Archive for the ‘ BoA ’ Category

Id; Peace B

Artist: BoA
Release Date: May 30, 2001
Label: Avex Trax
Personal Rating: 4.5/5

1. Id; Peace B
2. Dreams Come True
3. Id; Peace B (Instrumental)
4. Dreams Come True (Instrumantal)
5. Id; Peace B (English Version)
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Believe it or not, BoA had already been considered a child prodigy when her debut came out: she was only 12 when she sung this! (So I’m definitely not going to hold experience against this!)

On a second thought, Id; Peace B actually didn’t sound so bad. Unlike J-pop empress Ayu, BoA’s voice never sounded too squeaky or too strainy. (Which is amazing since someone so young could actually have such disiplined vocals) Her voice doesn’t sound as mature as her more recent works but she still sings with grace!

Now, I’ve got to say that Dreams Come True was also a great listen! The instrumentation definitely has a touch of the 1990’s sound. Although it’s R&B oriented, BoA still gave out a great vocal performance and still had one of the best debut vocals.

While her new music may be good, don’t forget to listen to her older music too!

Personal Rating: 4.5/5

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BUMP BUMP! feat. VERBAL (m-flo)

Artist: BoA
Release Date: October 28, 2009
Label: Avex Trax
Personal Rating: 4/5

1. BUMP BUMP! feat. VERBAL (m-flo)
2. IZM feat. VERBAL (m-flo)
3. BUMP BUMP! feat. VERBAL (m-flo) (Instrumental)
4. IZM feat. VERBAL (m-flo) (Instrumental)
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NOTE: I love BoA, I’m so guilty that I haven’t written so many reviews on her… Oh and m-flo is one of those well known J-pop groups that are featured with many mainstream artists.

So BUMP BUMP! feat. VERBAL (m-flo) was playing on repeat for a quite a while so I don’t have much to say about it except for the fact that it sounds awesome! The rapping part gives the song a more urban feeling but when BoA is the one singing, it’s like “wow, she sounds cool!” I know this came out a long time ago but I still find myself still listening to this!

Next is IZM feat. VERBAL (m-flo) which actually hare more of that urban rapping than its A-side. BoA still shows off a great vocal performance so the arrangement is still rather catchy. Personally, I think VERBAL is probably one of the best J-pop feature I’ve heard in a long time.

Personal Rating: 4/5

LOSE YOUR MIND

Artist: BoA
Release Date: December 12, 2007
Label: Avex Trax
Personal Rating: 5/5

1.LOSE YOUR MIND feat. Yutaka Furukawa
2.Smile again
3.LOSE YOUR MIND (Instrumental)
4.Smile again (Instrumental)
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There’s no surprise that BoA still has a powerful vocal performance in LOSE YOUR MIND! Although the lyrics may be a bit (um…..) all of the musical elements seemed to sound perfectly fine and the electric guitar solo during the bridge was just plain awesome. Yutaka Furukawa is from the band Doping Panda, by the way. (as the band’s electric guitarist)

Smile again seems to be one of those ballads that is way beyond me. The composition doesn’t seem to be drastically different than the ballads in the past but I loved the transitions with volume between the chorus and the verses. That alone made the ballad one of a kind.

Personal Rating: 5/5

be with you.

Artist: BoA
Release Date: February 20, 2008
Label: Avex Trax
Personal Rating: 3.5/5

1. be with you.
2. precious
3. be with you. (spring acoustic mix)
4. be with you. (Instrumental)
5. precious (Instrumental)
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I’ve gotta say that the majority of BoA’s ballads did turn out pretty strong but be with you. just sounds out of that sphere. The arrangement isn’t anything new and some parts of the song does turn out pretty weak. The chorus is probably the only part of the song that’s memorable.

precious turns out to be another ballad but there’s some more senastion and intensity with the feelings put into the vocals. Definitely much better than be with you.

In the be with you. (spring acoustic mix) you could hear more of the piano and strings arrangement which actually sounds much better than the original.

