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Miliyah Kato – TRUE LOVERS November 28, 2012

Filed under: Miliyah Kato — solarblade @ 6:48 am

Track Listing

  1. HEART BEAT
  2. Kon’ya wa Boogie Back feat. Shota Shimizu & SHUN
  3. LOVERS part II feat. Wakadanna
  4. Nemurenu Yoru no Sei de
  5. True
  6. With U
  7. Baby Love
  8. Heartbreaker
  9. AIAIAI
  10. All I Want Is You
  11. ROMAN (Album ver.)
  12. Itoshi Hito
  13. Yuushatachi
  14. UGLY
  15. HEART BEAT (English Version) (bonus track)

1. HEART BEAT

Kicking off the album, we start things off with Miliyah’s 5th A-side released in the era!  I think it was a wise choice because the intro of the song sounds right as well.  It’s a nice track though since Miliyah brings the atmosphere into a brighter dance style quickly.  It’s definitely grown on me since the single review for sure and it’s a great way to start things off.

2. Kon’ya wa Boogie Back feat. Shota Shimizu & SHUN

Our first album track is interestingly a cover of a Scha Dara Parr feat. Kenji Ozawa (yeah a 1994 song of course).  From the title, I was kind of expecting something funky at the start, but the song opens up lightly and then gains a hip-hop beat.  Shota and SHUN are regulated to be the rappers of the song (I’m not used to Shota rapping, but it kind of works and he sings along with Miliyah).  Overall the song itself is a bit meh for me and kind of stays at the same pace the entire time.  For being a well-known song, I’m surprised.

3. LOVERS part II feat. Wakadanna

We move onto the 6th single released with LOVERS II and I’m still kind of torn with this song because of Wakadanna’s presence.  Miliyah’s performance is just spot on and she sounds so damn good in this song for sure!  Sadly, with the rappers presense the song just loses a lot of points because his sections are just annoying and really doesn’t fit the mood of the track at all.

4. Nemurenu Yoru no Sei de

A bunch of new tracks come up next starting with Nemurenu Yoru no Sei de which starts up following “LOVERS part II” but then shifts into this mid-tempo dance track which is a nice taste since I’ve really wanted something like this on the album.  It’s sounds like it’s a mysterious song for sure and I love that about it.  It’s definitely an early favorite for me!

5. True

We slow things back down again with our next track True which is Miliyah’s first true ballad.  It opens quietly with piano, some strings and Miliyah’s softly sung vocals.  After a while, the song gains a beat which somewhat helps the song, but I feel slightly bored with this song since Miliyah has other songs that are similar in her collection.

6. With U

I feared With U was going to fare the same fate as “True” because it starts up with strings and piano.  Luckily the song moves away from that by having the acoustic/synth mix with a cool beat and a bit more of a hook.  It feels like the song is trying to have a bit more grand, but it’s like locked in a state of leaving us a bit disappointed with no climax.  It’s not bad, but the song could’ve had more going on.

7. Baby Love

Miliyah gets a bit urban with our next track Baby Love and while it still kind of sits in the same position as the prevous songs have shown, at least the arrangement is a little more exciting.  After a while though, the song does  kind of fizzle out and I’m left forgetting how it goes.

8. Heartbreaker

~muh babyyyy, muh babyyyy, muh babyyyy~ This song at the beginning just screamed repetitive for sure!  I kind of like the unique air of Heartbreaker for some reason, plus the tongue clacking is kind of interesting.  It does prevent it from being a mindless and bland R&B track which is a great thing for this album at this point! 

9. AIAIAI

The 4th A-side comes in next and AIAIAI is still kind of the oddball single on the album IMO.  I mean she tackles the song right and she sounds amazing in the song, but something about the arrangement is so unusual to me.  It might be the sparkly feel and the chorus feeling a bit underwhelming.  I think I can get behind it, but I need more time with it (as if I needed any more to begin with lol).

10. All I Want Is You

As the album’s shortest song (under 4 minutes LOL).  All I Want Is You brings back to more of that normal Miliyah-ness that I’ve come to listen to since the “Ring” era.  It just doesn’t really tickle my fancy and doesn’t bring anything new to the table besides the kind of somber setting.  As it moves forward the song sounds a lot more intriguing but by that time the song starts to finish and fades out…I just wish the song felt like the ending the entire time.

