- Universe feat. Crystal Kay & VERBAL
- Believe In Love (Acoustic Version)
- Best Hit Mega Blend
- Eien Instrumental
- Universe Instrumental
I was surprised that BoA released another Japanese single, Eien is her 27th and it was released on February 18, 2009. The A-side (Eien) is a mid-tempo pop song with a bouncy piano melody & bass line along with nice layered synth work. I admit that it took a few listens for me to get into this track but in the end I found it by some rather catchy stuff. What I noticed the most was that the English during the chorus was much more improved over her previous efforts.
There are 2 B-sides on this package. The first being Universe feat. Crystal Kay & VERBAL. It’s a funky dance-pop/R&B hybrid. BoA & Crystal Kay actually sounded really good together. I didn’t expect their voices to compliment each other but they do. VERBAL’s verses were maybe a tad unnecessary but they’re there. This is a sweet track, better than the A-Side I think.
The 2nd B-side is the acoustic version of BoA’s collaboration with Ravex, Believe In Love. I don’t really like this version that much, I think it’s just okay. I prefer the original.
The 4th track is a short mega-mix covering BoA’s more recent single releases. This was definitely not done manually. It has something like Pro-Tools written all over it. Technically it’s well done but I wish it was a little bit longer to allow for some smoother transitions between songs.
A solid release. Eien is catchy but I think Universe is definitely the stronger track overall.