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lecca – Step One January 25, 2012

Filed under: lecca — solarblade @ 7:24 am

Track Listing

  1. Jammin’ the Empire
  2. HI-TEN feat. ILMARI & SU
  3. Familia!
  4. Right Direction
  5. Shissou Mother
  6. ONE WORD
  7. Yaru Naraba
  8. missing Ordinary
  9. INFORMER
  10. Dolce
  11. Dreaming of you feat. EMI MARIA
  12. get ur morning
  13. gift
  14. Bokutachi no Sekai
  15. Saisei

1. Jammin’ the Empire

Kicking off the album, Jammin’ the Empire was one of two promotional songs from the album and I thought this actually started things off on a good note even if the intro was a little long.  Once lecca joins in, the tune moves into a dance-quality song.  Of course lecca has unique vocals though so it’s something to get used to if you’re getting into her in the first place.  It’s still pretty solid of a song and a great way to kick things off.

2. HI-TEN feat. ILMARI & SU

Working with ILMARI & SU from RIP SLYME, HI-TEN is kind of continuing on this very electro/dance style but I’m liking the energy from this song since it brought two rather enthusiastic MCs into the game to mix it up.  Though I have to say that I enjoyed lecca the most out of this collaboration but it’s not to say the guys didn’t do bad.  Once again, such good movement in the song, I have to say!

3. Familia!

During the era, there were two digital singles and this would be the first of em actually.  Once again a lot of synths are found in this song but it isn’t as beat driven actually which is a little surprise but a good move after “HI-TEN”.  Actually, it kind of has this celebratory sound which is a new direction and it’s something I really enjoy.  It’s just fun and has a great atmosphere to it…I’m kind of liking this!

4. Right Direction

Unfortunately, the album comes to a halt with the only physical release in the era.  I’m still not a huge fan of this song even though it does stand out early in the album for being more of a slower song for her.  Sadly, it was overshadowed by its B-sides and now overpowered by the album tracks.  Plus, I still can’t help but chuckle hearing lecca pronounce the title lol.

5. Shissou Mother

Then it gets WEIRD with Shissou Mother.  The song is definitely more absurd and unusual than it is applicable to a listener.  The music is VERY kiddy-like with some odd instrument and stuff that sounds more preferred to iono….Minimoni perhaps?  Add in cries from a baby and it sort of starts to make sense to me…but at the same time it’s just very WTF for me and kind of bizarre but she sounds good though and she sings/raps fast here hahah…I just don’t know if I can take this song seriously.

6. ONE WORD

At least she gets grounded when ONE WORD comes on which has a nice little island theme to it with steel drums being included.  It’s one of the feelgood songs to listen to and it’s simple but really relaxing to listen to.  Though once again her English is kind of laughable…~wahhh waaard~?  I just can’t with that…

7. Yaru Naraba

Electric guitars opening Yaru Naraba?  I guess it must be a sign.  To me, Yaru Naraba kind of reminds me of “Familia!” with the upbeat dance style but it’s just as good IMO.  I kind of liked this song actually, it was just all kinds of catchyness.  Maybe as good as “Familia!” though they are a bit similar huh?

8. missing Ordinary

At least I knew what lecca said in the intro XD.  I’m surprised also at how simple this one sounds since it’s just R&B but with easy beats.  At first it did seem to be a tad boring but after the halfway mark it gets so much better with synths and a lot better of a melody added to the rather minimal sound it has.  It’s alright but I wish it didn’t take that long to get to the parts.

9. INFORMER

Luckily she didn’t forget her main style and INFORMER is a great reggaeton track and she sounds like she’s having a blast with this one.  As the other promotional song, she chose a winner because it has everything that I kind of wanted and it did slightly end the happier songs (even if it’s for one song).  Loving this!

10. Dolce

Oh, I guess it isn’t just one song, Dolce might not be a fierce as “INFORMER” but this song is also upbeat and definitely for clubs hahah.  I will say though that it lacks something that doesn’t stick to me like other lighter songs like “Jammin’ the Empire” did…I think it might be a rather simple dance track to me…

11. Dreaming of you feat. EMI MARIA

Pan flutes opening one of lecca’s songs?  That’s all kind of random for me hahah.  It’s easy to tell who’s who because lecca has the deeper vocals while EMI has the higher girlier pitch.  Still there’s not a lot of her until in the second verse but she kind of reminds me of Kanayan oddly enough.  After a while, I do notice the march style becoming more prominent…it’s an interesting song no doubt…I think I liked this collaboration more than “HI-TEN”.

12. get ur morning

If there was one song that was just a little too long for itself, it was definitely this one!  As it’s another ballad on the album it’s a bit more slower than “Right Direction” was but it was godawful long for me and just felt a little bland to me.  It’s probably my least favorite of the album.

13. gift

As we get near the end of the album, we get into the other digital single released in the era.  It follows in the same vein as “get ur morning” but this was more interesting and had a bit more movement (plus lecca’s vocals are so much better here).  Though of the previous released stuff, I’m not liking this much either but at least it’s a step up above the previous track. 

14. Bokutachi no Sekai

Oooo, I’m really liking the intro to Bokutachi no Sekai a lot.  It sounds like background music to a traditional Japanese movie or something.  It has kids talking shortly before lecca ad-libs and beats are added in.  I could say this can be considered a ballad, but it’s a little more upbeat than that, but I’m really loving the song.  Not full of bells and whistles, just keeps it at a solid level…not like the boring level “get ur morning” was though.

15. Saisei

Closing the album out, Saisei is another ballad which is kind of disappointing to me but this is one of those uplifting ones by sound which is a little different from the others but it doesn’t drive the problem of being too long away.  It’s just as long as “get ur morning” which is all kinds of not-so-good opinions in my mind.  It makes for an appropriate ending…but otherwise…I can’t remember this song very well.

Tracks Recommended

  • INFORMER
  • Dreaming of you feat. EMI MARIA
  • Familia!
  • Bokutachi no Sekai
  • Jammin’ the Empire

Song of Avoidance

  • get ur morning

At first, I was actually blown away by Step One since it had tons more solid songs than “Power Butterfly” did which is a good thing…that is until we got into the final stretch where lecca piled the ballads/slower songs at the end which kind of made the album a bit of blur.  However if she had simply rearranged the tracklist around that wouldn’t have been as bad as a problem.  The rest of the album though is great and people should take a listen to this album…though I will warn ya…unique vocals!