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Ultra Blue [Import]

UtadaAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 31, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Emd Int'l
  • ASIN: B000GH2PVO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,714 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. This Is Love
2. Keep Tryin'
3. Blue
4. Nichiyo No Asa
5. Making Love
6. Darekano Negaiga Kanau Koro
7. Colors
8. One Night Magic
9. Kairo
10. Wings
11. Be My Last
12. Eclipse (Interlude)
13. Passion

Editorial Reviews

Utada's first album release in four years. She dominates the charts in Japan whenever she releases a single or album, but to call her a J-pop singer ignores Utada's American roots and her desire to break all the rules of the genre. Ultra Blue is well created masterpiece that will blow rest of her hits away! Her angelic voice and distinct style is represented with her impressive talent. 13 tracks in all. EMI. 2006.

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An ultra-stunning musical event! June 25, 2006
By J. Lund
Format:Audio CD
The musical direction of ULTRA BLUE should be of great interest to Utada Hikaru's many fans around the world. Her Japanese albums -- from 1999's FIRST LOVE to 2002's DEEP RIVER -- showed off a career that started strong and rapidly improved, as she became a superstar in Asia while transcending mainstream trends in pop, soul, club, and hip-hop. Rather than rework her Japanese successes for Hikaru's 2004 USA debut EXODUS, Utada arguably created somewhat of an alter-ego for the American market that got a mixed reception among her fans (I'm one of those who thought highly of it). Probably the lack of universal support among fans plus inadequate promotion kept EXODUS on the fringes of pop culture here in the States. Whether or not one thought of EXODUS as a hit or a miss, I think it's safe to say that all Utada fans are united behind wondering where she would go from there.

The answer is on ULTRA BLUE, and overall I'd call it a best-of-both-worlds progression from both DEEP RIVER and EXODUS. Back into progressive j-pop and singing mostly in Japanese, don't look for a USA release unless Hikki decides to translate the lyrics and re-record the vocals (which btw I think would be a great idea, with the potential for a commercial breakthrough outside of Asia that eluded her with EXODUS). UB's arrangements carry some of the techno elements of the latter album, while the tunes seem more a direct extension of DEEP RIVER than were the songs on EXODUS. As much as I liked EXODUS, I'd say she has really found a satisfying way to integrate that album's techno-based sound with the often-stunning melodies and interacting vocal parts that marked DEEP RIVER. The result is Utada's best album to date.

ULTRA BLUE's thirteen tracks do include all of the post-DEEP RIVER Japanese singles (e.g.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exciting Expiramental CD October 2, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Utada Hikaru has come a long way from the little girl who won the heart of Japan with her debut album "First Love." Each album that she has put out since then has been marked by a large jump in creativity and innovation. Ultra Blue proves to be her most innovative yet, with the daring nature of Exodus mixed with the sheer likeableness of Deep River. Ultra Blue is the most personal of all of Hikki's albums. Not only has she written the music and lyrics for all of the songs (as she has always done) but she has written all of the arrangements (save for colors, where she co-arranged the song), and most of the keyboard and programming work. Ultra Blue stands out from her previous albums where it uses mostly electronic arrangements instead of instruments.

