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Mai Kuraki – Perfect Crime February 21, 2009

Filed under: Mai Kuraki — solarblade @ 11:22 pm

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Track Listing

  1. PERFECT CRIME
  2. Start in my life
  3. Reach for the sky
  4. Brand New Day
  5. Stand Up
  6. Come on! Come on!
  7. always
  8. What are you waiting for
  9. think about
  10. Tsumetai Umi
  11. Reach for the sky GOMI REMIX (Radio Edit)
  12. Itsuka wa Ano Sora ni
  13. THE ROSE ~melody in the sky~

1. PERFECT CRIME

 I don’t think there was ever a title track I was never disappointed with from Mai-K.  PERFECT CRIME begins with a haunting piano line before it turns into this kind of angry pop track.  She has a great low voice throughout and the chorus is just that cool and mysterious.  Once again, starting off with a strong track.

2. Start in my life

Start in my life, being the 2nd A-side with “Tsumetai Umi” was just a poor idea to even include on the album.  Like what I said in the single review, it’s terribly boring and the male backup vocals just wasn’t good for me.  This isn’t the way to do things, missy.

3. Reach for the sky

I guess it’s fitting to put another poor A-side near each other.  Once again, the troubles are the arrangement of the song which was so damn boring.  If I’m correct both songs are going at the same tempo….that’s once again bad planning to the people who put the tracks on like this.  Also the R&B thing is running a little dry.   

4. Brand New Day

A guitar riff opening our next new track?  As strange as it is, it seems very chill and very 90’s pop/rock.  Mai’s vocals are just maybe a little too covered by the music sometimes, but the chorus seems a little too dry for me.  There’s some issues about melodically sounding good when there’s other people singing.  It’s a step-up from those last two tracks though.

5. Stand Up

If there was a choice of what A-side was my favorite in the era, I would’ve said “Simply Wonderful”, but since it’s not on the album for who knows what reason, my next choice is definitly Stand Up.  It’s got a cool acoustic vibe, and adding Mai’s cool and chill vocals really makes the song pop out and in a good way.  The BKGD vocals also seem to be good as well.  She needs more of these kind of tracks IMO.

6. Come on! Come on!

There must be a reason why she’s putting all the exciting tracks in the middle of the album.  Come on! Come on! has a more urban style and giving a more sexual theme to it made it seem a little too strange on this album.  Mai’s more airy sound comes out and frankly I like when she uses this, makes her more sexii as it is, but still the song is just unusual on the album.

7. always

I’m starting to sense that the singles, minus “Stand Up” suck on this album.  It’s a bit slower and it’s just like “Reach for the sky” which once again proves that, jeeze this really is unoriginal and wasn’t needed.  There’s not much really to say about, but B-SIDE MATERIAL!!!

8. What are you waiting for

I definitly did not expect this track.  It’s definitly urban and there’s a rapper featured as well.  Mai is just a little too quiet in the verses, until she gets into the bridge where she ups the volume in her voice.  Honestly though, she isn’t too good for these kind of tracks because her voice is really thin throughout and wasn’t necessarily pretty to listen to.  Kuu would sound great here.

9. think about

It’s nice to see the best B-side actually make the album.  It’s very mainstream R&B and has the usual female backups, but how the song flowed and sounded was downright nice for me.  It might turn people because it is so mainstream, but it’s definitly better than some tracks.

10. Tsumetai Umi

Tsumetai Umi, is kind of in between of liking it and not liking it.  Good things about it was that it’s more eventful than most of the A-sides and Mai’s mysterious vocals during the verses.  On the other side of the rainbow, it fails to really stand out on its own on the album and just sounds like a good portion of the other tracks.  Also, the chorus has her hitting some dangerous high notes and they don’t sound supported enough.

11. Reach for the sky GOMI REMIX (Radio Edit)

It’s nice to see a remix on the album, but it’s a shortened version of the remix found on the “Reach for the sky” single.  I love the airy synths and just basic freedom the song puts out.  It’s definitly more appropriate than the original IMO.  I don’t think she resang it, but maybe it was given an echo effect to make it more “sky themed”.  Still one of the nicest remixes.

12. Itsuka wa Ano Sora ni

We finally get a true ballad on the album and even though it has the typical R&B beats, which are bothersome…it isn’t too bad, but it isn’t like the other new tracks.  I’d call this a filler track because it kind of sounds like the craptacular A-sides and being a ballad as well, just didn’t make much of an impression. 

13. THE ROSE ~melody in the sky~

Finally, there’s a true ballad.  THE ROSE is just piano and Mai singing entirely in English.  Right there, the main question is does she get the language down?  Yeah…she’s got some annunciations in the pronouncing the “r’s”. She also sounds a bit different singing in English than her native tongue, but she made a nice controlled 2-minute ballad.  Yeah, it is that short…

Tracks Recommended

  •  PERFECT CRIME
  • Stand Up
  • Reach for the sky GOMI REMIX (Radio Edit)
  • think about

Song of Avoidance

  • Reach for the sky

It seems to be reversed on this album…”delicious way” has good singles, but terrible album tracks.  Perfect Crime though has very bad singles and really good album tracks.  It seems you can really tell the production was deep for this album and the singles weren’t perhaps…strange how that works.  For a sophomore album, it isn’t too bad, but it’s not her best either.