AKB48’s first original album18 July, 2011 by Chad
While DefStar Records have already twice released AKB48’s “best of” Set List albums and last year we saw their first original album Kamikyokutachi, AKB48 released what they refer to as their first “original studio album” last month titled Koko ni Itakoto (ここにいたこと).
Koko ni Itakoto features 11 brand new original songs created for the sake of this release and 5 old ones for good measure. Apart from the limited edition version shown here, it also comes in a regular CD+DVD version for 3,200 yen and a CD only theater edition for 1,980 yen.
Sadly, AKB48’s latest release is also their most disappointing so far and the 11 new songs in the album range from uninspired all the way to unbearable. For once, I would advise against making this purchase, particularly if you’ve have already been religiously purchasing the past singles that are featured within.
Yet, more than a million copies of this album have already shipped according to recent statistics.
Arguably, the main highlight for the single’s most expensive limited edition version is the inclusion of this 100 page photobook by Ninagawa Mika, who directed the promotional video for AKB48’s Heavy Rotation single last year. Yet the book is as depressing an addition as many of the album’s songs.
Looking away from the horrible technical aspects of many of the book’s pictures, most of the photos here are gaudy and uninspired. Unless of course the shoot’s theme was lying down and looking lifeless. In which case, Ninagawa gets full points.
This is only made worse by the fact that they have decided to pad the album by printing many of the photos as two page spreads. This when combined with the book’s binding and the many photos of the girls lying down, leads to countless oddly cropped photos and decapitations throughout the book.
On a more positive note though, part of the proceeds from the sale of Koko ni Itakoto are donated to victims of the Tohoku Earthquake. The album was initially scheduled for an April released but was pushed back due to the unfortunate event.Click here to search CDJapan for official AKB48 goods.
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