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Leah Dizon – Softly [Debut Single]

Posted on: August 2, 2008

Leah Dizon’s debut single, entitled Softly, was released on 02.14.07. The title track was used as the ending theme for Terebi Tokyo TV show Webtama.

Softly, a sweet midtempo number, appears as the singles title track. The song starts off with Leah singing one line over a very sweet instrumentation. Her vocals are very pretty and help establish the song’s atmosphere. The first verse begins and Leah’s vocals continue to be strong, carrying with the music perfectly. As the verse goes on, the instrumentation begins to be more diverse and Leah’s voice follows this direction by giving a little more power. The chorus is very enjoyable as the music and her voice combine to catch the listener’s ear. For the third verse, Leah demonstrates even more vocal power and it really stands out to the listener very strongly. The song then closes with a very pretty instrumentation to make the song strong from beginning to end. Softly is a great song from Leah and it’s definitely one to look out for.

The tempo picks up for the first B-side, Everything Anything. The song starts off with a relaxing pop instrumental that really takes the listener on a ride. For the first verse, her vocals really capture a poppiness that just makes the listener smile. The chorus stands out as Leah shows a little more vocal strength and the way that she sings the title of the song really captures the listener’s ear. The pure instrumental section sounds great and very ear-catching before the chorus comes back in. Everything Anything is a wonderful sweet slow pop song, capturing the listener’s ear from start to finish.

Fever, a cover of Kylie Minogue’s song of the same name, is exclusive to the CD + DVD version. A very cool and fun instrumentation opens the song and then the first verse begins. Leah’s vocals carry very well here and have a certain sexual energy to them that capture the listener. The chorus picks up the energy even more and Leah’s voice goes perfectly with the music. Overall Leah does a great job of covering this Kylie Minogue song. Her voice goes really well with the music and she sounds very confident and comfortable on the song, which then hits the listener.

Without Your Love appears only on the CD edition of the single. Opening the song is an interesting and upbeat instrumental and then the chorus begins. Leah’s vocals have a certain deepness to them that really match the atmosphere of the music. The final line “who am I without your love” is the perfect finish and really transitions well into the music. The first verse features some very smooth vocals from Leah and she also hits her notes nicely. The sleeknes of the music is spotlighted on the pure instrumental section and it does a good job of captivating the listener.

In order to promote the single, two PVs were made: one for Softly and one for Everything Anything. There are various scenes in the Softly PV, including a scene of Leah walking on the beach, her sitting in a chair as her face and the lighting of the room both reflect the song’s atmosphere and Leah singing outside her home. The whole scenery of this video really works well with the song’s vibe and she looks great here. For the PV of Everything Anything, Leah is seen wandering around outside. There is a very natural atmosphere in this video and Leah looks great beautiful here. The video is a very nice fit for the song as well.

Single Ranking: A

Leah Dizon’s debut single is definitely a strong one. Softly is a very sweet ballad and it really does please the listener’s ears. Everything Anything is a great B-side and a really enjoyable way to pick up the tempo. The other B-sides, exclusive to only one edition of the single, both sound great and have a more upbeat sound that is ear-catching. Leah definitely did a great job here and made a big splash.


1 Response to "Leah Dizon – Softly [Debut Single]"

Added this blog! 😀 Whoa, maintaining two blogs at once. XP That’d be so tough for me! XP
You can do it though. 8)

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