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This review is from: Exodus (Audio CD)
This album is good, but I wouldn't go as far as excellent. As a couple of people before me have said, the lyrics tend to be a bit hit and miss in significance, and a lot of the time, you think 'How does she ever dare to sing that'. 'Easy breezy Japanesey' is a good example of how ridiculous some of the lyrics are. Nevertheless...
Devil Inside - a very good track. Fast, heavy beat, something you'd hear in a night club, but it is very, very good. Good synthesiser action throughout, and very good lyrics (surprisingly). Great vocals from Utada, too. 10/10!
Exodus '04 - another very good track, which meakes for a very good opening to the album. Much slower, and another set of very good lyrics with beautiful vocals. Tells a story, and is everything that I like in a song. 10/10!
The Workout - ouch. Slipped up there, didn't we? The lyrics are average to poor, with a slightly irritating synthesised beat. It's repetitive, and although the chorus makes the song a lot better, I don't like this one much. 4/10.
Easy Breezy - here we go. It's the one with the ridiculous choral lyrics! Fortunately, the rest of the song is quite advanced lyrically. Changes throughout the song of tempo and tune mean it's quite an interesting song to listen to. Enjoyable. 9/10.
Tippy Toe - not so keen on this track at all. The lyrics are too fast and high pitched, average in content. The tune isn't bad, but this is one of the more distinct filler tracks. 6/10.
Hotel Lobby - a weird little tune, but the lyrics are very telling. Some of the best on the album, this is the story of a prostitute and how she works the hotels. It's a grower, but this is a very good song. 8/10.
Animato - I had to listen to this track to know which one it was talking about, if that means anything to you. Very plain, but piano based which is unusual for this album. An average filler for the album, but not bad my any means. 7/10.
Crossover Interlude - plain and slightly confusing. Dull lyrics, but a nice upbeat tune. There isn't much to this track at all. Strange. 5/10
Kremlin Dusk - one of the songs on the album that can be described as 'nice'. It's a slow track, but those synths are still in there. The chorus is frankly bizarre. A filler, but not a bad one. 6.5/10.
You Make Me Want To Be A Man - this song is very, very, VERY good. This is definitely my favourite on the album, and it's so catchy. Fast paced, but very good lyrics, and ever so imaginative. So significant to me right now, so I shall give it... 10/10!
Wonder 'Bout - ouch, irritating. Very unpleasant, I'm sorry to anyone who likes this tune. Strange, bongo-based sub muzak. It's really odd, and slightly unsettling. 3/10
Let Me Give You My Love - let's face it. It's about her desire to reproduce. Quite blatant, but everytime I read the lyrics, I laugh. It's quite incredible anyone let her record this one, but I'm glad they did. Great. 8.5/10
About Me - the only guitar based track on the album. It's a nice, sparse little number with a slightly Alanis-y feel in the beginning, but it soon turns more upbeat. Slightly R'n'B with a bit of Indie thrown in. An odd fusion, but it's nice. 8/10.
It's good, but don't expect too much of this album. There is a lot of filler, but five very good songs really lift this album. Good for your money's worth, and who knows? You might fall in love with it. I'm close.