Crystal Kay – 637 -always and forever-

Girl’s Night
2.5
Ex-Boyfriend feat. VERBAL (m-flo)
2.5
CURIOUS
2.5
He Will Be Mine
2.5
ANOTHER BEST THING
2.5
Guardian Angel
2.5
Honey Glue
2.5
A Moonless Night, a Roadless Place
3.5
Holiday Fighter
2.5
Couldn’t Care Less
2.5
LOST CHILD
2.5

thoughts. B-.
As I said when I reviewed Bonnie Pink’s third album, the same applies to Crystal Kay’s sophomore album always and forever. It’s a step up from her debut, but not by much. I will admit that I like the tracks on this album a lot more than her first, as they all seemed to flow into each other. So, it wasn’t like I was listening to a song and wondered why it was on the album. A couple of the tracks on her debut confused the heck out of me, but that wasn’t the case with this one. I did think the tracks were a little generic, despite all of them catching my attention to a certain extent. Kuri-chan has really good album-only tracks, that pop and I find that I enjoy more than her singles. That wasn’t so much the case with this album, I really didn’t care for any track outside of A Moonless Night, a Roadless Place. Which is surprising. I feel like I liked this album a lot more when I first listened to it, but as it stands this is one of my least favorite albums from her.

  • favorite track – A Moonless Night, a Roadless Place
    least favorite track- He Will Be Mine
    guilty pleasure track – Ex-Boyfriend feat. VERBAL (m-flo)
    under-rated track – Honey Glue/Guardian Angel

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Crystal Kay – Crystal Lover Light

Eternal Memories
2.5
Flower of the Lane
2.5
More Lovin’
2.5
TEENAGE UNIVERSE ~Chewing Gum Baby
2.5
Let’s Suika Dorobo
2.5
Darling P.P.P.
4.5
Rainy Blue Day
3.5
C’mon Babe
2.5

thoughts. C.
Crystal Kay is one of my favorite J-artists, literally top 10 and she is so under-rated in Japan it’s tragic. I’m also one of those rare people that like her earlier more rnb-oriented albums, the last album I really liked from her being ALL YOURS. I remember really enjoying Crystal Lover Light (years ago when I was younger and didn’t know any better). I thought it did cute, growing teen girl pretty well. However, after repeated listens it feels a bit all over the place. You have down-tempo, ballads, up-tempo, pop-rock (I think) and it just goes back and forth with just really odd songs in-between that confused the hell out of me. I do get that she was really young and this is her first album so the utter lack of cohesion is somewhat forgiven but it just doesn’t hold up like her follow up albums (Kuri’s 637 -always and forever- is lacking to, but plays more fluidly than this one). Crystal Lover Light is one of those albums that’s forgotten like Ayumi’s Nothing From Nothing mini album. It’s a part of her disco, sure, but no one really brings it up; like it’s a secret or something. That’s how this album plays to me in the feeling I was left with was a forgotten album with a few hidden gems on it.

  • favorite Track – Darling P.P.P.
    least Favorite Track – Let’s Suika Dorobo/C’mon Babe
    guilty pleasure track – TEENAGE UNIVERSE ~Chewing Gum Baby
    under-rated track – Eternal Memories

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