JYONGRI – Lullaby For You

August 7, 2007 at 8:05 PM | Posted in JYONGRI | Leave a comment

1. Lullaby For You
2. Catch me
3. Lovers DRIVE
4. ~Yakusoku~ Live Version (~約束~)
5. Lullaby For You (Instrumental)
6. Catch me (Instrumental)
7. Lovers DRIVE (Instrumental)

This is JYONGRI’s 3rd single and it was released on July 25, 2007. The single reached #12 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 20,963 copies. The title track was used as the theme song for the Square Enix video game Subarashiki Kono Sekai (The World Ends With You overseas).

The opening piano chords of Lullaby For You are really pretty and set the gentle tone of this ballad. The song adds some R&B beats in the mix when it draws closer to the chorus. Speaking of the chorus, the vocals are great and JYONGRI puts a lot of emotion into her voice. This is a well done song.

The 2 new B-sides on the single are both upbeat tracks, the first one having a more aggressive R&B style to it. Catch me starts off promising but the annoying chorus kind of ruins it. The English lyrics of the song cheesy too: Catch me if you can and Gotta be a macho man.

I liked the other B-side Lovers DRIVE a lot more. It’s very poppy and JYONGRI’s vocals really add flavor to the song. The chorus is also fantastic. The only problem I had with the song was it’s ending; the English lyrics at the end really annoyed me: Sunny day, feels like it’s a holiday, come my way, so much fun like a birthday. Those lyrics can also be heard as the background vocals during the chorus but still, it’s a bad way to end the song.

The next track is a live version of ~Yakusoku~, one of the songs from her debut album Close To Fantasy. Instead of the piano arrangement of the original, it is replaced by the acoustic guitar. Compared to other live versions of other artists’, the quality of this one is sort of bad because everything sounds slightly muffled. Anyway, JYONGRI sings amazingly well live so I’m not really complaining about sound quality.

Overall Rating 

3½ stars


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