Chieco Kawabe – Candy Baby / Mermaid

by Rinoa on February 8, 2006 · 13 comments · AddThis

Candy Baby
Candy Baby Promo Pic
Artist: Chieco Kawabe
Title: Candy Babe / Mermaid
Product Code: VPCC-82199
Release date: 2005.07.21
Label: VAP
Chieco’s Official Blog

Chieco Kawabe is definitely no newcomer to the Japanese entertainment world. Apart from being a singer, she is also an actress and a model for a variety of teen fashion magazines which has gotten her a lot of attention since she was a young girl. Now at the age of eighteen she has already released a full album and in 2005 Chieco returned and released a maxi single titled “Candy Baby/Mermaid”. The cover artwork features Chieco with a fork and a knife in front of a plate full of strawberries while she observes her dog with an amusing expression on her face. With her sweet and cute vocals Chieco sings about dealing with feelings and love with gusto.

 

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1. Candy Baby

This song is what attracted my attention to Chieco’s music. “Candy Baby” is an upbeat, fun pop-rock song with an extremely cheerful and carefree tone. The tempo is extremely fast and lively giving it a bubble-gum flavour and the chorus is addictive beyond belief. Personally I do think that this song is perfect for dancing along to or to blare while riding the car after a stressful day. It’s one of those songs which is light-hearted and has a really fresh feel to it.

The lyrics have a unique touch even if they are not really what you’d call poetic or conceptual, they do present the listener with the feelings and inner thoughts of this girl as she grows to fall in love with her significant other. Her English phrases were also extremely amusing and cute to listen. As for promotional clip, it was clearly an attempt at experimenting with different personalities which is quite entertaining and suitable for a song of this kind.

Rating: ★★★★★

 

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2. Mermaid

“Mermaid” is a mellow ballad with a pensive mood with some minor rock elements inserted within the chorus. I have enjoyed how her vocals sound more mature and clear in this song. The song starts off with the use of a guitar which gives a positive feeling which slowly dissolves into a more poignant tone within the chorus. The underlying theme of this song is definitely more serious and emotional however this song still emanates a relaxing aura with the use of the backing vocals.

The lyrics of “Mermaid” are more personal and less generic. Lyrics like “Is there someone listening to this song who knows what it’s like to be alone?” I was also impressed to note how her English pronunciation is so clear and cleverly inserted in a manner that it fits perfectly within the context of the song which is rare within Japanese singers.

Rating: ★★★★½

 

Conclusion

I really do believe that this is her best single to date and one of my favourite singles ever. Chieco manages to deliver a fresh feeling with her clear vocals and these two songs which excel in quality which is refreshing. “Candy Baby” is definitely her best pop song she’s ever released with an original style and a catchy beat, while “Mermaid” is a slower song which balanced out the whole mood of this single. This is quite promising and I’m quite sure that her upcoming releases shall be even more exciting in the future, so I suggest you keep an eye on Chieco.

Overall Rating: ★★★★★

 

Candy Baby cover
Candy Baby cover

Tracklist:

  1. Candy Baby
  2. Mermaid
  3. Candy Baby (Instrumental)
  4. Mermaid (Instrumental)

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Yui Bunny January 7, 2008 at 8:57 pm

Kyaaah! i love Candy Baby! I use it for my myspace all the time!! its just so kawaii and unique!

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biyeh-chan August 3, 2007 at 8:08 am

kyyyaaaaa~! i lurve this song!!!
sooo KAWAII!!!!
(^_^)

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saku-chan July 13, 2007 at 7:43 am

for some reason i cant find the lyrics to mermaid!!! someone plz help me coz its such a beautiful song

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saku-chan July 11, 2007 at 11:52 pm

kyaahhhhh !!! i lalalalove candy baby its uber kawaii!

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doreen PHILIPPINES April 14, 2007 at 10:40 am

http://www.reisei-sa.net/ballad/kawabe-special-3.php

that is the website where you can find the lyrics of Candy Baby..

