Utada Hikaru
This is the One


3.5
great

Review

by Get Low (The Gatekeeper of Ratings) USER (13 Reviews)
July 14th, 2018 | 42 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: No, I've never played Kingdom Hearts.

It was on a long car ride home from Cleveland when I was first introduced to This is the One, Utada Hikaru's third English language album (the second under her "Utada" mononym), by a friend whom I haven't been in touch with for a couple of years now. He was in charge of the music by rule of being the driver, and after sifting through a few K-pop songs on Pandora, he decided to instead put on This is the One. He and I had both recently been broken up with by our long-term girlfriends, so given our gloomy hearts and our longing for solitary happiness, I would say in hindsight that this album was the perfect choice.

The first six tracks, save for Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, each describe a different situation regarding a strained romantic relationship. The opening number, Come Back To Me, sets the tone for this block of songs. A frantic piano lick leads into the ballad, in which Utada begs for the man she admits to cheating on to come back to her. The second track, Me Muero, features a bass-heavy beat with a bit of Spanish flare, in which Utada sings of depression and suicidal thoughts, spawning from her lover who has gone away. Despite the dark nature of these lyrics, Utada cleverly delivers them in an upbeat and pouty manner, as if to conceal their meaning.

The next four tracks – including Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, which I had mentioned to be a lyrical outlier due to it being a song about casual encounters rather than love – continue on with piano-driven beats and melancholic tone. It's on Automatic Part II when the album makes a shift to more upbeat lyricism, as well as ditching the piano for more synthetic pop beats. Whence the preceding track (This One [Crying Like a Child]) is about Utada's non-mutual love for a fellow musician whom she is touring with and has toured with before, Automatic Part II is a song in which she boasts of her love for getting on stage and performing, as if to put her matters of the heart aside for what is most important to her. The last three tracks are about dancing, clubbing, and sex.

This is the One embodies the grieving process through heartbreak. While the dancing, clubbing and sex part might not be as much the appropriate method of moving on for you as it is for Utada, the important thing is what those tracks symbolize, which is that happiness can be found in whatever one takes pleasure in doing. While certainly not the most musically adventurous album in Utada's discography, I would recommend anyone with a broken heart and an open mind to give this (is the) one a spin.



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Get Low
July 14th 2018


6677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just giving my girl Utada some love.

JayEnder
July 14th 2018


5471 Comments


SIMPLE AND CLEAN IS THE WAY THAT YOURE MAKING ME FEEEEEL TONIIIIIGHT

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JayEnder
July 14th 2018


5471 Comments


Side note, good review man.

GhostB1rd
July 14th 2018


4052 Comments


You should play Kingdom Hearts.

Get Low
July 14th 2018


6677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, Jay.



I have no interest in playing those games tbh. I've never liked rpgs.

GhostB1rd
July 14th 2018


4052 Comments


It's very much action focused, not grinding for loot and shit.

Get Low
July 14th 2018


6677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Eh, still not my cup of tea. At this point I'm only into fighting games or anything I can play competitively.

GhostB1rd
July 14th 2018


4052 Comments


Kingdom Hearts gladiator PvP would be amazing.

SteakByrnes
July 14th 2018


15868 Comments


Do not play Kingdom Hearts

GhostB1rd
July 14th 2018


4052 Comments


Bad (wrong) opinion.

Get Low
July 14th 2018


6677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The closest I'd ever come is that I'd watch a Kingdom Hearts movie if Disney ever made one.

SteakByrnes
July 14th 2018


15868 Comments


lol

JayEnder
July 14th 2018


5471 Comments


Steak plays Fortnite don’t listen to him

foxblood
July 14th 2018


10085 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

1st kingdom hearts is a great game, I talked so much shit before it came out back in the day but upon actually playing it it's a masterpiece. The sequel and new game are not worth the time though. I'm not a big fan of this album, her english releases are much cornier and lackluster. Still, nice review.

Get Low
July 14th 2018


6677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, Fox. This album does have it's corny moments but overall I think Exodus is much worse in that regard.

GhostB1rd
July 14th 2018


4052 Comments


The biggest disappointments from 1 to 2 were the nerfing of your party members and the level of hand holding. In 1 you are only slightly more than 33% of the power of your party and it takes teamwork to win even commonplace encounters. In 2 you're unstoppable and your party members don't do shit. Also the level design is flat and dumbed down.

GhostB1rd
July 14th 2018


4052 Comments


But 3 could be good I'm reserving judgment till I play it.

SteakByrnes
July 14th 2018


15868 Comments


"Steak plays Fortnite don’t listen to him"

smh I only play it when my friends ask me to lmao

foxblood
July 14th 2018


10085 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Donald healing you in the first one could make or break battles lol, sometimes he'd waste everything with no regard or just do nothing. I found 2 to be dull, I tried several times but never finished it because I couldn't get interested enough. To me 3 already feels like an excuse to focus primarily on being an advertisement/tie in to newer Disney IPs, instead of focusing on the story and established lore with a story that makes sense. Still, Toy Story will be cool.



Exodus and this are about the same to me enjoyment-wise. DEEP RIVER and ULTRA BLUE are her masterpieces.

Get Low
July 14th 2018


6677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Of her Japanese stuff I've enjoyed HEART STATION the most. Haven't heard the first two or the new one yet though. DEEP RIVER and ULTRA BLUE are both great.



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