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Nov 15

[review] Shoujo Jikake no Libretto – Lolitawork Libretto by Kanon Wakeshima

The multi-talented singer, cellist, pianist and adorable gothic lolita Kanon Wakeshima has been making fans all over the world since her first album, Shinshoku Dolce, in 2009. Her songs have been featured in anime and video games, and she has played concerts in Europe and the United States. Her new album, Shoujo Jikake no Libretto – Lolitawork Libretto, is a sweetly gothic pop treat.

Kanon composed half the songs herself, and the other half are by her producer Mana (ex-Malice Mizer, Moi dix Mois). Mana’s influence is still strong and fans of Malice Mizer, who haven’t heard Kanon Wakeshima before, will recognize his signature French-pop and cathedral organ music. Kanon brings her own unique influences, borrowing musical styles from dances like the tango and the Charleston,  and marrying them together with her cello compositions.

The album’s songs wander from darkly gothic to sweet and playful with themes of magic, dreams, fairy tales, hidden love and celebrating girlishness. In “Princess Charleston” she both complains about and praises being a girl. “Shoujo Jikake Libretto” is as cutely dreamy as the fairytale she sings about wandering through.

The CD comes with a beautiful color booklet containing pictures of her in magical scenes and dressed in lolita fashion supplied by Baby, the Stars Shine Bright’s sub-brand ”Alice and the Pirates.” The included DVD of her PV “Shoujo Jikake no Libretto ~Storytelling by Solita~” sums up the album nicely, quaintly illustrating her causing girlish mischief across the pages of her music.

Official Kanon Wakeshima website – http://www.kanonweb.jp/