Can you hear me?
1. Can you hear me?
Starting the mini off, the title track comes first with its acoustic atmosphere. I already can tell I’m gonna like hearing Kie’s vocals once again because I actually like her tone…it sounds familiar like Van from Do As Infinity. Kind of has this power to it and she sounds so good. While it isn’t the best the mini has to offer, it’s pretty damn good otherwise.
As the only single that came out for the era, Darl:orz is interesting from when I heard it the first time because this time around I felt her vocals were a little higher than in pitch than in “Can you hear me?”. I really do love the synths mingling with this pop/rock style…like it gives it an IMALU-like feel. It’s pretty fun and just a great song to listen too…though off-topic…I wish “It’s All Right” had made the cut x.x
3. Kimi ga…
Starting off with a melody from a music box, Kimi ga… was interesting because at first I thought it was going to be the mini’s first ballad but it turns into this kind mid-tempo pop song with a nice dance beat to along for the ride. It’s kind of simple but it shows off Kie’s vocals in a much brighter setting though I felt like there was something different about her vocals like light filters being used…it could just be me though but this was a nice, floaty track from her.
4. Just Friends
Moving back into something a little more aggressive natured, Just Friends kind of reminds me of various Kylee songs with a lot more focus on guitars and the synths playing a more minor role. This has fun written all over the song (like “Darl:orz”). It’s still a great tune overall and just fun to listen to on a happy day.
Another music box opening (even though it’s slightly different than the one that started “Kimi ga…”. Oddly enough, talking about that song, I get the same vibes with Keep for some reason. Like it’s pretty floaty and has a nice beat to it. Actually this might be a tad more poppy but still similar in many ways though the breakdown in the song…was very unusual to me…seemed like there were ideas to get lyrics in there but failed. Not bad overall.
I love that Hazakura begins with piano only before it grows into the song with the most amount of synth usage. I guess I should be happy with the piano/synth mixture but being at a little over 5 minutes it took a little while for me to enjoy…but I think it’s from the long intro. After a while the song kind of just fades into the background for me since it doesn’t have climax points for me…just kind of sails on a straight line after the synths come in.
7. Beautiful World
Closing things off, Beautiful World is the longest track hitting 6 minutes straight. I do like how it starts in the studio like behind the scenes with Kie and someone else singing alongside. After that the song opens with the chorus and there’s a lot of people singing behind Kie. It’s nice they chose this as the last track since it kind of gives this hopeful feel…(is it a song based from the earthquakes maybe?). Kind of cute and has a positive message in it.
After “Shin”, I was hoping she’d drop Komuro for something better and for the most part I felt this mini-album was 10x stronger than her full debut album tbh. Minus Hazakura, all the songs were pretty damn good and left a much stronger impression of her as an artist than before which is great. While I do think “It’s All Right” should’ve been somewhere here because it fits with all the great stuff found her this short era was more than needed…*RECOMMENDED*