Milestone, released on 12.7.11, is BoA’s 32nd single. Milestone was used as the CM song for audio-technica and I SEE ME was also a audio-technica cm song. This is her 10th anniversary single.
「Milestone」 begins with a classic piano and BoA’s lone vocals in a winter-y ballad. Once the chorus comes around, the instrumental is joined by orchestra as BoA sings with greater strength in her vocals. The song is a short three minutes, but it is a very simple, yet compelling song.
This was BoA’s first digital single; 「I SEE ME」 uses a mixture of piano and electronica as BoA sings in continuous rhythm. The chorus is sung with BoA singing with her own recorded vocals supporting/overlapping her lines. The third verse has various ad-libs in it that bring great emotion to this song. The song ends as it fades out from her ad-libs.
「メリクリ ～BEST & USA Version～ (Merikuri)」 is a revamped, re-recorded version of the song of the same name released in 2004. As said in the title, this is the version released in her BEST & USA album. It’s the same song albeit with a quieter piano instrumental and BoA’s own vocals being more subdued into the background. Her vocals slowly build up as the song goes on with the addition of orchestra. The original song used a lower piano key and instruments that created the “twinkling” feel of the song.
A PV was made for Milestone. It features BoA being driven around a city as well as on a building rooftop in the sunlight. There are scenes of her standing in an empty performance hall as she sings along to the song. There’s also a PV for I SEE ME which you can check out.
As usual of BoA’s Christmas singles, she brings a very pretty ballad along with a re-recorded version of Meri Kuri, which is a song that I love from when she first released it in 2004.