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Flashback Friday: Crystal Kay - Girl U love | Japanese R&B? Nailed it.

J-R&B didn't start with Crystal Kay, but she's been one of the few artists in Japan who has done it, navigated it and pulled it off well and consistently since the very beginning. She didn't always get it right, but her missteps were still better than most trying it on their best day.

Crystal had delivered some some good J-R&B offerings during her humble beginnings. But for me personally, "Girl U love" was the earliest point in her discography where she really nailed it. Whilst "Eternal memories" was a great song, which has aged considerably well and could easily be lumped in with PR&B; Crystal got lost in it. "Girl's night" was a bop, but it was such a typical song of the 2000s which had a sound and a look which was not exclusive to her. "Girl U love" on the other hand was a great showcase of the vocals that we'd grow to love more and more as she got older and set an early blueprint for what would eventually bec…

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