Last Love is the newest single from up-and-coming J-pop star Miliyah Kato. I am embarrassed to say that I have not been keeping up with Miliyah and have not given anything of her’s a listen since she released Sayonara Baby about 6,000 years ago. Needless to say, any credibility I may have in writing this review is shot. Knowing that, I still wanted to talk about this single and give it some much-needed acclaim.
Last Love is a ballad about a woman who has been left by her love. Through reading the lyrics, I almost want to say that instead of breaking up, the boyfriend/husband/soul mate has died. I have no idea why I felt this, but its just the impression I get from listening to the song and hearing the lyrics. This excellent review describes the song as full of innocence and light, which I can back up wholeheartedly. The covers of the single exude innocence and light, as well as the line from the song “tanjoubi wa hitori na no, kurisumasu mo hitori na no?” (will I be alone on my birthday, will I be alone on Christmas?) Something about that line made me break down and cry because of the sheer childlike innocence and honesty in it, as well as Miliyah’s quavering delivery. The song itself is nothing special. Its a run-of-the-mill ballad with a melody I swear I’ve heard a million times before, but you have to look deeper and appreciate the lyrical content and the way Miliyah creates the mood of the song with her voice.
The other songs Tomorrow and Fallin’ are not very good. They make a nice compliment to the a-side, but they aren’t anything worth listening to more than once and are just songs that were created in order to have a single. Yeah.
In Conclusion: I think its time I got off my butt and started keeping up with Miliyah Kato. ‘Nuff said.
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The cover of this album has a certain air of loneliness and isolation, which is the impression I got from listening to this album.
KOKIA is an artist who seems to delight in the unorthodox. The title “THE VOICE” is a perfect fit, as the shining star of this album is KOKIA’s beautiful voice. If you look over the track listing, you’ll also see why THE VOICE is a great title. Operatic titles like “Ave Maria” are tossed among Japanese titles like “Gomen ne.”
Speaking of Ave Maria, it is the greatest track on this album, to me. KOKIA sings it with gentle melancholy. The song is so haunting that it made me chill, and I’ll admit to becoming a little emotional as the song progressed. Hey, there is nothing wrong with music evoking that kind of response. I sat and cried my eyes out to Miliyah Kato’s “Last Love” the other day too.
Not every track on THE VOICE is depressing. Another of my favorite tracks was Follow the Nightingale, an uplifting piece that is energetic in parts and calm and beautiful in others. The song just made me feel good about life. I think that is what KOKIA was trying to do with that song.
A final noteworthy track is everlasting, which vaguely reminded me of “The Circle of Life” from the Lion King.
In Conclusion: As I listened to THE VOICE, I was oddly reminded of RIKKI’s music. If you’ve played Final Fantasy X and/or heard “Suteki da Ne,” you know what I mean. KOKIA is just amazing because her music has a very classic sound but its still current. She sings with so much chilling emotion that you can’t help but be moved. This is HIGHLY recommended.
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