Crystal Kay – Delicious na Kinyoubi / Haru Arashi

03/07/2012 at 2:30 PM | Posted in Crystal Kay | 1 Comment
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Crystal Kay – Delicious na Kinyoubi / Haru Arashi

1. Delicious na Kinyoubi

2. Haru Arashi

3. Delicious na Kinyoubi (Instrumental)

4. Haru Arashi (Instrumental)

This is Crystal Kay’s second new single on her new label and first new double A-side single.

“Delicious na Kinyoubi” starts right off with a thumping beat and nice vocalizing from. The music borders on a more synthetic side contrasting with her first new single Superman, which I think is a good thing because while I do love her R&B, I love her Pop a bit more. Crystal sings in a slightly low range at first and kicks things up in the chorus which is amazing. At first it seemed so different and a bit detached from the rest of the song, but after giving it a couple listens it feels more natural. It’s so upbeat and super infectious, not to mention her vocals sound perfectly controlled. I was less than crazy about the breakdown in the bridge, it’s not that I didn’t like it but it kind of felt out of place.

Score – 8.5

“Haru Arashi” continues a more upbeat vibe when honestly, I was kind of expecting a ballad here. Regardless I was pleasantly surprised to hear this electric, kind of dance-y track à la FLASH, which is something I’ve been waiting to hear, that is, songs that sounded like they did on FLASH. It has this really cool ethereal vibe going throughout which I thought was really cool. The lead up to the chorus was one of the highlights of the song. It builds a bit, comes down, builds again and then the chorus hits.The chorus itself is pretty good too, but certainly a little shadowed by that lead up. I thought it was cool to hear the English words “the spring storm” at various parts of the song, “Spring Storm” is what Haru Arashi directly translates to. The song ends in this kind of abrupt way that I liked, it didn’t feel cut short though, which is good. This is exactly one of the kinds of songs I needed to hear from Crystal.

Score – 9

Final Note 

More impressed than I thought I would be. I’m glad that her new direction looks as if it will have some variety.

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Crystal Kay – Superman

12/23/2011 at 12:48 AM | Posted in Crystal Kay | 1 Comment
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~Single~

Crystal Kay – Superman

1. Superman

2. Love Road

3. Superman (Piano Version)

4. Superman (Instrumental)

5. Love Road (Instrumental)

Yay finally!

Crystal gets back to her true R&B roots with “Superman” and it has never looked better on her. The song starts off with some thumping beats alongside Kay’s smooth voice. I liked how the chorus kind of explodes and I especially liked the melody during it. The breakdown starting off the bridge, featuring a small talking section in English, was a really cool touch. Also, the sound effects during it gave a really different feel. The synths and claps that the song ended with was incredibly cool and ended the song off well.

Score – 8

“Love Road” is most certainly a typical piano ballad, especially one from Crystal Kay, you’ll probably feel as if you’ve heard it already unfortunately. I mean, Kay’s voice is beautiful there’s no doubt, but there’s really nothing groundbreaking about this one. Though, the almost uplifting sound of it all was nice and that I enjoyed. Again, it’s a bit more R&B than the majority of her stuff lately, which is a nice change up, even though I liked the more synthetic sound FLASH had.

Score – 7.5

The “Piano Version” of Superman is exactly what you’d expect it to be, a slowed down, piano ballad version of the song. I thought it wasn’t going to work that well, but it ended up sounding much better than I thought it would. The translation from uptempo song being sung in this manner with the piano backing it actually was kind of refreshing. I was unexpectedly impressed, though, I wouldn’t go on and say it was amazing or anything.

Score – 8

Final Note

This single might not be her best, but I’m just glad she’s back tbh.

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Crystal Kay – Spin The Music

12/11/2010 at 4:48 PM | Posted in Crystal Kay | 3 Comments
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~Album~

Crystal Kay – Spin The Music

1. Journey ~Kimi to Futari de~

2. After Love -First Boyfriend- feat. KANAME (CHEMISTRY)

3. Konya wa No.1

4. Kimi ga Ireba

5. Time of Love

6. I pray

7. Goodbye

8. LOVE or GAME

9. Hands up

10. FLASH

11. Thank You For Talkin’ To Me Africa (Yellow Magic Orchestra feat. Crystal Kay)

12. I’ll be there

So here it is, a new Crystal Kay album, something I’ve been waiting for for quite a while. Considering how great FLASH was and the direction Crystal seemed to be going in, I had high expectations for this album. Continue Reading Crystal Kay – Spin The Music…

Crystal Kay – Journey ~Kimi to Futari de~

12/02/2010 at 3:20 PM | Posted in Crystal Kay | Leave a comment
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Crystal Kay – Journey ~Kimi to Futari de~

1. Journey ~Kimi to Futari de~

2. HOLD ON

3. Journey ~Kimi to Futari de~ (Instrumental)

I really loved the whole beginning of “Journey ~Kimi to Futari de~” and the synth and the melody that continues throughout the song. The chorus is where the song stands out. I really liked the atmosphere Crystal creates with her voice and I love the feelings it evokes.

