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PrinceNoctis

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#1983884 I Finally Figured Out What's Off About "Don't Think Twice"

Posted by PrinceNoctis on 15 June 2018 - 09:51 PM

Haha what a coincidence! And yesss I'm really excited for her new album. I feel like the people most surprised were the ones that didn't really follow her music too, because I had a feeling based on her fantome songs that it would be more R&B inspired.

Yeah, "Don't Think Twice" feels like a natural evolution from her songs from Fantome vocally and musically. She'd already started using her lower register a lot on that album like on Sakura Nagashi and, although that album was more pop than R&B inspired, the music from the new album doesn't feel totally different.




#1983881 I Finally Figured Out What's Off About "Don't Think Twice"

Posted by PrinceNoctis on 15 June 2018 - 09:39 PM

Omg don't be sorry I love talking about music stuff too! I took singing lessons for 2 and a half years, and I've currently been taking piano consistently for 1. But you're right, she has much better technique now and she's also probably somewhere in her 30s by now so her voice is more mature. I personally did like her older style better, but I can recognize that a lot of people like it and she's without a doubt very talented

OMG STOP! I know this is a bit off-topic, but I took singing lessons for around three years (combined, not consecutive...well two years were consecutive, the rest was all over the place) and I've been taking piano for like a year and a half! What a coincidence :D Anyways, we'll get to hear the full song later this month. Perhaps people who don't like the song will change their minds then. I think it'll live up to our expectations.




#1983871 I Finally Figured Out What's Off About "Don't Think Twice"

Posted by PrinceNoctis on 15 June 2018 - 09:18 PM

Yeah, that's the thing with artists...they change with time, and life has a way of changing how they look at things, ya know? So it's only natural that Utada reflects that in the way she sings differently from one album to the next, ya know?

 

And ever since I heard Don't Think Twice for the first time, I absolutely fell in love with it! Because really, with Kingdom Hearts III being the end of the Xehanort Saga, and the theme of the game being resolution, per Nomura's words, then it makes all the more sense for Don't Think Twice to be the song that reflects all this finality and darkness that's surrounding our heroes! The fact of the matter is that Kingdom Hearts III will be the darkest entry in the series as of yet, so Don't Think Twice is a perfect fit! It's a bittersweet song! Probably for the bittersweet ending we'll get, since Nomura said it'll be hard to accept!

 

I really hope the intro sticks with the normal version of the song, and I hope it's not remixed into an uplifting song, ya know?

I agree. KH2's Sanctuary was pretty dramatic as well, it would be weird to go back to an uplifting dance remix for the opening of KHIII. They could use an orchestral version but I personally wouldn't like that.




#1983867 I Finally Figured Out What's Off About "Don't Think Twice"

Posted by PrinceNoctis on 15 June 2018 - 09:09 PM

From what I'm hearing, she's a much better vocalist now then before. Her airy notes lacked stability and she didn't have as much control as she does now. For example, her riffs and runs in "Anata" are much clearer than in "FINAL DISTANCE". Also, her voice sounds more supported nowadays so she might've decided to switch her airy sound for a more supported sound. If you listen to this song here (Hatsukoi), you'll notice that her head voice sounds much fuller than in the "Hold me, whatever lies beyond this morning" part of "Simple and Clean" for example.

 

That's definitely intentional. If she wanted she could let more air into her voice (which she does when she sings "I need you" around 0:43) but she probably wanted a fuller, more supported sound. She also sings in her lower register more than before so maybe that throws people off. Of course, greater technique doesn't necessarily lead to greater sound, so it's totally normal for some people to like her older vocal style more. Personally, I prefer the way she sings now. I don't think the reasons for the changes in her vocals are purely stylistic though. It's been almost 20 years since "Automatic". Her voice naturally matured. From what I've heard, people were thrown off by the beat of the song (because it's a slow ballad and it's in 3/4 time signature) and not by her voice. In fact, I've only heard positive things about her vocals. I think the song is going to be remixed for the opening but I wouldn't mind if they used the original version and tried something more dramatic or solemn for the opening. It is the final chapter after all.

 

PS: I'm a bit of a singer myself or at least I try to be (lol) so I get really excited about this stuff! :) Sorry. Can't wait to hear her album, I'm loving every song she's teased so far.




#1983535 Nomura talks vertical gameplay, Disney Attractions, and Roxas in Kingdom Hear...

Posted by PrinceNoctis on 13 June 2018 - 09:25 PM

Great article as usual, but you wrote E3 Showcase 2013 instead of 2018.




#1983315 Game Informer interviews Nomura about DLC, Ratatouille, big reveals, and more

Posted by PrinceNoctis on 12 June 2018 - 10:14 PM

Multiplayer mode as DLC please :) Also, there are more world reveals coming! I thought we were done for Disney worlds! Also, bigger surprises than Aquanort...He wants to kill us. All of this is very exciting.

 

Btw, this pretty much confirms that was the real Aqua and not some phantom or imagination figment thing.




#1983057 Luxord is looking for the Black Box!

Posted by PrinceNoctis on 11 June 2018 - 10:35 PM

Maleficent and Luxord 'bout to beef. 




#1983021 New Kingdom Hearts III Trailer at the Sony E3 Showcase 2018

Posted by PrinceNoctis on 11 June 2018 - 09:06 PM

Connected, you just need to join the news team already lol




#1982020 Square Enix set to launch new titles in the second half of FY2019

Posted by PrinceNoctis on 04 June 2018 - 09:24 AM

RIP August release date theories. I’m sticking with November 29th.


#1981997 Kaoru Wada hints to two new arranged songs for upcoming Kingdom Hearts Orchestra

Posted by PrinceNoctis on 03 June 2018 - 10:20 PM

So...orchestral version of "Don't Think Twice"/"Oath" confirmed?




#1981333 Kingdom Hearts III demo to be available at E3 2018!

Posted by PrinceNoctis on 25 May 2018 - 05:26 PM

I think we can all say we called it.


#1981144 Opening Sequence

Posted by PrinceNoctis on 23 May 2018 - 09:52 PM

"Oath" is probably the "ending credits" version of the theme. The original "Simple and Clean" isn't a "bop", it's a very lovely ballad. They'll probably use a remix for the opening like they did for "Simple and Clean", unless they want to go for a more dramatic opening. I say it's better to wait and see what they do with the opening before judging anything. It could work very well. I really like the song, especially now that I've an additional 40 seconds of it. It sounds like the song is a gradual build up towards a beautiful climax.

 

Here's the additional 40 seconds if you want to take a listen: http://www.utadahika...m/title_16.html




#1980896 What will the "hard to accept" ending of KH3 be?

Posted by PrinceNoctis on 21 May 2018 - 02:18 PM

I was thinking something terrible will happen to the point Sora, Riku, and Kairi won't be able to see the Disney Characters anymore. 

Nomura making plans to get rid of Disney and get full control of KH once and for all hahaha




#1980813 E3 Predictions Thread!

Posted by PrinceNoctis on 20 May 2018 - 05:25 PM

oh that reminds me does anyone know where the SE presentation will be streamed? and what time (and the time zone of that time so i can get the time for me)

 

also for anyone predicting nintendo you can give smash 100%

All the info is here.

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#1980801 E3 Predictions Thread!

Posted by PrinceNoctis on 20 May 2018 - 03:54 PM

Basically everything in this list sounds correct. The sad thing is that I'm only interested in Kingdom Hearts 3.

Hahaha I don't blame you. Especially with the recent news overload.