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BoA – OUTGROW [4th Japanese Studio Album]

Posted on: July 9, 2008

BoA’s fourth original album, entitled OUTGROW, was released on 02.15.06. The singles released before the album are DO THE MOTION, make a secret, 抱きしめる and everlasting.

The most memorable song is BoA’s opening track, Silent Screamerz, a dance/pop explosion that introduces the album fantastically. Opening up with a fun dance instrumentation, the listener is taken into the song from first listen. BoA sounds great on the verses singing slickly and keeping with the coolness of the song. The hook consists of two lines but they set up the chorus nicely as she sings “are you okay?” There is a moment of pure instrumentation and then the addictive chorus comes crashing in. The English phrases “shout out” and “one scream” really stand out as BoA hits her marks perfectly vocally. The third verse is a bit different but sounds great nonetheless. The final note of the song is held fantastically and then instrumentation brings the song to a close. BoA’s opening songs are usually strong and Silent Screamerz is no exception.

The second song on OUTGROW is DO THE MOTION. The song starts off with a part of the chorus, which shows off BoA’s vocal strength over a romantic instrumental. The chorus really is the standout part of the song with great vocals. During the vereses, BoA sings slightly deeper in keeping with the song’s atmosphere. The English in the backgroud is a nice touch as well. The pure instrumental section shows off the song’s romantic atmosphere and the note sung right before is wonderful. DO THE MOTION is a fantastic addition to the album and is a standout number.

キミのとなりで is one of the sweetest songs on the album and one of the most memorable slower songs. The song starts off with BoA singing the chorus and her vocals here sound great and they move with the music very well. The verses feature some pretty soft vocals and they sound perfect with the beauty of the music. Right before the chorus comes, the instrumentation becomes slightly more varied for a moment and it is these moments that really stand out to the listener. With this chorus, BoA shows off more vocal strength and shows off the emotional presence further. The pure instrumental section puts an emphasis on just how pretty the song really is before returning to the chorus once again. Pure instrumentation brings the song to a dreamy close, making キミのとなりで an excellent slow song and nice addition to the album.

OUTGROW ~Ready butterfly~ comes as the fourth song on the album and one of the album’s strongest songs. An interesting and addictive instrumental sequence starts off the song strongly before the first verse starts. BoA sings higher and with a certain slick rapidity that shows off just how much flare she really has. She also whispers in the background, which is a perfect fit and brings out the sexual energy. The chorus is addictive and has an element of sexiness that comes to the listener strongly. The chorus features a certain echoing to the vocals that make them stand out all the more and the following pure instrumental section really spotlights just how cool the song is. OUTGROW ~Ready butterfly~ is a fantastic album track and one of the strongest songs on the entire album.

BoA brings the magic on the fifth song, make a secret. Opening up with a fun instrumentation and some nice vocalizing from BoA. She sounds great on the verses and sounds very comfortable with the music. The English phrases such as “birthday” stand out with the various Japanese phrases. BoA goes slightly more powerfully with her vocals durnig the chorus and it really makes the chorus stad out strongly. The third verse is pretty simple but it’s a nice part of the song. Overall make a secret is very enjoyable and certainly a track worth watching out for.

Following is the ballad, Everlasting. Although the vocals are very strong during the chorus, the song is pretty forgettable. Nothing really stands out about this song. The moments of pure instrumentation are pretty nice too but they aren’t enough to save this song. Everlasting is worst song on the album and would have been better had it been left off.

The seventh song, LONG TIME NO SEE, is a sweet ballad that just touches the listener’s heart. Opening up the song is a sweet and cute instrumental that opens the song’s atmosphere from the very beginning. BoA sounds very nice on the verses as she sings smoothly in keeping with the song’s feel. The vocals right before the chorus show off her range nicely as she demonstrates a little more power. The chorus really stands out as BoA’s vocals continue to support the music well and the lyrics are so touching that the listener really is taken into the world of the song. The final chorus sounds absolutely wonderful as she sings with more emotion and keeps the image of the song vivid in the listener’s mind. Following is the same sweet pure instrumentation to bring the song to a very nice finish. LONG TIME NO SEE is definitely a wonderful addition to the album that is worth listening to.

