K – Beyond the Sea

September 2, 2006 at 1:08 PM | Posted in K | 1 Comment
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Beyond the Sea is K’s debut Japanese album and it was released on January 18, 2006. The album reached #2 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 142,221 copies.

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Cover Girl begins with a great and almost infectious beat. He has an amazing vocal range and this song is only a taste of what’s to come. It’s a great introduction track because this album is filled with slower paced songs and ballads.

The first single to appear on the album is Girlfriend, a bittersweet R&B flavored song. Even though it’s my least favorite of the singles, I can’t deny that it’s performed well.

Then we move onto Only Human, his most successful single to date. It’s still one of the saddest songs EVER and I love it. K gives one hell of a emotional performance here.

TAXI is a great mid tempo R&B song with a very catchy chorus. It’s definitely a highlight of the album and one of the few upbeat tracks in the same style as Cover Girl.

I like the jazzy chorus of Oka no Ue no Fune. The song is an upbeat piano ballad with a nice string arrangement.

The album’s title track, Beyond the Sea, is another wonderful piano driven song with calm vocals from K. This is a very soothing song indeed. It was very cool that K wrote the lyrics when he was still learning Japanese at the time.

Track 7, Play Another One feat. Mummy-D (RHYMESTER), is a new version of the song that was originally on the Girlfriend single. The original version featured only K’s vocals but this new version also features rapping from Mummy-D. The music is pretty much the same except for the intro and the bridge. Mummy-D has a weird, raspy voice too.

Fly Away, didn’t really grab my attention because it’s rather generic but K does a great job during the chorus. Compared to the other tracks on the album, it’s more upbeat.

Friends before Lovers, is another mid tempo R&B number that didn’t really impress me. The English lyrics sounded a little too cheesy for me (You’re my best friend, your’re my lady). 

Dakishimetai is so depressing, but in a good way. It’s mainly a piano track, but it has some nice additional instruments like strings. K excels at these ballads and ranks up there with Only Human for me.   

over…, his breakthrough debut single is next. It’s also a heavy on the piano but the chorus features heavy percussion. Just like Dakishimetai, this song is on the depressing side.

The final track on the album, Bye My Friends, starts off pretty normal but it completely changes once the background choir vocals arrive. The song itself is cheerful despite being about farewells. The ending is the best part because K sings along with the choir and it’s pretty inspiring to listen to. The song ends with the sound of people clapping and cheering and it’s a great way to end the album.

I don’t listen to that many male artists so I was a little skeptical when I first got this album because I never heard anything by K before. However, once I listened to each track, I was pleasantly surprised. It’s a great album and it contains a very nice blend of various genres of music. I genuinely like his voice and find it astounding and pleasing to the ears. He has one of the best voices out there in my opinion.

Overall Rating

4½ stars

Tracklisting

1. Cover Girl
2. Girlfriend
3. Only Human
4. TAXI
5. Oka no Ue no Fune (陸の上の舟)
6. Beyond the Sea
7. Play Another One feat. Mummy-D (RHYMESTER)
8. Fly Away
9. Friends before Lovers
10. Dakishimetai (抱きしめたい)
11. over…
12. Bye My Friends

Note: My favorite tracks are highlighted in blue!

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  1. Was this album the inspiration for your website name?


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