Crystal Kay – Kitto Eien niMay 15, 2007 at 7:15 PM | Posted in Crystal Kay | Leave a comment
1. Kitto Eien ni (きっと永遠に)
2. As One
3. Kitto Eien ni -STUDIO APARTMENT REMIX-
4. As One -REMIX-
5. Kitto Eien ni -INSTRUMENTAL-
This is Crystal Kay’s 21st single and it was released on January 17, 2007. The single reached #12 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 19,615 copies . The title track was used as the theme song for the live action movie version of the manga Boku wa Imouto ni Koi wo Suru.
Kitto Eien ni is a nice ballad with sweeping strings and percussion, etc. However, it sounds like a very typical Japanese ballad but I do give credit to Crystal Kay for trying something different from what she normally does. Almost all of her previous ballads have had a slight tinge of R&B in them and this is the only one that makes full use of an orchestra.
The B-side was a nice surprise for me. As One is in English and I thought the lyrics were excellent and pretty emotional. This song is one of the best English R&B slow tracks I have heard and just another reason why Crystal Kay could be a successful artist in America. The Japanese version of this song, STILL, was released on December 1, 2006 and was only available as a digital download.
Now onto the remixes. The STUDIO APARTMENT REMIX of Kitto Eien ni takes the song in a new direction by removing all of the orchestral elements and adding a constant dance beat. I was glad Crystal Kay’s vocals weren’t sped up for the remix because that’s what ruined the Koi ni Ochitara remix that was on the Kirakuni / Together single.
The remix of As One gives the song a new pop and R&B sound, so it doesn’t sound so much like a ballad anymore. Unlike other remixes, I didn’t mind the ones on this single at all and I thought they were rather good.