Hamu san is a little disappointed (or shocked) but I personally think it’s actually quite nice. I like it for it’s stark freshness and maybe I was expecting something really fugly, given my known distaste for 豹皮. I also love the porcupine hairdo. It’s so different it’s refreshing and I think it may make the press again.
I also hope that the DVD "cover" at the bottom does not end up being the eventual cover because that image has been recycled too many times and it’s not even pretty! Enuff Said.
リバーサイドホテル is a live version which is a little disappointing, so I’m hoping it’s a different night from the one that is on the DVD. But then again, I think people who buy this will realise what a great LIVE singer she is and may watch her concerts.
This is the official set list:
01 リバーサイドホテル(LIVE version)
On the whole, I think it’s a good selection though I could do without tracks 7, 8, 9 and 13. I think there are better songs like "No More Encore" but I guess they had selected them based on popularity of the songs and singers as well. Still, the 2 and a half (live versions can only count as half) new songs make this quite a good buy. It’s also charting rather well on the HMV preorder site. Together with the DVD, it is constantly making the Top 50, so maybe we can see some improvement and excitement.