Utada Hikaru (宇多田ヒカル) – BADモード(Album)

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Bad Mode (stylized as BAD Mode; Japanese: BADモード, Baddo Mōdo) is the eight Japanese-language studio album (eleventh overall) by Japanese–American singer Utada Hikaru. It is also their first bilingual album release, with songs in both Japanese and English. It will be released digitally on January 19, 2022, same day as Utada’s 39th birthday, and physically on CD and limited CD + DVD + Blu-ray Disc format (2022.02.23) under Sony Music Japan sublabel Epic Records Japan. The six previously-released songs were confirmed for the album tracklist, including the title track “BADモード”, the Shiseido commercial song “Find Love” and the Kingdom Hearts III theme song “Face My Fears”.

The album includes collaboration of producers Skrillex and Poo Bear, whose produced Face My Fears, A G Cook and Sam Shepherd.

The CD + DVD + Blu-ray release comes with the regular audio CD, five music videos (“Time”, “One Last Kiss”, “Pink Blood”, “Kimi ni Muchuu” and “Bad Mode”) and the full recorded concert “Hikaru Utada Live Sessions from Air Studios”.. The concert was recorded at London’s legendary Air Studios, with bassist Jodi Milliner as the bandmaster. Sound engineer Steve Fitzmaurice worked in sound recording and mixing, and David Barnard in the video direction.

Tracklist:

1.BAD Mode (BADモード)
2.Kimi ni Muchuu (君に夢中)
3.One Last Kiss
4.PINK BLOOD
5.Time
6.Kibun Ja Nai no (Not In The Mood) (気分じゃないの)
7.Dare ni mo Iwanai (誰にも言わない)
8.Find Love
9.Face My Fears (Japanese Version)
10.Somewhere Near Marseilles -Marseilles Atari- (Somewhere Near Marseilles ―マルセイユ辺り―)
Bonus Tracks
11.Beautiful World (Da Capo Version)
12.Kirei na Hito (キレイな人)
13.Face My Fears (English Version)
14.Face My Fears (A.G. Cook Remix)

OVERALL RATING: 5 stars

fromis_9 – Midnight Guest (Mini Album)

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Midnight Guest is the fourth mini album by fromis_9. It was released on January 17, 2022 with “DM” serving as the album’s title track.

Tracklist:

1.”Escape Room”
2.”DM”
3.”Love is Around” (Saerom, Hayoung, Gyuri, Chaeyoung)
4.”Hush Hush” (Jiwon, Jisun, Seoyeon, Nagyung, Jiheon)
5.”0g”

OVERALL RATING: 3 stars

Aimer – Zankyou Sanka / Asa ga Kuru (残響散歌/朝が来る) (Single)

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“Zankyou Sanka / Asa ga Kuru” is the 20th single released by Aimer. The title tracks were used as the opening and ending theme for the anime Kimetsu no Yaiba – Yuukaku-hen, respectively.

Release Date: January 12, 2022

Tracklist:

1.Zankyou Sanka (残響散歌; Song of Reverberation)
2.Asa ga Kuru (朝が来る; Morning Is Coming)
3.Zankyou Sanka -Instrumental-
4.Asa ga Kuru -Instrumental-
5.Zankyou Sanka -TV Size-
6.Asa ga Kuru -TV Size-

OVERALL RATING: 4½ stars

Yuju – [REC.] (Mini Album)

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[Rec.] (stylized in all caps) is the solo debut mini album by Yuju. It was released on January 18, 2022 with “Play” serving as the album’s title track.

Tracklist:

1.”Bad Blood (Intro)”
2.”Play (놀이)”
3.”Cold Winter (겨우, 겨울)” (feat. Mad Clown)
4.”The Killa (데킬라)”
5.”Blue Nostalgia”

OVERALL RATING: 3½ stars

Whee In – WHEE (Mini Album)

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Whee is the second mini album by Whee In. It was released on January 16, 2022 with “Make Me Happy” serving as the album’s title track.

Tracklist:

1.”Make Me Happy (오묘해)”
2.”Pink Cloud”
3.”Letter Filled With Light”
4.”Deserve (Interlude)”
5.”Pastel (파스텔)”
5.”Paraglide”

OVERALL RATING: 3½ stars