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Leaf Vocal Collection Vol.1

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Catalog Number: KICA-5041
Released On: January 28, 2000
Composed By: Naoya Shimokawa, Kazuhide Nakagami, Shinya Ishikawa
Arranged By: Naoya Shimokawa, Kazuhide Nakagami, Shinya Ishikawa
Published By: F.I.X. Records
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 1 CD

01 - Brand-New Heart
02 - To a Thousand Tomorrows
03 - Sound of Destiny
04 - Your Profile
05 - Powder Snow
06 - White Album
07 - As Time Goes By
08 - Love Sick
09 - New Premonition
10 - Feeling Heart
Total Time:
I absolutely love in-game vocals. Actually, let me state that more correctly; I absolutely love GOOD in-game vocals. It just so happens that "Leaf" makes it a habit of producing great vocal songs for their games, and Leaf Vocal Collection is a compilation of some of their best. I was first introduced to the company's music with To Heart's PSX soundtrack, and had immediately become enamored with its music. Growing to love that CD, I took a small chance with Leaf Vocal Collection; aside from the To Heart vocals on its OST, I'd never heard any music from the company's other games. This CD, however, was a chance for me to sample some of the others the company had to offer.

I hope the fact that these songs belong to dating sims wouldn't deter a listener from giving them a try, because he'd be missing out on some truly rewarding music. I've heard a lot of the genre's vocals, and I have to admit that Leaf's games are probably the best. Although I cannot say that the strength of these songs are in the performances, the melodies, on the other hand, are extremely catchy, the music upbeat and fun, and the vocals energetic. Notables include the very pretty "Powder Snow," the eighties-sounding "Love Sick," and emotional "To a Thousand Tomorrows."

There's not too much more to say about this album except that if you enjoy vocals, especially J-Pop, I think you'll like this album. I would recommend taking a listen to the samples first, however. I believe it's still available through Otaku for the relatively low price of $26.

Reviewed by: Lucy Rzeminski


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