K – play and pray

July 11, 2008 at 3:10 PM | Posted in K | 2 Comments

1. play and pray
2. Believe in love you
3. Lovin’ You
4. play and pray -less vocal-

This is K’s 10th single and it was released on June 25, 2008. This single reached #48 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 2,673 copies.

Hmmm…play and pray is a step up from K’s last 2 singles, but even then I think it’s just an okay song. This mid-tempo R&B inspired song has uninteresting verses but a great chorus that’s pretty upbeat and jazzy. Similar to his past songs, there is a nice combination of his trademark piano playing mixed with R&B elements like fingersnaps and drum beats. His vocals are strong as usual too.

I liked the B-sides even more though…a lot more. The oddly titled Believe in love you should have been the A-side, honestly! The constant, yet rhythmic piano chords next K’s flowing vocals are fantastic and make this song stand out. The chorus is also quite vibrant with its inclusion of sweeping strings. Let’s hope this “B-side” makes the next album too.

When the tracklisting for this single was first announced, I couldn’t believe that he was going to cover Minnie Riperton’s 1975 classic Lovin’ You. You know, that song with the whistle notes? I kind of cringed at the thought of K performing of them, but I was glad that he DOESN’T after finally listening to his cover. He does his own normal high notes and his English has gotten even better (surprisingly).

Overall Rating 

3½ stars



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  1. i really wonder what happened to K after his beyond the sea album. His popularity was steadily increasing so was his sales and releases. ONLY HUMAN definitely gave him a nice boost of popularity, but what happened after his debut Japanese album?
    I adore his vocal talent, but his post-album releases got me “meh…”

  2. ^ i agree with JO. i really loved the Only Human era. it’d be nice if he does a collab with Yuna Ito. hehe <3

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