Utada Hikaru: Passion

1. Passion – Single Version –

2. Passion – After the Battle –

Passion is Utada Hikaru’s fifteenth single, released on December 15th, 2005. It reached #4 on Oricon and has sold 112 345 copies. The first track was used as the opening for the Kingdom Hearts II game, and the second track was used as the ending.

When Passion begins, you already have an idea of the greatness this song will have. The breezy, blurred out vocals and the extended guitar riffs, and then comes in a powerful ensemble of drums for the first chorus. The verses inspire a great feeling of awe with the continuing drums and Utada’s extended notes. The whole idea of passion is to be powerful, and this song is exactly that.

The After the Battle version of Passion removed the guitars and drums and replaces them by a piano. The verses seem very thin, and then comes the chorus, which I thought wasn’t all as great as some have pretended. It lacks the principal element of Passion: awe. And without it, it’s pretty much nothing.

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