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BoA – ONE SHOT, TWO SHOT March 4, 2018

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Track Listing

  1. ONE SHOT, TWO SHOT
  2. EVERYBODY KNOWS
  3. NEGA DOLA
  4. YOUR SONG (feat. JunoFlo)
  5. RECOLLECTION
  6. ALWAYS, ALL WAYS (feat. Chancellor)
  7. CAMO

1. ONE SHOT, TWO SHOT

Opening BoA’s mini-album, ONE SHOT, TWO SHOT was used as the main promotional track (sort of?).  This song opens up really cool with synths and BoA singing the title before entering a nice, chill sound that feels really neat!  There’s something dark though about it especially the underlying arrangement and beats.  I especially LOVED the chorus which will stick to you.  It’s quirky and a cool way to kick things off for BoA.

2. EVERYBODY KNOWS

There’s something about the intro to our next track that sounds like a taunt almost (nah-nah na-nah-naaah).  I thought that was funny to come across, but here we are with the first of the new tracks and this one while not as beat-centric like “ONE SHOT, TWO SHOT” it does have some interesting things about it…my only qualm is that woodwind that’s found in the afterchorus.  Besides that it’s an OK song, but could’ve used more oomph in its arrangement, kind of felt empty.

3. NEGA DOLA

I guess you can consider this a promotional track (even though the PV was out earlier and the song was released digitally a little under a month before the album).  Of the 3 songs she released to promote this mini, I didn’t really care for NEGA DOLA.  I will say that the latin flair its got going is neat and the slight urban style it gives me makes the song feels fresh to me, but once it gets in its verses and choruses, the song kind of loses me.  It’s nice to hear BoA though kind of rap a little here so it adds some flash too.  It’s OK overall, but it’s kind of in the middle here.

4. YOUR SONG (feat. JunoFlo)

Next up, YOUR SONG starts up with JunoFlo and it’s already feeling different than other songs on this album by taking more of a hip-hop flow with the beat and trap beats.  While I think BoA sounds interesting here, she’s also delivering some nice lines in here which impresses me quite a LOT.  Though I’m not sure if I’m OK with JunoFlo here, but his delivery is cool too.  It’s a unique song on the album that’s for sure.

5. RECOLECTION

Next up, RECOLLECTION pulls us back into more of her danceable side to her music and with this one, it’s a bit lighter than the songs on this album which is nice to break moods a smidge.  If anything, RECOLLECTION reminds me of the songs that I just heard back on “Kiss My Lips” if not a little slower than those songs.  It’s a neat little song and one of the better ones on here.

6. ALWAYS, ALL WAYS (feat. Chancellor)

The other song to feature someone else, ALWAYS, ALL WAYS might not be trap beat-heavy like “YOUR SONG” is, but this one takes a bit more risks with a mix of synths and R&B and some odd swerving sounds throughout, but it reminds me a little of a TLC song.  Chancellor’s appearance gives the song a little more cool vibes with his singing and hearing the two being melodic is a nice thing to hear as well.  There are a couple times where the arrangement is a little messy, but I still dug this one a bit.

7. CAMO

I kind of was surprised to see that BoA went and included this to close the mini-album out simply because this song is the oldest song (released back in June of last year).  Though let’s be honest, this song is still a banger and one of the coolest songs she’s done since “HURRICANE VENUS”.  Something so slick and edgy but so totally her was just what we needed from K-pop soloists.  It’s just that good of a song!

 

 

Wait, this is her first mini-album?!? (You’d think “Only One” was since it had 7 songs + an instrumental, but whatever).  ONE SHOT, TWO SHOT is a pretty decent mini-album with no terrible songs on it.  I think the only one that didn’t do anything for me is actually “YOUR SONG” but otherwise it’s a strong offering and surprisingly a little better than her actual Japanese release (which released nearly at the same time).

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BoA – Kiss My Lips

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Track Listing

  1. Kiss My Lips
  2. Who Are You (feat. Gaeko)
  3. Smash
  4. Shattered
  5. Fox
  6. Double Jack (feat. Eddy Kim)
  7. Home
  8. Clockwork
  9. Love and Hate
  10. Green Light
  11. Hello
  12. Blah

1. Kiss My Lips

Opening the album up, Kiss My Lips was of course used as the promo track for her Korean comeback and while it wasn’t quite as hard hitting as some of her older songs like “MOTO” and “HURRICANE VENUS” were, it does bring BoA back to her R&B roots and the groove of the track was decent too!  Definitely a nice and cool way to open the album up!

