Why are solo albums such bring-downs? Ms. Higurashi has been rocking it as the front-woman for Seagull Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her for years now, and what possessed her to leave, we may never know. What we do know is that, predictably, the melodies are catchier, but the rough edges have not been so much as trimmed as sandblasted off with extreme prejudice. “YUMEMITAI” starts things off hopefully, with jerky guitar hooks and nice vocals in both English and Japanese. Then it comes time for guess the influences. “Till the Time Comes” is Cibo Matto all over (and in a good way), “Dead Horse” is the Cure note for note and “Living Source” is just SO YMO (circa 1985). Not to say that this is crap in any way, shape or form, but from Aiha, a veteran of one of the more daring and influential roots rock bands of past years, one expects a little more. Here’s to hoping for a little less sugar and a little more spice next time.