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SINGLE REVIEW: Utada Hikaru- HEART STATION/Stay Gold

Utada Hikaru- HEART STATION/Stay Gold

Both Beautiful World/Kiss & Cry and Flavor of Life were absolutely astounding singles by Hikaru, and I am expecting no less of this single. The buzz going around is that at least Stay Gold is amazing. My biggest hopes are a fantastic vocal performance and hopefully some unique music. I really loved the ballad version of Flavor of Life, but I also liked Beautiful World. Everything about Hikaru’s work is engaging because of her unique voice and musical perspective, and that’s the reason I continuously listen to her.

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The first song on the single is HEART STATION, a synthetic ballad-esque number. When I first listened to for the first time, I wasn’t captivated, but I’ve become addicted. The reverb and beautiful vocals by Hikki really work out powerfully in the end. The song is created with a constant percussion track and relentlessly shifting synth so pretty that it manages not to confuse you. Hikki’s vocals. Ahh, Hikki’s vocals. The beautiful quiver in her voice is absolutely beautiful, and the constant perfection is utterly entrancing. Overall, I like this song a lot more than both Flavor of Life and Beautiful World. The composition is catchier, and the way that it’s presented creates a great atmosphere and an enjoyable experience.

Vocal Performance Grade: A+ — Musical Performance Grade: A — Composition Grade: A+

Overall Grade: A+

The second A-Side is the gorgeous piano ballad with an electronic twist, Stay Gold. I didn’t like that the song began with the chorus, but I thought the synth and piano worked out wonderfully together. Hikki hits some fantastic high notes in this song, and her vocal performance is once again supreme. I like the flow of this song, and it has a nice direction. This song is better than both of her previous two A-Sides as well. I can see why they made this single a double A-Side, because choosing between the two would be incredibly difficult. I’m addicted to this song too, and I honestly can’t say which one is better. They’re both really amazing in their own respects, so it’s hard to compare them. Stay Gold follows a more classic ballad instrumentation, but they both are relatively slow and heart-felt. I like the electronically distorted background vocals, even though it removes this song’s ability to be a true ballad.

Vocal Performance Grade: A+ — Musical Performance Grade: A+ — Composition Grade: A

Overall Grade: A+

SINGLE GRADE: A+

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SINGLE REVIEW: Utada Hikaru- Beautiful World/Kiss & Cry

 


Utada Hikaru - Beautiful World / Kiss & Cry

 

Goodness, it looks like I’m going on an Utada Hikaru streak lately. After hearing her last single ‘Flavor of Life’, I was totally pumped to come and grade her newest single ‘Beautiful World/Kiss &Cry’. Utada HIkaru has an amazing voice, and I’m really excited for this single. Again she’s like the most famous Japanese artist ever, and has countless awards. I don’t know how it is that I’m just starting to get into her music, but I totally understand why she is so ridiculously famous. I hope she does good on this single so she can build a name for herself in my book, and I’m not stuck listening to Flavor of Life over and over again. Because trust me, I will listen to it over and over again.———

Yay! Beautiful World is really cool, and features the same kind of feeling in the music as the original version of Flavor of Life. I really like it a lot! As usual, Hikaru’s vocals are fantastic, and the entire atmosphere of the song is pleasant. I like the way that her vocals are really passionate, and that she really seems to feel what shes singing. The music for this song is really cool, and I could totally picture a cool ‘in the stars’ PV for this song, if it was the one promoted with a PV. I think this song could have sold singles by itself, but we’ll see what Hikaru has in store for us with Kiss & Cry. I don’t have much to say about this song becuse there isn’t much to correct or state…

Vocal Grade: A — Musical Grade: A

Overall Grade: A

The trumpets that started off Kiss & Cry were really obnoxious and out of place, and I could not figure out why they were there. They totally started off the song the wrong way, and I didn’t care for the fact that they cut off, and there was a second of silence before anything actually started. They felt so out of place and wrong… i don’t care for them at all. However, if I pretend that the trumpets in the intro were never there, the song is much better, and a lot more pleasant. Her vocals were really nice, and strong as usual. The music was nice, and the beat made for a nice head bob every time I listened to it. My only problem was near the end when it started to get confusing, and new elements kept being randomly thrown into the mix, and I thought it really made the song shuffled and kind of strange. The natural high element of the song was a good idea, but used in a bad way. I thought it was so random for the song, and didn’t make much sense. The song really changed a lot towards the end, and I lost track of the flow. It wasn’t bad because I enjoyed it, just it felt strange after a few lessons.

Vocal Grade: A — Musical Grade: A

Overall Grade: A-

According to my grandma [Reliable? Not sure], Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) -2007 MIX- is a cover of a VERY old 50’s song that a lot of artists have sang. I’ve never heard the original, but I’m sure it’s really different assuming that the song really is from the 50’s. She does a really good job vocally on this song, and the beat [no way that is from the 50’s] is really catchy and fun. This is the shortest song on the single, and it’s kind of sad because I really like it. Her english is perfect, which is expected since she was born and half-raised in America. This song caught my attention even more than Kiss & Cry, and I really find it fun. I am wondering if the lyrics have been changed, because I don’t think fifties people sang like this. Either way, it’s a cool song.

Vocal Grade: A+ — Musical Grade: A

Overall Grade: A

SINGLE GRADE: A

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SINGLE REVIEW: Utada Hikaru- Flavor of Life

 

I know this isn’t Utada Hikaru’s most recent single, but it’s the first one i’ve listened to of her [I know, sin], so I’m going to post it first. Utada Hikaru is basically like the most famous Japanese artist of all time, and i’ve never met a Japanese person who genuinely disliked everything she does. She has so many awards on her shelf that it isn’t even funny, and somehow I’ve managed to go all this time without even sparing a second glance. Something drew me in about this single, and I decided I’d give it a try. I’m not sure what to think, since I’ve only heard Utada Hikaru’s voice in an interview [I don’t know how that’s possible, but it’s true…], which didn’t tell me much. Due to all her fans, I’m sure this will be good. Unless she’s an Ayumi hamasaki, and is famous for no reason. Anyway, Utada Hikaru’s ‘Flavor of Life’.

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Man, what can I say about Flavor of Life… Utada Hikaru’s vocals are just fabulous, and I couldn’t be more excited that I decided to listen to her music. I think she sounds really good, and her range is really cool. I really like the way she controls her voice, and I’m totally loving this song. This is actually the A-Side, but somehow not as popular as the Ballad Version of the song, which is the one that actually ended up with its own promotional video. The music for this song is really cool sounding, and I like Utada Hikaru’s slightly techno electronic sounds that she incorperated into this song. I don’t have much more to say about this song other than I love it.

Vocal Grade: A+ — Musical Grade: A

Overall Grade: A+

Flavor of Life -Ballad Version- only makes the song more beautiful, as it focuses more on the power of Hikaru’s vocals rather than the electronic music. This song is fantastic, and I love when she sings ‘the Flavor of Life’. It sends chills down my spine. I like the piano featured in this song, which replaces the electronic beats in the song. Hikaru really does fantastic in this song, and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite songs. I like the ballad version better, although I really like the regular version. I normally don’t review anything other than the original version, as I usually don’t even save the instrumentals. However, because of the fact that this song is more popular than the original title track, I had to review it.

Vocal Grade: A+ — Musical Grade: A+

Overall Grade: A+

SINGLE GRADE: A+

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