Hikaru Utada’s 2022 album “Bad Mode” has been named one of the 50 Best Albums of this year by Pitchfork.

The American online music publication listed the album in the 31st place out of 50, stating, “For over two decades, J-pop star Hikaru Utada’s intensely emotional songs have looked for answers to life’s big questions. On BAD, their searching leads them to pay tribute to house music, along with the glittery sounds of disco, city pop, and ’90s R&B.”

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The album is in 31st place out of 50

“As they grapple with fear and grief throughout the album, instrumentals co-produced with A.G. Cook, Floating Points, and Skrillex swell and swirl with ecstasy. The club is often imagined as a place of abandon, but BAD is a reminder that dance music is equally well-suited to accompany catharsis – you might not always find answers, but you can still sweat through the pain.”

Among other albums on the list include GKA twigs’ “CAPRISONGS”, Charlie XCX’s “Crash”, and The Weeknd’s “Dawn FM”, with Beyonce at number one with “Renaissance”.

Previously, Utada’s song, “Somewhere Near Marseilles” was named one of the Best 100 Songs of the year by the same publication.

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The Weeknd’s ‘Dawn FM’ is also listed as one of the best albums this year

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