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This Is The One (Hong Kong Version)
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Utada Hikaru's first English-language album, Exodus, was an instant hit when initially released in September 2004, ranking no. 1 on the Oricon charts and selling over a million copies. 2009 sees Utada return to the English speaking pop world with the goal to conquer a bigger US market, where she looks to gain a larger share market after Exodus entered the top 160 on U.S. charts. Utada's second full-length English-language release is scheduled to hit he shelves in March in Japan and May in the U.S. The mid-tempo R&B ballad Come Back To Me, Utada's recently released spin-off track, is the principal number on this highly anticipated release.
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Product Title: This Is The One (Hong Kong Version) This Is The One (香港版) This Is The One (香港版) This Is The One (香港版) This Is The One (Hong Kong 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: 2009-03-26
Language: English, Japanese
Disc Format(s): CD
Other Information: Album
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1016475945

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宇多田籌備多時的英文專輯【This Is The One】,交由蕾哈娜、碧昂絲、尼歐暢銷作幕後操手-- Stargate,以及布蘭妮、瑪丹娜、瑪麗亞凱莉天后們最愛的Tricky Stewart共同製作。首發主打"Come Back To Me",動聽的多部合聲堆疊包裹濃烈美式節奏藍調音階,引爆電台超高點播熱潮;灑入復古Funky-Soul的"Me Muero",為乖乖女變身之散發成熟性感佳作;取樣日本新音樂教父坂本龍一用於大島渚電影【俘虜】鋼琴配樂的片段,撞擊出"Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence – FYI"東西合併之獨特迷人魅力;"Taking My Money Back"不安份的電子顆粒隨樂散射,有Tricky Stewart負責掌控;耐聽滿點的"This One (Crying Like A Child)",絕對能夠滿足喜愛都會情歌的樂迷群;1999年讓宇多田揚名立萬的"Automatic",十年後改編推出二部曲"Automatic Part II",相當具有紀念性。

01 Come Back to Me
02 Me Muero
03 Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence - FYI
04 Apple and Cinnamon
05 Taking My Money Back
06 This One (Crying Like a Child)
07 Automatic Part II
08 Dirty Desire
09 Poppin'
10 On and On
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April 2, 2009

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It's ironic that Japanese-American pop star Hikaru Utada's second English-language album This Is The One flopped in the sales chart in Japan. The album, again released under the name "Utada", is the closest thing to a return to the Western R&B roots of her early Japanese career. Unlike her first English album Exodus, which confounded fans with a style that has too much genre bending for America and too much Western elements for Japan, This Is The One is definitely created with the American market in mind. To make sure of that, Utada has producing team Stargate, who's created hits for American artists like Ne-Yo and Beyonce Knowles, and Christopher "Tricky" Stewart on board to capture the trend of popular R&B music today.

The result is certainly an improvement over Exodus in pop music terms: The production is more elaborate, the composition is more calculated for mass audiences, and Utada's songwriting subjects have considerably narrowed. While Exodus featured songs about prostitutes and references to Edgar Allen Poe, This Is The One sticks to subjects more familiar in American pop music such as ex-boyfriend resentments and partying. Musically, it carries a more consistent tone and energy than the genre-crossing style of Asian pop. That tone is immediately established with the dance track On and On (Track 1). More an opening introduction than an individual track, Utada drops the dark, artistic pretense of Exodus and flaunts her newfound liberated musical identity. It's an engaging opening track that tells you right away that this is a new Utada we're dealing with. Utada even follows the American tradition of sampling other works in the album. This time, she borrows from Ryuichi Sakamoto's Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence for FYI (Track 2). With Sakamoto getting full songwriting credit (though Utada and Stargate did most of the work), FYI surprisingly takes the melancholic piano melody of Sakamoto's original and turns it into an engaging and catchy R&B ballad that puts both Utada's songwriting and vocal talents on display. It's a brilliant blend of East and West, and is a perfect epitome of Utada's versatile musical background.

