When you buy this album you will be thinking "this is the one". I was orginally a fan of hers and this album is just tops the cake. Her english is fantastic and each of her songs has a story. I will never get tired of her songs. I hope when she comes back that she will release another english cd. I recommend to any Hikki fan. <3
This Is The One
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This Is The One / Utada
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ON AND ON
MERRY CHRISTMAS MR.LAWRENCE-FYI
APPLE AND CINNAMON
TAKING MY MONEY BACK
THIS ONE(CRYING LIKE A CHILD)
AUTOMATIC PART 2
COME BACK TO ME
COME BACK TO ME(SEAMUS HAJI & PAUL EMANUEL RADIO EDIT)
カム・バック・トゥ・ミー(Seamus Haji & Paul Emanuel Radio Edit)(エキストラ・リミックス・トラックス)
COME BACK TO ME(QUENTIN HARRIS RADIO EDIT)
カム・バック・トゥ・ミー(Quentin Harris Radio Edit)(エキストラ・リミックス・トラックス)
It's been five years since Utada Hikaru tried to break into the American music market with "Exodus"; this time, she played down the experimentation and went with a more radio-friendly R&B/pop sound aimed directly at the mainstream. Does it work? Yes and no. The lead single, "Come Back to Me," is pretty enough, but it doesn't really come out and grab you. I think it's a bit too laid back; perhaps something a bit more upbeat would have worked better as the album's first single. Elsewhere, songs like "Apple and Cinnamon" and "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence - FYI" are absolutely gorgeous tracks that showcase Utada's voice, and make a pretty compelling argument for owning this album. A lot has been made of the aggressive, sexually-charged lyrics that make up much of the album (like on "Dirty Desire" and "Poppin'"). While I agree the lyrics aren't the most intelligent, I can look past them -- especially in the case of "Dirty Desire," which is a pretty good track otherwise (and it's not like Utada is the first person to ever have suggestive lyrics in a song). In fact, I kind of like some of the more upbeat R&B numbers; they're generally catchy and get your foot tapping. That being said, songs like "Automatic Part II" just don't really work well, musically or lyrically. If you compare this record to some of Utada's more popular discs released in Japan, it loses out (some might say badly). Taken on its own, though, it's pleasant enough and can certainly hold its own against other Western pop acts.
I probably don't need to tell you about the anticipation we loyal English speaking Hikki fans held for the follow-up to her experimental, edgy, hard pop treat Exodus. That's a tough act to follow, but Utada only gets better with age. The title was my first indication that something was different here. 'This is the One'. She really wanted to break into the public's favour this time. She even said so herself, and said that she wanted to work in a type of music that was popular right now. Top of the line producers were enlisted for the project too. Hikki was going all out. The only single, Come Back to Me, has a decent hook, but I can't really make up my mind about it. There's something really generic about it, but Hikki always has a touch that makes things stand out a bit, even if her vocal delivery is rocky. I'm actually pretty torn over this album. I feel like it has two sections: the dark and pained first half, and the annoying, semi-slutty second half. Tracks as darkly engrossing and gorgeously hypnotic as Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence -FYI, Apple and Cinnamon, and This One (Crying Like a Child) sit together and play off each others strengths to make a wonderful listen. Then comes Automatic Part II, which starts to throw things off a bit. I do love the throw-back to her first single, but it's the first in a threesome of quality decline. "Hello my name is Utada like ladidadidadida..." is catchy as hell, but it also makes me cringe. Dirty Desire is almost as bad as it's title. The music isn't without it's charms, but it also feels like a sell-out to me. Even if the lyrics can be hilarious or clever ("I love you long time"). And Poppin' is worst of all. On the noisey side, weird vocals, and just generally grating, this is my least favourite Utada song in a long time. There's something about On and On that feels good. It almost erases those three tracks and reminds us of the rest of the album. It makes me want to start the disc over, and in that way is a good closer. But there's more! We're also given three Kingdom Hearts bonus tracks. I'm very grateful to have an official Utada release for these tracks, even if they have nothing to do with the album. They remind us of Hikki's genius and talent as an interesting and original artist. If I had never heard Utada before I picked up this album, it would be these tracks that would most interest me and puch me to find out more about her. This is actually one of the only times I can think of that the 'Bonus Track' label is completely appropriate. I'm glad they didn't try to integrate them into the main album. So basically, I'm undecided. It took me some time to get into this album to begin with, but it really has some great tracks. Even if they are in a fairly overdone style. The tracks I don't like, I really don't like, but they also have charming bits. The tracklist is well laid-out and the journey is fluid. But still, there is something that keeps me from committing to this CD. I guess we'll have to see how it stands with time.
I hadn't known that Utada released her new album until I saw one at my local music store. This album quality is the same as other R&B genre from other artists. The songs' lyrics are more heavy and dirty than her first album. Tell the truth her first inter album is better than this album. The first is very unique although it is R&B, hiphop etc. as this album. As Utada fan, I'm little disappointed but people who like R&B songs. This album won't make you regret.
Utada's highly anticipated english album! This really is a breakthrough compared to her first english album. There are song here that I did not enjoyed but they grew on me, every single track is GOOD. The only thing the album lacks is variety but I personally do not mind. I am disappointed in Utada lack of promotional efforts for the album. Utada also cancelled her promotions due to a tonsil infection but it seems like those promotions are not going to happen anymore which really disappoints me. I know some of you will say its because she is sick and all and I understand, it's just a feeling I have. In a way I felt tricked into buying the album because it's like she says she coming so I buy a copy so she can sign it but then she ends up not coming. I'm upset because I bought the album on iTunes already. Anyways here are my reviews for the tracks. Come Back To Me - Very nice songs. Very sad and deep and love the melody. The beginning really threw me off on how the track would be like. (4.5/5) Me Muero - Something different from all the other tracks. I love how she sings the song and the lyrics. (5/5) Apple And Cinnamon - I like this song a lot. It is one of my favorite tracks in the album. The second half of the chorus is probably one of the deepest part in the song lyric wise. (5/5) Taking My Money Back - I love how she sung this song. There really isn't much to say about this track. The song is about her taking her money back from her lover who treated her bad. (4.5/5) This One (Crying Like A Child) - I love this song. I actually did a project with this song where I had to analyze the lyrics and its pretty amazing at how poetic this song really is. My only probably with this song is how she sings "You got me crying like a child" but I still love the song in general. (5/5) Automatic Part II - One of the songs that kind of grew on me. It's upbeat and it is kind of like an introduction of herself. (4/5) Dirty Desire - This song has VERY clever lyrics, its explict and implict. GOOD SONG. (5/5) Poppin' - The other song that grew on me. The only problem I have with this song is the chorus but the lyrics in the chorus are pretty catchy. (3.5/5) On and On - Upbeat with a light club feel to it. The lyrics are pretty enjoyable. (4/5)