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This Is The One: The Utada Hikaru Albums Rate *VOTING CLOSES 9PM BST*

Discussion in 'Charts, rates etc' started by TheChoirgirlHotel, Jun 19, 2017.

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    And here we are. This is the one and she is the one and only…

    Welcome all to the official Utada Hikaru albums rate.

    Now that the Fantôme train has well and truly settled I feel that now is the perfect time to reflect on our journey so far, and what a journey it’s been. Her career has spanned genres, languages, borders and continents; there really is an Utada song for every emotion out there, and I cannot wait to see the love (and mess) throughout this rate. For many of us, she was the gateway to both Japan and Japanese culture and holds a dear place in many of our lives and hearts.

    Her music has actually been rated on here before. Back in 2011, the wonderful @3Xs hosted a singles rate, which can be found here. Will those results be fully reflected onto this rate? Time will tell.

    FYI, if you’re new to her and unaware of her work then consult this page before delving into her discography.

    So what’s your job? Well, you have eight studio albums to listen through and rate: six Japanese language and two English language albums plus some extras. To the newbies, don’t be daunted re: the Japanese albums…you won’t regret it!

    And what’s my job? To follow you all through the buffoonery, wiggery and straight-up tomfoolery that’ll probably kill me by the end of it.

    The rules:

    - Rate each song from 0 to 10. I will allow .5 scores.
    - You can award just one song a score of 11.
    - Commentary is welcomed and appreciated but not mandatory.
    - Send me your scores via PM and then you’re done!

    This is the first rate that I ever hosted on the forum. I really do hope that I will do your love for her absolute justice!

    THE VOTING DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 9PM BRITISH TIME ON 24TH JULY.
     
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2017
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    3Xs

    Hopefully we can avoid the results from last time now that people have maybe listened to her first two albums... maybe??
     
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    First Love (1999)
    Automatic
    Movin’ on Without You
    In My Room
    First Love
    Amai Wana (甘いワナ~): Paint It, Black
    Time Will Tell
    Never Let Go
    B&C
    Another Chance
    Interlude
    Give Me a Reason

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    Distance (2001)
    Wait & See (Risk)
    Can You Keep a Secret?
    Distance
    Sunglasses (サングラス)
    Drama (ドラマ)
    Eternally
    Addicted to You (Up-in-Heaven Mix)
    For You
    Kettobase! (蹴っ飛ばせ!)
    Parody
    Time Limit (タイム‧リミット)
    Kotoba ni Naranai Kimochi (言葉にならない気持ち)
    Hayatochi-Remix (早とちリミックス)

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    Deep River (2002)
    Sakura Drops (SAKURAドロップス)
    Traveling
    Shiaware ni Narō (幸せになろう)
    Deep River
    Letters
    Play Ball
    Tokyo Nights
    A.S.A.P.
    Uso Mitai na I Love You (嘘みたいな I Love You)
    Final Distance
    Bridge (Interlude)
    Hikari (光) / Simple and Clean

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    Exodus (2004)
    Opening
    Devil Inside
    Exodus ’04
    The Workout
    Easy Breezy
    Tippy Toe
    Hotel Lobby
    Animato
    Crossover Interlude
    Kremlin Dusk
    You Make Me Want to Be a Man
    Wonder ‘Bout
    Let Me Give You My Love
    About Me

    **Spotify link**

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    Ultra Blue (2006)
    This Is Love
    Keep Tryin’
    Blue
    Nichiyō no Asa (日曜の朝)
    Making Love
    Dareka no Negai ga Kanau Koro (誰かの願いが叶うころ)
    Colors
    One Night Magic (feat. Masashi Yamada of The Black Horn)
    Kairo
    Wings
    Be My Last
    Eclipse (Interlude)
    Passion / Sanctuary

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    Heart Station (2008)
    Fight the Blues
    Heart Station
    Beautiful World
    Flavor of Life (Ballad Version)
    Stay Gold
    Kiss & Cry
    Gentle Beast Interlude
    Celebrate
    Prisoner of Love
    Take 5 (テイク5)
    Boku wa Kuma (ぼくはくま)
    Niji-iro Basu (虹色バス)
    Flavor of Life (Bonus Track Version)

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    This Is The One (2009)
    Come Back to Me
    Me Muero
    Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence - FYI
    Apple and Cinnamon
    Taking My Money Back
    This One (Crying Like a Child)
    Automatic Part II
    Dirty Desire
    Poppin’
    On and On

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    Fantôme (2016)
    Michi (道)
    Ore no Kanojo (俺の彼女)
    Hanataba wo Kimi ni (花束を君に)
    Nijikan Dake no Vacance (二時間だけのバカンス)
    Ningyo (人魚)
    Tomodachi (ともだち) [with Nariaki Obukuro]
    Manatsu no Tōriame (真夏の通り雨)
    Kōya no Ōkami (荒野の狼)
    Bōkyaku (忘却)
    Jinsei Saikō no Hi (人生最高の日)
    Sakura Nagashi (桜流し)

    Others songs

    Do You (Ne-Yo feat. Utada)
    Hymne à l’amour (Ai no Anthem)
    Goodbye Happiness
    Show Me Love (Not A Dream)
    Arashi no Megami (嵐の女神)
    Can't Wait 'Til Christmas
    Easy PMable list:

    First Love
    Automatic
    Movin’ on Without You
    In My Room
    First Love
    Amai Wana: Paint It, Black
    Time Will Tell
    Never Let Go
    B&C
    Another Chance
    Give Me a Reason

