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First Love Import

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Multi-platinum debut album from artist who is currently one of Japan's hottest female pop vocalist. Includes one bonus track, 'Automatic (Johnny Vicous Remix)'. 1999 release. Standard jewelcase.

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 16, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Korea
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,929 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By J. Taylor on November 6, 1999
Format: Audio CD
So your intuition has taken you this far; let me win you over. You're probably debating whether or not you should risk it and fork out the extra $s, right? What's the fuss about! Well believe the hype! I ordered this CD after reading the rave reviews on this site, blinded by the fact that it's sold 8 million in Japan. Utada is a truly shining talent and her voice is sweet and strong. The song titles are in English but beware the songs are all sung in Japanese. Don't let that put you off, though, because Japanese has never sounded so good. The music is infectious and it won't take a second spin before you're hooked. The style is urban soul/pop -very Janet Jackson with simple production, more upbeat than Brandy and Monica, more mature than Billie or Britney. Utada covers all bases from pop soul on the opening Automatic to club house on the second single Movin On Without You, to sweet ballads like the title track and then funky beats on the closing Give Me The Reason. The Johnny Vicious revamp of Automatic is an added bonus to dance freaks like myself! If the girl sung in English, she'd storm past Britney and Christina to total world domination. I, for one, hope that happens because the talent deserves to shine wide. This is a NO RISK DISC! What are you waiting for? BUY BUY BUY! If you like this, then check out other hidden gems like Everybody's Somebody by Kele Le Roc (UK), Privacy by Ophelie Winter (France) and My Truth by Robyn (Sweden) but beware that Utada's music is far superior.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "wickedlollies" on January 19, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I llooovvee hiikkii!!!!
Hikki wa daisuki desu ne!
This girl honestly rocks my world. I came to this point where it was like my ears were begging for something new. Something to test my senses. Something to challenge the mainstream crap that overflows my radio airwaves. I've studied Jap for ages, and thought I may aswell d/l a bit of Jap music, and see if I like it.
Now my computer is filled with jpop, my CD shelves stacked with the stuff and others ears bursting with me singing all the time..hehe. And it all started with downloading Utada...
The first song I d/l was from this album, 'paint it black', and I love it, and it still is probably at the top of my list. The best song, catchy, upbeat, quick, and the's about being caught in a 'amai wana' - a sweet trap. A love trap. Something that you just dont wanna get caught in! It's cool!
And 'First Love'. The song that started it all. It's beautiful, melodic, full of love, passion and meaning. All about the one who was her first. this song, even if you can't understand japanese, can be easily understood by the passion behing hikki's voice. It's simply beautiful.
'Automatic'. You know that really cool feeling you get when you're head over heels for someone...when when you see them, everything seems ok, when your heart just can't stop running, when you just can't help to look into their eyes??!! It's automatic. It's a funky song, with a cool record repeat scratch thang getting it on down, a cool bass line, hikki's amazing voice, and just what it's getting across. It has a good peak happening in all the choruses compared to the versus aswell.
Other damn good songs..'Time limit' is really really cool. Hikki has the DarkChild rapper thang happening at the beginning aswell. If ou have bass in your car..
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lance G. on February 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I had, until my sister (who lives in Japan) gave me Utada's CD for X-mas. For those of you who claim you 'just like the music, and don't pay attention to the words' this is the CD for you! Nothing was lost for me with most of the lyrics in Japanese, and the grooves caught me at once. With her influences stemming from east-coast to the Rolling Stones, this artist, if given proper exposure, could give the American divas a run for their money. The disc contains many styles Americans are used to-rock, pop, hip-hop, dance, ballad, etc..., but with a fresh new twist. Her track "Movin' On Without You" could be played at any dance club in this country and fit seamlessly in with today's dance tracks. I went out and bought a new flash memory card for my Lyra player just to keep a copy of 'First Love' on because it seemed to be the one disc I returned to over and over to grab music from. It is one of the few cd's that I can listen to from start to finish without skipping over tracks. Only 2 problems 'tho... 1) Not enough remixes available and... 2) If you get a song stuck in your head and(like me) have to 'sing' it in your head to get rid of it....good luck! (unless you know Japanese! ) Encore, Utada, encore!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Patrick on January 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Though I'm American I've lived in Japan since 1998. One thing that pervades even the most steeped traditions is their absolute love of music. Right now, Japan is deep into what we Americans experienced in the late 80s/early 90s with boy-band and girl-band sensations in the dime-a-dozen quantity, and measured more on looks than on talent. Some that come to mind in Japan: Morning Musume, w-inds, Tonpopo, kinki kids... anyway the list is gigantic.
I say that to say this. There are very few female solo artists in Japan pop culture that have true singing ability. Sitting at the pinnacle of those is Utada Hikaru. Between her semesters at Columbia University (she speaks near-fluent English and went to high school in New York), she finds the time to record and promote some of the best, most meaningful music that is on air today.
All of her fame began with this album, First Love. It is one of those relatively light albums that becomes an automatic in the changer before you go on a drive.
This album is mostly known in Japan for the moving, emotional title track "First Love". I am a Japanese speaker and even now I am still moved when I hear this. But even if you do not understand Japanese, you will definately agree that this album defines a standard by which other artists are measured.
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