11. ROMAN (Album ver.)

Strange that ROMAN is the only song on the album that has really changed but I don’t really hear much of a change to be honest so it must’ve been something really minor.  Maybe the arrangement had some extra work I don’t know.  ROMAN was pretty interesting as an A-side because it mixed R&B with a little bit of rock as well and I kind of liked that about it.  I mean it’s not a WTF as “WHY” was but it’s a good song overall.

12. Itoshi Hito

*yawn*, I feel like she’s really not stepping out with the ballads here since Itoshi Hito is quite boring and almost sits in the same place as “True”.  I actually will say that this bores me even more than the latter since the arrangement is really plain and the snapping is a bit to the book.  Just meh…

13. Yuushatachi

Then we get to the first single released (wait…where’s “DESIRE” or “BABY!BABY!BABY!” hmmm).  After all the meh tracks, Yuushatachi is actually a breath of air for me.  I know I wasn’t too thrilled about it way back when it was released as an A-side, but this song is kind of cute and Miliyah doesn’t sound too bad here.  One of the better tracks oddly enough.

14. UGLY

Strange that Miliyah ends the album with a song titled UGLY LOL.  I like the acoustic guitar being the primary instrument here since it’s light and kind of adds this bright atmosphere to a sad track it seems.  It’s pretty charming of a song and ends the album on a good note ^_^

15. HEART BEAT (English Version)

So the album’s bonus track is the English version of HEART BEAT was released as a digital single prior to the album and oddly enough I’m surprised this was a bonus since now it makes the album start and close the album with the same song!  Miliyah sounds good doing English but she has some slips of course…still not bad.

Tracks Recommended

  • Nemurenu Yoru no Sei de
  • HEART BEAT
  • All I Want Is You
  • UGLY
  • ROMAN (Album ver.)

Song of Avoidance

  • Itoshi Hito

It’s really strange coming into this album with such a stretched out era (6 singles + the two singles she collaborated with Shota Shimizu with) and with TRUE LOVERS, she kind of dropped the ballad with this one.  It just seems like this album was lacking something big time when compared to her last album, “HEAVEN” and I just can’t seem to point out what that is.  She’s got great vocals which is the best thing about the album, but the arrangements felt very stagnant and a bit too safe (with a couple of exceptions).  I don’t know…it just wasn’t a good album for me.

 

Miliyah Kato – LOVERS part II feat. Wakadanna October 17, 2012

Filed under: Miliyah Kato — solarblade @ 4:29 am

Track Listing

  1. LOVERS part II feat. Wakadanna
  2. Mukuchi no Uta
  3. LALALA feat. Wakadanna T.O.M. Remix
  4. LOVERS part II feat. Wakadanna (Instrumental)

1. LOVERS part II feat. Wakadanna

So I guess this is the sequel of the first “LOVERS”…even though I’m not sure who did the original?  LOVERS II is a really mushy ballad from Miliyah and features your normal ballad instruments like strings and piano.  At least it changes after a while by getting a little more upbeat as an R&B track.  As for Wakadanna, he should’ve stayed off the track because his gritty rap lines really don’t fit this sweet lullaby tone of the track.  It’s a nice track, but Wakadanna kind of ruins it for me.

2. Mukuchi no Uta

The B-side also carries that lullaby quality to a further level which is something I wouldn’t expect Miliyah to pull.  Mukuchi no Uta is luckily a Wakadanna-less track and it’s nice to hear something so bare-boned like this.  The only instrument is really acoustic guitar and some background sparkles and such.  At the halfway point, a beat is added but doesn’t take away the mood of the song which I really liked.  Good track.

3. LALALA feat. Wakadanna T.O.M. Remix

So we get one of Miliyah’s older A-sides and has gotten a remix here.  Seeing that Wakadanna was involved worried me quite a bit lol.  From the beats of the song, I was expecting some hip-hop here because it has this 90’s flavor to it.  Basically it reminds me of a Mary J. Blige track.  Miliyah sounds good though once again, could’ve lived without Wakadanna…he just irks me SOOOOO badly in this track.

