This is the One

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/12/2009
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 602527065953
  • Catalog Number: 001297902
  • Sales rank: 31,789

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Come Back to Me - Hikaru Utada (3:57)
  2. 2 Me Muero - Hikaru Utada (3:25)
  3. 3 Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence - FYI - Hikaru Utada (3:49)
  4. 4 Apple and Cinnamon - Hikaru Utada (4:38)
  5. 5 Taking My Money Back - Hikaru Utada (3:12)
  6. 6 This One (Crying Like a Child) - Hikaru Utada (4:30)
  7. 7 Automatic, Pt. 2 - Hikaru Utada (3:00)
  8. 8 Dirty Desire - Hikaru Utada (3:51)
  9. 9 Poppin' - Hikaru Utada (3:31)
  10. 10 On and On - Hikaru Utada (3:19)
  11. 11 Simple and Clean - Hikaru Utada (5:03)
  12. 12 Sanctuary (Opening) - Hikaru Utada (4:25)
  13. 13 Sanctuary (Ending) - Hikaru Utada (5:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Utada Primary Artist
Hikaru Utada Indexed Contributor
Tor Erik Hermanson Musician
Roxanne Estrada Background Vocals
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen Musician
Akiyama Hirononi Acoustic Guitar
Kei Kawano Keyboards
Angie Romasanta Background Vocals
Technical Credits
L.A. Reid Executive Producer
Ryuichi Sakamoto Composer
Tom Coyne Mastering
Kuk Harrell Producer, Vocal Engineer, Vocal Producer
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart Producer
Masaaki Ugajih Engineer
Atsushi Matsui Engineer
Bojan Dugich Engineer
Paul Resta Marketing
Kimura Masatomo Artwork
Utada Sking Producer, Executive Producer
Hikaru Utada Composer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen Engineer
Don Goodrick Engineer
Katsunori Aoki Artwork
Sean K. Programming, Producer
Kei Kawano Arranger, Composer, Programming
Matthew Rodhe Programming
Brian "B-Luv" Thomas Engineer
Chris "Tek" O'Ryan Engineer
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