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It has arrived! Not to me yet, but in general, it has dropped! Leah Dizon’s first hardcover photobook, done by one of Asia’s most prominent and skilled photographers, has been released. Leah Dizon has always been a great model, and I really think that she deserves all the praise she has received for it. This photobook was done in Kenya, Africa, and is really one of the coolest concepts I’ve seen in a while. She is in a lot of African style clothing, which I personally think is really beautiful, and the whole African savanna serves as the set. A mediafire download of many pictures from the photobook can be found here. Here are a few pictures from the photobook:

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ALBUM REVIEW: Leah Dizon- Destiny Line
Leah Dizon- Destiny Line01 – IMPOSSIBLE
02 – Everything Anything
03 – Missing
04 – 恋しよう♪
05 – 運命線
06 – Could you be that one?
07 – Are you feelin’ for me?
08 – Softly
09 – Time (Clock Of The Heart)
10 – アイシテル~Love Story
11 – Wonderlin’
12 – L.O.V.E U
13 – Drive me crazy
14 – Again and Again

Oh my, I am very, very excited for Leah Dizon’s newest album ‘Destiny Line’. I have heard people say its the best album they’ve heard all year, and that it contains her most powerful songs to date. Leah only has three singles thus far, and all were fairly well done. This album is Leah’s debut into the music world, and it is supposedly amazing. I’ve heard previews of a few songs [couldn’t resist], and they sound like they are indeed pretty good… This album is beautiful as far as photographs, and Leah’s new photobook will be out pretty soon. The photo book is entitled ‘Heaven’, and features some really cool Leah pictures. I have a feeling that this album will be all that I’m hoping. Do your best Leah!!

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Oooh, I’m sensing a really cool vibe with this song. IMPOSSIBLE is more hip-hop-ish dance, and Leah makes it really cool. I like the lyrics, and I think that it has a cool message. The beat is really nice, and I think the way the overlapping lyrics and verses are done sounds really nice. I like the brass that is featured in the beginning verses, and I think that this is pretty unique for Leah’s musical standards. My only slight problem with this song is that her vocals are a little bit nasally in the chorus, though the verses are fantastic. After listening a few more times, the song began to grow on me even more than it orignally did, and I’m realizing that I really like the arrangment a lot. I think that this is one of Leah’s better songs. If this album continues on in this manner, I might even burn it for my japanese teacher…

Vocal Grade: A-
Musical Grade: A
Overall Grade: A-

Leah DizonI feel really stupid… I listened to Everything Anything a few times, and I felt like i’d heard it before… And it took my like ten minutes from there to realize that this song was on her first single. I never listened to her first single a lot, and when i did it was mostly to Fever and Softly. She had three B sides on that single, which made me leave some out. I was never a huge fan of her first single, but I had listened to it. Anyway, I think is actually a really nice song, and I can’t believe I didn’t pay any attention to it before. I am annoyed by the fact that she pronounces ‘Everything Anything’ with what appears to be a Japanese accent, since she speaks english. She isn’t japanese, and I really wish she wouldn’t try to be. Anyway, the beat on this song combined with her crisp vocals are really pleasant, and I think this, next to fever, is the most impressive song vocally on the Softly single.

Vocal Grade: A
Musical Grade: A
Overall Grade: A

I really like the relaxed atmosphere of Missing, and I think that the lyrics are really grown up for Leah’s standards. Leah’s vocal performance in this song is amazing, and I honestly think this is one of the best songs on the album. The string music featured in this song just flows so well with Leah’s easy to understand and eloquent vocals. There isn’t really anything I dislike about this song other than that the second verse sounded a bit strange when it first started out. This is the album’s longest song at 5:27, and I’m glad it’s long, because I hate that it ends. Leah’s erethreal vocals really compliment the song, and I think it may be my favorite song on the album along with Unmeisen.

Vocal Grade: A+
Musical Grade: A+
Overall Grade: A+Leah Dizon

I was really worried about Leah Dizon, but I am so glad to say that I can rest at peace. Koi Shiyou is fantastic and I’m really proud of Leah. Her clear voice is great and she sang the fast chorus and strong verses. She did so well, and I’m glad that she managed to come out with something great. The song has a great beat, and is really infectious. Even I sing the cute chorus, despite how decidedly femenine it is. Even the low parts in the verses are crystal clear, and she managed not to sound like she was baratoning it. Her voice is really great through the whole thing, and she sings right from the diaphragm, rather than through her nose laike many singers. Leah did a really good job on this song and it is an ENORMOUS improvement over Softly. Her japanese sounds a lot clearer, and she really, again, did a good job. Two thumbs up, Leah!

