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Crystal Kay – VIVID July 18, 2012

Filed under: Crystal Kay — solarblade @ 5:20 am

Track Listing

  1. Forever
  2. Be Mine
  3. Take It Outside
  4. Yo Yo
  5. Come Back To Me
  6. What We Do
  7. Superman
  8. Memory Box
  9. Haru Arashi
  10. Fly High
  11. Delicious na Kinyoubi
  12. Rising Sun
  13. Haru Arashi (Kazuhiko Maeda Remix)
  14. Forever (Kazuhiko Maeda Remix)
  15. Forever (Max K Remix) (iTunes only)
  16. Yo Yo (English Version) (iTunes only)

1. Forever

I love that Kuri opens up with the single she released not even a month prior to the album’s release.  I REALLY love this song for some reason because Kuri sounds so good and the song is just my league of good stuffs.  I definitely think it’s one of the surprising yet amazing A-sides of the year!

2. Be Mine

After hearing the singles, I was wondering what she going to have as the main course for VIVID and it seems starting with Be Mine, it’s similar in styles here.  The track is kind of more 80’s style but I like the atmosphere here and Kuri continues to sound gracious here.  It’s a fun spirited song and kind of have this flirty sound with its lyrics.  Good track overall.

3. Take It Outside

However our next track makes our previous one sound like a mess because Take It Outside is just all-around amazing.  I was surprised she pulled this one out of her hat and I must say.  I just love the dance beats and the hook revolving around ~take it outside, just you and I~ is just incredibly catchy.  Up there alongside “Forever”.

4. Yo Yo

Moving onto Yo Yo, it backs away from using too much synths by giving this party tune.  I really liked it for it’s unusual melody and using more of a minor style for the song (especially that chorus, where it sounds totally different from the verses).  It’s a really cool tune to listen to.

5. Come Back To Me

Our fifth track in and we finally somewhat cooled down from her dance style and enter Come Back To Me which has more of a serious tone to it.  I found it somewhat cool that the beat is heavy still and the strings play an angry way.  It does have a certain Americanized sound that excites me however and overall worked quite nicely.

6. What We Do

Mmph. the basslines in What We Do really spark my fancy here and was the first song that stood out just with that.  I also loved the chilled out feel of the song and the lyrics also really made it seem like it’s a party song.  I can totally imagine hearing this in a rollerskating rink for some reason…ahhh the mind pictures.

7. Superman

Moving onto Kuri’s debut under UNI-J, Superman is definitely a surprise since before that she was releasing such boring songs and this kind of dragged her back up into a better style for her.  I mean it’s still quite R&B but it sounds really pleasant and flows smoothly.  I will say it’s like a hookless “Forever” in arrangement but I liked it despite that.

8. Memory Box

If there was one song that I would say would be my least favorite track, it might be Memory Box because it’s just like her SONY works just on rolled into this song.  Definitely R&B and has a bit of a softer side to it, I didn’t find the song to be really exciting but Kuri’s voice is still very good here.  Just not my cup of tea.

9. Haru Arashi

I don’t know why but I really love Haru Arashi as well!  I mean this song was synthy and clubby and just a really cool and breezy song to listen to.  I did feel like as if it ended a bit too quickly, but this is still a pretty good song and A-side (probably my 2nd favorite after “Forever”).

10. Fly High

Seeing that the album is kind of switching from old tracks and new tracks in the second half of the album is kind of cool.  Fly High is another song that I don’t feel too much of because it kind or reminds me of a bunch of other Kuri songs out there but on this album it sounds good just a bit forgettable for me.  I think it’s a good track to put in between “Haru Arashi” and our next track.

11. Delicious na Kinyoubi

Good lord were all the A-sides just amazing stuff.  The final A-side representing VIVID, Delicious na Kinyoubi is like most of the tracks on the album and a lot like the previous as well which might make me feel a little bit less about it but it’s still a solid track overall even though I still find the synth breakdown to be rather random and unneeded.  Still a good tune.

12. Rising Sun

The last of the tracks before the remixes, Rising Sun has an interesting arrangement behind it.  Kind of following a little with “Come Back To Me” with the emphasizing of the beats but this is a lot more brighter of a song.  After a while it kind of just drags along with not much of  a change to the beat.  I was a little disappointed with this song.

13. Haru Arashi (Kazuhiko Maeda Remix)

So the album comes with two extra remixes, both remixed by Kazuhiko Maeda.  The first of them, Haru Arashi feels more like a stripped down version of the original which is a nice switch to things but it does sound really empty at first until we get into the chorus.  It’s alright but I like the original a bit more since it doesn’t have empty moments like this remix.

14. Forever (Kazuhiko Maeda Remix)

At least it seems the Forever remix seemed to be a bit better than the “Haru Arashi” remix.  I do like that it opens with the ~forever, ever, ever~ hook of the song and then adds a lot more color to it for some reason.  I do like the synthed up arrangement and how it opens into the chorus with less stuff going on.  I’d say it’s a lot better than the previous remix but I love the original a lot more!

15. Forever (Max K Remix)

If you got the album via iTunes, you get two bonus tracks…this first one is ANOTHER Forever remix.  This one is definitely more catered to the club goers out there since it begins like one with the chanting being repeated behind a heavy beat.  I have to say that I really love the arrangement once it comes in and the lyrics are really cool since it seems like the verses, bridge, and chorus are just moved around so it gets this interesting way of how things turned out.  Her voice does seem to be covered by the music but that’s OK since she has times where her voice goes over it…yeah this is a pretty awesome remix!

16. Yo Yo (English Version)

I’m happy to see that Yo Yo get an English version and as an added incentive and such.  I really like the song a bit more and since the song worked with the lyrics.  Thank god Kuri is a native speaker because I’m sure if she released here, I think it’d be a hit.

Tracks Recommended

  • Forever
  • Take It Outside
  • Yo Yo (English Version)
  • Haru Arashi
  • What We Do

Song of Avoidance

  • Rising Sun

Holy crap, I was rather amazed at how much of a difference changing labels will do to your music.  After being disappointed with “Spin The Music” and seeing those best-ofs being released, I was ready for new Kuri and moving from SONY to UNI-J has done great for her musically.  VIVID might not be what this album was (because let’s be honest it was really one true style with a couple of exceptions) but definitely a strong album with a few faults (which were a remix and two other songs) but the rest is so worth it…Definitely working to be one of the bests of 2012 *RECOMMENDED*

 

2 Responses to “Crystal Kay – VIVID”

  1. cris Says:

    Muy buen album!!!! yo también lo recomiendo.

  2. CkxFans Says:

    There is a forum that recently opened up for her international fans entitled ckxfans. Would recommend you join and throw in your 2 cents there since it has such a slow start (gaining fans). You can even post your review there too! ^_^
    (http://ckxfans.boards.net/)


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