The NZA Posted February 4, 2005 Share Posted February 4, 2005 Utada Hikaru, or Hikki, is Japan's premier pop star; comparable in popularity to, say, Madonna. While initially, this - as well as the genre of J-pop- doesnt appeal to everyone, there are some distinctions to be made. 1) The lyrics, while poppish and lovey-dovey, are in japanese, so they sound cool without you actually understanding much of them 2) More importantly, she's creative. Her vidoes are cool shit... "Wait and See" is a futuristic ride, while "Travelling" is the kind of colorful madness many of us dont see outside of Bjork videos. 3) The girl can sing. Granted, if you dont like pop, its not for you, out right. Nonetheless, she's done minor American work - like the theme song to Kingdom Hearts ("Hikari", or "Simple & Clean"), a song with Foxy Brown for the Rush Hour 2 OST, etc. One of my favorite performances is her MTV Japan unplugged stuff, although for the final piece, "Final Distance" (a beautiful piano piece) this orchestra comes outta nowhere, which isnt very unplugged-like, but its really good nonetheless. The english counterpart of her site is here, and if you're interested, i recommend "Travelling", "Distance", "Kettobase", "Can you keep a secret?", "In my room", or if you want english, go for "Simple & Clean", espeically the Kingdom Hearts mix. Ive got some videos on a bootleg DVD if any locals wanna see. Finally, she's easy on the eyes. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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