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Old 2009.03.13, 10:49 AM   #21
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I'm not implying the lyrics are great or anything. I'm just saying she didn't just pop Edgar Allan Poe's name for the heck of it. There's plenty of other stuff related to the poet in the lyrics. And even the unbolded parts, make perfect sense, according to The Raven's plot/meaning.
Kremlin means castle in russian, so the title probably relates to the setting of The Raven, which also occurs at dusk (or night, I don't remember).

Again, I'm not implying the lyrics are good. I don't care if they're good or bad anyway, to me it's the same.
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Old 2009.03.13, 04:19 PM   #22
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I'd say she delivered really good lyrics on Deep River on Ultra Blue, although my knowledge of the language isn't good enough to understand it "on the fly" as with English. But I still liked them, and could make out enough of them to catch the gist of them.
I'd sum up the new album as being catchy in the musical department but the lyrics are embarrassingly horrid most of the time. IMHO she's NOT sexy at all, she's just not that sort and when she goes "no panties on, oops did I turn you on?" or how she thinks of 69 it just comes off as awkward and is about as hot as porn with your math teacher.
Exodus didn't have great lyrics but these are her worst so far. Unfortunately for me good and bad lyrics make a huge difference.
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Old 2009.03.14, 09:04 AM   #23
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IMHO she's NOT sexy at all,
I disagree. She was a cute girl during the early years, but know she's a sexy woman.
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I know I don't have anything to do with judging whether a woman is sexy (meaning attractive to males) but I can't help it, it convinced me even less here than on Exodus. I guess that's just my perception from her Japanese works where she gives off a different vibe, as she herself said that she can't write songs with sexual content in Japanese because it doesn't go with the language. With lyrics like those on This is the one, I'd say they're stupid and cheap regardless of the writer being Utada or anyone else.
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Old 2009.03.14, 02:48 PM   #25
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utada is not a native english speaker, despite what the interviews and comments say. just like they say she went to columbia, when in fact she was only admitted and enrolled for a short time, not even a full semester. her english is a bit lackluster and while she has conversation skills she lacks the pose and elegance necessary to write music conveying sexuality and sensuality over trash and dirt. in english she just comes off just about as sexy as britney, totally trashy. its not a good look for her. and she is WRONG about the sex issue in japanese because Ringo has done it in many of her songs, so hasn't YUKI and other female artists.
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Originally Posted by kuro_neko View Post
utada is not a native english speaker, despite what the interviews and comments say. just like they say she went to columbia, when in fact she was only admitted and enrolled for a short time, not even a full semester. her english is a bit lackluster and while she has conversation skills she lacks the pose and elegance necessary to write music conveying sexuality and sensuality over trash and dirt.
LOL!
You, my friend, made me laugh so much now. Do you even know what you're saying?
Do you even know her first album, as Cubic U, is all in english? And that she was supposed the be an american artist, instead of japanese?
Now really, don't go insulting long time fans with random lies. Because you just made that up, black cat. Meow*
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oops. I was wrong. I knew she was born in New York and raised in both New York and Tokyo. I actually have followed her quite a bit for some time and used to know people who were fanatically into her. I mean, when you hear her horrible english lyrics can you blame me for assuming she isn't a native speaker? But the bit about Columbia is completely true, they trump it up to be way more than it is, you can go check it out if you want.
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Old 2009.03.15, 05:55 AM   #28
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I know she didn't complete her studies at Columbia, but she spent way more time than a semester. Just check the translations of her blog, she mentioned that quite often IIRC. And in Japan, at a younger age, she went to an American school.
But what does that have to do with anything, btw? Is it the first time a (mega-)popular artist drops out of school because of the career? I don't see your point.

About the lyrics... listening to TITO more than I should, I realized how original, funny and relaxed her lyrics are. She plays a lot with the language and makes lyrics that are actually supposed to be sung and not just read.
"Let's not get started with the he said, she said."

Have you actually listened to the album yet, btw? I don't see any slutty lyrics, to be honest. Or at least more "slutty" than Exodus. If this is slutty, Britney's or Madonna's albums are pornographic.
"Oops, did I turn you on? Oops, did I turn you on? I only came to party party!"
Slutty? Just because she's being sexy and turning the guys on? Damn, then my girl friends are all sluts when we go to the disco.
Really, it's supposed to be fun, she's not trying to be a (Ringo) diva or something.

It's not like it's possible to make you like the lyrics, but if you're allowed to just label them as "bad" or "slutty", I think I'm allowed to explain why I like them =D
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I know that over the last 10 years the concept of "sexy" has been reduced to strip club aesthetics (see: If U Seek Amy video- Britney Spears, 28, mother of two, grabbing her crotch and grinding with a bunch of cheerleaders while a bunch of dudes stand there and watch), but there ARE still different types of sexy- classy/sophisticated sexy, femme fatale sexy, cute/sweet sexy etc.

Utada might be a sexy woman but that doesn't make a song like Poppin' any more believable because she doesn't reflect that type of sexuality (this is a compliment to her). Dirty Desire is much more believable in that sense. The lyrics are still dumb, though.
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Old 2009.03.15, 06:46 AM   #30
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Maybe she has a devil inside her!

Ok, now really, the hell with the lyrics. It's like there's supposed to be an etiquette for writting lyrics, or if the lyrics completely destroy the sound (isn't music more related to sound than anything in the first place?).
Too bad you find them silly, I think they are a great compliment to the overall sound of the album. I don't wanna hear her sing about cars called Hitler or double-suicide with her lover, if the beat is danceable and it's supposed to be a "good vibes" kinda thing. She's not a rock artist, she's not distant-gaze my-son-is-being-drafted-away Ringo, she's a pop/r'n'b artist. What have we come to expect from those genres anyway?
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