Music Spotlight: Utada

A lot of you know my passion for the video game series - Kingdom Hearts. It goes without saying I adore the soundtracks as well for all of the games. "Simple and Clean" and "Sanctuary" are probably the two most popular songs from the series, and the goddess Hikaru Utada is the mastermind behind them. I actually have not purchased her albums until recently. I have always listened to her Pandora station or YouTubed her songs. 

I highly, highly, highly recommend ANY of her music! It's genius. Every single track on each album. Seriously. She's been on loop in my car nonstop. I don't know if I CAN stop! She's a mix of quirky, cute, offbeat, poppy, soulful, witty and has the voice of an angel. To me, Utada represents a strong and independent woman. I have ultimate respect for her. She records both Japanese and American albums and still remains one of the top selling artists in BOTH countries! WHO does that? 

I'll list my top three songs from the two albums I purchased. Go ahead and preview them. You'll instantly know what you're ears are missing out on and splurge!

- "Poppin" off

This Is The One: "

Girls, you know we have it better than the boys." "Oops, did I turn you on? I only came to party, party" "See the stars up in the sky, they're all mine."

-"Hotel Lobby" off

Exodus

: "This is not what she expected. Her hopes, they stretch and they bend. Wrinkle like paper money, paper money. In the city, the town, and the household - so many t hings can be distorted. So if you want a trule life story, bring money, bring money."

- "You Make Me Want to Be a Man" off

Exodus

: "Every word you say finds a home in me. Nothing that anyone could ever say, could hurt me like this."

Utada is a very mysterious artist. What I mean is she doesn't really do any interviews or public events. When she originally began recording, she had to maintain her education path. So after laying down the tracks at the studio, she went straight to her home / library to study and excel in school.. This is very admirable. Many artists are one hit wonders who don't do anything really with their lives after they become a millionaire from one lousy song on the radio. Utada has pumped out single after single, year after year. No two albums sound the same. As I mentioned with Panic At the Disco a few months ago - that's something to truly look up to. It's easy to throw together the same old thing, but Utada really explores all different sounds and vibes. You can tell 100% of herself goes into each track. 

She grew up in the music industry as well, so it basically runs through her veins. Her father (Teruzane Utada) is a music producer and mother (Junk Utada) is a singer. So, a percentage of her talent is probably due to her genes.

If you want something to mix up your music library, this is your girl! I'm trying not to focus too much on her connection with Kingdom Hearts because I know I won't shut it if I do. But, if you haven't played - go ahead and look up the cut scenes from the games with her songs. They are beautiful and captivating, even if you're not familiar with the franchise of Kingdom Hearts! Happy listening, guys :)