“Love Paradox” is Leah Dizon’s fourth single; it will be released on March 26th. It features lyrics written by Leah, and will be released on the same day as her new photobook.
If you need some background… Leah Dizon is an American car model with mixed Chinese, Filipino, and French heritages. She was increasingly popular in Japan for her gravure work, moved to Japan to release more gravure works, became a television talento known for cuteness and halting Japanese, and started officially releasing music in 2006.
She’s pretty mediocre in dance and terrible at live singing, which is usually behavior I’d write off as being “idol-singer, not real music” – except her music is shockingly – well, good.
“Love Paradox” deviates sharply from her previous works; instead of cute bubblegum pop, it leans more towards hip-hop. Her voice sounds deeper in this. Her image matches with the song – the video has a sleek and sexy dance sequence that reminds audiences that before Leah Dizon smiled and peace signed into their hearts, she did some pretty hardcore gravure. The dance sequence was really nice though – I might have to reevaluate my previous judgment of her dancing, because in the video it looks pretty tight. 😀
I don’t really understand the direction they went for the rest of the video by having Leah dress like like a Victorian lady – it’s not too flattering to look like a prim schoolteacher. The somewhat burlesque dance sequence was kinda creepy at times and didn’t match the heavy hip-hop rhythm.
As for the song, “Love Paradox” is mediocre; I prefer her last two singles to this. I have an issue with someone who’s perfectly fluent in English singing in a broken Japanese manner. The song is pretty toneless until it reaches the chorus, which is what takes the song from bad to okay – the chorus is unbelievably catchy. All it took was one play to have me singing “am I fal-ling in love~ I got-ta take con-trol” like I’d known this song all my life.
With Leah Dizon, I always have a dilemma of liking her or not – I have no automatic fondness towards gravure idols, her musical talent is really lacking, and her main selling point is just being hot. Since I’m immune to the hotness factor, this usually breaks the deal for a female artist, but her songs just always turn out so infective. Which goes to show – you can go a long way with digital vocal alteration and a good songwriter.
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