AKB48 Koko ni Ita Koto

Release Date: June 8, 2011

Track Listing

  1. Shoujo Tachi Yo
  2. Overtake
  3. Boku ni Dekiru Koto
  4. Renai Circus
  5. Kaze no Yukue
  6. Wagamama Collection
  7. Ningyo no Vacance
  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

Review

Even though AKB48 have released albums before, they were all compilations of previously released material. Koko ni Ita Koto marks the first time they have a released an album of original material.

This album features the singles Ponytail to Chouchou, Heavy Rotation, Beginner and Chance no Junban with everything else being new songs. Well that’s nice, plenty of fresh material instead of recycling previously released singles and b-sides. Um… I’m not used to that.

Having come from an exclusively Hello! Project based idol background I have noticed that musically the songs aren’t much different from what I’m used to. I do appreciate that there is less recycling of the same song over and over and over and at least there is some sort of attempt to have some progressive sounding (for idol songs) tracks.

And that’s where the differences end. Otherwise this is par for the course idol music. That isn’t saying that this album sucks. Actually I like it a lot. Which may surprise a hell of a lot of people but hey. Good music is good music no matter where it comes from, AKB or H!P. I have no qualms enjoying both. The fans on the other hand…. Well that’s a different can of worms I won’t open here.

Anyway, there is a lot to enjoy from the new songs on this album such as Iikagen no Susume, Koko ni Ita Koto and Boku ni Dekiru Koto. I particularly enjoy Koko ni Ita Koto. I guess I’m a sucker for vocal group styled ballads like that one.

This turned out well for my first full-length AKB48 listening experience. Sure I can’t tell who’s singing what line and perhaps some of tracks sounded a little bit like filler but in the end it’s still all good. Because of this I kind of get why they are the dominant mass female idol organization at the moment. It’s not just because of the bikini’s, skimpy outfits, questionable marketing and gimmicks.

The music is also fun to listen to and for me that’s what counts the most.

Koko ni Ita Koto (Regular Edition)

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