Crystal Kay – 涙のさきに [24th Single]

June 17, 2008 at 9:47 pm (Crystal Kay) (, )

Crystal Kay’s 24th single, entitled 涙のさきに, was released on 06.11.08. The song received a tie-in as the CM song for ITOEN TULLY’S BARISTA’S SPECIAL.

涙のさきに opens up strongly with the chorus over a hot dance beat. Crystal’s use of English actually creates a cool atmosphere that is perfect to dance to. When the first verse comes, a more mellow feeling is established with still that energy looming in the back of the instrumentation. Crystal’s vocals are also shown off here as she delivers power and a few times, she goes a little higher. The chorus is pretty nice as well as Kuri sings her way through an energetic sound. The pure instrumental section is wonderful as it spotlights the hot beat that the song is all about. The hook that opened up the song is easily the best part of the song and the rest of the song should’ve followed that example but it’s still a nice song that shows Kuri straying away from her typical sound for a more Americanized sound, which works here.

The B-side of the single is Girl Move On. The song opens up with a Latin flavored instrumentation along some nice vocals from Kuri before the first verse comes in. The beat is addctive and Kuri’s vocals, although on the softer side, work with the music to capture the feeling of the song. The chorus really stands out and at some points, Krui speaks a few words of Spanish, which adds to the flavor of the song. Girl Move On is a nice B-side with enough strength to push this single forward.

In order to promote the single, a PV for 涙のさきに was made and it’s pretty on the weird side. The video features Kuri as well as a bunch of cheerleaders. Soon a masked villain comes in and threatens to attack the cheerleaders as he holds a powertool to a doll of one of the cheerleaders. Time freezes as they run away and then a woman secret agent stops the villain and leaves the girls and Kuri to dance. It’s pretty weird but does kind of go with the feel of the song.

Single Ranking: B +

Crystal Kay’s 24th single features songs different from her traditional sound. The title track has an American vibe, which Kuri sounds perfectly at home on. The hook sounds great and the rest of the song isn’t bad either. The B-side has a Latin flavor that stands out, showing off Kuri’s vocals well. Hopefully her new album will continue in this direction.

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