 

 

After “HEART BEAT”, I was kind of wondering what would’ve been next (I was seriously hoping for an album…seriously Miliyah? another single?).  LOVERS part II isn’t a bad single…not as good as her last, but this actually worked…BUUUUUUUUUT…Wakadanna had to come and basically ruin 2/3 of the single.  I mean his rapping is nonsensical and just hoarse and annoying as hell…if he wasn’t there, I would say this would’ve been my favorite but as it stands, not bad, but not amazing.

 

Miliyah Kato – HEART BEAT August 7, 2012

Filed under: Miliyah Kato — solarblade @ 11:13 pm

Track Listing

  1. HEART BEAT
  2. Rakuen
  3. HEART BEAT (DEXPISTOLS REMIX)
  4. HEART BEAT (MANABOON BOOGIE REMIX)

1. HEART BEAT

More of this experimentation Miliyah has been riding on but at least this actually sounds relatively good because instead of that messed up rock-style she took more to a dance style and I thought it’s been a long time coming from Miliyah since she does these kind of songs really well.  I do think the chorus doesn’t have enough bang to it, but it’s definitely a song that stands out in this current era.

2. Rakuen

As for the A-side, it’s a bit more to her style in R&B which at first is nice and all, but the song then dives into dubstep which is really disappointing for me because that’s where it stands for most of the song.  At least it’s nice that Miliyah is singing over to try to make it interesting and the song does get better over time.  It kind of just grows on you despite the overuse of dubstep, but this is a good track.

3. HEART BEAT (DEXPISTOLS REMIX)

The rest of the single is filled with HEART BEAT remixes.  It’s been a while since I’ve seen a DEXPISTOLS remix (last one I think was for Crystal Kay’s “ONE”.  Taking out the synths and adding some lighter beats and acoustic guitar, I thought that this was a pretty sweet remix and a lot better than the original track.

4. HEART BEAT (MANABOON BOOGIE REMIX)

The other remix on the single, the MANABOON remix features a piano-led arrangement but keeps the fun going with the arrangement as well.  I kind of like this remix the most because it sounds like Miliyah’s style and her vocals seem to fit here the best amongst the original.

 

 

I hope there’s an album coming soon just so we could get over the mess this entire era has been for her.  Luckily, HEART BEAT is the best single of the four because both A & B-side were actually good and not hot messes, especially after “AIAIAI”.  Though, the remixes both were a lot better than the original HEART BEAT so take that as you wish.  Pretty good single overall ^_^

 

Miliyah Kato – AIAIAI June 8, 2012

Filed under: Miliyah Kato — solarblade @ 6:47 am

Track Listing

  1. AIAIAI
  2. Doukoku
  3. Yuushatachi (T.O.M. REMIX)
  4. AIAIAI (Instrumental)

1. AIAIAI

I’m not sure what to think about AIAIAI because it’s definitely nothing she’s used to releasing really (then again this era has been weird).  I do like Miliyah’s deeper vocals she using in the song but I’m not sure what to classify the song as since it’s between rock, R&B, and pop.  She does growl a little bit and that’s cool.  Otherwise the song kind of comes off as just a little weird even for her…it’s missing something to glue the song better because I feel like it just doesn’t work with her at all.

2. Doukoku

The B-side for the single kind of strikes me as weird as well because it seems they boosted the synths and guitarwork for this song and I’m kind of just surprised.  I liked it when they were in the foreground and Miliyah wasn’t doing anything but once she comes in, the song just kind of loses that fire.  The chorus is quite underwhelming as well…not enough BOOM to let it leave a mark.  I guess a good thing is that it’s better than “AIAIAI”, but not by much.

3. Yuushatachi (T.O.M. REMIX)

I loved the remix T.O.M. did for “RAINBOW” so I was expecting the remix for Yuushatachi to be quite as good and I kind of do like it.  It’s better than either of the other songs on the single.  Yuushatachi has gotten dropped in some tradional Japanese goop and it came out slick and smooth and works even better than the original version of the song.  It’s just smooth R&B all the way through…no awkwardness to be had!