The biggest difference between Japanese pop composition and American pop composition is American pop's emphasis on repetition. Utada and her team follow that formula to the dot here, creating catchy melodies for every song and repeating it numerous times to ensure that they stay in the listeners' minds. This repetition works quite well in R&B dance tracks such as Dirty Desire (Track 7) and Poppin' (Track 8). The two don't have much in terms of composition, and the few written chords are simply repeated again and again throughout. Instead, these songs depend heavily on strong production by Stewart and Stargate, respectively. Utada also shows a considerably more mature and sexier attitude here, with Dirty Desire packed with innuendo that will make any Japanese pop fan blush.

Just like Exodus, English lyrics are still Utada's weakness on You Are the One. Thankfully, she has mostly stopped trying to emphasize her Japanese exoticness throughout (which resulted in some very embarrassing moments in Exodus), and she also toned down the alienating intellect, opting for an easier to understand style of storytelling that is much more accessible this time around. However, there are still some strange cultural references, such as the Freddy Mercury "Living On My Own" line in This One (Crying Like a Child) (Track 5) that only hardcore fans of her Japanese music familiar with her concerts would understand. While the lyrics of This is the One is considerably easier (and less embarrassing) to recite, Utada may want to look into finding a lyricist to find out why words like "philanthropic" and "contraceptive" don't really belong in an English pop song.

Of course, This Is The One is not all about partying and sex, with more emotional ballads that feature composition that is somewhat more complex. First single Come Back to Me (Track 9) is one of the album's strongest efforts, balancing catchy composition with just the right dose of emotions that could easily make this Utada's crossover hit in the American market. Meanwhile, This One marks the album's most emotional effort. With strong lyrical work, a memorable composition that doesn't tire itself out with repetition, and Utada's expressive vocal performance, this is one of her strongest ballads - both English and Japanese - in years.

With consistent energy throughout, This Is The One is strong enough on the musical front to make it an immensely entertaining album from start to finish. She has proven to be a great R&B musician in Japan, and now she has finally proven that she can compete with the best in the American market. Even though Utada's voice is nowhere near as strong as other popular R&B pop stars, she makes up for that with her versatile musical talents. Utada learned the hard way with Exodus that there's no way anyone can balance the considerably different worlds of American and Japanese pop market together. By toning down her ambitions, Utada and her team have produced a tighter, more musically focused album that excels in the style it establishes. This Is The One lives up to its title, and should be the album that brings Utada the respect she deserves. Even if it doesn't succeed in the competitive American market, no one should blame her for not trying.

Recommended Tracks: On and On (Track 1), Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence - FYI (Track 2), This One (Crying Like a Child) (Track 5), Automatic Part II (Track 6), Poppin' (Track 8), Come Back to Me (Track 9)

by Kevin Ma

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.4 out of 10 (28)

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September 5, 2009

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pretty good Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
this album has some good songs and some not good songs
by far the BEST SONG IS
"merry christmas mr. lawrence-FYI"
love that song
i really really hate the cver of this album,it looks so cheap,serisoussly low budget
they should have done something prettyir and more glamorous
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May 28, 2009

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Best asian english album of the year Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I was extremely pleased when i first heard Utada's This Is The One new english album. Its so much different from her debut english album, Exodus. Exodus was overly artistic in the music sense but This Is The One is so R&B and its the style of the music market now.

Songs that i truely love and adore is:

1. Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, FYI (The best song on the album. The music is so addictive...its so Utada
style!!)- 10/10
2. Come Back To Me (A very strong ballad)- 10/10
3. This One (Crying like a child)- another strong ballad- 10/10
4. Poppin'- i Love how sexy the lyrics is and how stupid the music sounds like..i just love this kind of melody -
5. Dirty Desire- another same kind of music with Poppin'. Simply adores it!- 9/10
6. On & On- a party song that is super addictive. Love the part where she sang ''honey if ur gay pump it up like
a gay parade..."-9/10
7. Automatic II- at first its not really musically nice but after a few times of listenin to grows.. -8/10
8. Taking my money back- not anywhere near to my likings but over all is ok...-6/10
9. Apple & Cinnamon- abit too boring for me. The music arrangements to me sounded kinda boring...-7/10
10. Me Muero- never like this song from the start...-4/10

Basically i personally feel that this album is one of the best an asian singer has ever released. Her english pronounciation is very very good as well..Its really really good and up to the standard. This could be the album that will leave an impression in the western music world of a great asian singer singing in the western language.. An applaud to Utada for her great work...

