So, 2007 was, musically, a rather interesting year. I discovered quite a few new artists whom I now <3, saw previous favourites dim a little and became re-obsessed with my favourite singer of all time, 宇多田ヒカル (Utada Hikaru).
Hikkichan (as I like to affectionately call her), has been my favourite singer for a long time now. I can remember first hearing her little known song Blow My Whistle used for the Rush Hour 2 OST featuring Foxy Brown from my brother. Yep, I wasn’t introduced to her by Kingdom Hearts or as a rabid Japanophile, it all happened rather by chance. And whilst my love for electro-pop music belies my overall musical tastes, I do like R and B too! A little after I first heart Blow My Whistle I was sent an instrumental version of First Love which I adored! The music on that song is so beautiful, I eventually found out that they were the same person, subsequently heard Simple & Clean and I guess the rest, as they say, is history.
My journey for love of Utadasama’s music has not always been that undivided love, in fact, 2006 belonged to Angela Aki but despite the fact that Akisan released an album this past year and Hikkichan did not, I still listened to Hikki more and rather unashamedly obsessively. She only released three songs: Flavor Of Life, Beautiful World and Kiss & Cry but I loved and listened to these songs so much. Beautiful World is my number one listened to most song (last.fm lists it at 330 but I know it is more because it does not scrobble repeated tracks on iTunes), and deservedly so. It is an amazing aural symphony and definitely one of my favourite Hikki songs; the lyrics are poignant and sweet without being heart breaking.
I was thinking last night, sleepless in bed, that I think what I love about her songs (asides from a lot of other things) is their composition and perhaps I loved her production just as much as her singing, melodies and lyrics. I think this is exceptionally true of SAKURAドロップス which is my favourite song of all time. The composition of that song is breathtaking and undoubtedly adds to the heartache I feel when listening to the song.
Hikki recently became my most listened to artist according to last.fm (over 2,100 plays), which is, for sure, by no means the most played anyone on here has but I think it is a position long deserved for Hikkichan ❤
Other respectful mentions should go to Girls Aloud who made an amazing electro-pop album, Tangled Up, (and Call the Shots is one of my favourite songs! 安室奈美恵 (Amuro Namie) who made a great J-Pop album, PLAY, that I love! So many of the songs on the album I can listen to and dance to, it’s one of the few albums where I actually want to turn off repeat ^_^ (because I tend to only listen to one song on repeat, which is why there are such big spikes in the amount of times a song has been played). As mentioned previously, Angela Aki released a new album this year, Today, which has many beautiful songs on it. 蔡依林’s latest album, Agent J has some great songs on it too! Other artists who released albums I loved this year include: Siobhan Donaghy, Vanessa Carlton, 孫燕姿, Tori Amos, Rihanna, Delta Goodrem, Avril Lavigne, Andrea Corr and Alicia Keys. Other artists I discovered were: m-flo, Youhna, melody., S.H.E, Crystal Kay and BoA!
This entry was cross-posted from my last.fm account which can be found here.