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SINGLE REVIEW: Stephanie- Friends

Stephanie- Friends

I’m still glad that I found Stephanie at the release of her debut single, because I really do feel that she has a lot of potential, even beyond the strong music she makes now. This is her fourth single, which from what I’ve heard is very good. I’m not exactly sure what to expect, but I guess we’ll find out! Here’s Stephanie’s ‘Friends’.

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Stephanie’s strongest A-Side to date is without a doubt Friends. Even though the song features no high notes, she packs so much energy and raw vocal power into it that you can’t help but be impressed. The song opens with percussion and electric guitar riffs, all of which support the rock-influenced atmosphere of the song as a whole. Stephanie shows us her lower register in this track, and I’m really happy with her performance. The verses are enjoyable, but the chorus is absolutely flooring. Stephanie gives her strongest performance in this song, and you can tell that she put a lot of effort into the production of this song. I’m glad that Stephanie has shown how multi-dimensional she is. With Kimi ga Iru Kagiri she showed that she is capable of beautiful ballads, (because of you let us know she makes mistakes too) Winter Gold proved she is able to create fun and energetic pop songs, and Friends shows that Stephanie can give an edgy performance in a rock song. I can’t wait for her album to drop, because she has a lot of singles to support it.

Vocal Performance Grade: A+ — Musical Performance Grade: A+ — Composition Grade: A

Overall Grade: A+

Well I guess another style Stephanie can do is… uhh, 90s pop? Let’s Go!! is definitely her most unique song, but I’m rather undecided on it. I suppose the only parts I don’t care for are the talking/chanting, and the first verses. The track has a great composition, and I like the flow. The song begins with rough, layered guitar tracks and soon gains power with a percussion section added in. It follows the same vein as Friends, but has a certain decades-old quality that is interesting but a bit questionable. Stephanie again delivers a fantastic performance; her execution powerful and flawless. The chorus is incredibly catchy, and it’s already stuck in my head. I just wish the chants weren’t there to disrupt the flow. It gives the whole thing a slightly cheesy atmosphere. I do like it, I just have problems with it, unlike her three strong A-Sides. It definitely belongs as a B-Side. I like how the song is filled with so much energy and fun, but I think the chorus talking was overkill. Stephanie doesn’t need other people’s help to make a great track.

Vocal Performance Grade: A — Musical Performance Grade: A+ — Composition Grade: A

Overall Grade: A-

SINGLE GRADE: A+

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SINGLE REVIEW: Stephanie- Winter Gold

Stephanie- Winter Gold

Although people whine and complain about the way Stephanie looks, I really have done well in separating her voice from her image. However, I really don’t think that she’s ugly. She might not be gorgeous, but she’s certainly not below average when it comes to looks. If the right elements are in play, she’s really cute. I think this is for sure her best cover yet, and that she honestly looks quite good in it. I have been a fan of Stephanie since her debut single which was absolutely amazing due to its diversity and sheer vocal power. There were some weaknesses that I picked out, but they were overshadowed by her astounding vocal range and pitch. People say that her high notes are her only good quality, but I think that even without them her voice is really clear and attractive to the ears. I have been waiting quite a while for my most recent review of Stephanie, Winter Gold.

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The main track on this single is the fantastic upbeat Winter Gold. Despite it’s pace, it really manages to incorperate the feeling of winter quite well. The overall idea of the song is quite cute, and I love the way she sings it. Vocally, Stephanie does an absolutely superb job. Her tone and high notes are flawless, and I really feel that this is assuredly her most engaging A-Side to date. Kimi ga Iru Kagiri was fantastic, but this song really keep you entertained with it’s upbeat nature. The music is made up of very quick percussion and brass back up, along with a¬†few synthetic additions. I think this song really brings Stephanie into a new light for me, even though it sadly did not chart well at all. Stephanie really deserves her record deal, and I can totally see why they made their choice. This girl’s voice truly is diverse, and thankfully so much better than Angel Girl, which I think is the only song in her discography that really could be compared to this one. I love the echo effects used on her voice and that you can hear barely audible background vocals after the verses. Whoever composed this is truly talented. The way they arranged her vocals creates the most beautiful effect, and the chorus is absolutely brilliant. The tune of the whole thing is amazing, and I have to say that this is probably my favorite song from her ever.