Personal Rating: 3.5/5

KEY OF HEART/DOTCH

Artist: BoA
Release Date: August 9 ,2006
Label: Avex Trax
Personal Rating: 4.5/5

1. KEY OF HEART
2. DOTCH
3. KEY OF HEART (English version)
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BoA seems to be one of the artists on my features list that really needs to be updated. So finally, here’s a review for one of the BoA releases. (Yes, I’m still working on reviewing her newer singles too)

KEY OF HEART sounds pretty standard coming from BoA. Even with all of the pop vibes that I’m getting from the arrangement, the only unique element of the song is that there’s a nice set of strings supporting BoA’s forever awesome vocals. I guess the vocal performance does make up for the song’s flaws.

DOTCH is quite a stand out compared to KEY OF HEART. There are more components added to the arrangement and the feeling of the song gave out more of that upbeat feeling than the typical BoA songs. DOTCH really comes out to be one of BoA’s stronger works during the MADE IN TWENTY era.

Some copies of the single included the KEY OF HEART (English version). It’s not really worth the listen since there really isn’t much of a difference except the language that she’s singing in. But I do love the way BoA sings her English!

Personal Rating: 4.5/5

Every Heart -Minna no Kimochi-

everyheartminnanokimochiboaArtist: BoA
Release Date: March 13, 2002
Label: Avex Trax
Genre: Ballad
Number of Songs: 4
Personal Rating: 4.5/5

1. Every Heart -Minna no Kimochi-
2. Every Heart (English Version)
3. Listen To My Heart (Ken Harada’s TB-Bassin’ Remix)
4. Every Heart -Minna no Kimochi- (Instrumental)
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BoA’s style in music is so much different back then than right now in the present which is pretty natural since she was really new at J-pop when she released this single. Just like Alan, Japanese is their second language yet, they pretty much master at it if they’re singing in Japanese.

Every Heart -Minna no Kimochi- is my first song that I listened to by BoA since it was used as the third ending theme of the anime Inuyasha. (That anime series gave a ton of publicity in America for the J-pop artists.) Since the third ending was around the emotional part of the series, it’s pretty obvious that its a ballad. The nice sound of the piano at the beginning makes the song very melodious at first sight and it really kept me listening. BoA’s vocals were very fitting for the song since her voice was indeed the “beat of the angel” which really made this song pretty much one of her hit singles back then. (It reached #10 on the Japanese Oricon charts which is really good for a fifth single!)

With the Japanese Version of “Every Heart” very memorable and all, the Every Heart (English Version) totally sounds different. Unlike the nice feel of Utada’s English or awkward feeling with Ayumi Hamasaki’s, BoA’s English is actually pretty presentable. Not that it’s bad, it’s just that BoA’s English vocals sounds so much different compared to her Japanese.

Personal Rating: 4.5/5

The Meaning of Peace

themeaningofpeacekodakumiboaArtist: Kumi Koda and BoA
Release Date: December 19, 2001
Label: Avex Trax
Genre: J-pop
Number of Songs: 2
Personal Rating: 5/5

1. The Meaning of Peace
2. The Meaning of Peace (TV Mix)
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In memory of America’s tragic 911 attack and in honor of its victims, both Kumi Koda and BoA join together to bring to you their first ever collaboration single called the “Meaning of Peace.” As a part of the charity album called “Song + Nation,” the single was donated for 911 relief.

To be honest, The Meaning of Peace was actually a great collaboration single. I mean, J-pop mainstream artists BoA and Kumi Koda really do make a great combination! Since this was in memory of the 911 attack, I was pretty much expecting this to be a disc filled with very emotional ballads. I guess I was proved wrong. Instead of a ballad, this song was more part of the laid back pop genre. The beginning of the song begins with a nice combination of an acoustic guitar and the piano. Now when I first listened to this song, I really didn’t know whose voice was BoA’s or whose voice was Kumi Koda. But when I gave it another listen I felt that Kumi Koda was singing more loudly than BoA. (Like Kumi was the bass and BoA was the alto.) The song overall was pretty uplifting and it pretty much reminded us of what was important during war time: hope for peace. Probably one of the most powerful collaboration singles ever!

Personal Rating: 5/5