Monday, September 3, 2007

This one's a keeper

Utada Hikaru performs Beautiful World on Hey! Hey! Hey!
After watching this, her CDTV performance went right out the window. Stronger voice, nitpicks that were more along the lines of, could be improved as opposed to that's just outright wrong and I'm cringing now, and generally not flat and not uninspired.

I also like the hair, a bit of a return to her old style. Then again, I always thought bangs in front of forehead to be out of place.

[YouTube] for those who don't have 490 MB to spare.

Update: Her Utaban performance is incrementally better, with Music Fighter up there as well. Still has range trouble, though, and she cuts her phrases short compared to her album version. Her return to Music Station was a nervous one. While the added echo/reverb from the stage setup was neat, she showed nerves and was uptight, plus she clearly mis-pitched on a couple occasions.

While I'm at it, I thought her Music Station performance of Kiss & Cry was quite good, although we're going to have to disagree on this one. I suppose she's unhappy because nothing special came out of it, but there's nothing wrong with a perfect textbook performance, either.