Utada Hikaru’s 7th English single, entitled Come Back to Me, was released on 02.10.09. This is Hikki’s 1st single from her upcoming English Album, This Is The One.
Come Back to Me is a more mainstream approach than her previous English songs. The song starts off wonderfully with a string of piano notes that immediately entices the listeners’ ears. It really signals a great song and suddenly the first verse comes in and it sounds nothing like that previous instrumentation, which is really a shame. Nonetheless, Hikki’s vocals are very nice here although the instrumentation just sounds so generically American. That “come back” right before the chorus is a standout and she hits her higher notes very strongly. With the chorus being so repetitive, it’s not that great but it somehow gets stuck in the listener’s head. The lyrics tell a sorrowful story so that’s a very good point of the song. On the second verse, the vocals have their iffy points such as when she sings “I’ll admit I cheated.” There is something about the combination of the instrumentation and Hikki’s vocals that really work on the third verse. It’s a bit generic but that might spell more success for Hikki in the States.
Single Ranking: B
Come Back to Me does a good job of showing Hikki can do a more mainstream effort but I’m hoping her album shows more of her creativity because that’s what makes her such a great artist.