Album: “Itsuka Dekiru Kara Kyou Dekiru (Special Edition)” EP
Label: Sony Music Records
Upon going to Japan, there was in flight entertainment which involved many music videos from the Japanese pop world. One of the music videos that caught my eye and especially my ears was this group with a ton of members. Unfortunately, I couldn’t read the credits, so I had to ask social media, and it was confirmed that it was a group called Nogizaka46. I became a fan and started checking out music videos and when going shopping around Tokyo, they were everywhere from music stores to billboards. I knew it was a group worth being a fan of, and it all started with the music video for “Itsuka Dekiru Kara Kyou Dekiru”.
What I loved about this album is that it’s not a one song EP. The B sides are surprisingly great and complement the lead single. The titled track starts the EP well, and it stays consistent all the way through.
Another great thing is that it doesn’t sound like typical idol group whether it’s all cutesy or some other gimmick. It has a hint of idol and a hint of artist to create a really good album. This mini album has a track with a rock sound, one that has cute themes, and various other sounds.
I wouldn’t say it gets better or worse during the course of the album. Although it stays consistent, it pretty much just plateaus all the way through. I don’t think there is a worst song since it’s enjoyable to listen to all the way since each song has a different vibe and sound.
I could see how this group can be the direct rivals to AKB48 as they really have invaded 48’s home turf and with having a nice share of space in a lot of the music stores. The members of Nogizaka46 are really charming and have a ton of potential of being a top tier group in all of Japan.
Personally, “Itsuka Dekiru Kara Kyou Dekiru” means a lot to me since it’s one of the most listened to songs during the Japan trip, so it became the unofficial theme of Japan for me. It also opened my eyes to this major mega idol group.
Overall rating: 4/5
Reviewed by: Timtastic