Score – 8.5

“HOLD ON” somewhat surprised me by being in English. It features simple but really effective piano. The vocals were great, naturally, and I liked how involved and stand out the ending of the song was. An excellent B-side.

Score – 9

Final Note

A very good lead up to the new album, I can’t wait for it.

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Crystal Kay – FLASH

06/16/2010 at 1:32 PM | Posted in Crystal Kay | 1 Comment
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~Album~

Crystal Kay – FLASH

1. Intro -Genesis-

2. FLASH

3. Victoria

4. Never say goodbye

5. HAPPY

6. I pray

7. Outro

This is Crystal Kay’s second mini album and it’s been quite a while since she has released anything so I have been waiting for this for ever. I’m so eager so let’s just get on to it shall we?

“intro -Genesis-” really feels as if it’s preparing you for something epic, there’s strings and even a Latin chorus singing that’s pretty cliché lately but I have no problem with that here, it’s a bit different for the music industry.

Score – 8

So I’m just guessing that FLASH is a dive into a more electronic sound for Crystal because as soon as “FLASH” starts it sounds a bit different than any other of Crystal’s songs mostly because of it’s high synth content, it’s a nice change though. The songs got a good beat and sounds pretty hot. I found the chorus to be the best part of the song, and the other parts being just kind of OK.

Score – 8.5

The synth continues with “Victoria” which, if I thought FLASH was hot, Victoria is even more hot. Everything from the way the chorus sounds to Crystal’s vocals throughout the whole song, I loved it all.

Score – 9

“Never say goodbye” continues the electronic sound. It’s a nice sounding song with a pretty good beat along with Kay’s slower, almost toned down vocals. It’s like this song is a mixture of the first and second parts of the album, it makes for a really great transition. I really liked the faster sung English section towards the end, it really gave this song a little extra something.

Score – 7.5

The electronic part of the mini album is over and onto “Happy” a cover of a Michael Jackson song, which, given the “I love you Michael” Crystal says in the beginning, is a tribute to him. It’s a slower song, all in English, and pretty piano heavy. Crystal sings the song quite well, I’m not one for MJ but I was pleased with this.

Score – 7

“I pray” continues the slow pace and is probably the only R&B song on this mini album which some people would probably find shocking coming from Crystal Kay. I really liked I pray, Crystal’s vocals are top notch and sound really beautiful along the beats and acoustics. It reminded me of a few of the other slower Crystal Kay songs but I’ve no problem with that, the ones I’m reminded of are just as great.

Score – 9.5

The “outro” ends the mini album on an incredibly soft note which I though was such a great contrast from the brazen opening. It’s just simple piano backed by strings actually borrowing a bit of the melody from I pray. There are sounds like children playing outside, perhaps in a park, you can hear them laughing and things like a swing set squeaking among other things. It’s really simple yet beautiful, there’s also some soft beautiful vocalizing from Crystal. It’s so short, but this is honestly one of the best endings to a mini album or even an album that I’ve ever heard.

Score – 9.5

Final Note

I really approve of FLASH as it’s a great change of pace giving how electric those first few songs are. My favorites here, the standouts to me, were Victoria and I pray. I was expecting just a little more, but I’m happy with what I got, it is still just a mini album after all.  I really hope to see more of Crystal Kay soon.

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Crystal Kay – After Love -First Boyfriend- feat. KANAME (CHEMISTRY) / Girlfriend feat. BoA

08/23/2009 at 7:51 PM | Posted in Crystal Kay | Leave a comment
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Crystal Kay – After Love -First Boyfriend- feat. KANAME (CHEMISTRY) / Girlfriend feat. BoA

1. After Love -First Boyfriend- feat. KANAME (CHEMISTRY)

2. Girlfriend feat. BoA

3. Deaeta Kiseki

Sweeeeet! Finally, new music from Crystal Kay. I have been waiting quite patiently for this single and after listening to it I’m glad to say that CK did not disappoint me. I realize that it’s her 10th Anniversary and everything so I expected quite a long wait between Color Change! and some new material. Having said that, on with the review.

I really liked “After Love -First Boyfriend-” as soon as the song opened. The beat of the song is kind of mid paced and it kicks it up a little in the chorus. I did expect the chorus to be a bit… louder? I guess I’m just used to blaring chorus’. Although I quickly got uses to the song and really appreciated the simpler sound. I’m not too sure who KANAME is but his vocals are nice alongside Kay’s, although he mostly just provides background for the enitre song.

Score – 10

I knew BoA and Crystal Kay were friends but I never really expected a collaboration. BoA’s part in “Girlfriend” is much larger than KANAME’s is in After Love -First Boyfriend-. I really liked the two totally different singing styles that CK and BoA have to offer, and as different as they are, they flow good together. I really liked the message of the song as well.

Score – 8.5

“Deaeta Kiseki” is a really mellow song that, to me at least, was quite unexpected. The song still maintains an R&B vibe but there is just something different about it. Kay’s vocals are quite nice in the song and I really like the range she shows in the chorus.I think the music itself is what sets the song apart from other Crystal Kay tracks that I have heard and am used to.

Score – 8

Final Note

Overall I am pretty happy with this single and I can’t wait for her to release a new one.

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