty meteoric on both sides of the hill. Just saw this pixieish girl getting groomed to stardom by the TK machine and then suddenly, the battles between her parents and the management company began. Result: persona non grata. But she's made a comeback of sorts over the last decade through acting.


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