BoA – Winter Love

Release Date: November 1, 2006

Tracklist:

1. Winter Love
2. Candle Lights
3. LAST CHRISTMAS
4. Winter Love (TV MIX)
5. Candle Lights (TV MIX)

Winter Love is one long song… Anyway, this is another ballad by BoA, though I like her usage of the lower register in this song. Like her usual ballads, Winter Love has calm verses, but a sweeping chorus (added emotional effect, I think). The accompaniment is typical synth; I wish there were some acoustic instruments, like a cello or something (like in Everlasting). As for BoA’s voice, as I have stated above, she starts lower than usual, but then regains her typical voice. It is sometimes covered byt the background music, but still has power behind it. This song leaves a deep impression on me, because I think this is the first song I heard from BoA.

And yet another Christmas song. Candle Lights has a neat guitar introduction that sets the mood of the song wonderfully. Unlike the A-side, this song is a bit more laidback, but still a ballad nonetheless. I love the accompaniment for this song (can’t get enough of the guitar solos~), but the melody is quite nicely sung too. It seems that BoA is straining on some the higher notes though (seems forced).

Finally! Something that actually sounds like a Christmas song. LAST CHRISTMAS is a cover done by BoA on the famous song of the same name. Her English is suprisingly good, even though there is an accent (at least I can understand her most of the time). BoA’s voice seems to be a bit weaker in this song though; must be because she’s focusing on getting the English.

Overall Rating:
4/5

Y’all know what TV Mixes are right? If not, they’re just snippets of the original, so I won’t be reviewing them.

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