Vocal Grade: A-
Musical Grade: A-
Overall Grade: A-

Leah DizonThe peaceful forest sounds in the beginning of Unmeisen really pulled me in when I first played it, and then hearing Leah’s fantastic and soft vocals really just put the icing on the cake for me. I have the feeling this might end up being my favorite song of the album, because of Leah’s vocals. This song really vocally brought up the standard of Leah’s vocals for me, and I can’t get enough of it. I’m finding myself listening to this song a lot, and I’m not getting bored. The music is interesting, and the piano is really nice, although I don’t like at the end when the piano player just pulls his hand across the keyboard, making a kind of waterfall of notes [no idea what it’s really called, obviously…], because i tsounds kind of annoying. That’s really my only complaint about the song. I like the lyrics a lot, mostly because they’re really easy to understand for me, and I think the message and over all feeling of the song is really nice.

Vocal Grade: A+
Musical Grade: A+
Overall Grade: A+

I didn’t really care for Could You Be That One?. I thought that the beats were nice, and that Leah sang it well enough, but I think that her voice was all within the same small span of notes, which made the song boring and somewhat repetetive. This song is still a big improvement on all her songs on ‘Softly’, but really just paled in comparison to the other songs on this track. It is my least favorite off the single, and that she didn’t really make the song that interesting. Again, she sang well, but I think that she simply didn’t make it diverse enough, which may not of been her fault. I have the feeling she sang it like she was supposed to, but whoever wrote the song made a decidedly unentertaining song for her. I can’t think that she writes her own music on the basis that she doesn’t understand all the japanese she speaks in the song.

Vocal Grade: B-
Musical Grade: B
Overall Grade: BLeah Dizon

The beginning music of Are you feelin’ for me? was REALLY cool, though I was afraid that Britney Spears was about to start singing. I think that the coolest part about this song has to be the music, which reminds me of like some sort of African Tribal dance that would take place in a hut. Oddly enough, that actually isn’t a bad thing. Leah’s vocals are pretty good, but not as impressive as Unmeisen. I thought that the long voacalizations were really cool [in the chorus], and that it really promoted the tribal aspect of this song. If there was a music video, I would really hop it involved some face paint and a camp fire. If not, I’d be severely disappointed. My only problem with this song is the length, which is just over three minutes. That seems to be a reoccuring problem with this album, which is that the songs are only as long as the average song in America, which is too short. I wanted this song to keep going every time that it ended.

Vocal Grade: A-
Musical Grade: A+
Overall Grade: A

Leah DizonI was never a big fan of Softly, on the grounds that I feel her vocals are really strange soudning. It almost sounds like she sang the song with a cold because of how stuffy the vocals sound. My personal conjecture is that she simply wasn’t comfortable singing in a foreign language at that point, which weighed down her vocal performance. I’ve also always found the song sort of boring, and I thought that Fever or Everything anything should have been the A-side. The song isn’t bad, but it is very first-single ish. I think that it is a pretty song, but kind of lacking.

Vocal Grade: B
Musical Grade: A+
Overall Grade: B+

I don’t really care for Time (Clock of the Heart) a lot, mostly because I didn’t like the original. I think Leah does a pretty good job, though the song itself really doesn’t make a lot of sense. Some of the original background vocals are still in the song, which kind of confuses the song since the vocals sound very old-school, in contrast with Leah’s vocals. I think the music is kind of nice, and that Leah’s performance is pretty good, but I’m still really not very drawn in the by the song. Maybe I don’t like Leah’s voice in english… But I did like fever… I think it’s just kind of a bad song choice, and that Leah can surely do better. After a few more listens, the song began to sound prettier and more interesting, but still not fantastic.

