Leah Dizon – Softly

June 12, 2007 at 10:51 AM | Posted in Leah Dizon | Leave a comment

1. Softly
2. Everything Anything
3. Without Your Love [Normal edition bonus track]
     Fever [Limited edition bonus track]

This is Leah Dizon’s debut single and it was released on February 14, 2007. The single reached #7 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 48,554 copies.

Before I begin this review, I want to provide some information on Leah Dizon. First of all, she is NOT Japanese but a mixture of American, French, Chinese, and Filipino. She was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and English is her first language as well. Before she became a singer, she was already a model and gravure idol that achieved some success in Japan for her magazine covers and TV appearances.

For a debut single by an artist who’s second language is Japanese, Softly isn’t that bad. I thought Dizon’s vocals were a little weak, but I really liked the gentleness of her voice at the same time. As for the music, the song is a typical ballad with the normal strings and such.

The B-side that appears on both editions of the single is Everything Anything, a song that is more upbeat than the previous track. Dizon’s vocals are more upbeat as well. The overall arrangement of the song is generic excluding the cheery strings.

On the normal edition, the B-side is Without Your Love. I didn’t find this song to be all that interesting and I think it’s purely B-side material.

I was far more impressed with the limited edition B-side. The best thing about Dizon’s cover of Kylie Minogue’s Fever is that she gets the opportunity to sing in English, her native language. Her Japanese singing is good but she obviously sings better in English. This song was originally released as a digital single on October 5, 2006.

Overall Rating

3 stars


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