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AKB48 – Koko ni Ita Koto June 17, 2011

Filed under: AKB48 — solarblade @ 4:07 am

Track Listing

  1. Shoujotachi yo
  2. Overtake
  3. Boku ni Dekiru Koto
  4. Ren’ai Circus
  5. Kaze no Yukue
  6. Wagamama Collection
  7. Ningyo no Vacances
  8. Kimi to Boku no Kankei
  9. Iikagen no Susume
  10. High school days
  11. Team B Oshi
  12. Chance no Junban
  13. Beginner
  14. Ponytail to Chouchou
  15. Heavy Rotation
  16. Koko ni Ita Koto

1. Shoujotachi yo

Oddly enough as the only new AKB-only track on the album, Shoujotachi yo is kind of an interesting opening track.  It sounds pretty serious but somewhat upbeat as well.  Kind of reminds me of some other idol songs I’ve heard recently but this once sounds nice and the vocals don’t sound harsh…but do I hear men in the background?  Maybe I’m just hallucinating this huh?

2. Overtake

So a good portion the album seems to be split into various groups and mixture of members.  Overtake features Team A and oddly enough it doesn’t feel too different from the last song really.  I mean the vocals are less busy and the arrangement is a little more quiet, but I get the same feelings here which isn’t too great. 

3. Boku ni Dekiru Koto

Is it bad that I’m slightly getting annoyed so far by the album with more of this same kind of mood setting?  Team K’s song is just a little better than the previous two songs but that’s because the vocals felt exciting enough to pull the song along.  I also think the addition of brass also made this a little easier of a song to listen to ^_^

4. Ren’ai Circus

Of course Team B would get the oddball song since it’s genki and fits the cover art of the album.  I like the fun atmosphere of the song and while the vocals are a bit meh-ish and weird sometimes, I kind of like the song for the most part and of the three teams, this one felt like the fun one.

5. Kaze no Yukue

The majority of the album however is split with random members of the group.  Sadly, I don’t know the members well enough to find distinctions between them all.  Kaze no Yukue features 6 members and oddly enough is the first sort-of ballad of the album since it’s got things like piano and a slow tempo going on.  It’s a simple kind of tune and rolls off nicely for them.

6. Wagamama Collection

Another 6-nin group-in, Wagamama Collection feels weird since “Kaze no Yukue” kind of ruined the flow of the album slightly but this song feels less exciting to listen to than “Ren’ai Circus” because the arrangement feels more watered down and less genki.  I mean if it was the other way around, I might’ve felt a little better about this song…but meh.

7. Ningyo no Vacances

So now there’s 7 members in a song huh?  Ningyo no Vacences kind of sounds cheap and made in 5 minutes because of it’s arrangement.  I’m kind of interested that it’s a more toned down kind of song, but it’s still a song that drags a WHOLE lot for me and doesn’t come off as anything great TBH.

8. Kimi to Boku no Kankei

A duet between the two AKB soloists, Atsuko Maeda and Tomomi Itano, Kimi to Boku no Kankei doesn’t surprise me that it’s oddly upbeat and one of the more interesting songs on the album.  The arrangement carries a bit more synths and represents something cuter.  Atsuko and Tomomi sounds nice together and doesn’t do anything that’s too bizarre.  The thing I felt was missing was the life of it….the chorus just feels dead to me and just not enough effort was put there.  Oh yeah, also there’s a strange male MC in the song that just didn’t belong there.  Otherwise it’s a pretty catchy song.

9. Iikagen no Susume

As the 3rd song with 6 members in it, Iikagen no Susume is probably my favorite of the new songs since the vocals sound great and the members sound quite good together.  The chorus kind of sounds like something DiVA would use…but it’s still pretty good since they have life in the song and the members were strong but with an alright arrangement…nothing too special.

10. High school days

team Kenkyuusei gets their own song on the album as well with High school days but at this point this sounds like the stuff from the start of the album.  The vocals aren’t as together like other groups, but they give an effort at least.  It’s passable but nothing to be gawking about since “Shoujotachi yo” and “Overtake” were both slightly better.

11. Team B Oshi

Hmm?  Team B is the only ones that get a second song?  I find that a little unfair here y’know.  Kind of like their last one “Ren’ai Circus” it’s one of the more cuter songs because said group has the cute-voiced members.  This one sounds like it would be chanted during a concert.  It’s a little better than the other Team B song, but not by much since it’s a lil sloppy in places.

12. Chance no Junban

The next four songs were all A-sides for them and main reason this album is selling pretty quickly.  I’m still not a big fan of Chance no Junban because it felt like that around the other epic A-sides, this one felt a little underwhelming and more like a B-side to me.  I mean it was like AKB’s answer to Morning Musume’s “Seishun Collection” it was that ironic and strange to my ears.

13. Beginner

The fact that Beginner is AKB’s best song of recent times really shocks me when it’s put on an album full of songs that are plainly OK at best.  It’s also the darkest song, arrangement-wise and lyrically on the album so it’s the oddball of the bunch, but it’s still of the best songs from an idol group in a while.  I just wished they had fixed up the harmonies in the song because they were on the disappointing side of things.  Still…~IN YOUR POSITION….SAY!~

14. Ponytail to Chouchou

I’m still surprised at the song opening with a dramatic piano intro before turning into what was the group’s summer A-side released.  I still think it’s an alright song because the track is energetic in the arrangement but the girls have a hard time giving it life because they just seem bored with the tune.  It’s gotten better for me and I can sometimes enjoy but it’s far from being as good as songs like “RIVER” and “Beginner”.

15. Heavy Rotation

Ugh, one of my guilty pleasures when around the time of this A-side, Heavy Rotation is what “Ponytail to Chouchou” should’ve been more like since it’s energetic and the members are having a lot of fun with the song.  I still keep singing the chorus since it’s so easy to remember and way catchy.  It might be a little too genki for some people, but I kind’ve enjoyed this one.

16. Koko ni Ita Koto

Oddly enough the final and title track, Koko ni Ita Koto is a mixture of four of the main groups involved with this whole *48* shtick…So it’s AKB, SKE, SDN, and NMB together.  I was pretty surprised that they’d close the album off with a ballad and with this many members in one song it was an immediate nod back to their last amazing ballad, “Sakura no Shiori”.  It sounds really amazing with all of them together and they sound together with the piano-led arrangement.  Interesting way to close the album, but great song!

Tracks Recommended

  • Beginner
  • Kaze no Yukue
  • Koko ni Ita Koto
  • Heavy Rotation
  • Kimi to Boku no Kankei

Song of Avoidance

  • Ningyo no Vacances

It’s weird to think that after all this time, Koko ni Ita Koto is literally AKB48’s first studio album.  Sadly, it doesn’t really feel up to snuff for some strange reason.  Besides the singles, the rest of the songs felt like dodgy B-side with a couple of exceptions (the title track).  It’s also strange that they left off two A-sides…even though in hindsight this album was supposed to be released way earlier but was troubled because of the earthquake.  Not a great album really for me.

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