utada hikaru

Saturday, June 17 by ernie

a little about utada hikaru, she was in a sense born into fame. her mother was a famous japanese singer and her father is a producer. she is bilingual because as a child she flew back and forth between tokyo and new york due to her parents line of work. she attended columbia university but i dont think she ever finished as she prioritizes her music pretty high. and she also writes and produces a lot of her own material.

her last japanese album was 'deep river' back in 2002. after 'deep river' she released an all english album called 'exodus' that was quite different than anything shed done before because she took a hiatus from the toshiba/emi label and joined up with island def jam records. i suppose it was to be her break out album in the usa but sales werent good and a lot of fans were disappointed with it. and so was i at first but since then it has grown on me some.

and here she is again, back to her roots with toshiba/emi and back with another japanese album, 'ultra blue'. in this album she scoops up a bunch of singles that shes released over last few years and also adds a bunch of new songs. one thing ive always liked about her albums is the production. yes its large budget sound but theres always been something extra that catches my ear. from the way the background vocals blend and shine, to the way the clean, deep bass hits and rumbles, it all sounds great.

couple tracks to try:
utada hikaru - blue
utada hikaru - passion*

*passion is the theme song to the game kingdom hearts II. theres a reversed part in the song that says "i need more affection than you know." that annoyed me at first not knowing what it said so i had to reverse it and listen to it. so there you go, just in case itd annoy you too.


Blogger yodaslap said...

didnt know she wrote her own stuff. propz.

6/19/2006 1:24 AM

Blogger yodaslap said...

even tho i dont understand what she's singing

6/19/2006 1:30 AM

Blogger Brian Pan said...

that's hot, yo

6/20/2006 12:50 AM


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