Tuesday, February 24, 2009

»» BoA - Eien

01. Eien
02. UNIVERSE feat. Crystal Kay & VERBAL (m-flo)
03. Believe in LOVE (Acoustic Version)
05. Eien (Instrumental)
06. UNIVERSE feat. Crystal Kay & VERBAL (m-flo) (Instrumental)

Eien was released in order to promote BoA's new BEST album, BEST&USA, which is going to be released on March 18th. BoA is by far the most important J-Pop artist in my book. She's the one who got me into japanese music in the first place, pulling me up from the dark hole of terrible meaningless ocidental music. Along with her, came some of my best friends ever, and a lot of stories to tell. A lot of stuff has happened in my life because of this talented lady ever since I first saw her perform Rock With You back in 2003.

Eien is a great pop song that reminds me of her first 3 albums. As my friend Shiman cleverly pointed out, it's a very commercial song, made to promote her new BEST album. It's very fun and catchy, and BoA sings it in a way that makes you unable to imagine the song being sung by anyone else. The chorus is also one of her best choruses in a long, long time. I can safely say that, IMO, this is her best single since Winter Love (which was reaaally epic).

UNIVERSE feat. Crystal Kay & VERBAL (m-flo) is also a great pop song. These three could definitely start a new Suite Chic kind of thing, 'cause BoA's voice matches Crystal's voice very well, and VERBAL is also great with both of them. The chorus is very catchy, and the beat is quite infectious.

Believe in LOVE (Acoustic Version) is very peaceful and pretty. I have no idea if this is what actually happens, but it sounds like a real studio live performance. But I guess they would point that out in the title if it was. Man, you gotta love this girl's voice...

BEST HIT MEGA BLEND is a huge fun mess xD It starts off with a remixed version of Sweet Impact, and I wish I could have a full version of this. Sweet Impact doesn't last long, it quickly becomes some kind of jazz remix of Dakishimeru, though it only features the chorus. Winter Love kicks in right away with lots of beats and background sounds, and turns into a nearly acapella version of Eien. LOVE LETTER is next with fast beats and high-pitch sounds. Then there's Nanairo no Ashita's chorus. And DO THE MOTION, her first and only single to hit #1 on the Weekly Charts. Eien makes a fast second appearance, and the remix ends. I'm sure everyone who knows BoA's recent works will enjoy this remix of remixes xD.

This was a great single from BoA, a huge step up from her last single Vivid, which sounded a bit rushed. Unfortunately, it didn't sell a lot, so I'm worried about BEST&USA. BoA's albums have always debuted at #1, and if this one doesn't, it's going to be a real shame.


by Sairo!