Vocal Grade: A+ — Musical Grade: A+ — Consistency Grade: A+

Overall Grade: A+

Next up is the more rock-esque song Life. It kind of reminds me of a watered down All the Way or To.Be.Me, but the composition is a little bit better. The background vocals are entirely percussion and electric guitar, which without superb vocals would be decidedly boring. Musically there is a bit of an awkward moment when the vocals stop and it shifts to piano, but I’ve grown to enjoy the change in pace after listening a few times. I have to say that if she didn’t perform so fantastically in this song, it would be really boring. She puts a ton of energy into her vocals, and it really shows. It’s like you can really tell she likes doing what she’s doing. I don’t know who composes her music, but they should really be proud. If she composed even just the way the vocals blend with the music, then she’s a lot more amazing than I realized. The way everything fits together in this song is amazing, and it really pulls you in. It’s not quite as good as the A-Side, which is to be expected, but it’s giving it a run for its money. This is an amazing single, and I’m really shocked at its lack of popularity. Well Stephanie has certainly earned her place among great new artists of 2007 for me, and I can’t wait to hear her next single and hopefully coming debut album.

Vocal Grade: A+ — Musical Grade: A — Consistency Grade: A

Overall Grade: A

SINGLE GRADE: A+

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SINGLE REVIEW: Stephanie- because of you

Stephanie- because of you

Stephanie is a fresh artist in Japan, although she actually hails from California. Her voice is roughly five octives in range, and I personally love her voice. I have high hopes for this single, though I’m worried that it can’t be as impressive as the fantastic vocal prowess and diversity of her previous single. This single also features a cover of the old Jackson 5 song ‘Ben’. I’ve never heard the original version of this song, but I’m sure that she’ll be able to sing it well. I think Stephanie will do pretty good, but I have the feeling that she set the bar for herself a bit too high with her first single. Good luck, Stephanie!

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because of you is a fairly good song, but I really honestly enjoyed kimi ga iru kagiri way more. This song is nice, but it is just not as entertaining. I think this may be because of how similar it is to Kimi ga Iru kagiri. I think that Stephanie’s voice alone was enough to draw me in at first, but now she needs to come up with something amazing in order to catch my interest. This song is really dramatic, and I do like it, but it just feels so lackluster. Some of the notes she hits in this single are just astounding, but I still can’t get over the feeling that it’s not enough. Stephanie is a great singer, and I think she could have a good career if she just makes more unique A-Sides. These two A-sides sound like the same song to me, and I’m not pulled in enough by this single. I could listen to Kimi ga Iru Kagiri a lot, but this song I only listened to a few times before wanting to stop. Maybe I’m crazy. I can’t find anything technically wrong with the song when I really listen to her vocals and the music, so I can’t really say that it’s weak for any specific reason. Her vocals are truly fantastic, and I think the music is nice.

Vocal Grade: A+ — Musical Grade: A

Overall Grade: B

Although I groaned when To.Be.Me started because it sounds just like ‘All the Way’ from her previous single, I do like it a lot better than because of you. I really like her voice more when there is heavy electric guitar backing her up, because it for some reason seems like her voice fits it really well. Although it’s high pitched and not very ‘rockish’, the way she can really force out the notes fits with electric guitar so perfectly. I wish this was the A-Side, because her vocal performance is more interesting in this song than the a-side. I hate that she had to put random periods in it, but whatever… I think that the overall feeling of this song is much more unique and attractive than because of you, and I really like it. Again, which the single was called To.Be.Me.

