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BoA – Watashi Kono Mama de Ii no Kana February 27, 2018

Filed under: BoA — solarblade @ 6:47 am

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Track Listing

  1. Where am I now
  2. Arigatou Sayonara
  3. Crow
  4. Jazzclub
  5. FLY (album version)
  6. Right Here, Right Everywhere
  7. Manhattan Tango
  8. Make Me Complete
  9. Lookbook
  10. Mannish Chocolat
  11. Kiss My Lips
  12. Watashi Kono Mama de Ii no Kana

1. Where am I now

Opening the album is Where am I now and I wasn’t expecting a light and breezy acoustic track to introduce us.  BoA brings a more lighthearted sound and I kind of liked how this tune is a soft introduction to the album.  It definitely gives me vibes to “First Time” from her previous album and some other older pop songs BoA used to do back in the day.  Decent opening track!

2. Arigatou Sayonara

Though things quickly shift pace into our next track which takes more of form as a 90’s R&B pop track with the beats and smooth groove that’s strewn in its arrangement.  I really seem to like BoA’s confidence in the song as she sounds strong and suiting to the whole song.  It’s a nice smooth song and surprised its just the 2nd track in!

3. Crow

Next song up, Crow is a bit more sped up than “Arigatou Sayonara” and yet has its slow parts too!  I like the intro and BoA already places the hooks in place, but then the verses slows things down to a more sexier glow which really caught my attention before returning to more of a danceable beat for the chorus.  It’s an interesting song, does feel like a song from “IDENTITY” though for some reason, but it’s interesting regardless!

4. Jazzclub

Chosen as the lead-in song for the album, I was curious to what she was going to drop considering her songs in recent times have been really awesome!  I think she definitely chose well with Jazzclub because it’s sultry and definitely harkening back to the jazzy times but keeps it modern with some acoustic guitars thrown in to play with the saxophones.  Quirky song and caught my attention for the album’s release.

5. FLY (album version)

As the first A-side she released to begin the album, FLY kind of fell off my radar after the single review primarily because it was OK, but it wasn’t anything too special.  I am curious to why it’s the only song that got the album edit, but I’m not arguing too much.  FLY on this album is mainly different through its arrangement.  Instead of starting off like a piano ballad, it begins with a sound that mirrors the chorus of the single version, but grows into a pop/rock song when it comes to its chorus here.  The change does make it somewhat better, but now it feels like a bland pop/rock song like something Michelle Branch would’ve pulled.  Lil better I guess.

6. Right Here, Right Everywhere

It seems like during the era, BoA had also seemingly released two digital singles which ended up here!  This July cut kind of came out of nowhere it seems and I wasn’t expecting the song to be more of a somber-sounding ballad for her.  Especially since this breaks the dance tracks out.  I’m also finding myself impressed by BoA’s vocals in this track as she moves from quiet lines a more louder timbre.  Not a bad song and the more sullen side to her brings her back to Earth after the bright songs that came before it.

7. Manhattan Tango

I wasn’t expecting our next new track to really throw something unique and picking up after the ballad previous, Manhattan Tango has some oomph and some mysterious tones to it while playing with a carnival-like tone.  She also seems to rap a little, similar to what she did in “Lookbook”.  The song does grow into another dance track, but it keeps the circus-y undertone as well.  It’s playful, but really cool as well!

8. Make Me Complete

The other digital single here was released back in January of ’16 so it’s been known for quite a long time!  Another ballad from BoA it makes me wonder why these two tracks weren’t released physically.  Though I am noticing that BoA is singing this one in English entirely which is a total surprise to come across.  She definitely sounds just as good as she did in her American album, if not a bit better.  Might be the odd song out (for being all English) but it’s quite nice!

9. Lookbook

At least we can return to the 2nd single released (which was also the last single before the album’s released).  Lookbook is definitely the album’s most aggressive track and it still sticks out as that badass BoA song that we always seem to get in her albums.  Lookbook does have a lot of different ideas going on, but it just sounds cool and slick still here and even though it’s an older song it trumps most of the songs on the album.

10. Mannish Chocolat

Of the song titles, I was curious about this one because it just didn’t make a whole ton of sense to me.  Though listening to it, it give me that confused feel with the melodic beat, but it all comes clear as the track takes it up a notch and becomes a stylistic bop.  Not quite as heavy as “Lookbook” but it has moments of cool dance moments throughout.  Nice song overall!

11. Kiss My Lips

I actually thought that because it was a Korean release initially that maybe this wouldn’t have made the album (it was a B-side to “Lookbook”).  Actually I kind of thought “Airport de Machiawase” was going to be here, but I guess not?  Despite being the oldest track on the album, Kiss My Lips still feels fresh and cool for BoA with a nice chill beat and smooth arrangement.  It’s just groovy and sexy and being the penultimate track is just funny to me!

12. Watashi Kono Mama de Ii no Kana

Ending the album is of course the title track and it made a lot of sense to be a closing ballad.  Being the lone new ballad for the album, Watashi Kono Mama de Ii no Kana begins light with a piano/strings mix and it grows into more of an R&B ballad with some powerful vocals from BoA.  It’s a nice closing song for her!

Tracks Recommended

  • Manhattan Tango
  • Lookbook
  • Right Here, Right Everywhere
  • Jazzclub
  • Mannish Chocolat

Song of Avoidance

  • FLY (album version)

I mean it doesn’t feel quite as a wait than “WHO’S BACK” took luckily and it seems 2018 is shaping to be a busy one for BoA.  Watashi Kono Mama de Ii no Kana is quite an interesting album for me.  While it might not reach the heights that her last album took, there really wasn’t any bad songs here from the dance tracks, to the upbeat pop tunes, and the ballads…it was a damn cohesive album though some of the songs could’ve aimed a bit higher.  Good album overall!

 

 

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