Taiyou no Wana
C’est la vie!
Thrace no Onna
Akai Sabaku no Densetsu (GATE Version)
Mirage~BOY,I am a girl~
Take me home
Genki wo Dashite
Tsukikage no Eden he
Itsu no Hi ni Ka…(GATE Version)
Perseus (HEAVENS WiRE vs TRI-HEDGE RMX) (First Press Bonus Track)
Honestly, the opening with Hitomi at an airport probably wasn’t needed. I guess it has to follow with the whole theme of the album. Anyways the song enters a ehtereal area before the initial song starts. The song itself hasn’t changed from the single which is fortunate, because this has to be her best song (next to Destiny -Taiyou no Hana-) of course. It’s trance-like music mixed with Hitomi’s strong vocals created this awesome track. Her English in her is alright, but isn’t too important and it only comes in one word per sentance.
2. Taiyou no Wana
Next, is our latin-influenced song. She always excels in these tracks and this one doesn’t disappoint. There’s a lot of energy in this song and there’s a guy saying stuff in Spanish as well, which is fine, but the main focus is on Hitomi’s sexed up vocals. You can really hear the fun in the song and it’s good enough for me.
3. C’est la vie!
I guess I have to say this song is still carries the upbeat style still and there’s traces of brass in the song as well. It’s a little more reserved than a lot of the other tracks. Perfect song to hear in the Katamari series of games for sure. It has that interesting sound all over. It’s a pretty good song.
4. Thrace no Onna
Continuing on, another of her “Onna” songs introduces us into some traditional Japanese sounds and add it to her dance stuff, it does come out to me sounding like Hikki’s “Can You Keep A Secret?” but a slower track. Hitomi’s soothing vocals shine through and it’s an early favorite for me.
5. Akai Sabaku no Densetsu (GATE Version)
All this means is that the airport theme reappears, but it doesn’t change the track at hand. Now, that being said, Akai Sabaku no Densetsu is another latin-infused or maybe arabic-infused dance track. Sadly, her voice to me is a little strange with the music especially the first lines from her. I do love the energy once again, but that chorus was not really good. Everything else was cool and mysterious which is one thing I really liked about it.
6. HARVEST MOON
I wasn’t unsure, but dang she has a lot of these latin tracks, but this one is really nice to listen because of the acoustic guitar. Other than that, there’s nothing really special about and sounds kinda filler to the album. Definitly a forgettable song right here.
7. Mirage~BOY,I am a girl~
I hate the sounds htat start up this track. After the intro when Hitomi comes in the song becomes almost acappella with minimal sounds helping out. That hooting sound reappears every so often, but I love the mysteriousness of the song. It brings new life onto the album and sounds like you can hear it on the beach.
8. bella flor
Another latin/dance track enters in and to be honest, I’m kind of getting uninterested in the amount of latin songs on the album. Luckily, it is one of the better ones with it’s fantastic energy and dance style. Hitomi’s singing reminds me of “Perseus” because she’s controlling it pretty well and it’s still has the fun I want in it.
9. Take me home
The beautiful sounds of crickets and the nightlife opens up our first true ballad. Hitomi’s vocals are very soft-spoken until she hits the chorus where she get’s loud and wow, her voice is pretty when she does ballads and it didn’t bore me to death. A nice piano and guitar arrangement and quiet drum playing was the entire song.
10. Genki wo Dashite
Why does this always remind me of Earthbound everytime I start this? Anyways it’s her 2nd pop-like tracks and it was a single track as well. Then there’s this synth line in the song which was like definitly WTF for me, but this pop song is a nice listen either way around.
11. Tsukikage no Eden e
Another track thats also reminding me of something. The steel drum opening this time is very reminescent to “SHANTI” and c’mon it practically is the song but better and more powerful. The chorus is definitly a high-mark for the song showing off Hitomi’s vocal range and power. Definitly the best of the new tracks.
Was this supposed to be like 50’s diner music? I mean the energy is there all right and the rock n’ roll does count, but Japanese artists doing this is a little strange for me. I’m surprised at how random everything is and it does come out a little too messy. There’s also some chanting as well giving it a more wild atmosphere. Let’s just say this was the weirdest song.
13. Itsu no Hi ni Ka…(GATE Version)
You guessed it, nothing too dramatic was changed for the song. It still is one long track and has the longest instrumentals of the album. I do love the feeling of Autumn that was originally intended by the song (looks at cover of single). It’s got some dance beats, but it’s not “Perseus” by any means. i’m also hearing traditional Japanese sounds within this one and it worked in my opinion as well. Good way to end the album.
14. Perseus (HEAVENS WiRE vs TRI-HEDGE RMX)
The bonus track is of her most popular track at the time. They gave it a hard trance sound to it and it was fine the way it was. I mean this was making the song more aggressive and lifeless. Like the beats didn’t exactly change pitches throughout which is not such a good thing. Yea, not the best bonus track.
Song of Avoidance
Third time’s a charm right? Well, it holds true to the fact that this is my favorite album of Hitomi’s. The initial thought was the Airport theme hence why most of the single tracks had added airport “moments”. A lot of the songs were diffently worldly, like songs having latin sounds, traditional asian sounds, and then there was J.U.M.P….Still, a lot of the songs were nice songs for sure.