1. Dear Lady
Could it be the first time Hidemi sounds right in a song? Dear Lady is just like her previous singles, mostly R&B, but this time there’s a main piano melody unlike the previous tracks. Back to Hidemi, her voice is just so much less nasally as it was in “Jidai” and I can actually enjoy her a lot. Sometimes she slips into it, but mostly I was impressed with how much better she sounded.
The B-side isn’t like the other ones released, but at the same time I’m again impressed by the stronger vocals and clean ones at that in this song. BABY is a little bit of a slower R&B track, but Hidemi is using fast lyrics to get by which to me sounds like a big tongue twister, so I couldn’t exactly follow. Oh well, at least the song was enjoyable IMO.
This could be the first Hidemi single that I actually like. Unlike the first two singles her throat-lapsed vocals were fine-tuned and since there was a long wait from “Jidai” to this single, Hidemi scored quite nicely with the single. Now the problem that might plague her is that her songs are getting kind of similar with one another with the exception of “Trauma”. Somehow, I think she needs to pull a JASMINE eventually and move into various genres while keeping strong vocals.