Utada Hikaru – Beautiful World / Kiss & Cry

Release Date: August 29, 2007

beautiful_world_-_kiss__cryTracklist:

1. Beautiful World
2. Kiss & Cry
3. Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) -2007 Mix-
4. Beautiful World (Original Karaoke)
5. Kiss & Cry (Original Karaoke)
5. Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) -2007 Mix- (Original Karaoke)

Beautiful World is a tie-in for the movie Rebuild of Evangelion. The lycis depicts the inner struggle of the characters in the movie, even though the melody might seems cheerful. I must admit that the melody is my favourite part of the song. This song uses synth-like background music; it sounds like something that could be out of Ultra Blue. Utada’s voice seems to have almost recovered from the strain she got from her Utada United tour in 2006. It’s still a bit strained on the higher notes, but it is less obvious as it was in Flavor of Life. The ending is pretty awesome to its own right too, even it’s just repeating the same lyrics over and over again.

The second A-side, Kiss & Cry, starts off with a flashly marching-band styled opening, before the beat of the drums takes over. This song is quite dry compared to Hikki’s usual works; in the verses, it’s usually just her and the beat of the drums, and some brass at the end of the phrases. Kiss & Cry also recylces a part of the melody of Hotel Lobby (off of Hikki’s English debut album). The ‘cup noodle’ part is…interesting, but it is a cup noodle tie-in. Her voice seems completely fine in this song, which is a good sign.

I don’t think I’ve heard the original mix, but Hikki does pretty well in Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) -2007 Mix-. The only thing that irked me was her lack of vocal support, and the background music seemed a bit strange and unfitting. I think Frank Sinatra sang the original version.

Overall Rating:
4.5/5

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