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  • lightningmonkey

    I am Hikki's ENT surgeon and can confirm that she has many holes in her vocal chords, almost as many as Ayame Murasaki. [3] Apparently Hikki has 3 ENT surgeons.

    hier matin
  • MarkPrinceGohan

    @Simo Its not looking for flaws, it ways she can better herself. She's a great singer but she needs work on her live vocals. A lot of artists do really, Mariah Carey needs work on her live vocals.

    Mercredi matin
  • MarkPrinceGohan

    I am Hikki's ENT surgeon and can confirm that she has many holes in her vocal chords, almost as many as Ayame Murasaki. [2] I back this with my medical knowledge about Coke Zero.

    Mercredi matin
  • pistolCAFE

    I miss people blowing stuff up on here like tyrique12. Anyways, I love Hikki too much to let that bother me. What I do have a problem with is how I can't find any JPOP worth listening to these days. Back in the day it was everywhere and now everything is "☆●△■48". It's a shame because there are so many talented people that I'm sure are not even noticed. JPop used to be go all the way up until like the middle of 2009. 5 years later, I'm still waiting for someone to impress me... (other than Hikki)

    Mardi soir
  • mtnblur

    It's kinda funny to me how in music some people are still really attached to classical rules. In arts for example most people can enjoy classical works and still understand that you can create interesting stuff using different methods, different views etc. That's just my view, though.

    la semaine dernière
  • Simo_Busa88

    oh my god .. I see here just a lot of unnecessary criticism .. are you searching only flaws ... but i instead Utada for the songs that like to do .. I love her songs and I did not start looking for the its flaws useless ... if you care so much to criticize because they do not listen to other artists?

    Il y a 13 jours
  • tyrique12

    I am Hikki's ENT surgeon and can confirm that she has many holes in her vocal chords, almost as many as Ayame Murasaki.

    Il y a 14 jours
  • tyrique12

    Vocal pedagogy [2] science [2]

    Il y a 14 jours
  • eplizo

    Yea, I knew that would hit a nerve LMAO. I acknowledge that it might've come off as pretentious, but my points still stand. I never claimed classical music to be superior btw, only that the field studies the scientific side of vocalization while singing. Vocal pedagogy regards science unlike the (visual) fine arts which are completely aesthetic-based and subjective, so I don't know why that was even brought into this... lol. I was actually just trying to refute what MusiQ3985 was trying to pass off as facts. "Not being prepared for live singing" and 'failing to warm-up properly' obviously aren't the only things hindering from hikki from getting better vocally lol.

    Il y a 14 jours
  • tyrique12

    I want Utada to collobrate with ayima by conducting an A CLASSICAL concert

    Il y a 15 jours
  • Yelyah-Williams

    Any time somebody mentions classical music when trying to make a point they should automatically be dismissed as pretentious and lacking intelligence.

    Il y a 15 jours
  • tyrique12

    i have a fine arts degree and Utada Hikari is a better painter than Picasso ! Her COLORS album cover is masterpiese

    Il y a 16 jours
  • MarkPrinceGohan

    But yeah the issues she's had with Disney may not make her do another song for KHIII, but knowing Noruma associates her with the series I think he will harass her until she does it.

    Il y a 19 jours
  • MarkPrinceGohan

    She was allergic to some of the metal that made up her stage during the Utada United Tour and it damaged her vocals I believe, or she damaged them herself during the tour. You can hear the difference between ULTRA BLUE and HEART STATION.

    Il y a 19 jours
  • Kuu-chan

    Hikki used to be a great live singer, but that was a long time ago... for example I'll never forget that one live perfomance of Deep River, which sounded just as good (or even better) than the studio version. or the MTV Unplugged concert during the DISTANCE era, I still listen to it today. I think it was during Utada United when her live vocals started to decrease for some reason, and they've never been like before since then.

    Il y a 19 jours
  • eplizo

    vv You're right. I was trying to infer that I studied classical music as well, but i just left that out since I felt the part about vocal production would imply that anyway lol. If you're asking why I'd mention classical music at all though, it's because most other fields of study outside of classical music don't teach vocal production, while actually singing, as in depth. Knowing about the technical aspects of music, and knowing about vocal production, makes it easier for you to accurately discern just how much dynamic prowess a vocalist possesses.

    Il y a 24 jours
  • lightningmonkey

    I find it kind of laughable that someone thinks a professional musician wouldn't "simply just practice & warm up" before a performance. That's a given for all performing artists who don't tear the shit out of their voices. People make up weird excuses when trying to account for their favs.

    Il y a 26 jours
  • donuthoes

    not that i disagree, but being a fan of classical music literally means nothing when giving your opinion on someone's vocals skills tho?

    Il y a 27 jours
  • eplizo

    Now I love Utada to death, but as someone who's a fan of classical music and has studied human vocal production, I must admit that Utada, as much as I love her, isn't much of a vocalist lol. Some might find her tone and vocal style favorable (as I do), but she is not even close to a good technical vocalist, especially live. It's not a matter of failing to warm-up or anything either, because her live vocals have been a persistent issue for years lol. The culprit is just her vocal technique; plain and simple. She's obviously not complete shit, but her vocal technique really isn't marvelous either. A truly skilled vocalist can still deliver a solid vocal performance even when plagued with something like a stuffy nose. Utada doesn't have much of an excuse for her sub-par performances lmao. That said, I won't put my girl down too much, because she definitely has had her fair share of solid performances, and she is still better than lots of other top Japanese female artists, so there's that.

