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EXODUS (Japan Version)

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EXODUS (Japan Version)
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Customer Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.4 out of 10 (134)
All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.1 out of 10 (276)

YesAsia Editorial Description

Hikaru turns into Utada!

Japanese mega star Utada Hikaru is all set to conquer the US market via her American debut album EXODUS. Hikaru has selected Utada as her artist name in the US and she is simply bursting with musical energy on this historical release. She and her producing team have come up with a 14-track strong effort that features an attractive blend of dance, funk, pop, alternative and various other music styles. On the special guest list fans can find names like Timbaland who has worked for the late great Aaliyah and Missy Elliott among other stars before plus Jon Theodore from the American rock band Mars Volta. Get ready for stunning new material like Devil Inside as Hikaru returns with wonderful dance beats made even spicier by a touch of Asian flavor.

The Japanese version is scheduled for release four weeks earlier than the US version and comes with a sleeve case and a special booklet .

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Product Title: EXODUS (Japan Version) EXODUS (日本版) EXODUS (日本版) EXODUS (日本版) EXODUS (Japan Version)
Singer Name(s): Utada | Utada Hikaru Utada | 宇多田光 Utada | 宇多田光 Utada | 宇多田ヒカル Utada | 우타다 히카루
Release Date: 2004-09-08
Publisher Product Code: UICL-1046
Language: English, Japanese
Disc Format(s): CD
Other Information: Album
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
Publisher: Universal International
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1003671530

Product Information / Track List

エキサイティングなシンガーソングライター“Utada”全米デビュー!オルタナティブ、ポップ、ダンス、ファンク・グルーヴがミックスし、ウィットに富んだリリックと緻密に構成されたメロディが注ぎ込まれた作品。4週間先行でリリースされる日本盤には、明るくポップなメロディを持つ『Easy Breezy』をはじめとする全14曲を収録予定。『Kremlin Dusk』では、The Mars Voltaのジョン・セオドアが参加!さらに『EXODUS '04』、『Wonder 'Bout』、『Let Me Give You My Love』ではAaliyah、Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliottをはじめとする様々なアーティストのプロデュースを手掛ける敏腕プロデューサーのティンバランドが参加!今作に参加したアーティストたちからは「世界で最も輝かしいポップスターのひとり!」、「EXODUSは物凄い音楽だ。Utadaがベストだ!」などと既に大絶賛の嵐!Utadaの魅力を世界に伝える最強の作品となることは間違いありません!


・Devil Inside ・Kremlin Dusk ・EXODUS’04 ・Wonder 'Bout
・Let Me Give You My Love ・Easy Breezy ほか全14曲収録予定

01. オープニング
02. デヴィル・インサイド
03. エキソドス’04
04. ザ・ワークアウト
05. イージー・ブリージー
06. ティッピー・トウ
07. ホテル・ロビー
08. アニマート
09. クロスオーヴァー・インタールード
10. クレムリン・ダスク
11. ユー・メイク・ミー・ウォント・トゥー・ビー・ア・マン  
12. ワンダー・バウト
13. レット・ミー・ギヴ・ユー・マイ・ラヴ
14. アバウト・ミー


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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.4 out of 10 (134)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.1 out of 10 (276)

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April 18, 2013

4 people found this review helpful

A Different Sound... Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I wasn't the biggest fan of this album when it first came out. In fact, if I had to be honest, I hated it. I hated the mere concept of it. Everything about it (minus the four singles she released prior to this) was so dull that I didn't even bother to give it a second chance. The songs were different from her Japanese music: more hip hop than anything I've heard from her. But what threw me off about it was the the sudden change from her original style. Which caused my distaste immediately. Yet as the years (yes, YEARS) went by, it SLOWLY begin to grow on me.

The lyrics are trashy I admit, but when listening to the songs in a different mindset, I was able to enjoy them a lot more. It was just a change of sound from what I was used to hearing from her. Over time, I grew quite fond of the beat and tempo of the songs. The arrangement she portrayed within these tracks were very well done—a plus for this complicated album.

