Utada Hikaru – Flavor Of Life

March 7, 2007 at 3:10 PM | Posted in Utada Hikaru | Leave a comment

1. Flavor Of Life
2. Flavor Of Life -Ballad Version-
3. Flavor Of Life (Original Karaoke)
4. Flavor Of Life -Ballad Version-
    (Original Karaoke)
5. Flavor Of Life -Antidote Mix-

This is Utada Hikaru’s 18th single and it was released February 28th, 2007. The single reached #1 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 650,027 copies. The 2nd track was an insert song in the drama Hana Yori Dango 2.

The original version of Flavor Of Life didn’t really grab my attention at first, but after a couple of listens, I really began to like the song. It still sounds a little similar to her ULTRA BLUE material, as it includes mostly synthetic sounds and mild beats. The chorus is the focal point of the song and Hikaru’s vocals are nice (but a little strained) when she reaches the high notes. You have to pay special attention to the lyrics because not only do they fit in with Hana Yori Dango 2, but they are also a precursor to her divorce with her husband Kazuaki Kiriya (which was made official a couple of days after the single’s release).

The ballad version is the more well known version of the song because it is featured in Hana Yori Dango 2, it was promoted as a PV, and it was released to the public first as a ringtone. Obviously, it is slower and focuses more on the string arrangement. A nice touch to the ballad version are the addition of piano chords and light percussion. To me, this song does seem more suited as a ballad because of the bittersweet lyrics.

After the instrumentals, there is bonus track that is only featured on the physical CD. The Antidote Mix spices things up by adding an R&B beat and electronic distortions to Hikaru’s vocals. As a remix, it is extremely good and an interesting take on the song.

Overall Rating

4 stars


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