    Il y a 28 jours
  • jonnonaarch

    is it true utada's retiring???

    le mois dernier
  • Kamikamikami

    That man knows what he is writting about, read him (and his blog)

    le mois dernier
  • Simo_Busa88

    oomph?

    le mois dernier
  • MusiQ3985

    I think what people are missing is that you can be a good singer, but not be prepared for live singing. I think Utada is an excellent vocalist, both in & out of a studio. Her main problem lies probably in her not preparing enough for live shows to build endurance (vocally) to maintain a certain level of quality over a period of long shows. This can be remedied if she continues to keep on a steady diet of singing different things & simply just practicing & warming up. Some of the best singers had to learn to sing live, because the environment is different than in a studio setting which lends itself to going back & doing it until you get it right. When you're on stage, you may forget certain notes, etc. So I think both parties are valid, but the real issue isn't being discussed. It isn't about being a powerhouse, it is about making what you have the best it can be & going from there. Utada just needs a little more oomph & she'll be fine.

    le mois dernier
  • Vialle

    oh come on, release something ;(

    le mois dernier
  • Simo_Busa88

    InfiniteDragon i send you in pvt

    le mois dernier
  • InfiniteDragon

    Has anyone heard the 'Sakura Drops' (Sonic Sprout remix)?? this is only available via vinyl and this is super rare as only 300 copies were released specifically for DJ's. If anyone has the mp3 for this track, please let me know.

    le mois dernier
  • donuthoes

    when will you come back :(

    le mois dernier
  • Kamikamikami

    Then I feel like a creep :(

    le mois dernier
  • Simo_Busa88

    Kamikamikami° if you wanna see new photos.. go in the gallery O.o

    le mois dernier
  • lightningmonkey

    v it'll be gone in 15 minutes I'm sure, hah. but it is a nice photo.

    le mois dernier
  • Kamikamikami

    Well first time seeing this photo, thanks guys.

    le mois dernier
  • SaraBeeJim

    <3 Traveling

    le mois dernier
  • txandy

    Love her forever <3

    le mois dernier
  • lightningmonkey

    That's not to say her live shows aren't enjoyable, and it's not to say her live shows aren't good. It is to say that your praising her live performance so heavily is a bit much. I enjoy her live concerts, even Hikaru no 5 was good, and the editing on that video was awful, heh. But the complaints people have with her live performance aren't just random internet opinions, it's legitimately what her live performance is like. In The Flesh was better than most of her lives simply because of the smaller venue, but it could've stood a better setlist imo.

    le mois dernier
  • lightningmonkey

    I don't remotely agree with the statement that she's better live than in recording, because that's not true from an objective standpoint. Her voice is relatively frail in live performance, her high notes lack power and she very regularly needs to breathe in points in the music that cause for awkwardness. She has the draw of an artist who performs large arenas all the time, but her style of performance is better suited for an intimate setting, smaller venues and the like. She doesn't (generally) have the power or energy to fill an arena, that's why they edit the audience audio out of her concerts half the time. Utada United is the exception since they caught the audience noise well.

    le mois dernier
  • InfiniteRoyale

    I've been meaning to comment on those absurd comments for a while myself. She was PHENOMENAL at WILDLIFE. Some examples from it were Show Me Love Not A Dream, BLUE, Automatic, Letters, and Passion. I prefer the live versions of those over the original album versions. I'll agree that she was off key often at United 2006, but I've heard that she was allergic to some of the material the stage was made of. However, her performance of You Make Me Want To Be A Man was amazing. It's too bad she didn't get the guys on guitar and drums (Forrest Robinson) back for WILDLIFE. As for the GMA performance... Yeah it was pretty off and dull. But she did have to get up very early in the morning for that and the room they gave her was noticeably shoddy and small. I haven't seen other concerts beyond Luv Live, United 2006, bits and pieces of In The Flesh, and WILDLIFE, so I cannot speak for those.

    le mois dernier
  • BrightEnix

    I'm sorry but how can you guys say shes not good live? Have you not seen "Utada united?" or even "In The Flesh?" Shes sounds even better than the records! Infact the music is always taken to the next level when she performs. Maybe shes not a vocal powerhouse but shes got a beautiful unique tone and actually feels what she sings. Because she wrote it all! Utada is a genius songrwriter/producer/PERFORMER. How many artists can even play guitar and piano these days? I feel every note she sings/plays. Rawr. Coming to her shoutbox always ends up with me angry. C'mon Utada fans.

    le mois dernier
  • lightningmonkey

    Disney also used one of her songs without her permission for Disney on Ice, so I mean...she's got plenty of good reasons to not want to work with them again, lol

    le mois dernier
  • chocobooo

    I seriously doubt another KH song. She's not a fan of the game, she has never played it and there were some money issues between Disney and Hikki. Never say never but I guess another EVA song is more likely.

    le mois dernier
  • RocketBoyRandal

    Hopefully she feels the same way about Kingdom Hearts as she does for Evangelion. That way we're guaranteed a new song (or two I guess since there will be a Japanese version and an English version) for KH3 when that comes out. I can't imagine a KH game without her for the opening.

    le mois dernier
  • Simo_Busa88

    it would be wonderful..

    le mois dernier
  • ohsolucky

    even if it's another song for eva I don't mind, as long as we get something new. obviously a full new album is ideal.

    le mois dernier
  • Emi95chan

    Can we get new music? pls

    le mois dernier
  • Kamikamikami

    Can we get a new profile pic? pls

    le mois dernier
  • Ouroborosian

    I miss her so much!

    juin 2014
  • Kamikamikami

    me2

    juin 2014
  • Yelyah-Williams

    I love her.

    juin 2014
  • DellBoi

    ULTRA BLUE

    juin 2014
  • forest-temple

    PLEASE make more music :(

    juin 2014
  • Simo_Busa88

    I hope that she come back to Italy. I need to see she! (sorry for the bad english)

    juin 2014