Distance

Distance

by Hikaru Utada
     
 
Following the staggering success of her debut album under her own name, 1999's First Love, the biggest selling album in Japanese recording history, was preceded by four number one singles. To say that Utada Hikaru's 2001 follow-up, Distance, was hotly anticipated would be a huge understatement. Her debut's R&B-influenced sound evolved with little

Overview

Following the staggering success of her debut album under her own name, 1999's First Love, the biggest selling album in Japanese recording history, was preceded by four number one singles. To say that Utada Hikaru's 2001 follow-up, Distance, was hotly anticipated would be a huge understatement. Her debut's R&B-influenced sound evolved with little significant stylistic change, yet Distance stands out from other Japanese pop albums of the period with its rich production providing stark contrast to the cheap, tinny sound that characterized much Japanese pop of the previous decade, with "Wait & See" and "Addicted to You" both featuring the production talents of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. Elsewhere, "Can You Keep a Secret?" remains a landmark in Japanese R&B both in terms of the sophistication of its songwriting and in its production, "Drama" shifts slightly from that template by introducing heavy, multilayered guitars and a darker, more rock-influenced sound, and "Kettobase!" mixes Hikaru's usual R&B with more rock guitar and a techno-influenced sequencer pattern. Despite arriving relatively early in her career, Distance stands as one of Hikaru's most consistent and inventive albums, and comes across as a far more convincing example of R&B by a Japanese artist than her later attempts to crack the U.S. market.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/21/2001
Label:
EMI Japan
UPC:
4988006172098
catalogNumber:
24601

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hikaru Utada   Primary Artist
David Barry   Guitar
John Blackwell   Drums
Goh Hotoda   Shaker
Jimmy Jam   Musician
Terry Lewis   Musician
Philippe Saisse   Keyboards
Rodney Jerkins   Rap
Darnell Davis   Keyboards
Nishihira Akira   Keyboards
Honda Yuichiro   Guitar,Keyboards
Toriyama Yuji   Guitar

Technical Credits

Steve Hodge   Engineer
Goh Hotoda   Engineer
Jimmy Jam   Arranger,Producer
Terry Lewis   Arranger,Producer
Alexander Richbourg   Producer,drum programming
Rodney Jerkins   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Xavier Smith   drum programming
Harvey Mason   Engineer
Miyake Akira   Producer
Nishihira Akira   Arranger,Programming
Sanada Yoshiaki   Executive Producer
Honda Yuichiro   Arranger,Programming,Pre-Production Arranger

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