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Lia – Lorelei no Uta November 24, 2012

Filed under: Lia — solarblade @ 5:32 pm

Track Listing

  1. Lorelei no Uta
  2. Kokoro ni Kodoku Uta (IA)
  3. Lorelei no Uta (Instrumental)

1. Lorelei no Uta

Lia somehow seems to impress me with her music (though her last single was a major borefest)…Lorelei no Uta is back to the cool anison songs she’s been doing and I really found myself enjoying it all.  Lia is of course giving an amazing vocal performance here and together makes a winning combination!  Great leading track for sure!

2. Kokoro ni Todoku Uta (IA)

I’m not exactly sure what is this IA is (from what I’ve explored, I kind of guess this is Lia in VOCALOID form.  The arrangement of the song has also kind of changed but not by much which is fortunate.  To be honest, Lia (if it’s her) doesn’t sound much different either, though she is singing a bit louder.  Not bad, but was it necessary?

 

 

Her second single I’ve reviewed that’s tied to the Shining Blade series, Lorelei no Uta is definitely better than her first one “Kokoro ni Todoku Uta”, it just flowed better and Lia sounds amazing!  As for the second track, I don’t really understand why it’s there besides the tie-in but it was weird and unnecessary.  Though overall, it’s a good single!

 

Lia – Kimi wa Hitori Nanka ja Nai yo/Song of Life September 24, 2011

Filed under: Lia — solarblade @ 8:26 pm

Track Listing

  1. Kimi ga Hitori Nanka ja Nai yo
  2. Song of Life
  3. Kimi ga Hitori Nanka ja Nai yo (Violin Sei-Ensou Remix)
  4. Song of Life (Piano×Violin Sei-Ensou Remix)

1. Kimi ga Hitori Nanka ja Nai yo

I have to admit, Lia has one of the strongest voices in J-pop and it works well with the first A-side, Kimi ga Hitori Nanka ja Nai yo since it is essentially just her and piano which might bore a lot of people but I really enjoyed Lia’s vocals a whole bunch.  Otherwise, I can’t say much else because it’s pretty basic of a song I must admit.  Still pretty.

2. Song of Life

Luckily, things get interesting for the other A-side with Song of Life which has a little more going for it, but it’s still a ballad.  Nothing like CASIO keyboards and strings and some other small things to give it that spark.  To me, it feels like an ending theme but that’s alright since Lia can pull it off!  Still a little basic…but strong!

3. Kimi ga Hitori Nanka ja Nai yo (Violin Sei-ensou Remix)

Unlike the original take of it, the so-called remix of the song is takes the piano’s melody and let’s the violin pull it off.  Of course the piano is still in it, but doesn’t stick out.  To me, the violin does add a little to the song to get it out of the basic zone, but I still feel like there could have been more to make it epic and grand. 

4. Song of Life (Piano×Violin Sei-Ensou Remix)

Of course we also get another version of Song of Life and instead of the interesting arrangement of the original it gets taken out for strings and piano.  I like the soft mood and it seems to suit Lia’s vocals so much better than the original as well which is interesting because I didn’t think the added strings in “Kimi ga Hitori Nanka ja Nai yo” really worked for me.  Hmmmm, strange….but I like the version more!

 

 

If you were expecting something like what Lia has been releasing in her last few single, then you will sorely be disappointed in this one.  It lacks energy and interest in the arrangements and is basically there to show off Lia’s incredible vocals which is good.  However, when your last single was something like “kizunairo” or “Kokoro ni Todoku Uta” then this is probably not a good direction to go.  I liked the original version of Kimi ga Hitori Nanka ja Nai yo and the remixed version of Song of Life but the other two tracks just were kind of meh…

 

Lia (Veil) – Kokoro ni Todoku Uta December 27, 2010

Filed under: Lia — solarblade @ 4:30 am

Track Listing

  1. Kokoro ni Todoku Uta
  2. WHITE and SHADOW ~Mugen no Rinbu~
  3. Kokoro ni Todoku Uta (Instrumental)
  4. WHITE and SHADOW ~Mugen no Rinbu~ (Instrumental)

1. Kokoro ni Todoku Uta

If Lia has permanently changed over for a more folkish sound ala Haruka Shimotsuki, Kokoro ni Todoku Uta would definitely fit either artists since both have the right vocals for it.  The jolly arrangement is anot much of a surprise after her last single, “kizunairo”, but it’s a lot more festive and colorful and for that deal, it’s a great A-side from Lia.

2. WHITE and SHADOW ~Mugen no Rinbu~

As the single’s B-side, WHITE and SHADOW kind of still has that small folkish sound going on, but the music is much more quieter and more along the lines of a ballad, but with Lia’s pretty strong vocals.  Sometimes her vibrato does hinder her on the scale of things, but for such a quiet song, it’s very pretty and made for a good B-side.

As the 4th/5th (depends on who you’re asking), Kokoro ni Todoku Uta is a pretty good single overall.  The title song is very much like a peppier and more exciting version of “kizunairo” and I liked that she stepped it up after that while WHITE and SHADOW was a much more stronger song and B-side than the last few she released.  Though with the Veil title, it makes me wonder what that exactly is….a character?  Or something entirely different?

 

Lia – kizunairo October 25, 2010

Filed under: Lia — solarblade @ 9:00 pm

Track Listing

  1. kizunairo
  2. I miss you
  3. kizunairo (inst.)
  4. I miss you (inst.)

1. kizunairo

Oooooo, I love the opening for kizunairo.  It’s like anime-ish, folk/pop whatever and I liked it a lot.  Lia’s vocals are still as strong as they once were and I am pretty happy with that.  However, coming into Lia’s music after her “LIA” days are a bit unsettling since the change of pace of music is a bit different from the trance-ish stuff.  Still this song will eventually catch on to me since it’s not bad at all.

2. I miss you

I don’t get it…it says solo version so it made me wonder what that all meant.  Well, it turns out it’s a song that Veil did (in which Lia is a part of I think).  Either way, compared to the A-side this is a lot more slower and vocally demanding than “kizunairo”.  I did like this a bit since it’s pretty and the strings are beautiful to listen to.  To me though Lia’s vocals seem higher for some reason, but it could just be me.  Still good B-side.

I still have to get used to Lia’s overall sound that isn’t y’know I’ve Sound awesomeness >.>  Either way, if there’s an album that should come out of this I hope that’s enough to make me a huge fan.  kizunairo is somewhat plain as anime themes go, but it still is nice and I miss you is a sweet ballad, which I usually don’t hear from her so it’s a nice change.  Maybe the other singles will make me happy ^_^