Just got loads of new stuff recently...Got Sigur Ros's () album for my friend, some stuff from Shpongle, Tsuji Ayano's Shiny Day, Nicola Cheung's 再不小心 and finally got Utada Hikaru's new single entitled "Passion". The cd includes and original version of the song "Passion" and another mix entitled "~After the battle~". The single also comes with a DVD of the MV of the song. This single is featured as the theme song Square-Enix video game "Kingdom Hearts II."
The theme is very mellow and sad, shown quite clearly from the opening synthesizer notes and Hikaru's ghostly vocals. Listening to the instrumentals alone isn't a rewarding experience as it is too dull and mediocre in some places and consists of some pretty poor use of the electronica genre, but placed with Hikaru's vocals, it seems almost flawless. The second track is split into two different sections — vocal and instrumental — each unique in style.
Utada Hikaru - Passion (Streaming Media)
Utada Hikaru - Passion PV (Streaming)
More info about Utada Hikaru's new single "Passion" here.