2. Who Are You (feat. Gaeko)

Moving to the album’s tracks, Who Are You follows suit by continuing this rather cool, R&B style.  At first I thought the synthwork felt awkward, but as the song continued forward, the track becomes a lot more nice and soothing to listen.  While Gaeko contributed nicely, but he sure did have more voice-time than BoA it felt like.  The chorus is my favorite part though, very bright and upbeat.  Overall, OK I guess.

3. Smash

At least things get funky with our next track Smash which literally is a funk song with slap bass and a cool beat and makes things a bit more danceable here.  It gives me a little bit of this feel from her American album, but it’s a lot more cleaner and BoA sounds like she’s having a lot of fun with this one and I ended up liking this a lot!

4. Shattered

Slowing down a little for the next track, Shattered takes a more deeper route with lower synths and beats for this cool track.  I’m definitely a big fan whenever BoA tackles these kind of songs and this is no different.  A very smooth and mysterious track to fill the album and then BoA turns the song and makes a total bop out of it.  Definitely the first song to really wow me on the album!

5. Fox

I guess to throw some variety onto the album, Fox comes next and I dug the intro of the song but then once BoA begins the verses, the tune kind of reminds me a bit of “Smash” with the funky bass and sound.  Though this one has a little bit more of a pop sound to it as the bass kind of falls in the back.  It’s nice and whatnot, but I think “Smash” did a bit better as the funky tune on the album.

6. Double Jack (feat. Eddy Kim)

The other collaboration on the album, this one features Eddy Kim in this acoustic guitar-led track and I’m quite surprised at the change of pace.  Though after the first half of the verse, the tune changes pace and we’re back to a slightly funky sound.  It’s a nice song and even when Eddy joins the song, his parts are just as suited as well…both of them work nicely in this song and it’s just a feelgood love song.

7. Home

Slowing things down for our next track, Home takes us down a path to more of a mid-tempo jam.  With the past tracks having a nice hook to them, Home’s lack of oomph kind of prevents me from getting too into it with its quiet arrangement and low bass synths.  It felt a bit flat for me despite BoA giving a nice vocal performance, but this is like some 90’s lowkey R&B track and I was kind of bored through it.

8. Clockwork

At least things pickup again for Clockwork which has a really interesting arrangement that features fluttery strings and a cool hook to it that opens to an interesting dance track for BoA.  I kind of dig the dramatics in the song and BoA’s English has been getting stronger and sticks out throughout.  It’s one of the album’s standouts and definitely made up for how bored “Home” turned out.

9. Love and Hate

Things calm down again for our next track which starts out similarly like “Double Jack” with acoustic guitar.  Though it seems it’s the focus of the song this time and Love and Hate is kind of an interesting track being light and simple with BoA singing between both Korean and English which is pretty impressive to hear her work on fusing the two together in songs.  As such as it is a simplistic track, it was a pleasant listen.

10. Green Light

At first, the intro to Green Light gave me vibes that it was going to be a ballad, but it’s quickly shut down with the funky guitar licks and beat changed it all over.  While I do like the addition of said strings, Green Light sounds like a lot of what this album gave us so far so it feels laidback and cool.  While it might not strike as much as other funk-driven songs on this album, it’s got a nice chorus and BoA sounds great of course.

11. Hello

See, Hello starts almost the same way that “Green Light” does but instead of going upbeat, it stays as this piano ballad that slowly grows throughout the song.  This one doesn’t really do too much for me in the long run sadly because it’s pretty straightforward, but I do like how they filter her voice out in the middle of the track, but besides that, it’s kind of meh.

12. Blah

I was kind of surprised that the final track of the album is a tune called Blah, but I assume it makes things interesting and less obvious than making “Hello” the last track.  Though the song here is kind of Western-sounding to my ears with the boom-clap beat here.  Kind of feels like a song to end with, but there’s something missing about this one though.  Something a bit stale perhaps is preventing me from sticking to this one.

