Music video: Ayumi Hamasaki - Next level

I'm not sure if Ayumi plans to release this as a single, but she should. It'd be the strongest single to come off of Next level so far. A great song and one of the few from Ayumi that I like wholeheartedly and listen to often.

The video was boring, but the shots were nice and it complimented the song well. Camera's were also on Ayumi behind the scenes, footage of which you can catch below.

I've never heard Ayumi Hamasaki speak english before. I wonder how much she knows... Quite a few of her videos have been directed by non Japanese directors and had a non Japanese team working the rigs, camera's and what-not. So she must have a slight grasp on the language. Either that or she's good at pretending she does: nodding, laughing and smiling at all the right times. Believe it or not, it is a skill some people possess.

The making of was pretty boring, just like the video. No scandal, or things of much interest. But I laughed my arse off when Ayumi knocked her head as she got out of the car.


  1. Boring vid yeah but the song has grown on me since I first heard it from your review.

    I assume since she's worked with non-Japanese crew with music videos before and I didn't see any 'translator' in the making of - so she must have some knowledge of the English language. Interesting if she does, I heard she doesn't sing English in her songs much.


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