 

 

Ever since the “HEAVEN” era ended, Miliyah has just been having a hard time leaving a mark on me.  Her A-sides from “Yuushatachi” to now have been less than appealing just simply because she’s experimenting with guitars and R&B…it doesn’t work for her and all it does is just creates weird messes.  AIAIAI amd Doukoku both fail on that aspect because neither song is that memorable or even that great TBH.  The only redeeming quality the single has is the Yuushatachi remix…then again anything is better than the original.

 

Miliyah Kato – ROMAN December 14, 2011

Filed under: Miliyah Kato — solarblade @ 5:31 am

Track Listing

  1. ROMAN
  2. Baby tell me
  3. RAINBOW -T.O.M. REMIX-
  4. RAINBOW -MIDNIGHT ROMANCE REMIX-

1. ROMAN

I don’t know what it is about Miliyah but when she doesn’t release boring R&B songs, she can actually release good songs otherwise.  Oddly, ROMAN seems to land in the middle of everything.  I mean you can tell it’s a R&B tune but there’s something more elusive in this song which isn’t present in most of her songs.  It’s alright, but I’m kind of not enjoying Miliyah’s vocals in this song…it just doesn’t seem to work with the setting. 

2. Baby tell me

The B-side at least sounds a little different from her usual stuff.  I’m liking the sitar usage at the beginning and the use of acoustic guitar along with the synths and beats the song contains.  It does have this wintry feel to it since I also hear chimes being used throughout the song.  It still kind of is forgettable but it’s casually nice I guess if you want to put it that way.

3. RAINBOW -T.O.M. REMIX-

The rest of the single are remixes of RAINBOW (which was a new song found on her best-of, “M BEST”).  I’m surprised we’d get that, more or less two of them but the first one is quite nice and stands out on the single right from the start.  It’s the feistiest of the four songs on the single which is what I needed and I love the electro sound of RAINBOW.  It’s awesome, not gonna lie!

4. RAINBOW -MIDNIGHT ROMANCE REMIX-

The other remix of RAINBOW is actually quite the opposite to previous one.  The MIDNIGHT ROMANCE remix pretty much takes us on more of a ballad route by making most of the arrangement based on piano.  It’s nice I must say but I’m not sure if she resung the song for the remix since I never went and listened to the original.  It’s nice though, I can’t help but not deny.

 

 

I’m unsure where this’ll go era-wise but I’m not really into half of ROMAN to be honest.  Both the leading track and Baby tell me are kind of boring.  There were a little things that I did like from both those songs like ROMAN’s quiet and dark atmosphere and Baby tell me’s use of the chimes…otherwise eh.  The RAINBOW remixes was where it was at though.  T.O.M.’s remix was pretty awesome while the MIDNIGHT ROMANCE was sweet and simple….We need an epic Miliyah song….

 

Miliyah Kato×Shota Shimizu – BELIEVE July 12, 2011

Filed under: Miliyah Kato — solarblade @ 12:22 am

Track Listing

  1. BELIEVE
  2. My love goes on
  3. Love Forever (DAISHI DANCE REMIX)
  4. BELIEVE (Instrumental)

1. BELIEVE

I’m not surprised that Miliyah and Shota would collaborate again since this is the third A-side they’ve done together.  I will say that this is a stronger collaboration than their first one, “Love Forever”.  It’s not a slow song and is more towards a mid-tempo synthy R&B song but I actually found myself enjoying it even though neither singers really do much in the vocal area.  So it’s a rather safe song for the duo, but not bad to be honest.

2. My love goes on

I’m a little surprised we got another synth-based track but another Miliyah/Shota collaboration is a pretty good move.  It’s a little less exciting than “BELIEVE”, but the beat is still pretty constant.  Miliyah did a much better job singing here in my opinion, but Shota sounds rather nasally in this song…either way My love goes on is not as great as the A-sides but this is rather passable.

