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#16 CADENZA

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 08:11 PM

Exodus was merely a glimpse of what she can really do in English IMO.
"Devil Inside" had pretty simple lyrics but was catchy as hell.

Hikki has matured a lot since and that has shown in her Japanese works.
So I'm sure the same would go for her new English album.

Actually, I'm kinda hoping she'd make song with her signature R&B flair again for the album.
But ethereal pop works too. I mean, listen to "Passion". Brilliance, really.

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 08:19 PM

^
Don't forget Beautiful World, too. ;)

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 08:24 PM

But her English stuff is poetic and deep too. D:
Kremlin Dusk, anyone?


yeah, but the DIRTY lyrics (sorry for the term) is just way annoyin' for me..

WOw, when i first watched UHUU, KDusk brought no fun ;)

but now, it's my addiction! here, my subtitled KDusk from UU

When our heartache begins, will you remember my name? heheh



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Posted 17 August 2008 - 08:45 PM

Kremlin Dusk is one of the best songs of her career.
I really do love the ethereal feel she gives her music.
Its just such a new fresh sound, & she definetely doesn't play it safe with her music.
The sound from songs like Blue, Making Love,
& as some people mentioned, Passion & Beautiful World
Is just so original :0 That, and the raw emotion in all of them makes me melt~ haha

I wouldnt mind her making music with dirty lyrics,
(As long as she oesnt litterally make a song remeniscent of Aguilera's "Dirty")
Theres nothing wrong with a mature woman her age embracing her sexuality.
She writes/sings about many aspects of life, so why leave that one out?

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 09:21 PM

Kremlin Dusk is one of the best songs of her career.
I really do love the ethereal feel she gives her music.
Its just such a new fresh sound, & she definetely doesn't play it safe with her music.
The sound from songs like Blue, Making Love,
& as some people mentioned, Passion & Beautiful World
Is just so original :0 That, and the raw emotion in all of them makes me melt~ haha

I wouldnt mind her making music with dirty lyrics,
(As long as she oesnt litterally make a song remeniscent of Aguilera's "Dirty")
Theres nothing wrong with a mature woman her age embracing her sexuality.
She writes/sings about many aspects of life, so why leave that one out?


the feel of listenin' to Utada Hikaru is different, real different.... sometimes, i listen to her songs and it's like i'm havin' alot of flashbacks in my life ;)

what a nice point! :D

maybe that's the effect of me bein' conservative hahaha.....

video-wise, would you like her to do something dirty too?

(again, sorry for the "DIRTY" term)

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 10:07 PM

i'd prefer to use the term "risque" and not dirty.

I love all of her albums and her gradual transitions and changes during the past ten years. I've read a lot of articles about her and her style, it seems like exodus was like an experiment for her and i think she was trying to push the limits with her listeners and create something original and different from her usual style. frankly i thought it was a very succesful experiment and were amazing tracks.

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 10:22 PM

Or racy, haha.
Video-wise, I wouldnt want her to get too uhm....exposed.
I don't know, as beautiful as I think Utada is, I wouldnt like the idea of her dressing slutty.
Though being a little sexy is an entirely different matter.
The line that divides sexy from skanky is sometimes vey hazy,
But I don't think Utada would ever cross that line, anyhow.

& kusaba,
I wouldnt say it was completely succesful,
But I guess it was succesful in a sense that it probably gave her a much better idea of what to do the second time around. I personally love the album Exodus, but I can understand why people don't like it. It was extremely straightfoward. Her metaphors were not exactly the most clever I've heard. But I would have to say that lyrics aside-- the sound she created with that album managed to be extremly catchy without being generic, (which is rare nowadays) I love her use of electronica style~ : D

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 10:45 PM

You're easy breezy and I'm Japaneesy ;)

Well, she revealed the most skin during Distance (Wait & See ~リスク~ to be exact).
It was fine with me though; as long as she doesn't do racy stuff.
Hikki draws a clear line between sexy and slutty IMO :D

That reminds me of a US interview where they described Hikki as the Britney Spears of Japan.

... and that's just wrong.

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Posted 18 August 2008 - 12:13 AM

Oddly enough, Wait & See Risuku is one of my favourite Utada looks~
& I'm glad, because as you said, she's starting to get that look back now =D

Yeah, I just mean that in general the line can sometimes be hazy,
Just because different people have different opinions on whats sexy & whats not,
& whats trashy & whats not. But you're right, Hikki usually draws a clear line between the two, haha.

& ugh, I saw that interview. I was like... Obviously someone has no clue what music Utada makes XD.
If you're going to interview someone, shouldnt you have a little more background info than that? haha
But then again, I guess she mean in terms of popularity. Hikkis at the top of the game in japan ;D

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Posted 18 August 2008 - 02:49 AM

I just hope she won't "sell out" to promote her next English album. :lol: I want people to see her as a respectable person. lol

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Posted 18 August 2008 - 05:47 AM

^I don't think we have to worry about that :lol:

Kremlin Dusk is one of the best songs of her career.

Ya, the song totally blew me away when I first listened to it!

Anyway, I wanna ask you guys something.
What genre do you put her music under in your music players?

For me, First Love and Distance songs come under "R&B" while DEEP RIVER to HEART STATION are "Pop" in my iTunes library.

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 03:09 AM

Haha...maybe you guys are more into details...

I just put them under the generic J-pop...

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 04:19 AM

Haha...maybe you guys are more into details...

I just put them under the generic J-pop...

Haha, I used to be even more detailed!
Like how I'd put Slipknot under heavy metal and symphonic metal for Adagio.
I don't do that now; I just do general 'genre-lisation'; pop is just pop, no J or K-pop stuff.

I just wanna categorise Hikki's music properly.
Well, First Love and Distance had heavy R&B style.
And singles after "Can You Keep A Secret?" were more mainstream pop influenced.
Of course by ULTRA BLUE, we all knew of her new ethereal sound (Passion, Keep Tryin') <_<

In a recent interview with Hikki, this was said:

"'Utada Hikaru' itself has become a genre".

And I gotta agree; the music she makes is just one of a kind! :blink:

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 06:49 PM

"Utada Hikaru' itself has become a genre".

Couldnt agree more. Her music is very hard to place.
Saying "pop" just doesn't cut it, its something much less mindless :0
(majority of pop doesnt have half the depth or originality as Hikki's music)

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 07:14 PM

Haha, I went through a period when I listened to Utada Hikaru nonstop... I don't anymore, but I still respect her music for its originality and quality.

I find some of her songs, like others have described, have a very ethereal feel to them. Her voice is very soothing and unique in the industry also; I don't anyone in the J-pop industry has a voice quite as mature as hers (though it does have a whispery feel at times). Her musical works ARE quite innovative and she's clearly very creative, writing her entire first album and every single. Props to her.

Meh, maybe it's just me, but her voice seems to be only suited for ballads and slower songs. Hikki fans, please don't kill me, but I've never felt the urge to get up and dance (like I did with BoA's "Valenti"), y'know? But whatever, she does magnificently in her style, which she constantly experiments with and works on.... Respect, that's all I can say.




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