Tracks Recommended

  • Shattered
  • Clockwork
  • Smash
  • Kiss My Lips
  • Green Light

Song of Avoidance

Hello

So, jumping back a bit for her Korean release a couple years ago, Kiss My Lips is OK for the most part…there’s a lot of nice tracks but not enough to surpass something like the best of “HURRICANE VENUS” but it’s DEFINITELY better than “Only One”.  Though there’s some stinkers here still, but it’s an OK release.

 

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!

 

 

BoA – Lookbook December 20, 2015

Filed under: BoA — solarblade @ 6:38 am

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Track Listing

  1. Lookbook
  2. Kiss My Lips
  3. Meri Kuri (Happy 15th Anniversary Ver.)
  4. Lookbook (inst)
  5. Kiss My Lips (inst)

1. Lookbook

I was waiting for BoA to come back with something hot after the rather impressive “WHO’S BACK” album and unfortuantely “FLY” wasn’t that song, but when it comes to Lookbook, this song is pretty fierce and the energy that BoA had when releasing her Korean stuff has finally come back with this one.  It’s a pretty upbeat and dance-heavy track and while the title is a little odd, I found this to be a strong song from her and one of the better sons in her discography!

2. Kiss My Lips

I wasn’t surprised though that the first B-side up is a Japanese self-cover of Kiss My Lips (which was the main promotional song from her last Korean album).  Unlike the edgy and fast-paced “Lookbook”, this one has a more sultry vibe going for it and we get to hear BoA’s soothing vocals in her element!  I will say that synth intro threw me off a lot more than it should, but the song beyond that is cool and sexy!  Definitely a cool track as well!

3. Meri Kuri (Happy 15th Anniversary Ver.)

Another version of Meri Kuri?  It seems we always come back to this song for some reason doesn’t it?  Being the song a lot of people think of when it comes to BoA, Meri Kuri is a classic for her and I can’t deny it, but for some reason the song changed once again to fit the Christmas season a lot more than the original with piano and strings and jingle bells and other Christmas chords and fun stuff.  I don’t think it stands up to the original which is a given, but if you’re looking for a good song to celebrate the holidays, this is a good song for you.

 

 

While it hasn’t been a very long time since her last release, Lookbook is actually a solid single!  I mean the leading track is badass and just a return to form for BoA.  Adding Kiss My Lips was a good choice and added more oomph to the single as well.  Though the inclusion of another version of Meri Kuri was maybe a little too soon (suits the season, but we already have a couple versions of it…).  Overall it’s a great single!

 

BoA – FLY February 19, 2015

Filed under: BoA — solarblade @ 8:09 pm

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Track Listing

  1. FLY
  2. Airport de Machiawase
  3. FLY (INST)
  4. Airport de Machiawase (INST)

1. FLY

I was surprised that BoA had announced this single even before “WHO’S BACK” was released and was wondering why she just didn’t stick this and its B-side on the album (because it really needed new songs).  That said, listening to the leading track, FLY is actually a ballad from her and might not have fully fit with that album.  BoA sounds great in her ballads of recent and this is no exception!  Not bad overall and brings her back down after all those dance songs lol.

2. Airport de Machiawase

The B-side though has more of a funky vibe that kind of reminds me of stuff in the middle of her career like “MADE IN GALAXY (20)” and “THE FACE”.  Though at the same time is it weird I could hear Hikki perform this song for some reason?  Either way, I love the flow of this one as well and BoA sounds sweet and cutesy here and it’s a neat track for sure.

 

 

BoA for some reason quickly released FLY after her album and for the most part it’s OK, nothing poor, but nothing that really echoes how good a lot of those songs from “WHO’S BACK” were.  FLY is a nice ballad and Airport de Machiawase is a nice funky song, but it is what it is….nice.  I can only hope her next release will be awesome!

 

BoA – WHO’S BACK? September 2, 2014

Filed under: BoA — solarblade @ 5:11 am

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Track Listing

  1. First Time
  2. Shout It Out
  3. Only One
  4. FUN
  5. Message
  6. WOO WEEKEND
  7. Milestone
  8. I SEE ME
  9. MASAYUME CHASING
  10. The Shadow
  11. close to me
  12. Call my name
  13. Baby you..
  14. Tail of Hope

1. First Time

Opening the album is the ONLY new song of the album, First Time.  I felt like BoA opened up things with a pretty solid track with a nice beat and cool vocals that came along with it.  It does have a similar feel to other songs on the album, but it works because a lot of the songs are pretty strong so it’s definitely fitting.  I do wish there were more new tracks, but First Time made a lot of sense and did its job, not bad!

