EXODUS (Japan Version)
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YesAsia Editorial Description
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 .
|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|
|Publisher Product Code:||UICL-1046|
|Package Weight:||100 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1003671530|
Product Information / Track List
・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
（日本版 / Japan Version）
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April 18, 2013
A Different Sound...
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
"A Beautiful Mess"
|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
|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
I don't understand the hate ...
|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)
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.