Utada Hikaru – HEART STATION / Stay Gold

February 26, 2008 at 3:15 PM | Posted in Utada Hikaru | Leave a comment
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Tracklisting
1. HEART STATION
2. Stay Gold
3. HEART STATION [Original Karaoke]
4. Stay Gold [Original Karaoke]

This is Utada Hikaru’s 20th single and it was released on February 20, 2008. The single reached #3 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 76,762 copies.

Much like her previous singles, HEART STATION is on the synth side with some nice beats here and there. The lyrics are what make the song stand out though. They’re deceptively upbeat, but there’s definitely some bittersweet undertones. The song also focuses mainly on the chorus, which is quite catchy to the ears, but it gets rather repetitive towards the end. I thought that Utada Hikaru’s vocals could have been better too. She seemed to strain her voice at times, especially during those high notes, which is odd since she gave such a great vocal performance in Beautiful World.

I liked the other A-side, Stay Gold, a lot more. The piano arrangement is really pretty and they’re backed with light beats, which create a lovely, overall mystical sound. Hikaru provides better vocals as well, performing nice elongated notes and excellent ad libbing segments. I thought that this song was superior to HEART STATION.

Overall Rating 

3½ stars

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