CD 1 Track Listing
Beautiful World -PLANiTb Acoustica Mix-
CD 2 Track Listing
Arashi no Megami
Show Me Love (Not A Dream)
Hymne à l’amour ~Ai no Anthem~
Can’t Wait ‘Til Christmas
1. Beautiful World -PLANiTb Acoustica Mix-
I should get the song that hasn’t been released physically on Hikki’s discography, the end of the first disc contains an acoustic version of Beautiful World. I was a little turned off at the fact that PLANiTb decided to make this one acoustic because we all know that their past works have made the songs more electronic and edgy. There’s a little bit going on, but natural instruments all over the song basically. I don’t think Hikki resang for the version which is a bit meh, and it shows since some of the parts don’t sound right together…but it could just be me. I still prefer the original version though.
1. Arashi no Megami
Beginning the second disc of all new material, Arashi no Megami is kind of a slow start for the disc because it’s rather a simple song for Hikki to put out, but I’d say it’s a bit like “Be My Last” and how the song is very melancholic and mostly stays at the slow rhythm. To me it doesn’t do much since I’m not usually the one that likes the simple Hikki ballad…it just doesn’t do anything for me.
2. Show Me Love (Not A Dream)
We’ve known about this song for quite a long time (actually knew the title right around the release of “This Is The One”. I was creeped out at first because of the gloomy atmosphere of the song in the verses, but she sounded so right with the song, but then the chorus comes in and the mood just turns into a rockin’ one. It’s kind of like “Kremlin Dusk” in where there’s just so much angst going on and “Drama” with personal lyrics. It’s a great mixture and I was hoping she’d have another rock song someday and this worked out very well.
3. Goodbye Happiness
Being the song with the most promotion for the album (only one of the five that got an actual PV), Goodbye Happiness is definitely catering to the people that love songs like “This Is Love”, “Celebrate” and the original version of “Flavor Of Life”, it’s upbeat, fun, and yet the lyrics are the opposite. I have to say, I really enjoyed the song since it’s just cute and Hikki sounds great being herself. I think I love the ~oo oo, oo oo~ parts of the song since it just caught my attention. It’s just a song that I needed to hear from her this year lol
4. Hymne à l’amour ~Ai no Anthem~
Though to be honest, Ai no Anthem was actually the first promotional song for the album and being a cover of a French song, I was wondering what Hikki had up her sleeves for this one. Well, it’s definitely one of her WTF songs since she sings some of the song in French and the music arrangement is not of her normal which was a loungy/bossa nova/jazz style. I did like the fact it was so different from what she really did and adding that flute solo was pretty damn cool for me. She does go back to Japanese for the rest though. The only problem was though that the song was way too long for such a style since it changed so little and kept the same pattern. If it wasn’t 6 min+, it’d be prolly a whole lot better.
5. Can’t Wait ‘Til Christmas
Giving the release date, I guess Hikki wanted to end the second disc with a Christmas tune. Though, I didn’t really want another piano led ballad like “Arashi no Megami”, but I guess we just got stuck with it. Like said song, it’s not very exciting for me, but it’s passable…just not the kind of song I’d see myself listening to much…”Nichiyou no Asa” did a much better job representing Christmas.
Yeah, it’s very sad to see that Hikki is going on an hiatus over a hiatus but at least she gave us a good present to keep playing and playing. I don’t know why, but half was pretty good and half was kind of meh. The good ones though were more than strong enough to be released as A-sides which would be Show Me Love, Goodbye Happiness, and Ai no Anthem. The other three kind of seem underwhelming compared to the multitude of amazing songs on this best-of…eh can’t wait to see her back!