In the same style started with "Ultra Blue"(with a lot of electronic instruments and various EFX) These two songs are too classic in my opinion and doesn't reveal the talent of Utada.
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Description in Japanese
Beautiful World / Kiss & Cry / 宇多田ヒカル
Related Offer & Feature
Beautiful World (「ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:序」テーマソング)
KISS & CRY
Kiss & Cry (日清カップヌードルTVCM FREEDOMシリーズ新テーマソング)
FLY ME TO THE MOON (IN OTHER WORDS) -2007 MIX-
Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) -2007 MIX-
BEAUTIFUL WORLD [ORIGINAL KARAOKE]
Beautiful World [Original Karaoke]
KISS & CRY [ORIGINAL KARAOKE]
Kiss & Cry [Original Karaoke]
FLY ME TO THE MOON (IN OTHER WORDS) -2007 MIX- [ORIGINAL KARAOKE]
Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) -2007 MIX- [Original Karaoke]
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A companion single to Utada's "Heart Station," each part of the album of the same name, "Beautiful World / Kiss & Cry" features two amazing tracks, each laden with different kinds of sadness and featuring contrasting melodies. If you only sample the full "Heart Station" album through one single, let it be this one!
Beautiful World/Kiss & Cry are two excellent tracks that take a few listens to get into. Beautiful World has a magical instrumentation with beautiful, sad lyrics. Utada hits her high notes perfectly in the song as well. Kiss & Cry goes back to her R&B roots with a mixture of her experimental style. The introduction of the brass hook you in and Utada's voice makes you stay. A catchy song. Fly Me to The Moon (In Other Words) ~2007 Mix~ wasn't that much of an improvement from the cover that was on her Wait and See ~Risk~ Single. The only difference I noticed was the part where she sings Poets. The Single also comes with Karaokes for all the songs. A CD+DVD version would have been useless since the PV's were more AMV's then anything. But I highly recommend this Single.
This single is a lot of fun to listen to. "Beautiful World" is just a gorgeous song--I get chills every time I listen to it. "Kiss & Cry" is a much more upbeat, cheerful number, and Hikaru does a wonderful job with this as well. I haven't heard much positive input for her redo of "Fly Me To The Moon"--apparently it sounds exactly like her previous cover of the song. But I really enjoy it--she pulls it off quite nicely, with a jazzy pop sort of feel to it. This single also includes the instrumental for all three songs, so enjoy! Hikki just keeps getting better--the only complaint I have with this single is that none of the PVs actually showed her. They were just these random clips from the movie that this single was a tie-in for. Oh well, I guess we, as the fans, will just have to make our own!
Having never heard of Hikki before this time, I purchased this single because it is part of the soundtrack for the new Evangelion movie. I am most impressed by the quality of her work, which unlike a great deal of pop music these days has quality lyrics and musically interesting arrangements. Her biography on Wikipedia indicates an artist of outstanding talent who has accomplished a great deal at an early age. I will be looking forward to hearing her next album (and catching up on the others which I have missed).
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