Utada Hikaru: Colors

1. Colors

2. Simple and Clean

3. Simple and Clean (PLANITb Remix)

Colors is Utada Hikaru’s twelfth single, released on January 29th, 2003. It reached #1 on Oricon and has sold 893 790 copies.

Colors is a weird yet incredibly smart song. Inspired by the French Tricolore, the “colors” are to represent different emotions. As with most Utada songs, some parts of the lyrics are somewhat bizarre, and need to be given some thought. Colors depends heavily on a synth beat in the back for the most part, and on fast-paced swooshes of synth for the really catchy chorus.

Next is Simple and Clean, an English song using the same background music as Hikari. I have to say, it’s a shame she associates herself with that particular single, since there’s so many better singles by her, but I suppose the lyrics for that song are more personal. I think I prefer Simple and Clean slightly because it seems the English actually fits better than the Japanese (I usually think the opposite…).

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