Perhaps "Ultra Blue" greatest strength and weaknesses is the large amount of tracks that came from singles. It makes it a stronger album because all of the songs are wonderful tracks, but weak because many of Hikki's fans might feel as if they're getting short changed when it comes to new material. The strongest of the single tracks is her oldest, "Colors," a beautiful personal pop piece that flows effortlessly from chorus to verse to verse and is marked by beautiful and expressive Japanese lyrics. Almost equally strong is "Passion," the final track on this album and the theme song to Kingdom Hearts 2. "Passion" makes use of an unconventional chorus where Hikki's voice stretches up and down notes while drums play rhythmically in the background. "Passion" is a ground breaking song and an instant classic. Another strong single track is "Keep Tryin'" a fun and light hearted pop piece that will make you want to smile. It's B-side, "Wings" is also included.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utada Hikaru & "Ultra Blue" July 8, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Utada Hikaru is an amazing and unique artist with an incredible voice. I first was introduced to Hikaru's music when I played the original Kingdom Hearts back in 2002. As time went on, I came to listen to her other music and she has an amazing talent. "Ultra Blue" is one more spellbinding work from Hikaru, and I'm very excited to see much more from her. The album features all of her recent singles, including "Passion" with which Hikaru once agained graced the Kingdom Hearts universe in Kingdom Hearts II. Aside from her awesome singles Keep Tryin', Dareka No Negai Ga Kanau Koro, Colors, Be My Last, and Passion, some other great tracks include, but are not limited to, This Is Love, Blue, Nichiyou No Asa, One Night Magic (feat. Yamada Masashi). Also, the interlude Eclipse is a nice little transition into the awesomely powerful Passion, the perfect way to wrap up the album. Overall, the album is fantastic and so is Hikaru!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars undiscovered goldmine June 4, 2007
Format:Audio CD
If you are new to Japanese pop culture, as I am, or not familiar with it at all, you probably have no idea just how big a deal Hikki is. Americans have no idea what they are missing. Her voice is amazing, her lyrics are beautiful and I can't recommend her highly enough.

This CD is a good place to begin. Blue, Be My Last are great songs. Some lyrics are in English but its mostly in Japanese. Translations are easy enough to come by on the the internet. And, anyway, how many times can you not understand some lyrics sung in English anyway.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect album May 27, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I discovered the magic of Utada a year ago while on military deployment to Okinawa . I thought i had disassociated myself from pop music long ago but Utada's music had something irresistible about it. It started with Passion and then Keep Tryin'. I could not get enough. So when the album Ultra Blue came out I got my first ever Japanese album in a Japanese Tower Records. Ultra Blue is a perfect album. Since then I have searched the web for everything Utada. The most recent purchase was her second ever tour called Utada United 2006 (DVD). I watch it every frickin' day practically. For the best possible affordable and mobile sound I converted the cd and dvd (audio portion) to flac files and put them on an IAudio U3 with Shure SE530 earphones! The sound is phenomenal. If you don't get this album, I don't want to know you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A Little Disappointed
The 279 kbps bit rate is high but with variable rather than constant, so the audio quality was a little below par. Delivery of the product was seamless and the file was undamaged. Read more
Published 6 months ago by William Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars New to J-Pop
I knew nothing of J-Pop prior to buying these songs. After discovering this artist by watching Freedom anime I would like to know more. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Techno Jedi
5.0 out of 5 stars she's perfect
Utada hikaru is FREAKING PERFECT. all the songs are amazing and the CD I got was in perfect condition! perf.
Published 7 months ago by Nina
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good album by Hikki!
Classic Utada Hikaru. I love her voice...Unique and has emotion to it. I get a certain emotion that runs through me when I listen to many of her songs. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jose Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultra Blue
A great album from a great singer. Just don't let her to songs in English, she looses all her enchantment and becomes just another singer but in Japanese she is phenomenal.
Published 12 months ago by Kirk Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite Utada records.
This is one of my all time favorite Utada albums. You won't be disappointed. I can't stop listening to it, actually.
Published 17 months ago by M. Mccarty
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Utada!
"Making Love" and "Passion" are definitely highlights for me. Have been a huge Utada fan since "First Love"! Can't wait for the next album!
Published 19 months ago by Ryan Keawekane
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I have loved HIkki since I first heard her years and years ago. Her smooth style of incorporating some different sounds but mainly staying with an overall R7B feel was addictive to... Read more
Published 20 months ago by SCooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful!
I bought this album after listening to "This Is The One," and while I enjoyed that album as a primer, "Ultra Blue" simply blew me away. Read more
Published 24 months ago by D. Boudreau
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Masterpiece!
After stepping away from the R&B classics that shaped her career, Utada Hikaru makes a huge step when going into the world of j-pop---but it was well worth it! Read more
Published on July 14, 2012 by Whitney Hernandez
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