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Heart Station / Stay Gold (Japan Version)

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Heart Station / Stay Gold (Japan Version)
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Customer Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.6 out of 10 (7)
All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.6 out of 10 (8)

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J-pop princess Utada Hikaru's 20th single comes in the form of a double A-side single. The singer-songwriter's first release in 2008 contains the new songs HEART STATION and Stay Gold, which is also the CM song for ASIENCE hair lotion.
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Product Title: Heart Station / Stay Gold (Japan Version) Heart Station / Stay Gold (日本版) Heart Station / Stay Gold (日本版) Heart Station / Stay Gold (日本版) Heart Station / Stay Gold (Japan Version)
Singer Name(s): Utada Hikaru 宇多田光 宇多田光 宇多田ヒカル 우타다 히카루
Release Date: 2008-02-20
Publisher Product Code: TOCT-40200
Language: Japanese
Disc Format(s): CD
Other Information: Single
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
Publisher: Toshiba EMI
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1005156174

Product Information / Track List

宇多田ヒカルNEW SINGLEリリース!! 花王「アジエンス」新CMソング「Stay Gold」収録。

01. HEART STATION
02. Stay Gold
03. HEART STATION -Original Karaoke-
04. Stay Gold -Original Karaoke-
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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.6 out of 10 (7)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.6 out of 10 (8)

Whitney
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October 17, 2012

2 people found this review helpful

Lovely Tune. Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
When hearing the single, the first thing that drew me in was the music. That wonderful...distant carol. I loved the way it flowed. It was almost like it was pouring into me, releasing a set of emotions I long ago buried! And Utada adding into that carol fit perfectly. It felt as though she was soothing my soul, driving me into the deepest part of my mind where I'm always pondering! The lyrics were wonderful. They were questioning the concepts of my heart...and what I could do against the side of me that always wishes to commit sin.
Utada has done it again! Her music has questioned my reality, therefore making me think of what I can do to drive my life under a future I can be comfortable in. Quite an remarkable artist if you ask me.
Every Utada fan should get this! It's a beautiful song that reaches into the very core of your soul...relieving your pain and making you look forward to the future.
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pantalones
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March 29, 2008

Far exceeded my expectations Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I never doubt Utada, I know she'll make something worth listening to. Even if I don't quite enjoy a song on first listen, I usually end up listening to it in the future. I thought the single would be called 'Stay Gold' at first, and after hearing the song on a commercial on youtube, I wasn't inpressed at all. After actually picking up the single, the song Heart Station just blew me away. Not quite at first, but a few days later when I was feeling down. The name is quite fitting to the song, it does have a gentle, 'relaxing to the radio' kind of feel. The lyrics are simply genious from my perspective, especially the line 'himitsu no herutsu' meaning 'a secret hertz'. One of the most listened to songs on my ipod :) Stay gold has grown on me. It is what it is, a gentle and sweet ballad. Therefore it may not be fitting if you aren't in the mood to listen to it. Overall, I was impressed with this single. I'm quite fond on Utada's new style of music. Now it's up to you to judge whether you like it or not ;)
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Lovell
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March 6, 2008

This customer review refers to Heart Station / Stay Gold (Hong Kong Version)
Another Impressive Single! Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
This Single is impressive after 'Beautiful World / Kiss & Cry', the Song 'Heart Station' is one of the styles of Hikki,slow and gently it captures your heart,hence the name Heart Staion!
However,for the other song 'Stay Gold' perfectly continues on after Heart Station as the 2nd Track,a very relaxing song that is begins of with the paino intro.
Brilliant Single! Look forward to Hikki's new album="HEART STATION"
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Hikkifan
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February 29, 2008

2 people found this review helpful

Utada has Struck GOLD!!! Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
The final single before the release of her upcoming album, Heart Station/Stay Gold does not fail to impress! Rather it picks off where the Beautiful World/Kiss and Cry single left off and shows the growth and ingenuity in Utada's style.

As a whole the single itself is quite simple and plain, lacking in cover art and generally does not offer that much appeal, since it contains only the usual songs and the karaoke versions. This is to be expected since Utada usually doesn't offer many remixes or promotional goodies with her music.

