Ieiri Leo: LEO

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Sabrina 5/5

This is Ieiri Leo’s debut single. I like how the song starts out. It’s kind of an echo. And I love the steady beat of the drum. This song is a toned down kind of rock. The chorus in this is awesome. I like how the tone of her voice rises and falls on the itsudatte. That’s something you don’t see much in songs.

Last Stage 4/5

The vocals in this are amazing! I love the beginning on this song a lot as well. However, this seems to be one of my least liked songs. I guess it’s because the chorus is really nice, with the intense music, but the versus are kind of average. Even so, this is still a good song!

Say Goodbye 5/5

I love Ieiri Leo’s smooth vocals in this song. I love the progression in the beginning. The chorus is also amazing with the repeats of the I wanna say goodbye. The I can meet you at the end of the chorus is cute as well. I love the western sound of this song. I also love the little echos in this song.

Shine 5/5

Ieiri Leo’s second single, and her most successful single. Also my favorite single! I love shine. The lyrics are so positive. And the song is so bright and happy! The chorus is amazing! I love the English at the end of the chorus as well won’t you get the shine we can shine. This song is amazing and can appeal to anyone!

Ashita Mata Hare Masu you ni 4.5/5

I was surprised to hear a song like this. It’s so cute! This song also reminds me of Ieiri Leo’s early vocals, like in Sabrina and Ripe. The best part is after the second chorus where she says On a Day After Rain. She really hits that high note good. As cute as this song is, sometimes it’s a little unbearable to listen to it!

Second Dream 5/5

This song starts off a little weird, but now, I think that it’s a cool way to start off a song. This is probably my favorite song off of the album! The versus really build up some anticipation for the chorus, and the chorus is really awesome. The vocals here are amazing due to the high notes. I love what she says at the end of the choruses. It sounds like I sent you, but I’m not sure what she’s saying. This is the perfect tone for a dream-like song.

Kimi Dake 5/5

I used to hate this song. It’s hard to get into ballads from artists I’m new to. But once you listen to this song, it’s really amazing! This is such a touching ballad. The chorus is absolutely amazing! The Awai mirai no dokoka ni part after the second chorus is really touching as well since the music slows down and gets quieter. I love how the song ends as well.

Bless You 4.5/5

Ieiri Leo’s third and current single. I love how this song starts out. Her voice sounds so strong and powerful! The versus, which are soft are a complete contrast to the powerful chorus. Not my favorite single from her, but its still amazing nontheless. I wonder what she’s saying at the beginning of the song? It sounds like triumph and reason.

Fake Love 4.5/5

I love the you lie lie lie at the start of the song and through out the song. The guitar playing all through the song sounds lovely. Ieiri Leo’s vocals are always nice, but somehow in this song, they sound really nice. I love the chorus, especially the kirai kirai kirai at the end of it.

Hello 5/5

This is another cute song. The song starts with some cute music, and then glides into the chorus, which is really nice as well. My favorite part is the see you when I see you part because it sounds like she’s saying see when I see you instead of see you when I see you. I love the glory glory… part after the second chorus. They make her voice sound really cool with that effect.

Mister 5/5

Another cute song! This song is the cutesy-est out all of them. Ieiri Leo’s voice sounds so smooth and soft, I wonder If this is the same girl who powerfully sung Bless You. I say love the chorus for all of her songs, but I really love the chorus for this song. Especially the brand new day part. I love when she says kakko tsukete yo Mister She sounds really cute. This song is just a head lifter!

Lady Mary 5/5

Another ballad! This song starts off rather nicely with the music. The versus are a little slow, and it takes a while to get to the chorus. But in the chorus, Ieiri Leo’s voice sounds so powerful when she’s singing Lady Mary. I love the instrumental for this song. My favorite part is the let me fly away part after the chorus.

Linda 4/5

Along with Last Stage, this is one of my least liked songs on the album. I like the datdate Linda part. Also I like this Ah Daisuki de part. The song ends rather weirdly, but I like it. Not my favorite song, but it’s still really good!

 

I’ve gotten into Ieiri Leo recently, and I’ve been meaning to review her album. I really enjoyed this album. Her singles are amazing, but the new songs were out of this world amazing. I don’t know what I was expecting when I first listened to Ieiri Leo’s songs, but I wasn’t expecting this! This album definitely goes down as one of my favorite albums ever. I’m so excited for her new single that’s coming up.

