Holy fuck I forgot about STORY until it started playing and SXSW flashbacks happened. Listening to the album now
EDIT: So...I'm not sure which album between LEVEL3 or COSMIC EXPLORER I like more. But in the sense that I kinda feel equally...meh? about them both? LEVEL3 has the amazing 1mm and great singles. Tbh, with COSMIC EXPLORER, I don't really connect with any of the album tracks? Navigate was a great intro, but Cosmic Explorer fell slightly flat for me. Miracle Worker wasn't any better, but Next Stage with YOU was a little better. I loved STORY obviously, but it's so instrument-heavy that it doesn't sound like a Perfume song in a way either. Baby Face was surprisingly super cute though. Out of the album-mixes, Cling Cling is definitely my fave. I don't understand why they made FLASH into one....Sweet Refrain loses some of its sentiment with its mix, and tbh I don't remember STAR TRAIN or TOKIMEKI LIGHT's original versions well enough to compare those.
Of course, this is all just after one listen, so maybe it just needs to sit a bit more with me. But yeah.../2centswillshutupnow