Ultra Blue by Utada Hikaru Review by Joyce Siu Fans of Japanese diva Utada Hikaru will be pleased with her latest work, Ultra Blue. It's an addictive album of 13 dance tracks, a combination of R&B and electronica that's destined to be a success. Unlike most female J-pop singers who sing in cute, high-pitched tones, Utada has a versatile voice which can be powerful, as in Keep Tryin and opening track This is Love, but also soothing, as in Sea Road and Be My Last. Utada is not only a good singer. The all-round musician played keyboard in most of the tracks and composed and arranged all the songs on the album. The best piece is This is Love, a dance track with a captivating chorus that will have you singing along merrily. It reminds listeners of her earlier hit, Automatic (1998). Another uplifting track is One Night Magic, which features Yamada Masashi, male vocalist from J-pop band, The Back Horn. Ultra Blue is J-pop at its best.