3. Love Forever (DAISHI DANCE REMIX)

The surprise on this single is that there’s a remix of Love Forever (their first collaborative A-side).  Of course I’m no stranger to DAISHI DANCE and his remixes always turns out to be pretty interesting for most of the remixes he’s done.  I love the dance-style mixed with piano and synths.  Though the beginning is a little long-winded and kind of annoying at first.  Once Miliyah and Shota come in with actual vocals it sounds great and adds more synths afterwards.  Long remix, but typical great DAISHI DANCE remix.

 

 

While I think the A-side will be one Miliyah’s next album, BELIEVE is actually quite a strong single overall with all three songs being more stronger than their previous effort.  Even the remix of Love Forever sounds great (maybe a lil too long) but still great single!

 

Miliyah Kato – DESIRE/BABY!BABY!BABY! June 26, 2011

Filed under: Miliyah Kato — solarblade @ 5:03 am

Track Listing

  1. DESIRE
  2. BABY!BABY!BABY!
  3. Ain’t no other
  4. DESIRE (Instrumental)

1. DESIRE

Gotta say, I like Miliyah’s ballads and all, but her upbeat stuff is so much better in my opinion because with songs like DESIRE, she knows how to work that well.  I love the deep synths used here and the kind of edgy feel the tune has mixed with Miliyah’s vocals since they’re sultry and it’s just that hot.  I’m not sure if it beats “BYE BYE” but it’s pretty catchy and fun to listen to.  Then again…almost 7 minutes long, yeah I’m shocked too.

2. BABY!BABY!BABY!

I’m not sure how to really explain the other A-side to be honest.  It starts slow that might’ve been kind of cool to listen because it’s funky but then this male vocal yells and the song speeds up quiet a bit into…even I’m not sure.  BABY!BABY!BABY! feels pretty rushed of a song and it kind of doesn’t connect to me as good as “DESIRE” did…I hope this isn’t on any album because I just don’t like this song right now.

3. Ain’t no other

As the single’s lone B-side, this is more of the Miliyah we’ve known to enjoy.  No, it’s not a ballad but it’s still R&B and it sounds kind of cool simply because the beats of the song are pumpin blood into the song and I’m loving it.  It might be just “Ring” fodder, but this has got some attitude to it and I enjoyed it.

 

 

I mean after the trainwreck of “Yuushatachi”, I thought DESIRE/BABY!BABY!BABY! was a good step back up into interests.  I love DESIRE since it’s a synth heavy track that’s catchy and has good vocals.  Ain’t no other is the same but switch the synths for more of an R&B style and you got the same.  BABY!BABY!BABY! though is just a messy ass song and I question why it’s even an A-side when the B-side and some of the songs from her previous single sounded so much cleaner.

 

Miliyah Kato – Yuushatachi March 20, 2011

Filed under: Miliyah Kato — solarblade @ 6:07 pm

Track Listing

  1. Yuushatachi
  2. SIGN
  3. Wara no Inu
  4. Yuushatachi (Instrumental)

1. Yuushatachi

Hey, it’s been a while since Miliyah released something.  Yuushatachi is definitely not like anything in the previous era with an acoustic-led kind of mid-tempo track.  Her voice is of course sounding really soothing and nice in the song, but at passed 6 minutes, it’s hard to keep focus on this song since there’s not a big focal point for the song and just stays at the same feel for most of it…only raising pitch in the final chorus.  It’s definitely not as great as “BYE BYE” was, but it’s alright.

2. SIGN

The first B-side off the single is a bit like the songs off of her last album, “HEAVEN” and that’s either a good or bad thing depending on your liking to Miliyah’s music today.  SIGN isn’t that bad of a song to be honest and it’s R&B-like feel kind of works, but likewise with “Yuushatachi” it doesn’t build anywhere to me and the chorus is a little stale, but it’s got a better beat IMO.

3. Wara no Inu

I was actually kind of surprised at the second B-side because it’s a little more cute and focuses a lot more on Miliyah’s vocals which shows a lot of vibrato, surprisingly.  I will say that it sounds relatively nice and a sitar does make it stand out even further, but whatever.  It’s still the best the single has to offer IMO.