2. Shout It Out

As the rest of the album is old songs, Shout It Out is the first to come up and it was her 6th A-side.  Given that it’s the funky song, Shout It Out was a breath of fresh air amongst her upbeat songs and BoA sounded lively and fitting to the atmosphere.  There’s just something about the beats and piano chords and the attitude that caught me off guard and just worked all over.  Great party song for sure!

3. Only One

Many had thought that the era started with Only One because she had gone on a lengthy break and released another Korean album and returned to Japan by self-covering it in Japanese.  Turned out it was the 3rd A-side released for the album.  To me, the song was pretty low-key and chill which is one of BoA’s strengths and I was happy to see something like this (add an extra dance beat and it could’ve been another “Eien”).  It’s a nice track, though it does get passed up by many other of the songs on the album.

4. FUN

Funny enough, it is the only B-side that isn’t bunched up with the others on the album.  As the coupling from “MASAYUME CHASING”, I was so happy to see the track included since it’s upbeat and really shows off an exciting party vibe, almost like “Shout It Out” but with more synths involved.  BoA also sounds vocally upbeat and I just find myself humming the tune everytime it comes on.  I also get this feeling of a beach party too, but it could just be me…I definitely loved this song for sure!  Although that outro…was weird IMO

5. Message

Seems like after the “FUN” wore off, Message comes in with a lighter vibe and gives us this cool and chilled out atmosphere.  I do like the acoustic guitars mixed with BoA’s R&B style and when I first heard this single, I fell back in love with BoA’s music for sure.  There’s just something so relaxing but cool about this song that I just dug everything…she sounds great and this song was a pretty great entry to her discography.

6. WOO WEEKEND

Like I said above, many had thought “Only You” started the era off while everything before it was jut kind of best album fodder.  The next three tracks weren’t in that list so seeing them make the cut rather surprised me.  Going back to mid 2010, WOO WEEKEND really doesn’t seem to fit the album because while the funky vibes are cool and the 80s pop is neat, there’s just something that doesn’t fit here.  It lacks a lot of deep beats (honestly could’ve used some).  I do like it’s another upbeat inclusion, but I don’t seem to connect much as I did back then.

7. Milestone

Released as BoA’s first DVD single, Milestone kind of was in the middle of all these different releases she was putting out (well avex more like it) and in the hubbub, we had this ballad.  After these upbeat/R&B songs, a full ballad seemed so random on this album.  A simple piano/strings ballad, Milestone did good for BoA’s vocals for the most part, but I still feel like the song is way too short and it ends way too abruptly (I kind of wished they had address that problem on the album, but they didn’t).  Didn’t care for this track with its problems.

8. I SEE ME

Released as a digital single before being included as a B-side on “Milestone”, I SEE ME still sounds leaps and wonders better than its A-side.  Another ballad, I SEE ME picked a nicer style to take over and BoA sounds a lot more smoother and good.  It’s got a nice classy sound and BoA just gave a nice performance and the chorus is so nice and memorable in my opinion.  Definitely sounded the closest to the remainder of the tracks to be honest.

9. MASAYUME CHASING

Moving from the OLD songs to the 7th A-side and final before the album’s release, MASAYUME CHASING was a huge song for BoA being tied to a pretty well-known anime, Fairy Tail.  I wasn’t sure what I was getting into, but this song started off a lot like “Tail of Hope” but quickly gained speed and a cool melody and dance beat that I really dug through the entire song.  It really doesn’t come off as an anison track which is definitely a plus too!  Even the rapping section is quirky and charming…I don’t know why but it was a lovely song and it still is today!

10. The Shadow

Moving into a string of B-sides, the first was from “Only You” and is also a Japanese self-cover.  I do remember it being one of the better songs from the Korean album, so I was excited to hear this in Japanese and it didn’t disappoint.  I also stand by my original stance that this song sounds rather mechanical lyrically and it does somewhat bother me, but it has a nice attitude and BoA of course sounds great, especially in the chorus.  It’s OK, but I do wish it didn’t sound like clockwork.  Still it’s worth a listen!

