BoA – Vivid

June 25, 2008 at 4:44 PM | Posted in BoA | 5 Comments
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Tracklisting
1. Kissing you
2. Sparkling
3. Joyful Smile
4. Kissing you (Instrumental)
5. Sparkling (Instrumental)
6. Joyful Smile (Instrumental)

This is BoA’s 27th single and it was released on June 4, 2008. The single reached #5 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 29,304 copies. The first track was used as the theme song for the drama 7nin no Onna Bengoshi 2.

This triple A-side single opens with my favorite song on it: the simple, yet catchy Kissing you. For BoA’s standards, the song doesn’t present anything new but I found it to be really charming and fun. The song is simple in nature and pretty much within the realm of upbeat pop too. Her vocals are lovely as well, perfectly matching the music’s lighthearted atmosphere and beats. Even though this song is quite uneventful, I still enjoyed it.

The 2nd track, Sparkling, is more of a dance tune and utilizes a synth arrangement next to some light beats. I thought this song was okay and not as good as Kissing you. Except for the catchy every me, every you line from the chorus, it’s unmemorable.

Up next is Joyful Smile, another cutesy pop track done in the same style as Kissing you. However, this song isn’t as interesting or as catchy. I know that this is a triple A-side single, but it felt like pure B-side material or something that wasn’t good enough to make it on BoA’s latest album THE FACE. This single felt rushed anyway since it was released to promote her tour.

Overall Rating 

3½ stars

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  1. I agree with your review and Kissing You was a really sweet song (i especially love the line about the umbrella in the lyrics, its in japanese) but the singles double a-side and joyful smile is a b-side lol so you’re instincts we’re right

  2. YES.

    FINALLY SOMEONE WHO AGREES ABOUT KISSING YOU BEING BEST.

    Bah, I was losing hope…

  3. Kissing You is a sweet little number- I agree completely. I’ll keep Sparkling around just b/c it’s catchy. lol

  4. It seems everybody except me enjoys Kissing you.
    I thought Sparkling was the only song on Vivid that’s great.
    Damn, I gave no love to Vivid. XD
    To me, it’s ‘be with you.’ take two.

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