eternity is the third album released by Every Little Thing. This was the last album to feature Igarashi Mitsuru, who was the producer for much of the group’s earlier music. Although not as successful as the group’s first two albums, it was yet another success, peaking at #1 and selling over 960,000 copies. The three singles were all fairly successful, with each peaking at #2 on the charts.
Released: March 15, 2000
3. switch (Album Mix)
4. Just be you
5. The One Thing
6. Get Into A Groove
7. Rescue me
8. Smile Again
9. sure (Orchestra Version)
10. Who cries for me? (Pray Reprise)
11. sure (Are you sure? Mix)
The album opens with its biggest success, pray. Although it opens as a ballad, it soon gets a blast of power before launching into the group’s usual synth-pop. I wouldn’t really categorize it with the group’s high energy tunes, but it doesn’t quite fit the slower and more emotional tone of their ballads and it ends up around the middle. It’s still a really great song and has a lot of power to its sound with that heavy percussion and synth structure. Not an all time favourite, but definitely one of their most gorgeous tunes.
Reason flies in as the first album track and is exactly what I was looking for. This song feels like it would fit on the group’s first two albums easily. It has the same powerful music structure, but a more aggressive melody. My only issue is just how overpowering the music is compared to the vocal parts. I feel like more balance would have really brought the song to the next level. That and you can hear Mochida’s voice starting to change at this point.
Originally released as a B-side track to the album’s second single, switch (Album Mix), continues the group’s classic synth pop sound, but does change things up. I feel like this one goes for a bit more of a pop/rock vibe as it features a heavier display of electric guitar. It’s pretty cool, but doesn’t quite have the same soaring energy as the last song and it falters a bit in the chorus with its weaker melody. A solid tune, but a bit forgettable compared to the first two.
I was not expecting Just be you to be yet another upbeat tune. There is a bit of variation between the songs, so things don’t get spoiled, but this one definitely returns with stronger synth elements. I do enjoy this one more than the last song as the melody is actually pretty catchy. Mochida’s voice also isn’t completely overpowered here as well. Another great tune.
The One Thing finally brings us a change in pace. Later released as the B-side to the album’s re-cut single, we get a ballad. I’m a bit on the fence with this one though. I really enjoy the chorus and while it does bring back that synthed up sound, we get something more in the line of a winter ballad instead. My biggest gripe comes with the fact that Mochida’s voice sounds weaker here and it feels like she is struggling to hang on at times.
Get Into A Groove was released as the second A-side of the album’s first single. It brings us back to that high energy pop sound. The song is pretty catchy and has one of the most digestible melodies on the album. Also, Mochida’s voice sounds stronger here than in other songs. It’s a pretty solid delivery in general.
The next song was released as the first A-side to the album’s re-cut single. Rescue Me is pretty much a continuation of the last song. I love how the song builds up into the chorus and it actually sounds like something replicated by later groups such as GIRL NEXT DOOR. It has a swirling quality about the synthwork here and I love how it works fun and bouncy melody.
I totally needed Smile Again. While I love the group’s synthpop sound, Smile Again brings some much needed variety with this bouncy and bright pop number. It still has the synths, but the vibe is totally different and instead we get something almost wintery again. The chorus’ melody sort of reverts back to what would be expected from the group, but I like it’s more toned down energy. Unsurprisingly that it was the second A-side to the re-cut.
The album’s second single comes in the form of a ballad. sure (Orchestra Version) isn’t particularly what I was expecting. It doesn’t quite follow the sadder and more emotional delivery of “Time goes by” and instead implores on heavy percussion to bring a stronger punch. It’s still a pretty nice song and while the melody isn’t as charmingly beautiful, it is works nicely with the music.
Who cries for me? (Pray Reprise) is a beautiful minute section that goes the more emotional route. I feel like this would’ve been a great way to end the album.
Because instead of something beautiful, we get a six minute remix of sure. The Are you sure? Mix features an obnoxious thumping beat and tries to change the sparkling ballad into a dance song. It just does not fit on this album and pretty much ruins the original, which is upsetting.
Overall: The saddest part is that this album would have been another stellar album from the group if that horrible remix was just not included. It just brings the whole album down another level. Besides that, this is actually a really good album from the group. While it doesn’t quite hit the same highs as their first two, the first nine songs are really consistent and I found no weakness individually. I do feel like the album could have benefited from some variety in the synth pop sound though as there was a time where it got a bit harder to get through.