Review: Calista Kazuko – EMPRESS

Review: Calista Kazuko – EMPRESS

EMPRESS by Calista Kazuko is a beautiful abstract cinematic melodramatic cabaret noir album and art pop with a slight touch of dark jazz and swing hop. Basically her entire album is one art pop masterpiece from 2019. The musical style is well suitable for music theatre. A bit of sophistipop can be heard across the album too. The Empress Calista Kazuko shows that she is a force to be reckoned with.

Unleash your inner Empress and let this catastrophically captivating concept album take you on a journey through time. The Empress will see you now. Yummy bonus items include exclusive artwork, photos and lyric sheets.

The Empress is the soft, sultry, and jazzy opener to the Empress. Her singing style is similar to Amy Winehouse and Dinah Washington on this song especially. This song speaks to women very well since Calista wrote the lyrics from a woman’s point of view.

Once upon a time, lived an unassuming girl with pigtails in her hair knot adds not a care in this world.
But the years aren’t kind, sometimes we have to feel alone. Then one day you wake up and decide you’re tired of this bullshit life. And you’re a badass bitch on a mission!

So when you see The Empress Calista Kazuko, don’t feel alarmed. She rolls with 5 pimp armed bodyguards. The Empress will see you now. Knock. Suck it in. now take a bow. When you’ve got nothing to lose, your mind plays tricks on you. You best dress to impress The Empress.

Come to Mama uses a huge touch of abstract cinematic melodramatic cabaret noir and abstract sophistipop. A small portion of swing hop is used in the chords and beats. The song is an art pop masterpiece. The song is hypnotics and tranquil do to the way the lyrics were written.

Welcome to the world of Calista Kazuko, won’t you come on in? Her people will adore you. When it comes to love her sheets are lined with gold. And she is not afraid to use her powers. Be aware since her powers have improved. She has ruled the world. Now she wants to rule you. Let her be your Queen. Life will be a dream. Come on, baby. Don’t be shy! Come to Mama.

To her (at least her viewpoint), there is no such thing as female power. She calls it brash menstrual shrouded anger.

Lady Cherry is one of those deep philosophical songs where Calista sings and discusses the philosophy of life. Calista plays the role of Lady Cherry. Lady Cherry uses a mixture of dark jazz, alternative rock, and art pop. A small portion of swing hop is used in the chords and beats. Lady Cherry invites you in. She’ll take you to a parallel world unknown. Get lost in her symphony.

Let’s give a warm welcome to Lady Cherry. She is here to talk all the philosophy of life. Think of a honey bee. It’s truly something special sent from above. Fill a cup of love. Such a piece of magic won’t be forgotten easily. Come have a taste and see…

These lyrics explain how creatures, even insects, are something special from above. “Think of a honey bee. You won’t believe, It’s truly something special, sent from above,”

More than a moon ago, Lady Cherry played roulette with her soul. She and the Devil sat at that table. Lust was the dealer fixed from the start. Lady Cherry pulled the Queen of Hearts. “Fie this voodoo magic if I die then you will all be cursed!” Cried Satan as he tasted her medicine. Victory for Lady Cherry!

Benzo Belle is about a controlling woman who can be anything a man wants her to be. Benzo Belle uses field recordings over an art pop soundscape. The lyrics are quite repetitive due to the heavy usage and reliance on the word “and”.

These lyrics explain and expose how much of a controlling woman Benzo Belle really is.

Robot lover, Benzo Belle, lacklustre, lifeless, vacuum shell…

I hate you.
Well, if I felt anything I’m sure that I’d hate you,
I’d squash you.
Payback for all of the squashing and all of the rolling,
And grunting and huffing and puffing,
And gnawing and scratching and boredom,
And all of your games, I don’t find them funny,
And words all those mean words,
And lies all those sweet little lies,
And looks those looks of hate,
Oh this is tiring let’s go back to sleep…

I can be anything for you baby.
Robot lover, Benzo Belle, lacklustre, lifeless, vacuum.
Oh well….

Ode to Genevieve was a song dedicated to a friend named Genevieve who feels she has got to hide because she is scared of what people say. This is one of the more heartfelt art pop songs on the album.

It sucks Genevieve feels she has got to hide because she is scared of what those people say. She’s been running all her life. They’re not on her side. They’re not her mates. People can be so full of hate. Calista tells Genevieve, “Don’t listen to their lies. You’re perfect in my eyes.” Fuck those small minded brutes! She is not just some bloke in a wig. She is a beautiful human being.

Dear Sabotage is a traditional jazz song which explains how Calista has big dreams of paradise all the time just to escape the boredom of her own petty life.

Notice how the beats from the drums follow a slow pace. That is the traditional jazz portion of the song. Traditional jazz meets art pop and sophistipop on Dear Sabotage. The chords from the piano make the soundscape very angelic and celestial.

Calista has 5 children. She has jobs where she is working 9 to 5 and 5 to 9. Who? Who will save Calista from losing her own mind? Calista has big dreams of paradise beach all the time just to escape the boredom of her own petty life.