Wow Miliyah, way to put out a boring single to start off a new era.  Yuushatachi, SIGN, and even Wara no Inu suffer from basically not being interesting and lacking focus or interest.  Wara no Inu is the best because of better vocals and interesting elements, but SIGN also has a good melody to it but goes nowhere with it while Yuushatachi just was too long and went nowhere.  I’d say pass this single up IMO.  Rather have her go back to something like “BYE BYE” or something like that…

 

Miliyah Kato – HEAVEN August 2, 2010

Filed under: Miliyah Kato — solarblade @ 3:22 am

Track Listing

  1. BYE BYE
  2. Last Love
  3. I miss you
  4. X.O.X.O.
  5. HEAVEN
  6. Baby I See You (feat. VERBAL)
  7. Sora
  8. WHY
  9. FREE
  10. Endless Love
  11. Sweet Angel
  12. Destiny
  13. B.F.F.
  14. Don’t wanna let go
  15. Silent Ocean
  16. Owari Naki Kanashimi

1. BYE BYE

I was happy to see that BYE BYE opens up HEAVEN since it always opened up really nicely and it fits better to the album.  Since most of the era had Miliyah lightly testing new sounds and BYE BYE was roughly trying out some electronic stuff and mixing her dance and R&B style.  I still kind of dislike her looks in the PV, but the song is still so darn catchy.

2. Last Love

Then we get into the final A-side of the era which is a pretty ballad coming from Miliyah.  It might not be anything new to her older and well-known fans of hers, but I thought the simplistic arrangement made this a nice listen and Miliyah sounds great. 

3. I miss you

It seems after “Last Love” we just end up going back to what “BYE BYE” gave us and that’s an upbeat R&B song and I get the same feelings from this tune as well which is good because her vocals to me are more suited into these kind of songs.  I’ll admit though that her vocals in “BYE BYE” were a bit better and it didn’t have that speaking part.

4. X.O.X.O.

Going towards more of her R&B sound, X.O.X.O. to me sounds a bit much for me since there’s a lot of music going around in the song.  I do love the fact that there’s so much bass in the song that brings punch in the song.  Otherwise, it might’ve needed a little more punch and not to sound so repetitive to me.

5. HEAVEN

I’m liking that so far that there’s more upbeat songs here than on her last album “Ring”.  For being the title track and all, I was surprised how urban it sounded against the songs I’ve heard so far on this album.  As different it sounds, the urban scratch…w/e it is kind of bothers me a little bit, but it’s still not that bad of a song.

6. Baby I See You (feat. VERBAL)

Great…another song that has to feature VERBAL (the boring rapper from m-flo).  It’s also unfortunately the longest song as well being the only track surpassing 6 minutes.  I was even more surprised that this collaboration is a ballad which made me think that Miliyah will sound amazingly pretty and rappers + ballads = terrible idea.  I was right on both thoughts.  VERBAL just doesn’t fit in this song and should’ve been excluded.  Miliyah though sounds amazing in her parts as well.  Pretty voice here.

7. Sora

After leaving that ballad, we enter another one, but it’s definitely something you would’ve heard on “Ring”.  Not a whole lot instrumentation until the chorus, but the verses has this R&B beat that just seems used before in her music.  I was like, I’m just a tad bored with this song and wanted something louder.

8. WHY

I’m still surprised that Miliyah began the “HEAVEN” era with a rock track.  At first it didn’t seem that way because it opens like a ballad with piano and strings.  After Miliyah’s opening electric guitars, bass, and drums get added to the mix and I was blown away at her experimentation.  WHY was definitely a reason to keep following her since it was pretty good and she can pull this style off.

9. FREE

After such a hard song from “WHY”, FREE calms things down slightly.  There’s still a lot percussion present in the song, but there’s synths and a light R&B flavor thrown in.  I was digging the song’s arrangement quite a bit since it’s agressive without being so overbearing.  Definitely an enjoyable tune.

10. Endless Love

If I remember correctly, Taku Takahashi actually produced this track on the album and it shows because it quickly reminds me of Rie fu’s “Romantic” with the repetitive string/synth mix in the background.  However Miliyah’s song sounds darker and with even more strings being involved made it nice.  I don’t know why but this song has a lot of deja vu moments since it sounds like a lot of Taku songs.  I still think it’s one of the strongest songs off the album.

