This Is The One track-by-track review

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13 mars 2009, 22h03m

This Is The One is the 2nd english album by Utada. The 26-year-old JPop princess decided to bring out another after that horrible bombshell of an album called EXODUS.

This album does prove, however, that we are finally a part of the internet generation, with references to BlackBerries and PhotoShop among others.

So, here goes my track-by-track.

Tracklist:
1. On And On
2. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawerence - FYI
3. Apple And Cinnamon
4. Taking My Money Back
5. This One (Crying Like A Child)
6. Automatic Part II
7. Dirty Desire
8. Poppin'
9. Come Back To Me
10. Me Muero
11. Come Back To Me (Seamus Haji & Paul Emanuel Radio Edit)
12. Come Back To Me (Quentin Harris Radio Edit)

1. On And On

A nice way to start off the album but it has it's flaws. A nice beat which reminds me a bit of CBTM. I don't really like the guy going 'Argh!' in the background though. The vocals sound kinda forced at the beginning. which kinda disapoints me, 'cuz it's not something I'm used to hearing from Hikki. Still the lyrics aren't bad and the beat is catchy (I was dancing to it in the shower lol XD)

Rating: 6/10

2. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawerence - FYI

I LOVE THIS SONG! Sorry, I had to get that off my chest :) The vocals are perfect for this song, the beat is really catchy and lyrics are awesome! Not my favourite song from the album but it comes close. The violin and piano beginning are quite decietful for the tone of the lyrics.

Raiting: 8.5/10

3. Apple And Cinnamon

The song that everyone heard about before. Repetitive, which is a shame. The lyrics are good but it sounds a little computer generated, espically the lyrics sometimes. I don't mind it, but it's just a tad too much computer sounding.

Raiting: 7.5/10

4. Taking My Money Back

I don't really like this song. The vocals, lyrics and instrumentation just don't click with me.

Raiting: 5/10

5. This One (Crying Like A Child)

Wooooooo! A ballad, R&B style. My fave song from the album. My only higgle with it is the 'ay-ay-ay' part. Why? Not necessary. I love the lyrics and vocals, and the instrumentation is perfect!

Raiting: 9.5/10

6. Automatic Part II

I really, really hate this song. It doesn't even deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Automatic. In fact, I've listened to it twice, then deleted it off my iPod.

Raiting: 3/10

7. Dirty Desire

The backing vocals sound quite cheap and the song could do with a better ending. However, the lyrics aren't bad and the instrumentation is good. I like Hikki's vocals and the way she stresses the words a lot. Her vocals in this reminds me of Devil Inside.

Raiting: 7/10

8. Poppin'

The start reminds me a bit of Mission Impossible I. I don't really love the song, but I don't hate it either. Too repetitive for my taste and the talking part doesn't really add much more.

Raiting: 6/10

9. Come Back To Me

It's probably becuase I've heard it soooooo many times (According to iTunes, 677 times actually) that I've not actually listened to it since I got the album. It's the same as before and probably the most generic song on the whole album. The MV disappointed me though.

Raiting: 8/10

10. Me Muero

This just doesn't fit in with the style of the album, with it's South American/Latino style. Reminds me of something I hear when I'm eating out at Nandos XO

Raiting: 6/10

I won't rate the 2 radio mixes.

Overall

I think this an album aimed at breaking her into the American market, which is probably why some of the songs don't really fit well with me. However, it probably is going to fit in well and I hope it does well. As a album, it's solid but it's not really my style.

Overall raiting: 8/10

Commentaires

  • Bravepower

    The whole album is strongly RnB/western pop, which isn't to my taste. I do have to say she did a good job with the album though, I'm sure it'll do well. I actually really like Automatic Part II - perhaps my favourite track on the album! The other tracks I liked were FYI, On and On and This One. The others don't really stand out to me. :/ Seems as though you like the album overall more than me! I'm gonna give it more listens over the week so my ears are more familiar with the music.

    13 mars 2009, 22h42m
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