Crystal Kay feat. Namie Amuro – REVOLUTION Review

Crystal Kay & Namie Amuro Revolution Cover

Release Date: September 16, 2015

Track Listing

  1. REVOLUTION
  2. Shooting Star
  3. hard to say (MSG Version)
  4. REVOLUTION (PKCZ Remix feat. SWAY)
  5. REVOLUTION (Instrumental)

Review

REVOLUTION is Crystal Kay’s 31st single (5th release under Universal Music Japan) and features a collaboration with Namie Amuro. The song is an uplifting piece of dance music that tends to lean closer to the current material that Amuro has been releasing than what Crystal Kay offered so far in 2015 before this single. The PKCZ remix adds a bit of a club edge to the song, and whether this is a great adaptation will be subjective. I prefer the original version of the song myself.

The other song included in this single is a remix of Crystal Kay’s 2002 single hard to say. The original is about as straight-up R&B as one can get. The MSG version takes it into the mid-tempo dance-pop territory, adding light touches of dancehall-styled beats. It’s a refreshing rework of one of Crystal Kay’s early popular songs. I’m not sure of this, but it sounds like the vocals were re-recorded to fit this version. I could be completely wrong, of course.

REVOLUTION is an interesting collaboration between two more recognizable Japanese urban music voices. For fans of both artists, this is probably like one of those dream pairings come true. Granted, this probably isn’t as momentous as the hype machine makes things like this out to be, but it will certainly satisfy those who enjoy the works of either Crystal Kay and/or Namie Amuro.

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