March 30, 2007 at 10:27 AM | Posted in BoA | Leave a comment

3. KEY OF HEART (English ver.)
    [First pressing bonus track]

This is BoA’s 21st single and it was released on August 9, 2006. The single reached #7 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 40,943 copies. The title track was used as the theme song for the Japanese version of the movie Over the Hedge.

KEY OF HEART is your average pop song that features a nice string arrangement and overall melody. BoA’s vocals during the chorus are excellent and pretty catchy too. Upon further inspection, I couldn’t help but find the lyrics of the song to be somewhat cheesy, but that’s okay.

I thought the other A-side, DOTCH, was much better. The song opens with a funky groove and the overall sound of it is quite unique compared to her past work. It still sounds poppy at certain parts but I really liked the offbeat vibe that the song presents.

The English version of KEY OF HEART is pretty good vocal-wise. BoA’s English has definitely been improving and the lyrics are actually better than the Japanese version’s. They’re still a little on the cutesy side but I have to applaud BoA for a job well done with the English vocals. This track was only available on the first pressing of the single.

Overall Rating

4 stars


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