Rie fu – Romantic

Release Date: November 12, 2008

coverTracklist:

1. Romantic
2. In The Airplane
3. Money Will Love You

The beginning of Romantic has a synth, but also a string feeling to it. It’s quite different from what I’m used to hearing, but I like it so far, along with Rie fu’s vocals. Her voice always has this folk edginess to it, which is a nice bonus. The melody of this song is fast paced, but also has a certain laidbackness to it. It’s very different from her other works, I must say. I can get used to this new style! Especially when Rie fu goes into her upper register.

In The Airplane has a nice piano and wind introduction that later adds some strings into it. It’s another song in the style of Romantic, which is a nice change for Rie fu. As usual, her vocals are awesome, but they seem a bit held back in this song. She lacks a certain power behind her voice here, but it’s still okay nonetheless. And holy crap, it’s short!

A calm guitar and drum start off Money Will Love You (wow, a weird title). Unlike the previous songs, this song is calmer in style, and more laidback. Money Will Love You is more like Rie fu than the above, since it incorporates the calmness that most of her songs have. It’s okay, but also really short (like, 3 minutes long…).

Overall Rating:
3/5

It was an okay single for me, but it didn’t excite me…maybe just something I’d listen to if I had time or something.

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Rie fu – Rie fu

Release Date: January 19, 2005

Tracklist:

1. Waratte, Megumi no Moto he
2. Beautiful Words
3. Somebody’s World
4. 2cm
5. I So Wanted
6. decay
7. Prayers & Melodies
8. Ame no Hi ga Sukitte Omotte Mitai
9. Voice (Album Version)
10. Tsuki no Ue (Jamming Version)
11. Shine
12. Life is Like a Boat
13. ~Interlude~
14. decay (English Version)

Before I begin, I must say Rie fu is very ambitious to release an album with only two singles out!

The opening track, Waratte, Megumi no Moto he, starts off with some light accompaniment with Rie fu singing. Her voice starts to fade for some reason when she reaches the higher notes though. This song is a rather calm song, with a guitar and keyboard as the accompaniment. Not much to say about this song; it’s a pretty typical song.

Somebody’s World starts off with an English verse, that fades off before the accompaniment comes in. This song has an edgy feeling to it, with only an acoustic guitar as accompaniment. The Japanese comes in a minute in (interesting). Rie fu’s vocals seem a bit weak on this song though; the background music is more dominant. The song has a very American feel to it though.

A slight a Capella English verse begins the next track, 2cm (only a guitar as accompaniment). This song has a calm feel to it; slow and relaxing. The lyrics are quite interesting too (they also give off a calm feel). As usual, there are several English verses before the Japanese finally comes in. A nice little song; I feel I’ll grow into it after a while.

Finally, I So Wanted doesn’t start off with English! Nothing interesting about this song though, sadly. It basically sounds like every other track on this album (that I’ve heard so far). Actually, this song hardly has any English at all…

Prayers & Melodies has a very solemn beginning, with piano accompaniment and Rie fu’s vocals slipping in and out. As the chorus starts to end, the drums come in, and the song becomes more lively. Eh. How wrong I was. It slips back into a soft melody that completely bores me. The rest of the song is like the rest of this album.

At this point in time, the album has been disappointing me dearly. Ame no Hi ga Sukitte Omotte Mitai doesn’t make it any better. It is pretty much the same as all the other songs, with a light piano accompaniment.

Finally, life in the album! Voice (Album Version) is a better version than the original, in my opinion. The song portrays the edgy part of Rie fu’s voice, and concentrates on it. The accompaniment is sparse and has this certain attitude to it. I like the musical interlude 3/4ths of the way through the song. It has a nice, modern feeling to it.

Tsuki no Ue (Jamming Version) is a calm, guitar ballad song. I personally don’t know why this is the jamming version, because it’s really, really ballad-like. The melody is nice too, and the song emphasizes on the calm side of Rie fu’s voice (kind of like in Life is Like a Boat). A catchy melody is the centre of my attention in the bridge (it’s quite..addicting…).

A joyful, light opening begins Shine, the next track on the album. Like most of her songs, Shine begins with some English verses. Wait…it’s entirely in English! Rie fu’s voice seems rather strained, or faded on the higher pitches.

The ~Interlude~ is just some piano playing. Weird.

decay (English Version) is an interesting song, so say the least. Yay, it’s completely in English, but the lyrics are a bit strange…

Overall Rating:
3/5

Rie fu – Life Is Like a Boat

Release Date: September 23, 2004

Tracklist:

1. Life is Like a Boat
2. Voice

I admit it; like most of the population, I first heard of Rie fu in Bleach. The first track, Life is Like a Boat, is the first ending song to the popular shounen anime, Bleach. This is a calm song, with a piano as background music. The first two parts of the song are sung completely in English (typical of Rie fu). A guitar is added as the Japanese lyrics come in. I think this song suits the anime perfectly (as if Rukia is singing this or something).

The next song, Voice, starts with a..strange entrance, and this song is completely sung in English. In this song, Rie fu’s voice transforms in this edgy, yet girly voice. This sounds like a typical pop song, which is kind of a disappointment from Rie fu after Life is Like a Boat.

Overall Rating:
4/5

The B-side kind of ruined it for me, but I love the A-side too much to give it a lower mark!

Rie fu – Rie Who!?

Release Date: March 23, 2004

Tracklist:

1. decay
2. Beautiful Words
3. Tsuki no Ue

Acoustic guitars start off decay, the first song in the single. The entire first verse is in English, something not found anywhere else (yes, not even Utada herself!). This song is an acoustic song, mainly accompanied by guitars and slight percussion. It’s fast paced, but laid back at the same time. Melody-wise, it’s pretty captivating. Very good impression so far.

Next up is Beautiful Words, with an electrical guitar as an intro. A soulful English verse starts off this song, dominating the first half of this song. The melody has an edgy feel to it, and the lyrics are quite unique (talks about black coffee). Her English is flawless, and has a slight New York accent (or maybe it’s just me).

Yay, a piano ballad! Tsuki no Ue is the first song in this single that starts in Japanese. The melody is shows virtuosity, rare in most pop songs. Rie fu’s voice adds a sorrowful tone into this ballad, and sets a rather..sad feeling. It’s too bad the song is so short.

Overall Rating:
4/5

An impressive debut single! Some parts were boring, but Rie fu brings her own special talents into the Japanese music scene.