Come Back to Me (Remixes)
The biggest hopeful for America getting its first ever Asian popstar, Utada has all the right stuff to make the crossover from J-Pop to American Top 40, we’ll just have to see how well the effort goes over and how much funding her label’s willing to put in. She made her mark in Fall of 2005 with “Devil Inside,” and had some formidable follow-ups, but it’s “Come Back To Me” that could really make the final push for her with its pop-perfect phrasing and sing-a-long chorus, not to mention the amazing attention to quality in commissioning remix treatments. Tony Moran & Warren Rigg do what they always do, a pop-ized tribal beat peak hour mix, which punctuates everything nicely. Seamus Haji & Paul Emmanuel step up the ambient element a bit with some rubbery synths over a chunkier beat and twinkling chimes. And Quentin Harris contributes his trademark stripped down, T-Dance style house rub, giving the vocals more of the spotlight. Pay special attention to the song’s greatest line, “I wish that I could Photoshop all our bad memories, cuz the flashbacks won’t leave me alone.” That’s J-Pop.