1. Wait & See: Risk
2. Can You Keep a Secret?
7. Addicted to You (Up-In-Heaven Mix)
8. For You
11. Time Limit
12. Kotoba ni Naranai Kimochi
13. Hayatochi-Remix (Bonus Track)
I’m totally loving that cover of her’s. The hair is just in motion that it’s just too cool to look at, lol.
I just love of Hikki could really hold those high notes in Wait & See: Risk ! (Since she sings in a lower pitch most of the time.) Pop-element instrumentations but the vocal arrangement made it sound a bit R&B. …Despite that, the song is pretty lenghty.
Can You Keep a Secret? reeks of cool sounding ad-libs and calming vocals accompanied with a nice arrangement. I have to admit that Hikki sounded really strong here but there were times when her vocals could not really hit the higher notes. (This was a first considering on how she was able to sing high in the Ultra Blue era.)
Distance is probably considered one of the best Hikki songs up to date! The verses and chorus are equally awesome and catchy and the vocals were to die for! (I know I’m over exaggerating but I’m pretty dazzled by this song!) But unlike my expression towards the track, the catchy arrangement hides the fact that Distance is actually a sad song.
Sunglasses turns out to be another R&B track with nicely sung verses but then the element that differentiates this from her other R&B songs is that she sings with some sort of emotions that turns out to express the tone of the lyrics. (I think you have to listen to it to know what I’m talking about.)
Drama still isn’t as interesting as her other tracks but I really like the energy that Hikki attempts to put into the song by having the electric guitar to play with her fast paced vocals.
Eternally is probably oen of the prettiest songs on the album. (There really aren’t that many ballads in Distance.) I really love how the piano sounded really elegant and how it really goes in synch with Hikki’s gentle vocals. (Think Younha ballads) I don’t know, I just really like the flow of the arrangement.
In this particular remix, there’s an instrumentation consisting of drums and some kind of wired shaking of a special drum heard. Addicted to You (Up-In-Heaven Mix) really gives you that “Hikki” feeling where the song sounds a little strange but you can’t help but like it. I’m not really sure how the original version sounds like so I can’t really compare the remix with anything…but otherwise, I give this a thumbs up.
For You begins with light instrumentals followed by Hikki’s signature R&B acoustics. She sings in lower register as the pace isn’t as fast as her older R&B oriented music were. Despite the new and different taste is Rhythm and Blues, Hikki definitely made possibly the most addicting A-side of the Distance era!
Kettobase! is another case where Hikki couldn’t sing in high pitch. I like out the verses and chorus contrast from each other regarding pitch and volume. With the verses in medium pitch while the chorus on high register.
Parody starts out really strong with instruments sudden blaring the moment the song starts. But the best thing about this song is that it’s a mixture of different genres like R&B, rock and other genres that we’re used to her singing. The mixture is probably the one reason why this makes it one of the most memorable tracks on the album and that it’s one of my favorite old Hikki songs.
Time Limit starts with powerful R&B elements. The entire arrangement itself doesn’t beat For You’s and I just can’t get myself to be addicted to this song. I thought that any R&B artist could sing this song but I’m pretty sure that it’ll grow on me…
Kotoba ni Naranai Kimochi has powerful instrumentals that would stick in my mind forever and hikki’s vocals are still as good as usual. The verses are pretty slow paced but it goes uptempo during the chorus. Another one of the stronger new tracks on the album.
Hayatochi-Remix (Bonus Track) is a really balanced remix that starts slow and sorrowful but then jumps into a catchy piano that would never make you skip this track. This is definitely worth listening to and is an awesome way to end this epic album.
Personal Rating: 5/5