ravex’s 2nd single, entitled Believe In LOVE featuring BoA, was released on 02.18.09.
Believe In LOVE is a very spacey and sleek number that allows BoA to shine. That opening instrumental is absolutely addictive and takes the listener to another world. Soon the beat comes in and the listener is introduced to the first verse. Each set begins with BoA singing “I’m looking for your…” (voice, touch, heart, etc…) and her overall vocals really support the music, establishing a clear atomsphere. It’s the grandeur of the chorus that makes this song so memorable as BoA delivers an amazing vocal performance. When she sings “believe in love,” she holds that last note so beautifully and powerfully, that it blows the listener away. Believe In LOVE is an amazing song that shows the power of ravex’s production and BoA’s vocals.
ravex teams up with Goto Maki for the B-side, Golden LUV. Unfortunately, the song doesn’t come close to the awesomeness of the A-side which is too bad. The fault of that is the instrumentation because Maki’s vocals are on point throughout the song. The music just feels so repetitive and although the piano sounds nice, it feels like it’s running on and the whole disco theme just doesn’t work as well here. It seems like a bit of a waste of Maki’s talents but it’s all right.
In order to promote the single, a PV for Believe In LOVE was made. It’s nothing special though, just a series of clips from anime series such as Astro Boy. A little effort should have been put into the video.
Single Ranking: A –
ravex and BoA make one heck of a team as seen by the cool and fun A-side. The B-side is a little off but enjoyable nonetheless. Hopefully their album will keep the same quality as the A-side with such A-tier artists like Amuro Namie and Tohoshinki.