Crystal Kay – ALL YOURS

July 25, 2007 at 7:20 PM | Posted in Crystal Kay | 1 Comment
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ALL YOURS is Crystal Kay’s 7th album and it was released on June 20, 2007. The album reached #1 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 136,841 copies.

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Konna ni Chikaku de… was a perfect opening track and it’s quite possibly the album’s best song. It’s just so unique compared to her past works.

The next track pretty much represents what most of the new album tracks sound like. Dream World is a mid tempo song with a catchy chorus. It’s one of the better tracks because it has a very nice rhythm.

Track 3 is a little bit slower paced but it has a nice beat. Anytime is pretty good and it has great vocals, something that many of the new album tracks share.

Anata no Soba de is great because it has wonderful beats and the chorus is very catchy. It shouldn’t have been released as a single in my opinion though (since it only had 1 track).

The album slows down for the next few tracks starting with Cherish. The sound is progressive but it relies more on the beats instead of vocals.

I was really glad to see STILL on the album (which was released back in December as a digital download). The English version of this song is known as As One and it was originally the B-side on the Kitto Eien ni single. I do have to admit that the song sounds a little better in Japanese but only by a little.

Track 7 bored me to be completely honest. Butterfly’s garden has this annoying rain drop beat that never goes away and I couldn’t stand it.

Ending the album’s ‘laid back’ phase, I was glad to hear Kitto Eien ni. The song has grown a lot on me since then and I find it quite beautiful. The song’s orchestral arrangement is unique and pretty epic compared to the rest of the songs on the album.

Track 9 is the kick in the ass that the album needed because ESCALATOR is FANTASIC. It’s very refreshing to hear thanks to its various synthetic elements and the song is almost like an edgier version of Konna ni Chikaku de… because it’s another unique effort by Crystal Kay.

After ESCALATOR, the album begins to pick up and the rest of the tracks that follow are nice and upbeat. Sugar Rain sounds very poppy but yet it has a R&B sound in it.

I liked track 11, I WANNA BE. The song is heavy with harmonizing background vocals and they all blend together quite well.

Track 12, Lonely girl, has a nice dance rhythm with synth in the background. Aside from that, I thought the song was okay.

The next track was pretty average too. However, I thought the fast paced beats in Midnight Highway were really cool.

Now onto the album’s final track. Last Kiss starts off kind of weird because of the brass but then it transitions into a really catchy opening chorus. Crystal Kay’s vocals are at their best and this song was a great way to end the album.

ALL YOURS is a good album, but I found it to be lacking a lot of the elements that her last album Call me Miss… had. Honestly, the album is too laid back and I wanted a stronger R&B sound. This album does excel in one area though, and that is the vocals. Crystal Kay’s vocals are at their absolute best and at their prime. I thought the best songs were Konna ni Chikaku de…, Kitto Eien ni, and ESCALATOR because they showcase her musical range outside of the pop and R&B realm. I do recommend this album but I also believe that it is not her best.

Overall Rating

3½ stars

Tracklisting

1. Konna ni Chikaku de… (こんなに近くで…)
2. Dream World
3. Anytime
4. Anata no Soba de (あなたのそばで)
5. Cherish
6. STILL
7. Butterfly’s garden
8. Kitto Eien ni (きっと永遠に)
9. ESCALATOR
10. Sugar Rain
11. I WANNA BE
12. Lonely girl
13. Midnight Highway
14. Last Kiss

Note: My favorite tracks are highlighted in blue!

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  1. i love this album is simply awesome!


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