Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Utada Hikaru - Dareka

I lied. One more video. This is Utada Hikaru's "Dareka no Negai ga Kanua Goro" which means "When Someone's Wish Comes True" which sounds sort of Disney-ish, but it's really a sad song, the title is only the first of half of the whole lyric, which continues on to say, "someone else will be crying," because not everyone's wish can come true at the same time. I used to listen to Utada's music a lot when I was first learning Japanese, because she sings really clearly and sometimes her lyrics are simpler and so it was encouraging to listen to her and begin understanding songs in Japanese. She's mostly a balladic type love song singer, with lots of pop thrown in as well, but I still have a soft spot for her. But I don't like her English language music. She loses something special, not because she's not a good singer in English, but because her songs just have a feeling of sameness and poppiness that isn't very original. Her lyrics in Japanese are at least really sincere and can at times be really emotionally raw.


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