Vocal Grade: B+
Musical Grade: B+
Overall Grade: B+Leah Dizon

I loved this song. Aishiteru~Love Story~ was a great dance song, and I loved the beats in the background while she sang. Her voice was perfect, and the flow of the song was great. I liked this song almost as much as Koi Shiyou, and I really appreciate Leah’s growth from Softly. Her singing is so much better, and she makes this song sound so easy. Another great one by Leah, and this single makes me wonder what the future will hold. In Leah’s blog on her official site, she says theres to be a third single, so I await said single. I hope Leah impresses me. Ive grown a lot of respect for her after hearing what people say about her past modeling career. Leah can sing, and if you don’t like it; shut up. Great job, Leah.

Vocal Grade: A-
Musical Grade: A-
Overall Grade: A-

Leah DizonI think that the squeaky beats in the Wonderlin’ song really keep it from being too average, even though Leah’s vocal performance could use some work. The use of brass in some of the song add to the music very well, and I really think that the music is the best part of this song. Leah’s voice is by no means bad, but it’s kind of lacking. Wonderlin’ is a pretty upbeat song, at least in the chorus, and I think it sounds really nice. This album has been really impressive so far, and I haven’t run into a new song that I have genuinely disliked. Wonderlin’ is a little bit repetetive, but I didn’t notice until I was really looking to find out. It’s not an overbearing repetetivness, and really only there if you’re looking.

Vocal Grade: B+
Musical Grade: A+
Overall Grade: A

I was really hoping for a lot more for Dizon, to be honest. L・O・V・E U is really average. After hearing koi shiyou, I was really hoping it was a sign of Dizon IMPROVING, and not just a lucky stroke that showed that she kind of might be able to produce good music. It appears that Dizon can sing, but her ability to put out good songs is really kind of lacking. I thoguht the introduction was the worst part of the song being that her vocals were horrible and low. The song turns into a bubble gum pop song which is, in retrospect, not bad. It’s an okay song, it’s just so plain and dissappointing because I was expecting more from her. Nice try Leah, but not quite good enough.

Vocal Grade: B-
Musical Grade: B
Overall Grade: B-Leah Dizon

Well, Drive me Crazy did just that, though in a good way. I really think that this is pretty unique, though I can’t say I’m really liking it a lot. She almost talks the verses of this song, which I can’t decide if I like or not. After a few listens, I’m coming to the conclusion that this song is actually pretty cool. The lazer beats in the background are slightly obnoxious, but I think the overall idea of the song is really cool. One of my problems with the song is when she keeps yelling words in the background… I think that the way she does the song is interesting, but I can’t say that the vocals are particularlly impressive, as far as strength. They are more impressive in the sense that the way she sings is really cool.

Vocal Grade: A
Musical Grade: A
Overall Grade: A

Leah DizonI think that the strings and orchestral aspects of Again and Again make it really fun to listen to, and Leah’s voice actually sounds pretty passionate for once. I think that this is a sign of Leah’s music getting stronger, and I actually really like this song. Again and Aagin is the song on the album that was promoted as a PV, and I found it very interesting. I think that the way Leah sings this song gives me a more mature vibe, and the lyrics are really heart-felt, to me. I think this song was a good choice for the promoted song, and I think it is one of the better songs on the album. The music is really strong, along with a strong vocal perofmance from Leah.

Vocal Grade: A+
Musical Grade: A+
Overall Grade: A+

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My final note about Leah Dizon’s album is one of great happiness. Leah exceeded all expectations I had, and all of the songs on this fantastic debut album are worth listening to. Even the songs I didn’t care for as much were done well, and I they will surely be someone else’s cup of tea. I have high hopes for Leah’s career, and I really hope she works on her Japanese and gets over the whole ‘foreigner’ problem. Good luck to Leah and her crew, and congratulations on a great album. I wish you success Leah!

ALBUM GRADE: A

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SINGLE REVIEW: Leah Dizon- L・O・V・E U

 

 

 

Ahh Leah Dizon. After her last single ‘Koi Shiyou’, I was really excited for the girl. Her previous single was fantastic, and it really set the bar up for her. Leah is a Navada native who moved to Japan after winning a record deal. She spoke no Japanese, and was shipped over to Japan on her ability to sing in english only. Her current discography consists of three singles at this point, all of which came out really quickly. I’m worried she may be rushing, but it at least she didn’t pull a JYONGRI and bust out with an album in a snap. Without furher ado, here is the new L・O・V・E U single by Leah Dizon.

