Tag: Utada Hikaru

  • album review: Utada Hikaru “BAD Mode”

    album review: Utada Hikaru “BAD Mode”

    At last, we have reached the album! Released January 19, 2022, as a gift to their fans on their own birthday, “BAD Mode” is Utada Hikaru’s (or Hikki’s, as their fans devotedly call them) eighth studio album, featuring singles that trace back to the beginning of 2019. In the three year span, Hikki would go […]

  • single review: Utada Hikaru “Kimi ni Muchuu”

    single review: Utada Hikaru “Kimi ni Muchuu”

    The final single in the series is “Kimi ni Muchuu“, serving as another tie-in (Hikki and these tie-in’s…). This time, “Kimi ni Muchuu” is attached as a theme song to the J-drama ‘Saiai’, and the track sees Hikki pairing up one more time with well-known PC Music producer A.G. Cook (best known for his collaborations […]

  • single review: Utada Hikaru “PINK BLOOD”

    single review: Utada Hikaru “PINK BLOOD”

    Fourth up would originally be “One Last Kiss” in the ‘BAD Mode’ review series… however! I have already reviewed it here, so enjoy! With that established, the next review up on the list is for a single released in 2021, and yes, it has another tie-in. This time, Hikki’s “PINK BLOOD” serves as the opening […]

  • single review: Utada Hikaru “Dare ni mo Iwanai”

    single review: Utada Hikaru “Dare ni mo Iwanai”

    Third up in the set is “Dare ni mo Iwanai“, otherwise translated to ‘I Won’t Tell Anyone’, which also has a tie-in. This time, Hikki is paired up with Suntory Water, selecting the song as the theme track for the commercial, which also stars Hikki themself. Released literally days following “Time”, “Dare ni mo Iwanai” […]

  • single review: Utada Hikaru “Time”

    single review: Utada Hikaru “Time”

    Second up in the “BAD Mode” review set is “Time“, released more than a year after “Face My Fears”. This single was released as a digital single in 2020, mere months following the onset of the pandemic, and it has Hikki exploring uncharted territory by offering a theme song for a drama aired on NTV […]

  • single review: Utada Hikaru “Face My Fears”

    single review: Utada Hikaru “Face My Fears”

    I’m back for a new review set, and this time, I will be taking a look at several Utada Hikaru releases. For this review set, I will tackle the recent releases leading up to their new album “BAD Mode”, which is set to be released on January 19. The first single of the bunch, having […]

  • the best of jpop 2021

    the best of jpop 2021

    We made it! The finish line! This is MY list of the best songs from Japan in 2021, and let me tell you, it’s been quite the year! I think I’ve become more accustomed to Korean pop music than I have Japanese pop music in recent years, but I still manage to get a lot […]

  • the best of jpop 2021 so far

    the best of jpop 2021 so far

    I have to admit, this was a harder list for me to create, but can you believe that we’re already at the half-way point for the year in J-pop?! It’s been quite a few years already, and I’ve noticed big-time how the J-pop scene has changed so vastly during those years. Some of my favorite […]

  • mini-album review: Utada Hikaru “One Last Kiss”

    mini-album review: Utada Hikaru “One Last Kiss”

    It’s been 14 years! Crazy to believe that the Evangelion rebuilds are finally coming to an end, but alas, here we are. With this end comes an end to the collaboration efforts between Utada Hikaru and the series, as well. You may be familiar with Hikki’s works with Kingdom Hearts but if you don’t know […]