This Is the One

This Is the One

by UtadaUtada


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Written while she was finishing her 2008, Japanese-language album Heart Station, This Is the One is singer, songwriter, producer, and Japanese megastar Utada's second attempt to crossover to the English-speaking market, and a much more reasonable one at that. While the English-language album Exodus tried to be everything at once, Utada the performer is clearly defined here with slick, polished production supporting her songs rather than dominating them. The opening ballad, "Come Back to Me" is everything good about Utada all in one, with simple, precious lyrics and a delicate melody sharing space with a clever idea, which in this case is the bombastic piano intro that's straight out of classical music. Clever ideas are Utada's secret weapon as "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence -- FYI" combines the classic Ryuichi Sakamoto movie theme its half named after with contemporary R&B flavored come-on's, as in "FYI: We're gonna be up all night." The sexually charged "Poppin'" would be a much lesser song without the smart arrangement which wonderfully re-creates the spy movie sound of the '60s rather than becoming a James Bond-biting cliché. Describing a couple's compatibility as "Apple and Cinnamon" makes the Tori Amos-like cut a standout, but most of her lyrics are riddled with clichés with plenty of "whispers in the dark" and whatnot. This means the epic, emotional "Sanctuary" suite that closes the album has to rely on arrangement and delivery, and Utada nails both, combining the grandness of a Disney song like "A Whole New World" with the angst of, remarkably, Nine Inch Nails. Big, behind-the-scene names like Chris "Tricky" Stewart and Antonio "LA" Reid point to the urban meets pop attitude of the album, but Utada will not be overshadowed. This album is hers alone and when placed next to Exodus, it's aptly titled.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/12/2009
Label: Island
UPC: 0602527065953
catalogNumber: 001297902
Rank: 8488

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Utada   Primary Artist,Vocals
Tor Erik Hermanson   Various,Musician
Roxanne Estrada   Background Vocals
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Various,Musician
Akiyama Hirononi   Acoustic Guitar
Kei Kawano   Keyboards
Angie Romasanta   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

L.A. Reid   Executive Producer
Ryuichi Sakamoto   Composer
Kuk Harrell   Producer,Vocal Engineer,Audio Production,Vocal Producer
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Masaaki Ugajih   Engineer
Stargate   Audio Production
Atsushi Matsui   Engineer
Bojan Dugich   Engineer
Paul Resta   Marketing
Utada   Composer,Programming,Audio Production
Kimura Masatomo   Artwork
Utada Sking   Producer,Executive Producer
Hikaru Utada   Composer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Composer,Engineer
Don Goodrick   Engineer
Katsunori Aoki   Artwork
Sean K.   Programming,Producer
Kei Kawano   Arranger,Composer,Programming
Taunerni Kazuhide   Programming
Matthew Rodhe   Programming
Tor Erik Hermansen   Composer
Sking U   Audio Production
Miyaka Akira   Audio Production
Sean K   Audio Production
Sean Hall   Composer
Brian "B-Luv" Thomas   Engineer
Chris "Tek" O'Ryan   Engineer

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