11. Sweet Angel

Sweet Angel to me just doesn’t work for some reason.  It’s starting the show the album’s slight flaw which is songs that are sounding a little alike to each other and using boring ideas to get a song out of it.  Besides Miliyah’s soothing vocals, I just had a hard time paying attention to the song and letting it fill my ears.  The sitar is a nice touch?

12. Destiny

I know “SENSATION” had a PV as well which would throw the reason that “WHY’s” B-side made the album and not “BYE BYE’s”.  Destiny since I reviewed has become less liked from me even though it’s getting us out of her ballads.  I did enjoy the piano melody, but this song just screams Jeff Miyahara and everyone knows how much I don’t like his arrangements for the most part.

13. B.F.F.

HEY GURLFRIEND, U BE MY B.F.F. YO!  I’m kidding, who really goes and says that?  I haven’t felt that any of the new songs were really kicking things up, but with B.F.F., I was impressed right from the start since it started with a lot of synths and then guitar joins.  It definitely gets the trophy for most energetic song, especially with that chorus of hers being hard and catchy at the same time.  Best new song off the album.

14. Don’t wanna let go

What’s up with Miliyah putting the harder songs near the end of the album.  If there was anything to slightly compare to “WHY” it would have to be this song.  They both have this more rock-oriented style, but this seems to be more lighter and less darker lyrically than the A-side.  I’m not sure that I’m totally on board with this song, but it’s not terrible.

15. Silent Ocean

Making a bit of sudden halt in the flow of the album, Silent Ocean finally is a ballad that sounds good and doesn’t have unneeded rappers in them.  It’s also the simplest of the ballads with just piano and flowing strings and a bit later in the song, some acoustic guitar.  I do like when Miliyah does straight-up ballads and not twist em up in her R&B style.  I definitely feel for this song.

16. Owari Naki Kanashimi

This is another one of those times where I facepalm myself because this song should not have fell as the final song off the album clearly because the song before “Silent Ocean” felt so much more like an ending to the album.  Then again any other place would make this song feel generic and it kind of does (even though the opening was heavenly). 

Tracks Recommended

  • B.F.F.
  • BYE BYE
  • Endless Love
  • WHY
  • Silent Ocean

Song of Avoidance

  • Sweet Angel

Hands down, HEAVEN is a major step up from “Ring” just because I remember most of these songs after the fact.  I only remember the collaboration single she did with Shota Shimizu in “Love Forever”.  There were a few weak songs on the album, but it’s probably just my bias at those kind of R&B songs.  Still, I was impressed with this album and I want her to continue to experiment with genres because she’s working them good.

 

Miliyah Kato – Last Love June 9, 2010

Filed under: Miliyah Kato — solarblade @ 1:41 am

Track Listing

  1. Last Love
  2. Tomorrow
  3. Fallin’
  4. Last Love -Instrumental-

1. Last Love

It was susceptable that Miliyah would return to something she’s comfortable with for her 3rd A-side.  Last Love is actually a pretty ballad coming from her and while there’s a bunch of other ballads she’s done in her older eras, Last Love still has that spark to it that makes it sound right.  Pretty song we have here and continues this string of amazing A-sides.

2. Tomorrow

The first B-side off the single is still a ballad, but it’s even more in Miliyah’s range and style since it’s an acoustic R&B tune.  To me however, this actually came off as a bland attempt to get back to the songs in the “Ring” era.  It feels really bland and kind of flys over my head during the entire time.  Though I guess it does remind us of her roots.

3. Fallin’

I did end up enjoying Fallin’ though because it’s like the singles “SENSATION” with the heavier R&B arrangement and almost hypnotic feel to it.  I’ll be honest, Miliyah and dance types like this works a whole lot more than the style of “Tomorrow”.  While I did say it reminds me of Miiyah’s last B-side…it’s got style and it’s pretty darn catchy as well. 

 

 

I think overall, Last Love was basically Milyah back to her rooted style since both “WHY” and “BYE BYE” were experimental.  That being said, Last Love is a pretty ballad coming from her and shows she can continue to pull those off.  Tomorrow was pretty boring to me and didn’t really stand out and last but not least Fallin’ was pretty cool and easily good to dance to.