(Utada Hikaru)
January 29, 2003
Oricon Peak: #1 (2 consecutive weeks)
Total Sales: 893,790
Tokio Hot 100 Airplay Year-End: #6
Year-End Chart: #3
United World Chart Peak: #6
RIAJ: Diamond


Lyrics & Music: Utada Hikaru / Arrangement: Utada Hikaru, Kawano Kei

This highly Japanese-flavored track is a monument to just how utterly amazing Hikki is at music. From the trembling violins and her voice, trembling with emotion, we find a forest of beauty. Synth plays a large part in the arrangement, but there is also a piano and cellos. The melody is indescribable. There is something about the way that Hikki writes music that just reaches into my soul and pulls out raw emotion. The lyrics speak of a canvas all the colors it has and their corresponding meaning to her.

Simple and Clean 
Lyrics, Music, and Arrangement: Utada Hikaru

Now, this song is my favorite. And I don’t mean of Hikki, or just JPop, I mean it is my all-time favorite. The lyrics are on the border of being unbelieveably invoking and wholly soul-searching. And you never do think about it, but how often are our lives so Complicated and Messy? It’s genius! As for the accompaniment, we have some quickly strumming guitar and some faerie-like synth (big wooshes and lots of tinkling). It’s gorgeous.
P.S. Same accompaniment as 光 (‘Hikari’).

Simple and Clean (PLANITb Remix)

If ‘Simple and Clean’ is pop at it’s most amazing, than the remix is euphorious. This was actually my first introuction to JPop, though I didn’t know at the time. All I knew was that I fell in instantaneous love with her voice and it’s unique musical style (something, to this day, I can’t quite put my finger on, but it’s decidedly not American). The vocals are sped up and, sometimes, long notes are shortened. The beat is like a heartbeat, it’s pure heaven.


COLORS did an outstanding job on the charts and even was in the Top 10 of the United World Chart, which hardly ever happens with a Japanese single. On a different note, I think that ‘Simple and Clean’ should have been Utada’s first American single and that it should have been included on EXODUS because so many people knew it from Kingdom Hearts. I think it would have done better, but you never know, do you?




~ by vinyabarion on January 20, 2008.

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