With the First Press edition comes a set of 3X3 stickers which are quite cute but lacking in much thought and creativity...

Each sticker has the same pattern of a heart and a thunderbolt, a reflection of the cover, and contains the token title, Heart Station, and Utada's divine name. The color schemes are quite stagnant to the eyes. For 8 out of nine stickers the center heart and thunderbolt are white with a different colored background. Only one sticker has a pink heart/thunderbolt and a white background which makes it the most distinguished. Very lackluster...but cute nonetheless.

.:Song Rankings:.

~.HEART STATION.~ > 3/5

Unfortunately this song doesn't hold a flame to any of its predecessors and is overpowered by the radiance of Stay Gold. In and of itself HEART STATION is an interesting song which seems slightly experimental in execution. With its firm usage of synth beats, HEART STAION does possess an awkward beauty of sorts.

At first the listener is greeted with an exciting intro of tech beats and an amazing chorus that really pulls you into the song. The next few segments remind me of Enya's music for some reason and possess an uplifting quality as the song pulls you into the next part. Then the song sadly droops into something lackluster and reminds me of someone singing a grocery list. It has the same feel as Beautiful World, where the chorus overshadowed the body of the song. Although they are similar for that reason, Beautiful World is far more superior to HEART STATION.

Midway through the song one can hear the echo of Utada's voice saying 'Can You Hear Me?', which I found quite catchy. It gives the song that radio quality which Utada was trying to capture.

The lyrics are lovely as well and have a melancholy message to them which tugs at the heart strings. The lyrics possess a darker side rather than Stay Gold which perceives love in a more joyous/hopeful manner.

The last segment of the song contains a hauntingly beautiful chorus which reminds me of whale cries for some reason. It sounds beautiful and reminds me of Passion in which a voice in the background could be heard adding that extra touch to the song.

Overall, this song was immensely disappointing. I expected more due the hype and foreshadowing in the months prior to the song's release. Also, the song took a while to grow on me compared to Stay Gold which was love at first listen. In my opinion I believe that HEART STATION should have been the B-Side to the single and should have not been the title to her new album. It just doesn't possess the beauty of her other singles and is on the boorish side for the most part...

~.Stay Gold.~ > 5/5

PERFECTION is a great way to define this song. Quite possibly my favorite song of all her recent singles, Stay Gold showcases the inner strength of her newfound style, yet offers a reminiscent feeling to her past works.

The lyrics themselves are strong enough to stand alone, yet Utada brings them to life with the softness and beauty of her voice. When translated the lyrics are simply amazing and have no contenders when it comes to thoughtfulness and passion. This song truly shows the capability of Utada's songwriting gift.

The piano arrangement is quite simply one of the most memorable and captivating tunes I have ever heard. The simplicity of the keys along with their soft and mellow nature is breathtaking. If one listens closely you can hear the strong tones of keys in the background which offer a sense of drama and levelness to the song.

Along with the piano arrangement is a rush of soft R&B beats which remind the listener of where Utada's roots truly lie. The beats do not overpower the piano, but rather blend nicely presenting a completed piece of art. They have a small resemblance to the beats in Kiss and Cry yet are not as loud or provocative as the former.

Utada's adlibs provide the song with a personal touch and in my opinion the way Utada sings "My Darling, Stay Gold" is incomparable.

Overall, this song is as remarkable and precious as the metal it references and thus should be cherished as such.

~.:Overall:.~ > 8/10

An amazing single for the most part it just had a few kinks with HEART STATION's lack of flavor. The single is a great introduction to her album and promises amazing results. HEART STATION is bearable, but Stay Gold is one of my favorite songs from '08 and proves why Utada is one of the most revered JPOP artists of all time.
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Karen
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February 22, 2008

Very Touching Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
"Heart Station" offers two songs with a very laid back sound. "Heart Stations" has an atmosphereic rythem that is reminist of "Passion" and a very relaxed flow. "Stay Gold" is a gorgeous ballad with a soft piano that glides throughout the song. Though the melodies might not sell the listner at first hand but the lyrics are very loving, emotional, and touching which over all makes the songs beautiful works.
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