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While Hikaru Utada boasts the No. 1, 4 and 8 biggest-selling albums in Japanese history, and despite her New York upbringing and strong English, her 2004 stab at Western success fell embarrassingly flat. That album, “Exodus,” was a flawed masterpiece — sonically original, but too left-field, moody and haphazard to dent the U.S. charts.

This time she is taking no chances. “This is the One” is by Utada’s own admission an aggressively commercial album that teams her with the superproducers behind Ne-Yo, Beyonce, Madonna and Rihanna to basically make her music as bland, accessible and predictable as possible. The result is slick R&B pop that panders to the ears of “American Idol” fans — though sometimes comes off as a confused half-breed.

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