Jpop Review: Kato Miliyah – Sayonara Baby (SINGLE)

Let me say, I like this release! ;)

The first song and title track SAYONARAベイベー (Sayonara Baby) opens with a soft short piano intro, only to launch ahead into the melodic strength of Kato Miliyah’s voice. (OK, I’ll admit that Miliyah’s voice is somewhat reminiscent of Utada Hikaru, I think you may notice the same thing too when you hear it, but this similarity is not overwhelming, don’t worry ;) .

The second song, 恋シテル (Love Shiteru), picks up the pace and rhythmic energy even further, with a, how can I call it, “catchy little whistling side melody” to accompany the song’s main melody, which has one of those infectious qualities to it. {Wow, I must say I hadn’t been familiar with Kato Miliyah’s music before, but I really like her voice, and the songs on ‘Sayonara Baby’ really allow her singing to stand out well.}

Track 3, PERFECT PITCH has what I will call a bit of a “stomping” beat to it, combining some elements of Algerian rai music along with a bit of gospel or soul flavor (interesting huh!).

The final track (4) is the instrumental version of ‘Sayonara Baby’, so lock yourself into that karaoke booth, and knock yourself out! hehe ^_^ .

Keep an eye on Kato Miliyah, as I predict she will be one of the next wave of jpop singing stars! (and BE SURE AND PICK UP THIS SINGLE!)

RATING: (4.5 out of 5 stars.)

Kato Miliyah – Sayonara Baby (SINGLE+DVD)

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RELEASE DATE: September 24, 2008
PRICE: US $17.99


About Mr. Z

Hajimemashite and welcome to our site, from yours truly Webmaster Mr. Z! A bit about me: I am a Web & Graphic Designer from Michigan, USA, and have been into "cool Japanese stuff" for quite a while now. (Actually, the first exposure I can remember to Japanese animation was watching 'Speed Racer' as a kid in the 70s and also remember a friend of mine introducing me to the 'Project A-Ko' and 'Starblazer - Yamato' animes around mid to late 90s!) Yes, maybe I'm pretty old for a lot of you guys & gals - BUT I recently found out that I share the same birth-year as HYDE! So that is kind of cool :p. Other than that, I am also into other kinds of music (British pop/rock, dance/trance, jazz, fusion, world music, etc - anything good & cool!), art & design in general, vegetarianism, fitness, photography, and guitar! I first got into jpop music in the very late 90s/2000 by discovering acts like MAX, Ami Suzuki, Noriko Suzuki (anyone heard of her?), and others. I liked the upbeat, high-energy sound (oh and of course the girls were very cute too ^_^ ), but on perhaps a "higher note," I was particularly struck by the voice of anime seiyuu Maaya Sakamoto (In case you don't know her, she has done a lot of work with the composer Yoko Kanno, and her voice is featured on anime such as Escaflowne, Secret of Lodoss War, Wolf's Rain and others). I was so impressed by Maaya's music, that that was one of the reasons I started this site back in 2001. (I'll try to add my 'Favorites List' soon!). Of course I am also an "otaku," having great respect for the spirit, originality, and fun (and especially for a lot of the fantastic artwork & design!) of a lot of the makers of Japanese anime and manga. Games, yeah I'm kind of a game-geek too, but actually I don't get too much into the RPG like a lot of people do, I tend to prefer (for video games) the Action and Sports games. Welcome to, please enjoy your stay, and let us know what you think! Youkoso! ^_^ ....

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