    Distance
    Wait & See (Risk)
    Can You Keep a Secret?
    Distance
    Sunglasses
    Drama
    Eternally
    Addicted to You (Up-in-Heaven Mix)
    For You
    Kettobase!
    Parody
    Time Limit
    Kotoba ni Naranai Kimochi
    Hayatochi-Remix

    Deep River
    Sakura Drops
    Traveling
    Shiaware ni Narō
    Deep River
    Letters
    Play Ball
    Tokyo Nights
    A.S.A.P.
    Uso Mitai na I Love You
    Final Distance
    Hikari / Simple and Clean

    Exodus
    Devil Inside
    Exodus ’04
    The Workout
    Easy Breezy
    Tippy Toe
    Hotel Lobby
    Animato
    Kremlin Dusk
    You Make Me Want to Be a Man
    Wonder ‘Bout
    Let Me Give You My Love
    About Me

    Ultra Blue
    This Is Love
    Keep Tryin’
    Blue
    Nichiyō no Asa
    Making Love
    Dareka no Negai ga Kanau Koro
    Colors
    One Night Magic
    Kairo
    Wings
    Be My Last
    Passion / Sanctuary

    Heart Station
    Fight the Blues
    Heart Station
    Beautiful World
    Flavor of Life (Ballad Version)
    Stay Gold
    Kiss & Cry
    Celebrate
    Prisoner of Love
    Take 5
    Boku wa Kuma
    Niji-iro Basu
    Flavor of Life (Bonus Track Version)

    This Is The One
    Come Back to Me
    Me Muero
    Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence - FYI
    Apple and Cinnamon
    Taking My Money Back
    This One (Crying Like a Child)
    Automatic Part II
    Dirty Desire
    Poppin’
    On and On

    Fantôme
    Michi
    Ore no Kanojo
    Hanataba wo Kimi ni
    Nijikan Dake no Vacance
    Ningyo
    Tomodachi
    Manatsu no Tōriame
    Kōya no Ōkami
    Bōkyaku
    Jinsei Saikō no Hi
    Sakura Nagashi

    Other songs
    Do You (Ne-Yo feat. Utada)
    Hymne à l’amour (Ai no Anthem)
    Goodbye Happiness
    Show Me Love (Not A Dream)
    Arashi no Megami
    Can't Wait 'Til Christmas


    THE VOTING DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 9PM BRITISH TIME ON 24TH JULY.
     
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2017
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  5. Some additional notes re: the songs:
    • Interludes aren't included in the rate for obvious reasons.
    • I've tried my best to find Youtube videos of non-singles but alas, if you want to listen to the albums the best thing to do is just to download them all. edit: apparently Vimeo has most if not all of the missing songs.
    • Both the English and Japanese versions of Hikari/Simple and Clean and Passion/Sanctuary will be rated together. I feel that the songs are similar enough to each other to warrant this; this isn't a Distance/Final Distance situation. If there is a consensus among here to rate the English and Japanese versions separately then please do say!
     
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2017
  6. Ugh I'm so thrilled for this, I've done a few albums already. My Fantôme average is 9.5.
     
  7. I don't wanna spoil anything but "Keep Tryin'" is my 11.
     
  8. Gonna get on this tonight and listen to First Love.

    I know which song will be getting my 11.

    You're making me listen to This Is The One for the first time in, probably, 7 years!
     
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  9. I am so ready for this, deciding my 11 is going to be like Sophie's Choice...
    Wings seems to be missing from the Ultra Blue listing?
     
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  10. Colors might be my 11.

    I'm so perched.
     
  11. Oh my god, "Take 5." Destroys me every time.
     
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  12. My knowledge of her music goes as far as Simple and Clean and Sanctuary thanks to Kingdom Hearts but I'd love to get to know more of her music. Exodus is available on Spotify and Heart Station, Ultra Blue and Fantome are on iTunes/Apple Music. Is there anywhere else to listen to the remaining albums that isn't YouTube? I'd prefer not to use YouTube for music unless absolutely necessary.

    ETA: Disregard that, I'm just downloading her discography now as you instructed (didn't see the second post lol). I listened to Exodus on the way home from work and there's already some songs on that one that I'll definitely come back to! Her voice is beautiful and the production seems right up my alley, looking forward to diving into the other albums!
     
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2017
  13. The first person I truly stanned for. My dearest.
     
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  14. I think I’m gonna do this since I already own about 2/3 of her catalogue and I’ve always wanted to explore the albums I don’t know.

    I don’t really have a clear 11 in mind yet. At the moment it could go to Traveling, Making Love, Final Distance, Movin’ On Without You, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence or the Shiina Ringo duet. (Yás to Ringo representation!!)

    I hope this rate will attract a decent amount of voters. Time Will Tell.
     
  15. This is going to either be fun, or so brutal. Probably both. There are about 20 songs here that could be 11's for literally anyone else.
     
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  16. Oh my god! You're including Do You!!! I'm so thrilled for this, thank you.
     
  17. I've never actually heard Do You. I'm intrigued.

    EDIT: I don't like it honestly. The production on her vocals is super weird.
     
  18. I. AM. SO. READY.

    She's one of my nearest and dearest acts. Let me get started on this ASAP.
    I will try to do well with commentary, but as there is a language barrier, it might be pretty light. I will probably talk more about how the songs make me feel then dissecting lyrical content.

    I have about a hand full of 11's to narrow down to 1. HAJP.
    This is the one will be done so wrong, but NOT by me.
     
  19. First Love done and I'll be on to Distance tonight!
     
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  20. yas

    hit it up like this