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.