So... when Steph is alone, and faced with reading other people's LJ posts (Pieces not working for me again... *cries*) she begins to think. Way too much. But... the topic's come up before I know, I was having a discussion (or argument, whatever you want to call it) with a sort-of friend of mine just the other day. And... laizuki made a post earlier that made me think some more on the topic.
She talked about Hikaru Utada and her new single. I did listen to it. And... well, yes I would agree it's completely different from all the music she's done in the past. But... I would not go right out and say it was crap. Perhaps I'm biased (or perhaps entirely not, I can't tell) but either way, I will not go out of my way to bash pop music because I don't hate it. And I think that's what Hikaru Utada tried to do with her new song, try something different, something fun and upbeat. Perhaps she failed miserably in the attempt and disappointed her fans... but hey, I'll wait till I find out how the debut went before I start pointing fingers at how bad her music is.
After all, just because a person is able to write good meaningful lyrics in one language doesn't mean she's able to do it in another. It's near impossible to be so fluent in one language and suddenly switch to another. Changing like that is usually nothing but fanservice--bowing to the wishes of your fans, usually not about an expansion of creativity, although I'm not saying this is the case.
Really, despite my optimism of Utada's english release, I'm not surprised it didn't carry the same feel as her Japanese. For example, her two versions of Simple and Clean (it was the opening theme for Kingdom Hearts) both English and Japanese sounded extremely different. The English version sounds almost nonsensical. The same goes for most songs you hear sung by Japanese artists in English.
In any case, I don't think it's a crime to like someone's music from a period in the past, and dislike their current style of music. That's just personal opinion, I'm fine with that. But what I rather not do is whinge about how they (Cammy and I were discussing L'arc at this time actually) should go back to the way they were. They've evolved damn it, and so has their music and I daresay it's not for the worse. I have to admit, I love how L'arc sounded in the old days. It was... so different. But I bought SMILE and I listen to it just about every day and even though I've heard fans say it's their weakest album yet and entirely not how it was... I don't care. L'arc's bound to change, and I'm quite willing to allow myself to open up and enjoy something different about them.
I'm not an elitest. I don't think Japanese artists should keep their asses put in Japan and not be allowed to find that they have fans in other countries. I think fans should enjoy their music but also respect their decisions. Cammy, they won't just keep living in the past and making the same music just because you say so, nor are they "just for you" and the rest of those "damned Americans" have as much a right to hear and enjoy their music as you do.
And, with all that said and done, I go out and dance in the rain. It's calling to me. Who am I to resist?
And again, happy birthday laizuki! ^_^ Hope you have a wonderful day! oO Is it raining over there for you too though?