Same here! I think it's partially because we've only had one single since LIBERTY (though we'll have one more next month), so this "era" hasn't felt as substantial, and at least personally it's because I still listen to LIBERTY regularly enough that it never got a chance to become "old". So stoked for this new album though!
[I still listen to LIBERTY regularly enough that it never got a chance to become "old"] THIS. // Actually, we had four singles. Shounen Shoujo, Piece of Cake -Ai wo Sakebou- feat. Mineta Kazunobu, Lipstick, FUTURE LOVER -Mirai Koibito-. I don't count a digital one (H.I.K.A.R.I).
Oh, I meant singles post-LIBERTY - in other words the singles that are presumably going to be on Utopia (Saikou na Shiawase and Dokomademo ~How Far I'll Go~). My point being that the lack of releases makes LIBERTY seem even more recent than it is, haha.
Serious though it is a surprise how bad it is compared to LIBERTY which was only release like a year ago... as for Utopia... it just sounded like one big long drawn out song. First album from her I haven't been obsessed with from my first listen.
I liked the first half of the album too but I won't really say its a totally bad lol. I will say it's probably good for those who love slow ballad songs/Miliyah ballads. But yes, LIBERTY was better and had more memorable songs imo but with this one it seems like she's trying a bit more of a mature sound? idk but even the cover for it matches well with the theme of the album.
i agree, it does seem to be a concept album and it does the concept well. the songs are pretty nice, but like all of you i would much rather listen to the awesome songs from LIBERTY or, well, any of her other albums lol.
I agree that Utopia is no LIBERTY, but I still think it's a good album. Tabibito, Shoujo Jidai, Utopia, and Triangle are all quality songs. Despite being a collection of slower songs, each one manages to have its own personality and they all sound very 'Miliyah', which is an accomplishment when sticking so closely to one genre throughout an album.
But yeah, it's no LIBERTY, and that's a valid thing to be disappointed about.
I agree with you. After listening to it a few more times - it's really not a bad album at all. In fact it's enjoyable and pulls you into its ballad atmosphere. Then again - it's certainly nowhere near as exciting as LIBERTY, but maybe that's because it's not meant to be.
It really kind of is. I don't think that making all three songs on it be same-y ballads was a good idea at all. And they're really not that great ballads anyway. I only like Maboroshi so far. But who knows, maybe the songs are growers.
Maboroshi is definitely my fave. The songs aren't terrible, but you're right, they seem like growers and are very "safe", which is so unfortunate after LIBERTY felt so fresh and interesting. But at least we have LIBERTY Tour out on DVD next month which will tide me over!
Like I said though, I've been listening to the single a lot purely because it's Miliyah and she's now gained that "even her worst stuff is good" status that most of my faves eventually reach lmao.
I actually liked it at first listen. Of course not her best, but still pretty enjoyable.
Saikou na Shiawase is lovely, and I still don't know which version I like better, but definitely the best on the single for me. And I really like Maboroshi too. <3
The album has shocked many fans of Miliyah, including me. I didn't except it to be so chill, full of mid-tempos and ballads. I think "Utopia" is a concept album. According to the album's title and songs, it's about hope for eternal happiness. I love when my favorite acts make concept albums/singles, but Miliyah's effort isn't very exciting. In the pursuit of cohesiveness, Miliyah forgot about diversity. Lots of tracks sound similar to each other. It may be annoying, because they're not bangers. It may be hard to sit through the whole album. Despite its flaws, I enjoyed "Utopia" a lot. I also enjoyed this era's singles (Saikou na Shiawase and Dokomademo ～How Far I'll Go～). // P.S. I'm sorry, but "MOON" and "Eien" are so boring. The worse thing is these songs are placed together. I can't stand it! // Even though "Utopia" is nice and doesn't deserve the hate it gets, Miliyah can do much better. // Overall: ★★★★☆
So excited for her tie-in with Moana!! New single's out 3/1. There's a preview here and it sounds fantastic! http://www.sonymusic.co.jp/artist/Miliyah/discography/SRCL-9329?bcRefId=70002609_SRCL-9329_01SFL
She just keeps releasing great music which keeps getting better and better. She is truly an artist in every sense of that word and I just love her.  her music is never boring and always beautiful <3
She just keeps releasing great music which keeps getting better and better. She is truly an artist in every sense of that word and I just love her.  I totally agree. In the past years, she became my most played artists and whenever I listen to her songs, its interesting how she has created her own unique sound in her music since I started listening to her years ago.
Miliyah is so talented. She really is. Her and lecca are probably my favorite artists ever. Miliyah is the only Jpop artist whose newest works I love a lot more than her older ones. She just keeps releasing great music which keeps getting better and better. She is truly an artist in every sense of that word and I just love her. That's all.
I love how people who vote for these pictures always mess everything up by not paying attention to the header image and how bad it looks. It's like people still only focus on the first image and totally ignore the existence of the header image which kind of became more important than the first one because it's what you see at your profile, too.
Lol yeah, that's true. I'm extremely happy FASHION made it, it's easily one of the best songs on LIBERTY! To be honest, LIBERTY is a very amazing album and definitely one of her best, so I'm glad overall! (except for that song lol)
I'm really happy with the songs she chose to put on LIBERTY. I'm thinking more about the fact that FASHION, best b-side of the era did make it. I was afraid she'd put Higher which is the only song I disliked in the singles. You can't really expect she will include a b-side instead of an a-side, though.
Tbh I'll NEVER forgive Miliyah for putting Piece of Trash on LIBERTY instead of the AMAZING superior song that is LIFE IS A SONG. And I know I'll be dragged for this but idc, this needed to be said. Piece of Trash is ultimately the worst song I've EVER heard in my entire life.
I don't know why every single track on LIBERTY seems really short to me. I know a lot of them are about 3 mins long, but I feel like even the 5 minute ones feel inexplicably short for some reason. The songs seem like they end soon after they've just started. Not entirely sure if this is a good or a bad thing.
I've been reading the opinions that the album is too long - and it really isn't, especially when you compare it to all her other albums. They're all over an hour long, and HEAVEN is actually longer, as is TRUE LOVERS and TOKYO STAR. Besides, the best part for me is that even if this album is 1:11:32 long, the time passes so fast when I listen to it because no song here is boring, it just drags you into its world and when it's over you wonder HOW can this album be that long when it doesn't feel like it at all.
I loved the album. I took it upon myself to not listen to any singles, as I do with most albums aside from Shounen Shoujo. My standouts were MIRROR MIRROR, BABYLON, Megami no Hikari, and lastly Heaven's Door. She was serving me Hikki teas throughout the song. I'll probably end up buying a copy at some point as well. It's definitely in my top three albums.
My favorite is H.I.K.A.R.I. I love the end. A few other songs like Liberty stand out to me, but I gotta listen to the album a couple more times. Although, I can say I enjoyed it more than her previous album overall.
After digesting it a bit more, I definitely have to say LIBERTY is one of her strongest albums and one of the stronger J-pop releases in the past little while. So many great tracks and so very Miliyah but still fresh sounding. Each song stands out which was the exact opposite of LOVELAND tbh. Does anyone have lyric translations? <3