永遠 / Universe / Believe in LOVE

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永遠 / Universe / Believe in LOVE
February 18, 2008
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[永遠], or [Forever], is a early ’90s throwback track with sparkling synth and a keyboarded, R&B background. The vocals are a bit nasal, but it is BoA, and overall a nice song but nothing worth much in the grand scheme of JPop these days. Also, the song tends to repeat itself so many times that it becomes tiring and annoying. The song is a solidly mediocre ballad from Kwon.

[Universe] which features VERBAL from m-flo and Crystal Kay sounds like any throwaway track from Britney’s Circus and is written by Bloodshy & Avant, which explains the similarities between this and Circus. Overall, mediocre at best. Deep bass and electronic whizzing back BoA and Crystal Kay as they sing. One problem (at least for BoA), Crystal Kay outsings BoA by a long shot, her voice cuts through the track and makes her own path while BoA becomes lost in the music. Her nasalness is finally reaching unbearable levels by this point and the entire song seems to be drugged by it into a slow monotonous electronic dirge.

[Believe in LOVE] which features BoA is an acoustic version of Ravex’s new single. The song is pretty with, you guessed it, acoustic guitars. BoA sings well except for some misplaced slides and cracks and makes like the whole thing sound like an Unplugged session on MTV that is going roughly. Although, if BoA hadn’t murdered it, the song is very pretty and the lyrics are pleasant.

As a plus to the single, there is a mega mix of BoA’s past five years that features her worst runs and her best choruses. Is anyone actually paying attention to what their using to promote this girl?

BoA, get it together. Your American stuff sounds good, don’t loose Japan in the process…

74%
C
Two Stars

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~ by vinyabarion on February 27, 2009.

4 Responses to “永遠 / Universe / Believe in LOVE”

  1. Harsh review, man.

    I personally loved this single. “UNIVERSE” had a lot of wasted potential, but I actually think “Eien” is among BoA’s best a-sides since the OUTGROW era of releases.

    I’d like see someone make a new song out of the UNIVERSE instumental, since I think it has so much potential.

  2. Wow, you really seem to have changed your mind about BoA A LOT. Honestly, this single was really good. Eien was a sweet song with beautiful lyrics and the song is supposed to be able to be danced to (with some great choreography) so the jumps the composer made her do in the verses are probably the most anyone could handle in a performance without lip syncing.

    Universe was a bit weird to me on first listen but I’ve grown to love it after watching the live performance and seeing the three on stage (and although crystal kay does out sing her in the recorded version, Kuri had nothing on BoA when it came to the live… Except for standing a full head above BoA and Verbal lol)

    Believe in Love is beautiful but your review of it confuses me. First you say BoA sings well. Then in the next sentence you say she murders it? It kind of doesn’t make sense lol

    Anyway i guess I seem like a real fanboy right now so I’m going to shut up but yeah I thought this single deserved more credit than the review gave it.

    • I haven’t changed my mind, I still like BoA alot, I even like her American music, but I just didn’t like this single… :D

  3. I agree with you. I love BoA and almost all of her songs, but I don’t like this single.

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