- TOUGH INTENTION
- TOUGH INTENTION (instrumental)
- ARCH (instrumental)
1. TOUGH INTENTION
Ahhh, KOTOKO is back! The leading song, TOUGH INTENTION is quite heavy and has a strong rock atmosphere with a slight anison touch. Think “Light My Fire” but slightly lighter in the arrangement. KOTOKO’s voice sounds a little more straightforward and stable unlike some of her other tracks where she overdoes it. I didn’t expect that the mid8 would include her male background singers to start chanting it up but it’s a nice addition. Overall it’s plain, but a passable track from KOTOKO.
As for the B-side, ARCH starts muffled and under filters to kind of sound mysterious but goes away when the actual verses kick in. My first thought is this song is slightly more anison and less powerful than “TOUGH INTENTION”. I mean this could’ve been a “SHORT CIRCUIT” song if she had hiked her vocals higher. Eh not all that memorable.
KOTOKO begins a new era off with a rather unmemorable single with TOUGH INTENTION. They both seemed to lack a sense of energy musically and while KOTOKO’s vocals were quite nice, it really didn’t do much for either the A-side or ARCH. I was kind of expecting more out, but maybe she’ll get better as this era moves on.