Vocal Grade: A+ — Musical Grade: A+

Overall Grade: A+

This song was originally sang by the Jackson 5, a version which I haven’t heard. Ben is really pretty, and needless to say, is in english. I think that Stephnie’s vocals are really well done, even though the song is a bit bland. I think this is probably the weakest song on the single, though that really isn’t saying much. The music is simple, and mostly piano. I think that the song would be interesting when sang by the Jackson 5, though I’m really not motivated enough to go find out… I don’t have much to say on this song. The lyrics are sweet, though I was really not sucked in by them. My attention drifted easily as a listened to this song, and it didn’t capture me…

Vocal Grade: B+ — Musical Grade: B+

Overall Grade: B

SINGLE GRADE: B+

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SINGLE REVIEW: Stephanie- Kimi ga Iru Kagiri

Stephanie- Kimi ga Iru Kagiri

Stephanie is a brand new artist who debuted this year under Sony music. She was born in California, and was brought to Japanto sing. I’ve always disliked it when people are imported from America to sing in Japan. The only exception is if they can actually sing. I think Leah Dizon is a good singer, but I think the only reason that she sings in Japanese is because there was no place for her in the American market. Leah is certainly pretty enough for america, but because of how many singers there are in america, you need to be SUPER talented and hot. Leah is good, but not SUPER talented. I haven’t listened to Stephanie’s Kimi ga iru kagiri yet, but SUPPOSEDLY, her range is 5 OCTIVES. I’m not sure that I believe that yet, being that such information being true would mean that she would DFEINITELY have been able to sing fine in english. Anyway, here goes. Stephanie’s Kimi ga Iru Kagiri.

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HOLY CRAP. My jaw dropped as soon as Kimi ga Iru Kagiri started. Stephanie hits a note right off the bat that is higher than I could ever possibly dream of hitting without bursting a blood vessel or something. I was afraid that if it got any higher that I wouldn’t be able to hear it on it’s frequency. I can not believe how high this girl’s voice is capapble of going. I’m absolutely speechless, and I totally believe that Stephanie is singing in Japan because she wants to. This song is fantastic, though after that high note I was expecting a bit more high notes in the verses. Stephanie’s voice is certainly powerful and she may have those five octives after all… I still don’t think she revealed the full extent of her voice yet, but I’m quite certain that she will. My only problem with this song is that after hitting the high note in the beginning, she brings it all down, and it’s almost as if she really just hit that note to show that she could. I wish that she would have actually incorperated it into the song.

Vocal Grade: A+ — Musical Grade: A

Overall Grade: A+

I was really impressed at how different this song was from the previous. She went from a total ballad to All the Way, a rock song. Stephanie doesn’t hit any high notes quite like in the beginning of the previous song, but her voice is still amazing. I could not believe how much potential she is showing. This song’s music is really cool, and I think that she appears to be really versatile. She can do this screaming thing that, if done by anyone else would sound horrible, but she makes it really amazing with her voice. The only problem I have with this song is that she does the random high note thing again… She kind of just randomly decided to bust out with a ridiculously high note in the middle that didn’t really fit with the rest of the song. It was amazing, but somehow a little bit strange…

Vocal Grade: A+ — Musical Grade: A+

Overall Grade: A+

Angel Girl was really, really good, although it was less interesting than the other two songs on the single. Something that is totally amazing me right now is that Stephanie’s voice is incredibly versatile, and she seems to be able to sing any style. Angel Girl is a more upbeat, hip-hop ish song, which is actually surprisingly good. When I heard Stephanie’s voice in Kimi ga Iru Kagiri, I was like ‘so a new ballad singer…’, but the two other songs made me realize that I cannot categorize this girl. She has three distinctly different styles on this single, and ALL are worth listening to. I highly reccomend that you download all three songs because they are all definitely worth it. My only qualm with this song is that it’s sort of repetetive. I have really high hopes for Stephanie. I hope she doesn’t disappoint!

Vocal Grade: A+ — Musical Grade: A

Overall Grade: A

SINGLE GRADE: A+

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