It’s the title that grabs you first. Hikaru Utada’s seventh album makes a conspicuous nod to her 1999 debut, but the preternaturally mature teen of “First Love” is now a twice-divorced mother with ample life experience to draw on.
However, on the title track of “Hatsukoi” (yup: “First Love” again), she sounds like she still has much to learn: “If I’d never met you / I don’t think anyone / Could ever have made me feel like this.”
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