Every day at roughly a quarter past 3 PM, she whispers a little prayer meant only for her. It goes, “Dear Sabotage – you know how to get to my heart, you see right through. Dear Sabotage – you were my best friend from the start. I need you!”

She likes to play bingo and the national lottery. Born to be a winner! Now there’s nothing winning about her. Her 5 children want to roam wild and free. So free that she loses them to flaws of society.
Every night at roughly a quarter to 10 PM, she writes a letter that she’ll never send. It goes, “Dear Sabotage – you know how to get to my heart, you see right through.Dear Sabotage – you were my best friend from the start. I need you! And PS you need me too. And PS you love me too.”

S.S. Lizzie is a melodramatic art pop song about the Hungarian noblewoman Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed (Elizabeth Báthory) from the country of Hungary. The song explained how she tortured and killed hundreds of females to stay youthful.

Elizabeth Báthory has been surrounded by four walls for 4 years. She is old and slowly dying.
Elizabeth Báthory once had it all, untold fame and fortune. But how the mighty fall. So they found pieces of bones deep in the walls of her home. Ferenc Nádasdy’s nasty mind left them behind.

Blood Bath Báthory plead sheer vanity. Virgin girls are so youthful. She needed their beauty. She bathes in blood to keep her youthful. Please don’t hate Sweet Sick Lizzie.

You can’t catch Elizabeth Báthory because her family tree will protect her due to her nobility and social status song with social class and ranking. These lyrics explained how Countess Elizabeth Báthory got away with committing her murderous atrocious crimes and how her nobility and social status prevented her from being prosecuted for her crimes. “You can’t catch me, ‘cause my family tree will protect me”

Elizabeth Báthory often dreamt of being 4 years old. Home at Ecsed Castle, being a perfect little girl.
She was betrothed at age 10. She had 4 children of her own. Oh how the people loved ‘The Lizzie Show’. When you’re young and hate is all you know, you are incapable to show love without blood. And though you know it’s wrong, you can’t say no.

These lyrics explained how hate can affect a person for the rest of their life when all they know is hate. ”When you’re young and hate is all you know, incapable to show love without blood,
And though you know it’s wrong, you can’t say no. Nice and slow, make them moan, feel the control.”

Sick Like Me explained how sick in the head The Empress really is. The song explains how she used to have a healthy mind but now has a sick mind. The song also explains how she has so many friends online but not many friends offline.

We know these rhythms but we can’t dance and move to the beat. So we just flow like rivers to our own groove and our own trance! Where in the world do we go from here?

The Empress is a beauty queen lost in a pipe-dream. She used to be a healthy mind, but now she is sick and blind. The Empress is sick from this world and its health disease. She is sick from her teacher’s gifts to her. Stick to me and get sick like her!

The Empress is sick and craves for my likes on Instagram. She cares more for her fans than her own family. She’ll get a job. (Not a real job. A butt job.) Then The Empress will be famous and everyone will love her!

She is sick for the sycophants obsessed with her life as they are there for her every day every night. So many friends when she switches on her iPhone, but so alone when she turns out the light.

The Empress went out in style on the sophistipop song CAKE. The song is a “let them eat cake” type of song.

The Empress has been feeling so guilty lately because her people suffer incredibly apparently which is deeply saddening her. Let them eat cake. Let them go out in style.

A little sugar to ease the pain and if it’s true what the people say, they’re gonna die anyway, The Empress is not the kind of girl who would let her people down. She doesn’t know why people choose to despise her. It’s really quite unfair since she is not the enemy. The Empress did not ask to be blessed with such brains and beauty and the perfect life. She’ll be the martyr!

The way the lyrics were written were like lines to a movie script or an episode script.

Will you dance with me through the glass?… (1-2-3-4)

Mmm I’m sexy and don’t I know it,
Oh yeah and I’m totes the Queen.
The Empress has been feeling so guilty lately because her people suffer incredibly apparently which is deeply saddening her.

My,
It’s me.

Qu’ils mangent de la brioche,
I’ll be the martyr the hero the lot!

Let them eat cake, let ‘em go out in style.
A little sugar to ease the pain and if it’s true what the people say,
They’re gonna die anyway,
I’m not the kind of girl who would let my man down.
Let them eat cake, Let them eat cake!

I don’t know why you choose to despise me,
It’s really quite unfair, I’m not the enemy.
I did not ask to be blessed with such brains and beauty and the perfect life,
Sorry not sorry!

Qu’on vive comme les enfants du paradis,
Woah, how the people will fucking adore me! So…

Let them eat cake, let ‘em go out in style.
A little sugar to ease the pain and if it’s true what the people say,
They’re gonna die anyway,
I’m not the kind of girl who would let my man down.
Let them eat cake, Let them eat cake!

We Are Empress is the minute and a half long (1:32) closer to the Empress album which basically an instrumental. The instrumentation is perfect.

I rate this album 5/5*****!!

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