Flavor of Life

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Flavor of Life
宇多田ヒカル (Utada Hikaru)
February 2, 2007
Total Tracks: 5
Oricon Peak: #1 (3 consecutive weeks)
Sales Total: 644,969
United World Chart: #11
Oricon Year-End Chart for 2007: #2
RIAJ Certification: Platinum

Flavor of Life
4:49

Hikki’s voice resonantes over a completely digital track of sampled synth and violins. We enter a heavy beat which carries us through until the chorus where more synth is added. Utada really breaks out her lower register for the verses, which are so amazingly low for a girl. I was blown away. Not many people realize that it can be just as challenging to sing low as sing high. The harmonies are elegant and enchanting and fit perfectly with the feeling of the song. The lyrics speak of her desire to be with someone who isn’t showing her the love she needs nor is he letting her love him enough for her. The beat takes on a dance mood during the bridge and then comes back in as it was for the last part of the song. It’s a throwback to some of her earlier work. The melody isn’t like anything I’ve heard by her, but the musical stylings are.

Flavor of Life -Ballad Version-
5:25

This version has the same vocals as the original but instead of all the digital, R&B-esque backing, we get a beautiful classical arrangement featuring: acoustic piano, drum set, violins, viola, acoustic guitar, and an electric bass. This version is much better, if you ask me, for the style of the peice. I’m not saying that the other is bad, I just prefer this one.

Flavor of Life -Antidote Mix-
5:19

This version of the song is only available with the physical single, and I wouldn’t have bought it for this. It sounds a lot like the original version and about the only think different are some synth bleeps and Hikki’s voice is slightly more programmed. It’s a nice remix, a bit softer, but nothing extraordinary.

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~ by vinyabarion on January 11, 2008.

One Response to “Flavor of Life”

  1. […] a great single, and probably would have been #1 if it hadn’t been for Utada Hikaru’s Flavor of Life. It at least knocked it off #1 for a day or […]

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