11. close to me

Then the B-side from “Shout It Out” appears and I was surprised she was singing a lot of this song in English alongside her Japanese which is a nice treat.  I remember this song was such a 180 from its leading song by having a somewhat BONNIE PINK-like atmosphere to it.  It’s definitely one of the more sentimental ballads of the album and I personally loved it since she sounds so good in a deeper tone and the lyrics stood out to me (could be the English though).  Very nice!

12. Call my name

Even though it isn’t a B-side (sister A-side to “Message”), Call my name is still my favorite song from this album hands down!  There’s something so mysterious and cold about this song that just caught my attention and kept itself on my mind ever since the single release.  BoA’s performance is just as compelling as the song’s arrangement and I loved every second of it.  Even when the chorus throws a double vocal melody that added this wonderful mix of notes and harmonies.  I don’t know who arranged this but this was FANTASTIC…one of her best songs in her career yet IMHO!

13. Baby you..

It’s the B-side from “Tail of Hope”!  Actually it’s really another Japanese self-cover, but it’s of a digital single from Korea, “Geuleon Neo (Disturbance)”.  Why the name chance beats me, but hey it’s here.  There’s something about this song that kind of just reminds me of “Only You” with the chilled atmosphere, but also hides a certain R&B flair.  I never was one for Disturbance, and the self-cover doesn’t really do much to sway me in a direction.  Though it’s not a bad song at least.

14. Tail of Hope

Ending the album is the A-side, Tail of Hope and I found it interesting it wasn’t “MASAYUME CHASING” since it was the big one.  Though given it’s upbeat sound, Tail of Hope made sense to close things out on a strong note.  Like the aforementioned song, it’s got that same breezy atmosphere with slapped beats and sparkly synths added to the arrangement.  Made for a pretty nice closure to the album!

Tracks Recommended

  • Call my name
  • MASAYUME CHASING
  • close to me
  • FUN
  • Message

Song of Avoidance

  • Milestone

There’s really two ways to look with this album, if you’re a casual fan trying to get into BoA (though by now I think she’s well-known in the community) WHO’S BACK? is probably her best album in a LOOOOONG time, a lot of these songs are well-produced and well-sung.  All of these songs were a LOT better than anything she pulled off in “IDENTITY” so that’s a great thing for me since I was sorely disappointed in that one.  HOWEVER, only one new track?!?  That’s terribly weak for BoA, especially since her last album dropped back in early 2010.  Overall, awesome album, but definitely wasn’t worth the wait nor the amount of anything new here (First Time wasn’t worth the wait).

 

BoA – MASAYUME CHASING July 23, 2014

Filed under: BoA — solarblade @ 2:19 am

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Track Listing

  1. MASAYUME CHASING
  2. FUN
  3. MASAYUME CHASING (INST)
  4. FUN (INST)

1. MASAYUME CHASING

It surprises me that BoA would bring something out like MASAYUME CHASING because it’s a really cool song for her.  Being the theme for Fairy Tail, it’s got a pretty big presence all over the world which is something BoA hasn’t had in quite a while!  I’m loving the energy of the song and BoA sounds pretty beautiful from the soft verses to the beat-driven chorus.  There’s even a sort-of rapping section too!  It’s definitely another fun and powerful tune this era.

2. FUN

So the B-side, FUN acts as the eponymous summer song for BoA and it really has that atmosphere down pat.  There’s just a lively feel and BoA has a happy and fun style going on which is nice!  It does remind of some of her earlier stuff ala “THE FACE” which is pretty risky, but the sound overall is nice and leads off a pleasant track.

 

 

Closing out the “WHO’S BACK” era, MASAYUME CHASING was a very nice way to finish it up.  The leading trak is fun, breezy, and anison done right.  I feel like BoA and animes work well together, but she doesn’t do it too often which makes sense too.  FUN was also a cool, fun, summery track.  I am a little disppointed that a LOT of the previous songs between “IDENTITY” and now are being included on this upcoming album, but I hope there’ll be some surprises.