In a new section of this miscellaneous blog, I intend to highlight various artists and/or bands that I highly recommend or who I love deeply, and what’s better to start this by getting my favorite female Jpop singer, Utada Hikaru; Why does that name sound familiar? Of course, she did the theme songs for Kh1 -3 and various remixes for the series, but she was a bigger and if renowned singer/pop star in Japan. From what I’ve gathered is that she was born in New York to a famous studio producer father and singer mother. She grew up in two different languages and thus with that, she’s used that advantage of being bilingual in her music from humble Cubic U (Her original name) album to her newest one: Hatsukoi (First Love).
Her voice is unlike any singer that I’ve ever heard, plus she puts all English speaking artists to shame for her unique musical choices and vocals. She is the epitome of style and grace and instantly recognized for being the singer of Simple Clean /Hikari for Kingdom Hearts, but like I’ve stated, she’s more than that, and deserves a listen and here’s a recommendation on her best albums from older to newest.
Stand out tracks:
Hikari (Japanese opening to KH)
Nichiyō no Asa” (日曜の朝; Sunday Morning) This Is Love Colors
Celebrate Heartstation Flavor of Life (Ballad version)
Nijikan Dake no Vacance ( 二時間だけのバカンス, Two Hour Only Vacation) ft Sheena Ringo Ore no Kanojo ( 俺の彼女, My Girlfriend) Sakura Nagashi (桜流し, Flowing Cherry Blossoms) from Rebuild of Eva 3.0
Hatsukoi (First Love) Play a Love Song Anata Chikai (translation: Oath, Japanese opening for KH3) Forever More Pakuchii no Uta
Beautiful World (From the opening of Rebuild of Eva 1.0)
Simple and Clean (remixes included)(English Opening of Kingdom Hearts)