I disagree with someone here saying that Boa's english album is much better.. I personally find Boa's style boring and too repetitive...My recommendation...go for UTADA's!
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May 17, 2009

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Dissappointing Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10
I brought this album after hearing the song 'Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence - FYI' and it seems I only like this song and the bonus tracks. I love Utada but I was really disappointed with this album.

Reasons why I don't like this album:
1. I'm no prude but some of the lyrics are rather pervy and blatant. Too much information and over suggestive. I don't want to hear suggestive moaning
2. Utada's sexiness doesn't sound genuine, it seems quite shallow.
3. As others have mentioned, the lyrics do not make sense, can be quite random and goes off on a tangent. Whilst when Utada was in J-pop mode although I didn't have a clue what was being sung, the melody made up for it.
4. I thought it was Mariah Carey when the album opened, where has Hikki gone?
5. The album cover was poor and looked like a 5 minute job.

Reasons why I liked the album
1. Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence -FYI, perhaps more because of the sample.
2. The bonus tracks 'Simple and Clean' and 'Sanctuary'. The lyrics are not great but good tune and different.
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May 15, 2009

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It's sexy! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I wasn't a fan of Utada until I heard this album. This is a sexier, definitely more Americanized version (which is to my liking) of her album. Love the strong yet emo, sexy yet sweet unique vocals of hers. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence - FYI is a total fab. It's addictive. I love the sexy voices and beats that keep u longing for more. I even have it as my mobile ringtone. Come Back To Me was dedicated to me and I was really touched I must say. It's more poppy and I could totally relate to her emo vocals. My other favourites are This One (Crying Like a Child), Apple and Cinnamon and Taking My Money Back. After listening to it over and over again, I've personally love On and On and Dirty Desire which are great party tracks that keep you dancing. The rest of the tracks are above average. I'm glad Utada's one of the very few Asian artistes who doesn't only produces good music, but able to sing pretty well in English. I'm also glad that her songs are finally more contemporary and they're wayyyy better than her previous disappointing Exodus. The only down side is, I think she could afford a better photographer and editor. Album booklets do not look like that. Anyway, that aside, I totally love it! Gotta get it!
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May 13, 2009

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This is the One Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
First off "This is the One" is much more US audience friendly than her previous wrapped hybrid of every musical genre "Exodus". While I found "Exodus" to be a delightful musical experience many Americans found the album to be too creative. "This is the One" is Americanized R&B and pop with some songs having a bit of a J-pop flavor to it; a matured Americanized "First Love" and "Distance" is the best I can describe it.
"Come back to me", "Apple and Cinnamon", "This One (Crying Like a Child)", "Taking My Money Back" sound like your basic American R&B song coupled with Hikaru's emotive vocals. In "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence - FYI" Hikaru takes the 1981 song of the same title and edged it out with a heavy bass, modernizing the tune and layering smokey vocals to finish it off. It's is uniwue sounding along with "Me Muero"'s fun exotic, sound. "Automatic II" is an edgier "Animato", "Dirty Desire", "On and On" and "Poppin'" have an inviting and seductive beat and are typical party/club tracks.
Hikaru has written some questionable lyrics about birth control, suicide, going comando, and a ton of sexual references. "Dirty Desire", "Merry Christmas Lawrence - FYI" are sexually charged songs while the rest of the songs are about partying, and largely about average relationship issues. Shocking for Hikaru to incorporate such words in her songs, but very tame to what American artists write in their songs so in a way one can say that she has Americanized her lyrics.
For me this album is unconparable to "Exodus" because I find this albums to be on different musical plateaus. Lyrical their about on the same level where Hikaru was singing about interracial sexual encounters and adultry where on this album she sings about casual sex one a few tracks.
Also included are "Simple and Clean" and "Sanctuary" opening and ending versions. I don't particly care fo them because I've always found it lyrical awkward as Hikaru tried to fit English words into the melody written to Japanese lyrics, but I'm sure it's a treat to other friends who are fans of the songs; so this would be a great treat for them.
It's a fun record with some great tracks. She gives you Utada like the credits on this album say and not Hikaru Utada the Jpop Goddess. "Apple and Cinnamon", "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence", Me Muero", "On and On," "This One (Crying Like a Child)" are highly recommended. Hikaru continues to shine whether it is English or Japanese.
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