Well, I would be super excited if Hold the Girl happens to be similar to Exodus. The closest Rina has gotten to Exodus is Akasaka Sad and Fuck this World.
And I agree, First Love is overrated af while Distance is underrated (and God knows she tends to forget the incredible song that is Sunglasses).
Distance is better in every single way and it deserves a re-release with demos and unreleased stuff just like First Love had.
Even though I really like her first two albums, I must admit that to me, the real Hikaru Utada started with Deep River. That's when she started to shape a sound of her own moving away from the Y2K sound of Destiny Child's and Janet Jackson RnB.
I don't get it, how can it be factually incorrect if it's my very personal opinion?