Utada Hikaru (宇多田ヒカル) – Fantome (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 49:49 minutes | 1,11 GB | Genre: J-Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Front Cover | © Verve Label Group
With Fantôme, J-pop megastar Hikaru Utada releases her first album in six years. The best-selling Japanese artist of all time, Utada spent her hiatus travelling and prioritizing her personal life, which included dealing with her mother’s suicide, getting married and having a baby. The title Fantôme is a reference to her mother’s presence and influence on these songs, sung by Utada in Japanese.
Fantôme is the sixth Japanese studio album by Japanese-American recording artist, Utada Hikaru. Although Utada announced an indefinite hiatus from the public eye in August 2010, she continued writing and composing material with the help of her father, Utada Teruzane, and long-term collaborator, Miyake Akira. Musically, Fantôme is a collection of tracks that emphasize acoustic and stripped-down instrumentation, alongside influences of pop, electronic, and R&B music. The lyrical content delves into themes of grief, sadness, love, and death, mostly influenced by the death of her mother, singer Keiko Fuji, her second marriage, and the birth of her son in 2015.
Commercially, Fantôme experienced success in Japan, winning Album Of The Year at the Japan Record Awards and reaching the top of the Weekly Oricon Albums Chart with sales of 253,000 units, becoming her eighth consecutive Japanese-language album to top the said chart. Successful throughout digital outlets, the record also managed to enter record charts in the United States, her first Japanese release to do so.
01 – Michi
02 – Ore No Kanojo
03 – Hanataba Wo Kimini
04 – Nijikan Dake No Vacance
05 – Ningyo
06 – Tomodachi
07 – Manatsu No Tooriame
08 – Kouya No Ookami
09 – Boukyaku
10 – Jinsei Saikou No Hi
11 – Sakura Nagashi