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Kikkawa Yuu: Vocalist?!

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Watashi ga Obasan ni Natte mo 4/5

The original song is by Moritaka Chisato, and Kikka has covered a lot of her songs in the past. I haven’t heard the original of this song before, so I can’t compare, but this song is pretty nice and laid back. It has a nice and relaxing sound to it. Not my favorite, but I don’t hate it. It’s a perfect b-side song.

Itoshisa to Setsunasa to Kokoro Tsuyosa to 5/5

Original song by Shinohara Ryoko. I can understand why this song sold 2 million copies, because it’s amazing! When I first listened to the album, this song was the song that appealed to me the most first. The arrangement is just so unique, it’s really a great song. Kikka does a really good job with this song! She sounds strong, and there are no weird auto-tune moments!

Kaze wa Aki Iro 5/5

Original is by Matsuda Seiko. I love this song! It’s so cute and happy. Kikka’s version is a little more slowed down than Seiko’s, which I like. Kikka does a good job with those high notes as well.

Secret Base ~Kimi ga Kureta Mono~ 3.5/5

Original by ZONE. One of my favorite songs. I have at least 3 other versions of this song, plus the original. I like how the song starts out. The soft guitar throughout the song is nice. However, I think that there is too much instrumental in the song. It’s distracting and takes away the simplicity. While Kikka’s voice is nice and soft, this is not one of my favorite covers.

Maji de koisuru 5 Byou Mae 5/5

Original by Ryoko Hirosue. I like what was done with the beginning! It sounds like a Mario game, it’s really cute. Kikka’s version is a little less cuter than Ryoko’s, which is okay. This is just a really nice song.

Samishii Nettaigyo 5/5

Original by Wink. This song is amazing! The beginning is changed a lot form the original. Kikka’s version is more rock. The song acts as if it will begin after the slight pause in the music, but it doesn’t, which is a part that I really like. This song is so unique and original. I love the arrangement! Kikka could improve on the high parts in the chorus, but otherwise, I like her version better than some of the other covers.

17 sai 5/5

This is a cover of Moritaka Chisato. Kikka does agood job of making this song her own. This version somehow sounds more tropical! The song in general is really catchy and laid back. It makes me want to dance and I like the arrangement.

Daite! HOLD ON ME 5/5

Original by Morning Musume. I actually had never heard this song before this CD. (What kind of MM fan am I?). I can understand why people love this song, it’s really awesome! I love the chorus! My favorite part is the daite daite daite oh lonely night. Kikka sounds so powerful singing this song. She did the rap all by herself, and it sounded amazing.

Shoujo A 3.5/5

Original by Nakamori Akina. At first, I didn’t like this song much. But it has grown on me, not by much though. I like the dark tone of the song, and the auto-tune isn’t too bad.

Natsuiro no Nancy 5/5

Original by Hayami Yu.  I don’t usually like cute songs like this, but this is so addicting! This version, once again is slowed down. Kikka does a good job of making this song not sound too cute.

Sotsugyou 4/5

Original by Saito Yuki. This song is  faster than the original, and has a more steady beat. I like the beginning instrumentals in this song, though the auto tune is annoying and unneeded… Kikka’s voice sounds really weird in this song, I don’t know how to explain it. It’s not a bad song, it’s actually quite enjoyable.

LOVE Namida Iro 4/5

Original by Aya Matsuura. I don’t like the auto-tune in the beginning… It kind of off sets the whole song. This was never one of my favorite Aya songs, but I do like the chorus of this song! Kikka’s version has a lot of more instruments and sounds.

 

Kikka covers songs on her b-sides all of the time, so it’s not a surprise that she came out with a cover album. I thought that this album would be filled with covers of popular anime songs, however, it’s not. All of the songs are covers of popular 80’s songs! (I like it better this way). While I knew some of the songs, I didn’t know most, so I really enjoyed this album because it exposed me to some classic 80’s songs. Kikka did an amazing job with most of the covers. I just wish auto tune wasn’t used so much because in some of the songs it sounds a little awkward.