CANDY BABY LYRICS

KIMI wa zuruiyo ne itsu demo ATASHI wo komarasete bakari de
kocchi wo muite yo tama ni wa ii janai !
fusakete nai de yo HONTO no kimochi wa oshiete kurenai no?
ATASHI no KOKORO wa kyuu kyuu naiteru wa

It isn’t okay to be so stubborn!
Haven’t you learned that you shouldn’t run away from your true feelings?
My heart isn’t so anxious anxious

miteru koi suru otome no CHIKARA name cha ikenaize

I can’t fix the mess made from all that “girl power” stuff

gyutto gyutto dakishime itsumo Happy Happy nakuko wo
futari de tsukuretara ii na
sunano janai keredo yasashii me wo shiteru
aitsu wa KYANDEI BEIBE

tightly tightly hold me I’m always Happy Happy crying from joy
When the two of us are together
I can’t be sad when I’m looking into your inviting eyes
That guy is my candy baby

kami wo kitta no ni MEIKU mo shita no ni kizuite kurenai no?
kocchi wo muite yo KORA chan to surinuke!

I’m making myself cut my hair because what’s underneath is what’s important
I’m being stubborn as I take this Cola-chan with me

miteru koi suru otome CHIKARA name cha ikenaize

I can’t fix the mess made from all that “girl power” stuff

gyutto gyutto dakishime itsumo Happy Happy nakuko wo
futari de tsukuretara ii na
KIMI ga warau toki mo KIMI ga naku toki demo atashi ga soba ni ite ageru
datte datte zetai kimi wa sotto sotto ATASHI wo
tsuzunde tokashite kureru yo
sunano janai keredo yasashii me wo shiteru
aitsu wa KYANDEI BEIBE

tightly tightly hold me I’m always Happy Happy crying from joy
When the two of us are together
There’s a time for you to laugh, there’s a time for you to cry but I just want to get near you
because because definitely you are softly softly making your way in on me
And I’m starting to fall for you
I’m not feeling sad but instead happy when I look into your eyes
That guy is my candy baby

sekai ichi KIMI no koto suki da yo dare ni mo makenai

You’re the only one who makes me happy in this world Who else could quit loving you?

gyutto gyutto dakishime itsumo Happy Happy nakuko wo
futari de tsukuretara ii na
Kimi no omoide ni mo KIMI no mirai ni demo ATASHI ga soba ni ite ageru
datte datte zetai kimi wa sotto sotto ATASHI wo
tsuzunde tokashite kureru yo
sunano ni natte kureta “BOKU mo suki da yo” tte
aitsu wa KYANDEI BEIBE

tightly tightly hold me I’m always Happy Happy crying from joy
When the two of us are together
Memories of you and my future with you don’t matter, all I want is to get near you
because because definitely you are softly softly making your way in on me
And I’m starting to fall for you
My sadness is slowly becoming more like me saying “I like you too”
That guy is my candy baby

ATASHI dake no BEIBE

I’m only a baby

~~ that’s it!! :D

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Yamin Yee UNITED STATES February 3, 2007 at 5:22 am

I LOVE CANDY BABY **

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Wilfrid December 25, 2006 at 10:40 am

Very cute song! Love the beat. Made me happy :)

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kayari CANADA December 24, 2006 at 3:15 pm

hey guys!.

i love the song Candy Baby. and i want the lyrics now so i ccan sing along. ^-^, ive beem searching eveerry where for the lurics, but i cant find any. can anyone help out?

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Lesca November 26, 2006 at 10:07 am

The first song somehow reminds me SO much of Otsuka Ai, the way it’s so happy and upbeat :)! Definitely something different from what I’ve heard of her before. Mermaid is a beautiful song, I always loved acoustic ballads, and while her voice isn’t the best, I think it sounds quite nice here.

Great article :)

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Mirosuke August 26, 2006 at 10:40 am

Pretty Cute. I love it. ^^

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yukino UNITED STATES July 21, 2006 at 6:55 pm

Haha, I love the PV! All the different costumes and the crazy acting ^^ As for songs, I think I prefer Mermaid, although Candy Baby is catchy beyond belief :o

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Madgirlslovesong February 13, 2006 at 4:04 pm

Great article!

Not only is Chieco absolutely adorable, but her song Candy Baby is EXTREMELY catchy. I find myself listening to it over and over. The PV is also great. It really compliments the fun feel of the song. It had me giggling quite a bit.

She has a really great voice, which I can definitely see in Mermaid. It’s such a nice contrast to Candy Baby and it makes for a wonderful and complete feeling single! I’ll definitely be looking into more from her. Thank you for introducing me to Chieco. :)

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Lainay UNITED STATES February 13, 2006 at 12:16 pm

Aww, I love Candy Baby! It’s sooo cute! Makes me wanna run around in circles. I really love her voice. It’s funny how her voice sounds so much different in Candy Baby then Mermaid. ^^ Great article, Rii-chan!

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