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I was really hoping for a lot more for Dizon, to be honest. L・O・V・E U is really average. After hearing koi shiyou, I was really hoping it was a sign of Dizon IMPROVING, and not just a lucky stroke that showed that she kind of might be able to produce good music. It appears that Dizon can sing, but her ability to put out good songs is really kind of lacking. I thoguht the introduction was the worst part of the song being that her vocals were horrible and low. The song turns into a bubble gum pop song which is, in retrospect, not bad. It’s an okay song, it’s just so plain and dissappointing because I was expecting more from her. Nice try Leah, but not quite good enough.

Vocal Grade: B- — Musical Grade: B

Overall Grade: B-

I thought that Brand New Day was a huge improvement over Love U (I don’t have time to make all those dots all the time…), but still not quite as good as Koi Shiyou. I found this song to be a lot more pleasing than Love U, and I thought the guitar R&B beats were a daring and impressive move. Leah’s vocals are really the problem in this song. There are points when she does very well vocally, but sometimes her voice is very dead. Also, the lyrics of this song are kind of… shallow. I think the song is somewhat inspirational at some points, but the whole lazy lazy thing is really random, and the Japanese doesn’t make a lot of sense.

Vocal Grade: B- — Musical Grade: A-

Overall Grade: B+

SINGLE GRADE: B

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SINGLE REVIEW: Leah Dizon- Koi Shiyou♪

 

 

When Leah Dizon first burst onto the scene with her single ‘Softly’, I was skeptical about how long her career would last. Her voice was good… In english. However, she sang in Japan, and because she wasn’t, and isn’t, fluent in Japanese, I was afraid that she wouldn’t be able to pull out all the stops and show everyone that she was actually talented. The only song I liked from Leah Dizon on her first single was one that was in english. I thought that the fact that she didn’t know what she was singing was seriously hampering her ability to sing in general. I thought that she wasn’t very strong as a singer, and that she wouldn’t make it in the music world. However, Leah just gave me a slap to the face and proved that I am wrong. Koi Shiyou proves that though she still has a lot to learn on the subject of linguistics, she can really pull it out and lay it down. I happily introduce Japan’s newest American Import, Leah Dizon.

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I was really worried about Leah Dizon, but I am so glad to say that I can rest at peace. Koi Shiyou♪ is fantastic and I’m really proud of Leah. Her clear voice is great and she sang the fast chorus and strong verses. She did so well, and I’m glad that she managed to come out with something great. The song has a great beat, and is really infectious. Even I sing the cute chorus, despite how decidedly femenine it is. Even the low parts in the verses are crystal clear, and she managed not to sound like she was baratoning it. Her voice is really great through the whole thing, and she sings right from the diaphragm, rather than through her nose laike many singers. Leah did a really good job on this song and it is an ENORMOUS improvement over Softly. Her japanese sounds a lot clearer, and she really, again, did a good job. Two thumbs up, Leah!

Vocal Grade: A- — Musical Grade: A-

Overall Grade: A-

I didn’t really care for Could You Be That One?. I thought that the beats were nice, and that Leah sang it well enough, but I think that her voice was all within the same small span of notes, which made the song boring and somewhat repetetive. This song is still a big improvement on all her songs on ‘Softly’, but really just paled in comparison to the other songs on this track. It is my least favorite off the single, and that she didn’t really make the song that interesting. Again, she sang well, but I think that she simply didn’t make it diverse enough, which may not of been her fault. I have the feeling she sang it like she was supposed to, but whoever wrote the song made a decidedly unentertaining song for her. I can’t think that she writes her own music on the basis that she doesn’t understand all the japanese she speaks in the song.

Vocal Grade: B-

Musical Grade: B

I loved this song. Aishiteru~Love Story was a great dance song, and I loved the beats in the background while she sang. Her voice was perfect, and the flow of the song was great. I liked this song almost as much as Koi Shiyou, and I really appreciate Leah’s growth from Softly. Her singing is so much better, and she makes this song sound so easy. Another great one by Leah, and this single makes me wonder what the future will hold. In Leah’s blog on her official site, she says theres to be a third single, so I await said single. I hope Leah impresses me. Ive grown a lot of respect for her after hearing what people say about her past modeling career. Leah can sing, and if you don’t like it; shut up. Great job, Leah.

Vocal Grade: A- — Musical Grade: A-

Overall Grade: A-

SINGLE GRADE: A-

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