Utada Hikaru – Beautiful World / Kiss & Cry

September 8, 2007 at 3:13 PM | Posted in Utada Hikaru | Leave a comment

Tracklisting
1. Beautiful World
2. Kiss & Cry
3. Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)
    -2007 MIX-
4. Beautiful World (Original Karaoke)
5. Kiss & Cry (Original Karaoke)
6. Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)
    -2007 MIX- (Original Karaoke)

This is Utada Hikaru’s 19th single and it was released on August 29, 2007. The single reached #2 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 235,050 copies. The first track was used as the theme song for the first of the Rebuild of Evangelion films.

After the release of her last single Flavor Of Life, my interest in Utada Hikaru started to dwindle, but I can honestly say that Beautiful World has revitalized my love for her. The song’s use of ethereal synth and haunting piano chords really give the song a gorgeous, calming atmosphere. I also thought Hikaru’s vocals were drastically better in this song than in Flavor Of Life, where she seemed to struggle in reaching those high notes. To put it rather bluntly, this is a beautiful song.

The next track is the infectious and upbeat Kiss & Cry. The way the song opens with a loud brass intro caught my attention and I loved the opening beats. Hikaru’s vocals are quite spunky in this song and I absolutely enjoyed the sampling of the vocal melody of her English song Hotel Lobby (from her Exodus album) in the verses. Veteran fans will like this song because it is remiscent of the past ‘R&B / pop’ works from her Distance album.

Hikaru’s original cover of Frank Sinatra’s Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)  on her Wait & See ~Risk~ single was stunning, so I was thrilled to see a ‘2007 MIX’ on this single. Unfortunately, the new version features hardly any differences from the original and it almost sounds identical. However, it is still a lovely song.

Overall Rating

5 stars

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