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BoA – MADE IN TWENTY (20) [5th Japanese Studio Album]

Posted on: July 9, 2008

BoA’s 5th studio album, entitled MADE IN TWENTY (20), was released on 01.17.07. The singles released before the album were 七色の明日 ~brand new beat,~ KEY OF HEART / DOTCH and Winter Love.

BoA’s opening tracks are usually some of her strongest and Lady Galaxy is no exception. The song starts off with a fun and interesting instrumental with BoA saying “we welcome you aboard, this flight is taking off, enjoy your trip, get ready…” Her vocals during the verses are somewhat deep and have a certain slickness and attitude to them that make them pop. The chorus is very enjoyable as BoA sings “my heart is starship, nobody can stop it, I’m lady galaxy.” It’s an interesting theme that plays throughout the song. The pure instrumental section in the middle of the second verse is a very nice touch as it puts an emphasis on the coolness of the song. The repetition of “use your imagination” during the third verse is pretty cool and makes the verse stand out. Lady Galaxy is an excellent album opener and continues BoA’s trend of strong beginning tracks.

BoA’s cute side comes out strongly on 七色の明日 ~brand new beat.~ The song starts off with a part of the chorus over a twinkling instrumental. BoA’s vocals sound great here and capture the kawaii sound of the song perfectly. The verses sound great as BoA sings slightly deeper, putting a nice light on the lyrics, which are pretty strong. Then the full chorus comes out very nicely. The opening word, which is repeated, sounds great and shows off just how catchy the chorus really is. The hook of singing “so cool, so bright, I feel so good” really does stand out to the listener strongly and continues the song’s catchiness. The song finishes off with the hook and BoA singing “baby always look at me” is a perfect ending for this cute song, a true standout song on the album.

One of the album’s strongest ballads, Winter Love, is the third song. Instrumentation filled with the sounds of winter open this song. BoA’s vocals are deeper than usual when she starts singing the first verse but this is in contrast to the chorus. The chorus stands out nicely as BoA shows off vocal power, singing in a higher range and the instrumentation really brings out the emotions of the song. The lyrics of the song have a personal feel that really stands out to the listener and this is brought out strongly by all the aspects of the song. The third verse picks up a certain energy and BoA continues to show off her vocals strongly, particularly with the final note before the a wonderful pure instrumental section comes in. Pure instrumentation brings the song to an excellent close. Winter Love is one of the album’s standout ballads and one of the more memorable songs on MADE IN TWENTY (20).

Continuing a more slow sound is the next song, STILL. The chorus opens up the song very strongly with some great vocals from BoA that go with the music very nicely. Once the chorus finishes, the instrumentation slightly changes and BoA speaks in all English before the first verse starts. There is a certain jazzy feeling that emerges from the music and BoA sounds perfectly at home. The pure instrumentation sequence sounds fantastic and the guitar really does sound beautiful here. The following third verse shows off BoA’s powerful vocals and her range as she hits the higher notes very strongly. Beautiful instrumentation brings the song to a close, making STILL. one of the standout numbers on this album.

BoA shows off her more mature side on the hot dance track, SO REAL. After some fun vocalizing from BoA, the first verse comes in. Her vocals work well with the music to keep up the song’s dance feel. The chorus brings the addictive quality as BoA shows off more vocal power with a catchy instrumentation. The third verse and the following small section of pure instrumentation combine to form more strength for this song. SO REAL is a fantastic dance number that really stands out and is one of most memorable tracks on MADE IN TWENTY (20).

KEY OF HEART is the album’s sixth track. The song begins with a nice instrumental with a breezy and fun sound. BoA’s opening vocalizing does a very nice job of portraying that feeling and then she sings the first verse. The verses show a more mellow sound and BoA’s vocals move perfectly with the music here. The chorus stands out as BoA shows some more vocal strength and the instrumentation remains interesting and the last line, sung in English “just the key of heart” is a nice finish that pops. The pure instrumentation section shows off the almost magical quality set forth by the music and is a perfect addition to the song as the listener enjoyably follows. The song fades out with BoA vocalizing very nicely along with the same fun instrumentation. KEY OF HEART is a very nice song and a great fit on MADE IN TWENTY (20).

