Utada Hikaru – Prisoner Of Love

June 13, 2008 at 11:21 AM | Posted in Utada Hikaru | 4 Comments
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Tracklisting
1. Prisoner Of Love
2. Prisoner Of Love -Quiet Version-
3. Prisoner Of Love (Original Karaoke)
4. Prisoner of Love -Quiet Version-
    (Original Karaoke)

This is Utada Hikaru’s 21st single and it was released on May 21, 2008. The single reached #3 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 81,626 copies. The title track was used as the theme song for the drama Last Friends.

Out of the new tracks from Utada Hikaru’s latest album HEART STATION, I’m happy to say that Prisoner Of Love was one of the songs that stood out for me. I see the song as a throwback to past styles Hikaru has performed, specifically from the early stages of her career. The song has a good rhythmic tempo with the various beats, but it is very dramatic at the same time thanks to the string section. In the end, this was a song that was worth a single release, and not just because of its drama tie-in.

The Quiet Version removes all of the beats and percussion of the original for an even more dramatic effect. The piano and strings are still here and sound really nice during their respective sections. Since this is an album recut single, the quiet version is a nice bonus. Those who liked the light R&B style of the original might think otherwise though.

Overall Rating

4 stars

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  1. I haven’t fully listened to the quiet version.
    but even though I’m a sucker for the strings and piano, those thumping beats is what made Prisoner of Love for me.

  2. Quiet Version=Much more amazing! I actually love the song now that I’ve heard the Quiet Vers.

  3. I don’t really like the quiet version- it seemed a bit boring and lifeless. Prisoner of love itself is amazing. :D

  4. I actually liked the quiet version after a few listens. It wasn’t as amazing as the oringial version, but it has its own kind of calming feel to it that I like about Utada’s ballads.


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