Kikkawa Yuu: Hapirapi ~Sunrise~

Hapirapi ~Sunrise~ 3.5/5

After such an awesome debut, this song is a bit of a disappointment. I like how it’s happy, and laid back, but somehow, it’s missing something… I have tried so hard to really like this song, but I just can’t! This has to be my least favorite song by her. Regardless of this plan-ish song, Kikka sounds gorgeous. For some reason, I like when she says “Ari Kamo Ne”

LOVE YOU FOREVER 5/5

This is the first b-side, and it’s amazing! It’s even more laid back then the previous song, and I don’t know, I just really love it. The chorus is so catchy “Love you forever”

Mizuiro 4/5

It took me a long time to like this song, and now, I find that it’s really likeable. Kikka’s voice sounds so nice in this, it sounds so fresh. The guitar is

Sweetie 5/5

Weirdly, I also used to hate this song, but now it’s one of my favorite Kikka songs! It’s a new sound that Kikka hasn’t done before, and it’s so fun and playful, I love it! The chorus makes you feel energetic.

As a second single, this isn’t bad at all. The a-side may have been not to my taste, but all three of the b-sides were amazing!

Kikkawa Yuu: Koko Kara Hajimarunda!

Koko Kara Hajimarunda!- 3.5/5

I don’t like all of the autotune at the beginning of the song. It’s not really a good way to start a song… I do like how Kikka sounds kind of pixelated, it gives a cool effect. However, I really prefer Kikka’s real, and natural voice. I like that she’s trying something new, but I just can’t seem to get into this song this much. I do like the chorus, and Kikka really sounds nice there. For this being an A-side, I’m not too fond of it. I will probably take me a while to like this song.

17sai- 5/5

This is a cover of Moritaka Chisato. I haven’t listened to the original much, but I think Kikka does a really good job of covering this song. The song in general is really catchy and laid back. It makes me want to dance and I like the arrangement.

Kaze no you na Melody- 3.5/5

This song kind of reminds me of the a -side. It also reminds me of vocaloids. I know that someone who works with vocaloids wrote the a-side, but I’m not sure about this. Like Koko Kara, I can’t really seem to get into this song. I like Kikka’s high notes though. That’s something she’s always been good at!

After Kikka’s awesome 3rd single, her 4th is kind of bland for me. I like that she’s trying out new styles, but these songs, except for 17sai didn’t really seem like a-side material to me.

Kikkawa Yuu: Konna Watashi de Yokattara

Konna Atashi de Yokattara– 5/5

Finally getting to reviewing this, even way after her first album came out *___*. But anyway, as I said before on her One For All album, this song remains my favorite Kikka song! I love when Kikka sings naturally like this. She sounds amazing, and the song is so catchy. It’s definitely a step up from Hapirapi Sunrise, which I still a/can’t seem to get into. The only thing I don’t like is the PV, which is a little plain.

Early Snow-4/5

This song sounds rather Christmasy. When I first heard it, I hated it so much! It was so blah,I couldn’t even get past the versus. But now that I listen to it, it’s rather nice. It’s a touching love song, and Kikka’s vocals sound heavenly! I think that if it was anyone but her singing this, I’d be really boring.

After the disappointing single last time, Kikka’s third single is really awesome!

Kikkawa Yuu: One For You

Konna Watashi de Yokattara 5/5

I did not review Kikka’s 3rd single, but this is my favorite single from her! The song is just so catchy, and her voice sounds lovely! I love when Kikka’s song are like this, rather than idolish sounding.

Sweetie 2.5/5

I wonder why they chose to use Sweetie to put on the album. Honestly, I don’t like this song at all. I don’t find it very catchy, and in my opinion, Kikka’s voice doesn’t really sound good to high pitched songs like this and Hapi Wrapi Sunrise. They should have used Sayonara Namida or Fuyuzora Hanabi. I guess it’s alright.

Kikkawa wa YOU! 5/5

Ah, Kikka’s debut single! My second favorite single from her. Love it!

Knight Flight 5/5

I don’t think we’ve really heard any legit ballads from Kikka before this album, but I love this! Kikka’s voice sounds so clear and soothing. There’s two ways to do a ballad, the boring way, and the interesting way, and Kikka has definitely done the latter. One of my favorite songs on the album!

Time to Zone 5/5

This is my other favorite song from the album. I love all of the English in this song, and Kikka’s voice sounds really cute here.

Aitaku Nattara 5/5

Another one of my favorites. This song is nice and slow paced, I also love Kikka’s voice in this. The chorus is really catchy, and the bridge in this is brilliant.