OUR LOVE ~to my parents~ is a piano ballad that is one of the weaker songs on the album. The piano sounds great and BoA moves well with the music but it just doesn’t stand out to the listener in the midst of the rest of the album. It’s definitely one of the forgettable songs on the album and not particularly worth the listen.

The slow song, no more make me sick, is definitely a great standout song. The song starts off with an interesting instrumental before the first verse. Her vocals are kind of deep but they go well with the music. The chorus stands out particularly for the English phrases such as “no more make me sick” and “look what you did to me.” Her vocals sound great here and really stand out. The third verse continues the song’s strength as the instrumentation becomes slightly more varied and her vocals are still strong. no more make me sick is an excellent song and a nice addition to the overall feel of the album.

RAH-D and BoA team up for Revolution CODE 1986-1105. RAH-D opens up with a talking introduction and then BoA comes with powerful vocals over a hot dance beat. The chorus stands out strongly particularly as she sings out the title of the song and the English phrase “it’s easy.” The lyrics have a certain inspiring feel to them that really works with the song well. Honestly, RAH-D doesn’t provide anything particularly strong about the song and his presence is un-needed on this song. The song’s title is BoA’s birthday and it’s actually pretty cool how she worked that into the song. REVOLUTION CADE 1986-1105 is a fun song and certainly worth the listen.

The mood slows down with Your Color, a sweet ballad. A pretty and sweet instrumental opens the song and introduces the first verse perfectly. BoA’s vocals sound great as she captures the emotional presence of the song wonderfully. The chorus has a magical feeling to it that really captures the listener’s ear and along with the sounds of winter, the instrumentation is definitely one of the song’s strong points. BoA smoothly sings her way through the chorus, further propelling its strength. The third verse continues the song’s strength and BoA shows off her range hitting the higher notes momentarily and strongly. Pure instrumentation along with some vocalizing from BoA brings the song to a close. Your Color is a great ballad that captures the emotions wonderfully through a beautiful instrumental and BoA’s strong vocals.

BoA’s mature side comes out fiercely with Prayer. The song opens up with a slick and cool instrumental and that slickness is mirrored in BoA’s vocals during the verses. It’s the chorus that really stands out as BoA sings powerfully and the English phrases such as “because I just want you, want you” really stand out. The third verse consists of a man in the background saying “tell me what is on your mind” while BoA does some nice vocalizing. Great lyrics, a more mature BoA, hot instrumental and energy all make Prayer one of the best songs on MADE IN TWENTY (20) and certainly one not worth skipping.

The album’s best ballad comes as the semifinal song, Candle Lights. After an enjoyable instrumental, BoA sings the first verse. She starts off with a deep vocals but before the chorus comes in, she shows off just how much power she has. The chorus continues the string of strong vocals as they capture the song’s sorrowful atmosphere. The final lines of the chorus, which are sung in English such as “I love you” and “I need you” are particularly ear-grabbing and bring the chorus to a nice finish. The pure instrumental section sounds beautiful and further captures the emotion of the song nicely. Ending with the chorus, BoA delivers strong vocals with the final line of the chorus “love goes on.” Candle Lights is another fantastic ballad that shows off BoA’s vocal talents with a great instrumental.

The album closes with the piano-driven midetempo number, Gracious Days. BoA’s vocals remain pretty nice throughout the song and she doesn’t really go deeper unlike other songs. It’s the chorus that stands out the most as there is a certain cuteness that shines through and it’s when she sings “wish always gracious days,” it really comes across to the listener. The pure instrumental section sounds great as the pretty music is spotlighted. Gracious Days certainly isn’t the strongest song on the album but it’s a fairly nice finish.

Album Ranking: B +

BoA’s fifth studio album, MADE IN TWENTY (20) features some great songs such as Prayer, SO REAL, Candle Lights, STILL. and 七色の明日 ~brand new beat.~ Although the album definitely has its boring numbers, there are plenty of enjoyable moments on the album.

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