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Ultra Blue (Japan Version)
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Customer Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.9 out of 10 (47)
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Utada Hikaru or Hikki, as she is referred to by her fans, returns with her highly anticipated fourth album. Her Ultra Blue release is loaded with 13 titles including the commercial songs Colors and Keep Trying, as well as the Kingdom Hearts II game theme song, Passion. Utada's smash "Dareka no Negai ga Kanau Koro" ("Wish Come True" - Track 6), the theme song of the sci-fi big screen hit Casshern, and her passionate ballad Be My Last have also made it to this album. Fans who long to see Hikki perform live should mark their calendar for the star's UTADA UNITED tour that is scheduled to sweep over Japan between August and September. However, before that happens, Utada's here to please with her Ultra Blue hits.
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Product Title: Ultra Blue (Japan Version) Ultra Blue (日本版) Ultra Blue (日本版) Ultra Blue (日本版) Ultra Blue (Japan Version)
Singer Name(s): Utada Hikaru 宇多田光 宇多田光 宇多田ヒカル 우타다 히카루
Release Date: 2006-06-14
Publisher Product Code: TOCT-26067
Language: Japanese
Disc Format(s): CD
Other Information: Album
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
Publisher: Toshiba EMI
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004186111

Product Information / Track List

4年ぶり4枚目のアルバム『Ultra Blue』が遂に登場!
収録曲としては、2003年のリリースとかなり前のリリースとなりますが、秀逸な歌詞が素晴らしい「Colors」、14ヶ月ぶりの日本での復活シングルとなった「誰かの願いの叶うころ」、聴く者すべての心を捉えて離さない、究極のラブソング「Be My Last」、これまでに生み出した楽曲の中でも最も壮大なスケールとクオリティを兼ね備えた「Passion」、そして明るくてグルーヴィーであり、後ろから後押ししてくれるようなポップな「Keep Tryin'」を収録!
全13曲程度を収録予定で、もちろんクオリティの高い作品に仕上がることでしょう!

01 This Is Love
02 Keep Tryin'
03 Blue
04 日曜の朝
05 Making Love
06 誰かの願いが叶うころ
07 Colors
08 One Night Magic Feat. Yamada Masashi
09 海路
10 Wings
11 Be My Last
12 Eclipse (Interlude)
13 Passion

日本標準価格:3059(税込)

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April 4, 2006

Almost two years after the combined commercial and artistic disappointment that is Exodus (which I will proudly confess my love for), Utada Hikaru returns to Japan with her fourth Japanese album, Ultra Blue. Adding to her role as writer, vocalist, and co-producer, Hikki also took on keyboard and arranging duties. Much like her second album Distance, the promotional team of Ultra Blue takes a safer J-pop road by releasing 6 of the tracks as singles over the course of the last 2 years, leaving Ultra Blue with 6 additional new tracks and one interlude. However, even the singles seem to show that, despite many of her fans' wishes, Hikki has no intention of being the First Love girl any longer. The result is another exceptional album that once again shows the gradual maturation of the 23-year old J-pop veteran.

The best way to listen to Ultra Blue is to see it as two EPs - a compilation of previously released singles and another compilation of new tracks. The singles half is versatile, not-so-mainstream commercial pop, jumping from ballads (Dareka no Negai ga Kanau Koro) to a fusion of jazz and bubble-gum pop (Keep Tryin') to even a hyper Bjork-style video game theme song (Passion). Commercially speaking, in the crowded J-pop market, there have been plenty of new artists vying for Hikki's R&B princess crown. Knowing that, the singles from Ultra Blue are almost completely removed from the R&B genre, signaling a new Hikki trying to appeal to wider audiences. Artistically, the singles show Hikki's prolonged effort to establish herself as a versatile musician rather than just another R&B songstress.

The other half of Ultra Blue, comprised of new side tracks, is more unified in its sound. With arrangements done mostly by Hikki herself, the new tracks integrate new electronic elements that were rarely seen in her previous works. However, this half also features both the best and the worst of the album. The new arrangements shine particularly in the funky Nichiyo no Asa (which Hikki proclaimed as her personal favorite), where Hikki's quiet delivery works perfectly with the song. On the other hand, other side tracks such as Making Love and One Night Magic fill the album up nicely, but don't serve any other purpose than that.

By combining the two halves, Ultra Blue, like many J-pop albums, suffers from a scattered arrangement. The idea of a unified style with the new tracks is virtually gone, even though Ultra Blue remains engaging throughout because of the change in genre within the album itself. That fact itself should warrant a recommendation, as Hikki continues to mature into an artist that can do a little bit of every genre, even if success is not necessarily guaranteed.

by Kevin Ma

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Customer Review of "Ultra Blue (Japan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.9 out of 10 (47)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.8 out of 10 (54)

Whitney
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July 24, 2012

4 people found this review helpful

A True Masterpiece! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
After stepping away from the R&B classics that shaped her career, Utada Hikaru makes a huge step when going into the world of j-pop---but it was well worth it! The album itself truly presents her interesting vocal abilities...leaving her listeners breathless for more! The songs themselves--such as "Colors" "Blue" "Kairo" and "Passion"--feel as though they're telling a story only its listeners can understand. After all, we all have feelings...and this album greatly emphasizes just how much emotion is truly within us.
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kursttt
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April 13, 2009

2 people found this review helpful

my favourite album by my favourite singer. <3 Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
no matter what some say....this album is amazing. hikkis vocals are incredible and the music is enchanting. "passion", being my favourite song EVER is on this album and ends it perfectly....whilst "this is love" is a lively intro song for the album. hikki has said that "this is love" is like dawn, and "passion" like dusk. i agree. :)
i love this album so much. and think everyone should buy it. even if you dont understand japanese well or at all, the music has such feeling to it....you dont even need to know the language to understand what the songs are about.
so....everyone.....BUY THIS NOW. you wont be disappointed.
:)
i love you hikki! <3
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Sakura-chan
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April 24, 2008

A pleasure for the ears Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
The first non-R&B inspired album from Hikki is a very good pop/dance/ballads mix. ''ULTRA BLUE'' opens with the amazing up-tempo song ''This Is Love'' and goes on with a series of experimenting sounds (the piano + violin arrengement of ''Dareka no Negai ga Kanau Koro'', the drums of ''Passion'', the ethnic sound of ''One Night Magic'', the relaxing atmosphere of ''Kairo'') which are very enjoyable.
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Lan
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March 22, 2008

I like it Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This album is good because it carries a lot of weight and really focuses on the "BLUE" aspect of the album, thus entitling, "ULTRA BLUE". I definantly enjoyed all the songs and the playlist was in an interesting order and that really made the album attracting. Order really does matter. Since, "HEART STATION" just came out it really delivers MORE EMOTIONS than "ULTRA BLUE" and that album focuses on "DEATH". Though I'm not sure why she decided such a theme.
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December 8, 2007

This customer review refers to Utada Hikaru - ULTRA BLUE (Korean Version)
Amazing! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Every time a hear a song by Utada Hikaru, my soul stirs! This album is even more amazing than her others. It's full of unique and creative tracks that will blow you away. If you are reading this review because you are wondering whether to buy Ultra Blue or any other 'Hikki' cd, trust me, listening to Utada's latest album is an awesome experience. Don't miss out!
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