Mizuiro 3.5/5

Another b side off of Hapi Rapi Sunrise. This song is okay. The chorus is catchy though.

Hira Hira Hoshi  2/5

This song is very interesting with the auto tune and everything. I, unfortunately don’t like it that much, but the instrumental is amazing.

Sayonara Namida 5/5

One of my favorite b sides from her debut single. I just love everything about this song. More b side songs should have been included from her debut single rather than her second single.

Arinomama I LOVE YOU 5/5

This is a nice laid back song that reminds me of R&B. The verses and chorus are really catchy! Love the bit near the end when her voice sounds distorted.

Hapi Wrapi Sunrise 3.5/5

My least favorite Kikka single. I don’t understand how this sold more than Konna Watashi de Yokattara. I don’t like Kikka’s voice in this song either. The only thing really catchy about this song is the chorus.

Hako no Naka Blue 1/5

I like the instrumental, but I don’t really listen to this song that much.

Make YOU! 4/5

I don’t know why, but this reminds me of a song Koharu Kusumi would do! But anyway, I like this song. The chorus is really catchy, and Kikka doesn’t sound too cutesy. I like the English.

Kikka’s first album is simply amazing! It waaay over surpassed my expectations of her! Now, I’m becoming a huge fan of Kikka and I can’t wait for her 4th single.

Kikkawa wa You: Kikkawa Yuu

I knew Kikka from when she was in Milky Way. I liked Koharu first, then Kitahara Sayaka, and Kikka was actually the member I didn’t like that much. (based on voice) But when I heard she was debuting as a soloist, I was excited! Well… until I was reading around some H!P forums and youtube. People were saying some mean things about Mano Erina, H!P’s current soloist. Things like:

“We need a new solost, Mano’s boring” “H!P’s current soloist sucks” “Kikka will do a better job” “Kikka is definitely better than H!P’s current soloist” “Mano will be pushed back once Kikka debuts”

I am a HUGE Mano Erina fan. These words hurt. I’m sure they’d hurt Mano is she heard them to. That’s when, for a short period of time, I kind of hated Kikka. I hated her for debuting, and because of her, Mano would be pushed back and ignored.

Later, it was revealed that Kikka would debut under Universal, and not H!P. That’s when I realized I was being ridiculous! Why in the world was I hating on this wonderful girl? Besides, Mano’s not being pushed back. I just watched her PV of her single “My Days for you” it’s awesome, and everyone seems to like it.

Kikkawa wa YOU!

originality: 4/5

PV: 5/5

overall: 5/5

*I love the title, it’s a play on her name! When I first first heard this song, I thought it sounded kind of old like a 70’s or 90’s song. Then I got addicted. I love everything about this song. It’s also original meaning I can’t think of any other song that sounds like this. It’s cute, pop-ish, and uplisfting, yet gentle and easy to listen to. The PV is kind of unoriginal, but between the dance shots, bright colors, close ups, and Kikka’s dazzling smile, it keeps you interested. The dance is simple, yet I like it! Kikka’s voice is already considerably good, however, it sounds kind of shaky at the ends of “My lover” and “So sweet” which is something she can improve on.

Sayonara Namida: 5/5

*When you hear the title of this song, it sounds like it would be a ballad song, but it’s actually pretty uplifting. I like it~

Candy Pop: 5/5

*I like how the song starts out, it sounds kind of old. I know what they did to Kikka’s voice, but it sounds sort of different in a good way. This song is so relaxing and I love the English that’s put into the song. (I wanna change my world, I want to be happy) This is definitely my second favorite track.

Fuyuzora Hanabi 5/5

*This sounds like an anime opening, and it reminds me of winter for some odd reason. I like the high notes in the song, Kikka hits them well. My favorite part is when she sings: “”Ah ano koro no futari de Ah fuzakete waratte odottari odoketari, Ah futari dake ga ukanda shashin ga SHATTAA no oto hibikaseta kono yoru ni” It sounds cool sung fast like that.

Kikkawa wa YOU! (remix) 5/5

*I don’t usually like remixes of songs, their just plan annoying. But this one is actually pretty good.

Kikka is off to a great start, and she already has a nice fan base. I actually liked ALL of the tracks on this single, which is a first for anyone debuting. When’s her next single?!