Time to Destination is the second album released by Every Little Thing. The album proved to be their most successful to date, peaking at number one and over 3.5 million copies sold, with it still being among the top 20 best selling albums in Japan. The five singles were all incredibly successful as each peaked within the top three and sold over 500,000. The most successful, Time goes by, became the group’s biggest hit to date and sold over one million copies.
Released: April 15, 1998
1. For the moment
2. Ima Demo… Anata ga Suki Dakara (今でも・・・あなたが好きだから)
3. Face the change (Album Mix)
4. Old Dreams
5. Monochrome (モノクローム)
6. All Along
8. Deatta Koro no You ni (出逢った頃のように)
9. Shapes Of Love
10. True colors
11. Time goes by (Orchestra Version)
First single, For the moment, starts us off. It follows closely in sound to the group’s synthpop style that was prominent on their first album. I initially wasn’t into this song as much as the energy isn’t as high as their other songs, but I do like the slightly darker tone it has now. My only issue with the song is that the transition into the chorus isn’t as explosive as I would like and sort of just glides on in. It would be more exciting with a bit of punch. Luckily, the music is pretty heavy with the guitar, synths and percussion. Ima Demo… Anata ga Suki Dakara is still upbeat, but changes things up slightly. It still has the heavy guitar and percussion that is synonymous with old-school ELT, but the midtempo take on the sound makes it come off a bit like a country song with synths. Not quite sure if I like this song because the verses just sort of drag on and while the buildup into the chorus is nice, it lacks a big punch to take it to the next level. I quite like the chorus melody though and it is a decent album track. Face the change (Album Mix) is most like the material from the group’s first album and I love it. I was unsure of the song at first as well, but the fourth single has the most exciting verses that really help bring things up for that soaring chorus. Mochida’s voice does get drowned out a bit by the overload of music, but her sweet tone is still able to pierce through this heaviness. It’s classic Every Little Thing. The next track, Old Dreams, is just an interlude and features a nice music box. I was expecting a ballad next, but Monochrome is yet another flashy synth-pop/rock tune. Unfortunately, I think while the music is exciting, the melody just isn’t hitting the spot. It’s still a solid song, but it feels a bit redundant and doesn’t quite have the hooks that keep me as satisfied as the other upbeat songs. It does have some variation in music but bringing a bit of an electronic edge to the instruments. The album’s first ballad, All Along, is a welcomed change. I love the group’s upbeat music, but it can get a bit repetitive and Mochida has the capabilities to pull off a nice ballad. This one is quite pretty, although I do feel like the melody doesn’t quite flow as well as I want it to. It feels like it jumps around too much. With that said, I do love how it sounds with the music as the arrangement just feels to full. Not bad. Hometown is a return to the upbeat music, but it does change things a bit. The music includes a few different kinds of synths, while the chorus is a bit slower and ties nicely into the heavier music. I quite enjoy the chorus and while it isn’t as explosive as some of the other songs, the transitions feel better done. Strong album track. The album’s second single, Deatta Koro no You ni, is a bit brighter than some of the other upbeat songs on here. It actually reminds me a bit of something that ZARD would have done and feels very much like mid-90’s J-Pop. I quite like this nostalgic feeling it gives though and the song pulls everything off really well. It’s a sweet tune and matches Mochida’s vocals really well, while still providing a catchy and memorable melody. Shapes of Love was original released as the album’s third single with another song (that wasn’t included) and is yet another high quality song. It is a bit like heavier in its rock influence as the electric guitar takes front and center stage. It can be a bit odd with the chorus though as the melody is definitely sweeter so the transition from the edgier verses into that takes some time to get used. I just wish the music had some more energy at times because it can get a little bare. True colors is my favourite of the album tracks just because it is so dark. It has the heavier rock sound like the last song, but elevates things by bringing some haunting synths and cool guitar riffs. The chorus is pretty sweet though. The music is pushed more to the forefront and covers over Mochida’s voice, but it gives a pretty cool effect and makes things sound a bit more robotic. This is just an interesting twist to the group’s usual material. Time goes by (Orchestra Version) is the album’s final single and most successful. It is also the album’s second ballad and easily the album’s best song. At first, I never saw the appeal of this song, but now I think it is absolutely stunning. The structure of the song is a bit different and it takes some time to get to the chorus, but everything feels necessary and I actually love the verses more than the chorus. The lyrics are also very beautiful and focus on a relationship turning sour but with a sense of hope for the future. I think the orchestra version just helps to elevate things as well.
Overall: This album is an excellent follow-up to the group’s amazing debut album. I don’t think the album is as strong because there were fewer high notes, but I also felt this album had less consistency issues and each of the songs is at least at a solid level. I feel like I can’t give any songs on this album a low score because they all had things I enjoyed. With that said, while I did like the singles, they were definitely weaker this time around (except Time goes by and Face the change).