I love Exodus. But for every magical moment in the album or on each song, there is an equally awkward, cheesy, or just plain old weak moment.
She strains alot on this record.
I have to give it to her for pushing her boundaries as a vocalist, but sometimes it's just unbearable.
But perhaps I just notice it more in English and she is just as strained on other releases?
The songs that have really stood the test of time for me are
Devil Inside (the atmosphere is perfect and that breakdown at the end goes so hard)
Kremlin Dusk (some questionable vocal moments, but the buildup of the song more than makes up for it)
Hotel Lobby (One of my favorites from the beginning, and I love it even more now)
And I grew to really love YMMWTBAM.
I think she does these dark, moody, brooding songs best.
The rest of the songs are still quite enjoyable, but Easy Breezy and Wonder Bout are the pits for me.
Easy Breezy is pretty boring to me, and I have to be in a very specific mood for it. (It's also strange as a single since it doesn't represent the album at all).
And Wonder Bout can be really off putting between Timbo's lazy production (he really phoned this one in, because he is capable of such amazing productions) and Hikki's voice on the recording.
I think This Is The One has much more consistent individual tracks.
But Exodus crafts an entire world and journey, which is so important for a body of work.
I also think Exodus is critical to understanding Hikki's artistry and discography.