Love Is Just What You Can't See is one of my standout favorites on Outgrow. I feel like despite the obvious Rich Harrison-Gogo-Beyonce influence it does a good job at not being too derivative. For example I love Koda Kumi's Without Your Love but that's an example when the song is too close to a Crazy In Love.
Whereas this song has so many peculiarities that could only exist in a 2005 J-pop release and is really crafted to BoA's voice. I love that there is a dark undercurrent to the song, and it gets dramatic, and almost pleading in the vocal delivery. I do think it would be interesting to hear what this song would sound like with 2022 BoA singing and some refinements to the production.
I think Outgrow showed BoA trying out new sounds, and sometimes they were a miss and sometimes it felt like a perfect progression from her debut to Best of Soul foundation.
Before You Said Goodbye to Me, I played a few times at the time of release. I think at that point I just wanted bops at the same rate that she was releasing from debut to My Name. With that said BYSGTM has aged like fine wine and is a favorite from the Outgrow era. I think it does the upbeat cheery sound well while still staying true to BoA's creative sensibilities. The live instrumentation, background vocals, and the bass does a good job at rounding out the song. It reminds me of the live jazzy arrangements that BoA is fond of for certain Japanese tours/concerts, but it works so much better on an original song than a pre-existing pop/r&b song. Also shoutout to what I think is her highest recorded note in studio at 2:50
With U is another song that I think does what these other two songs do well. A new direction and genre for BoA from the Outgrow era, and I think she does a great job at it. It's a refreshing summery bossa nova number that rounds out the Do the Motion single and the Outgrow album.
Just like the other two songs, I do think that this is one of those songs that 2022 BoA would absolutely eat up and make a 10. But instead it's just a summery midtempo that was good in the context of BoA growing up, but certainly not a top favorite of mine.