I also enjoyed how each song within this album is very distinct; almost like you can imagine the scenarios in her songs. An example of this can be within the songs "Tippy Toe" which talks about how it's like to be the "other woman" in an illicit relationship, while "Hotel Lobby" talks about the perspectives of a prostitute. And although her references to sexuality are interesting, I found her song "Exodus '04" to be quite intriguing. It seems within that song, she was discussing her journey of how she made from America to the Japanese music scene.

Although this album produces a unique sound that sets her apart from all the standard pop out there, I still cannot take this as one of my favorites. Yes, the melodies are memorable and the productions are quite complex...but it's not my Hikki. *Laughs* I know! A terrible excuse! xD

Even though "Exodus" has a different sound from what I'm used to, I can still say it is full of refreshing sounds and pleasing beats mixed with humorous lyrics and vocals. I'm glad (despite my rough beginning with it) that I at least picked it up to give it a try. That much is enough for me.
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March 24, 2009

1 people found this review helpful

"A Beautiful Mess" Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Music is always different in everyone's ears. But never has music been this different. I couldn't have said it in better words than what Utada described this album as. Like an aftermath of what an evil scientist tried to create. But for some reason, this album puts you in a nice perspective as the detective that tries to figure out what happened in this lab mess. Overall, this is a very dark album that makes you look deep inside the music in this album. Tracks like "Devil Inside", "Exodus '04", "Kremlin Dusk" and "You Make Me Want To Be A Man" truly stands out on that. This album isn't very mainstream. Exodus '04 is probably the only track that is closest to having a mainstream pop sound (after all, it was Timbaland who produced this song). This is not to say that Utada can't create music. The music here just isn't appealing to the mainstream crowd. But if you give a forgiving chance, you can actually enjoy the music in this album.
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February 20, 2009

Buy it for Exodus Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10
I like this CD, yet I must admit I have a huge problem with Utada`s voice. It seems, at times to have no musicality in it whatsoever. It`s extremely flat and unexpressive. If she`d been speaking the lyrics it would probably have made more sense. The only exception is the title track which is dark, somber and magnificent, with a beat all its own, which is not dependent on a singer`s style. I love that song and has bought the maxi single because I know I`ll always enjoy that track! The rest of the songs, well, they`re okay, but not outstanding. The lyrics are quite imaginative at times, but sometimes they get simple and silly. The intentions behind this album appear to have been the best. Too bad it didn`t work out. Maybe she was trying a little bit too hard?
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October 13, 2008

2 people found this review helpful

I don't understand the hate ... Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Probably because the lyrics sometimes are awful (Easy Breezy) or dirty (The Workout) but I don't understand what's wrong with this album for most of you and it's not monotonous either. There is the pop of ''Easy Breezy'', the pop/rock of ''Devil Inside'', the ethnic sound of ''Exodus '04'', the techno/dance of ''You Make Me Want To Be A Man'', the R&B of ''Let Me Give You My Love'' and ''Kremlin Dusk'' is probably the most beautiful song composed by Utada in her entire career. It's a well done album, probably the ones who hate this album are the same who loves the boring ''Flavor Of Life Ballad Version-''. There isn't bad music at all included in Hikki first English album.
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October 23, 2007

This customer review refers to EXODUS (Overseas Version)
1 people found this review helpful

Interesting... Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
This album was interesting. I am a die hard Utada fan and I will admit that this isn't one of her GREATEST works, but there are some pretty catchy songs on this album (like Hotel Lobby, Animato, The Workout, and You Make Me Want to be a Man.)

All in all it's nice to hear something in English that's original.

I think the problem with this album is that it was TOO original for american listeners. (which is why it sold more internationally than where the language is dominant).

America loves rough (and somewhat dirty) lyrics, but Utada didn't do that. Her lyrics are pure... and it takes a fine ear to appreciate them.

Have fun with this album and be open minded.
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