Utada Hikaru: Heart Station/Stay Gold

1. Heart Station

2. Stay Gold

Heart Station/Stay Gold is Utada Hikaru’s twentieth single, released on February 20th, 2008. It reached #3 on Oricon and has sold 76 762 copies, making it one of, if not the, lowest-selling single by Utada Hikaru.

Being the song that made me into a harcore J-Pop fan, I have an emotional attachment with Heart Station, also being the song that gave me 100 at karaoke. The repetitive beats, as in Chinese classical music, aids to make this song extremely catchy; but it still relies on powerful beats and synth. On the other hand, the vocals are nice, somewhat forced at certain points, but nice.

Stay Gold is more on the cute side, with a piano forming the spine of the music. It’s not great, but it’s an acceptable A-Side, with less tense vocal work and, as a result, a far less tense melody, a more “lie back and relax” melody.

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