The eighth song on the album is the cute and inspiring, cosmic eyes. BoA says “Who, what, who, what?” opening up the song very nicely with a fantastic instrumental. BoA’s vocals are somewhat cute during the verses and the instrumentation remains one of the most interesting on the album. She sings a little higher during the chorus and the energy really comes through strongly to the listener, making the chorus pop nicely. With an interesting instrumental, fun vocals from BoA and inspiring and uptempo lyrics, cosmic eyes is a fun and unique track on the album.

抱きしめる is one of the more aggressive and standout songs in OUTGROW. The song begins with a hot instrumentation with mysterious and cool sounds before the first verse starts. BoA sings her lines with a certain slickness that strongly shows off the song’s attitude. The English line such as “I know loneliness is best friend” really pop as they are surrounded by Japanese lyrics. The hook sounds nice as she holds the final note very nicely and it serves as a great introduction to the addictive chorus. BoA powerfully sings the title of the song as the first word. The English words such as “true love” pop very nicely as well. The third verse feature BoA talking for a little bit and then pure instrumentation comes in with BoA vocalizing in the background. More instrumental comes in after the chorus is sung again, bringing the song to its finish. 抱きしめる is a fantastic aggressive dance song that BoA sounds completely comfortable on and is truly one of the album’s strongest tracks.

Featuring a slight throwback sound, Love is just what you can’t see, if one of the most memorable songs on the album. A fun instrumentation opens up the song and then BoA comes with the first verse. She sounds very natural here and her voice works well with the music. The chorus is particularly noteworthy as she shows off more vocal power and range. The English phrases “feel me baby” and the title really stand out with her voice. The pure instrumental section sounds great and re-introduces the chorus very nicely. With the last chorus, her vocals are the strongest on the entire song as she sings “feel me baby” with power and range, hitting the note in the higher range. It’s an excellent song definitely worth the listen.

Stay My Gold is a sweet ballad that is certainly one to remember. BoA opens up very nicely singing the chorus with emotion and vocal strength. The background singers singing “I sing this song for you” isn’t particularly necessary but it’s a nice addition. BoA’s vocals are somewhat deep as she sings the verses, which serves as a nice contrast to the more powerful choruses. The English line “I can stay my gold” pops very nicely as it is surrounded by Japanese lyrics. The two lines that make up the third verse are fantastically sung, particularly the last line “stay my own gold” where BoA belts out and holds the final note wonderfully. Stay My Gold is a very nice addition to the album and shows off BoA’s vocal talents.

The album’s semifinal song is soundscape. The song starts off with the chorus, which is nice but a little bland. Her vocals are nice but the instrumentation is nothing particularly noteworthy. The verses are also nice but they don’t really grab the listener as much as they should. soundscape is a pretty simplistic song and not particularly grabbing to the listener so its inclusion as the semifinal song was not a very wise one.

The album closes with the fantastically cute, With U. She sings “sunshine with you” before starting the first verse. Her vocals and the instrumentation combine to create a certain personal element that just sticks out to the listener. The chorus really stands out as BoA steps up slightly vocally and she holds the ending note very nicely. The fun and breezy atmosphere really is spotlighed during the pure instrumental sequence before the chorus is re-introduced. With U is a perfect album closer that shows off BoA’s cuter side while still showing her vocal strength.

Album Ranking: A –

BoA’s 4th Japanese album, OUTGROW is a collection of great songs that show off a great variety. From the hot uptempo tracks such as Silent Screamerz and 抱きしめる to the sweet ballads like キミのとなりで and LONG TIME NO SEE, BoA’s strengths are really shown off nicely. OUTGROW is a very varied album that offers at least one song that the listener can appreciate.

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