So we sampled Utada Hikaru’s This Is the One album released just today at AC Gears. Instant reminder of how it was like being a freshman in college – great for late 90’s/early 2000’s, when we didn’t know better. But seriously, after almost a decade and the third English album to date, this Columbia drop-out (no pun intended) hasn’t improved much. I mean, I am sure the music will still appeal to recent high school graduates on weekends before having their parties in dorms.

Funny how mainstream music all eventually sound the same, no? Utada’s appeal to her non-Japanese market sounds just like when she first made it big. Even m-flo, Japan’s very own J-Pop/hip-hop duo that debuted around the same time retained their edgy core after making it. Their music’s still continues to be (most of the time) fresh with each album/remix release.

So here we go, our GEDDEM alternative recommendation instead. Looking for a sensual, raw, smokey voice that’s distinctively Japanese, and yet, a little bit Jazzy, a little bit groovy, try ACO:

Another J-Pop nonetheless, but so much more flavorful.

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