Utada Hikaru’s 21st single, entitled Prisoner Of Love, was released on 05.21.08. Due to its tie-in with Japanese dorama Last Friends, the single became a re-cut single from her latest album HEART STATION. The single features both the original version of the song as well as Prisoner Of Love -Quiet Version.-
Prisoner Of Love was featured on HEART STATION and the same song was featured as the title song of the single. The song opens up with Hikki singing “I’m a prisoner of love” before the first verse starts. Hikki’s vocals combined with the beautiful music combine to really bring the emotional quality behind the lyrics shining through. The hook begins to introduce new instruments that come stronger in the chorus and is one of the best parts of the song. The chorus shows off Hikki’s voice, which sounds beautiful here and really makes the song pop. The third verse is sung deeper and the transition from that verse into the final choruses is wonderful. The song finishes strongly as she repeats some lines, primarily in English. Prisoner Of Love was one of the strongest songs on HEART STATION and the choice to release it as a single was a wise one.
The single also features Prisoner Of Love ~Quiet Version.~ There is an instrumental focus which gives the song more of an orchestral feeling to it. This version isn’t that different from the original and one element that the original possessed was its strong emotional connection, which doesn’t come across as strongly on this one. The piano is certainly lovely but the original version is far superior.
In order to promote the new single, a PV for Prisoner Of Love was made. It bears a certain similarity to the PV for Flavor Of Life -Ballad Version- only better. Scenes from the video include Hikki recording the song in a red shirt as well as Hikki in the process of writing and recording the song.
Single Ranking: B +
Hikki’s 21st single, Prisoner Of Love, was released on 05.21.08. As a re-cut single from HEART STATION, the single features both the original version of Prisoner Of Love as well as a quiet version. The quiet version centers on the piano to put more of a spotlight on Hikki’s vocals. The single is definitely nice but it would have been even nicer if some sort of B-side was included.