BoA – LOVE LETTER
This is BoA’s 23rd Japanese Single, it will be released on September 19th (pushed back to the 26th instead) in 2 versions. A normal CD Only version and a limited CD+DVD edition, The DVD contains the PV of the title song LOVE LETTER. A special “Winter Acoustic” version of LOVE LETTER comes as a 1st press bonus track.
NOTE: this is the review of the PROMO CD not the ORIGINAL SINGLE, there might be some changes in the original one.
LOVE LETTER is a gentle ballad with an R&B BGM, the song kicks off with a catchy melody singing “Aishiatte tsutaeatte motto soba de kanjitai no…” the song puts you in a dreamy/romantic mood from the 1st second! The lyrics are really touching and unlike “Winter Love” or “Everlasting“, they’re more in the happy side. This is definitely one of BoA’s Best Ballads.
Rating: 9.5 /10
the next track, Diamond Heart has been around since the beginning of the summer, it was used for the CM of Toshiba W53T, featuring BoA herself. The song is quite unique, the verses are fast and low pitched, they kinda remind me of Dakishimeru, but not as fast. The post chorus is the most annoying part the ” party ya… party yaaaa” or whatever!
Rating: 8.5 /10
Beautiful Flowers is probably the most memorable song of the single, the song uses a great mix of Orchestral instrumentals (mostly Violin which is my favorite! ) and modern instrumentals, the result is quite outstanding. The chorus is extremely catchy especially the 1st part where she SCREAMS ” Get up Stand Up! tsuyokuare
, Beautiful Flowers...etc”. I thought Beautiful Flowers is an example of what BoA should sing as a “Pop-ish” song! The parts where they used the drums made the song more beautiful. Beutiful Flowers was used as the official theme song of the Japanese baseball team, Yokohama BayStars.
Rating: 9.5 /10
Surprisingly, BoA’s fans around the world had similar reactions, stating that this is BoA’s Best single after BEST OF SOUL.
“omg,i just looove this single,”love letter” is too good to be true!!!!“
“Great single!!!! Surprisingly good actually, since i had low expectations before listening to it. I can’t believe how good it is!“
“phew, what a comeback!!“
“this single is better than what she’s put out recently. All 3 tracks are enjoyable“
“Its been a while but I’m finally able to enjoy something new that BoA is putting out. All three tracks are pretty damn good and I really don’t have any complaints. Its good to see BoA releasing strong material again. “
LOVE LETTER is BoA’s best overall single since DO THE MOTION, and I thought the Spring/Summer/Autumn harmony was pretty damn good too. All 3 tracks have their own style/mood/genre, BoA has been improving since Winter Love and I hope she continues with this route, up BoA up!
Overall rating: A+