Finally I've got the chance to listen to Hamasaki's latest album called Secret
which follows the road of previous rocky sounding albums just like My Story
. To begin with a short opinion: This album isn't as strong as most of Hamasaki's works, BUT it's so much better than My Story
which is the only really weak full-length album of Hamasaki. So far, so good...
The album opens with Not yet
, which finally contains some trance beats (reminds a bit of the LOVEppears era). The next track is called Until that Day...
and sounds very hard rock at first listen. Heavy drums and electric guitars accompanied by the electrically blurred voice of Hamasaki. Sounds alright, but we miss some innovation though, because the background production is always the same. Startin'
was the first single off the record and surprises with a rather catchy chorus. 1 LOVE
starts AMAZING, but the refrain is such a disappointment: she holds the same note throughout the chorus! The next track is called It was
and is one of the album's highlights. This track has such a nice and laid back guitar melody and a really nice and uplifting chorus. Not overproduced and definitely diversified.
are two of the oustanding ballads on this records. I quite like them, but she had better ones. Those are really great and outshine most of the album tracks, but compared to the ballads on her previous 7 records, those two won't make the best rankings.
After the ballady session, the weakest part of the album comes across: Born To Be...
is kind of a sing-along track and reminds me so much of a theme for a championship. *lol* Beautiful Fighters
is just wack and I'm sure I won't listen to it that much. Lame melody and moreover it's the longest album track! Not good... BLUE BIRD
again has its weak moments, but it's ways better than the previous two songs. It's a mid-tempo track with quite forgettable melody.
The album's ending is great though! kiss o' kill
sounds a little dark at the beginning and starts off with a dramatic verse. The chorus is rocky and dynamic. Sparkling synthesiser, amazing! Contains also some violin samples. Last track on "Secret" is the most amazing ballad of this era - Secret
itself! I love it! It can definitely compete with previous ballads and is the best slow song since Will