KOKIA – REAL WORLDApril 11, 2010 at 10:15 AM | Posted in KOKIA | 14 Comments
REAL WORLD is KOKIA’s 11th album and it was released on March 31, 2010. The album reached #44 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 3,121 copies. It was preceded by 3 digital singles: Kimi wo Sagashite / last love song, single mother / Christmas no Hibiki, and Kodoku na Ikimono / Ano Hi no Watashi ni.
EPIC COVER. The photoshoot for this album took place in Tunisia (a country in northern Africa).
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Creating visions of vast desert landscapes and endless blue skies, REAL WORLD is one of KOKIA’s most unique offerings. There is also some pretty epic stuff on here. The album’s overall theme, as well as 8 of the 14 tracks, were inspired by her trip to Tunisia. Let’s go over those first, shall we?
KOKIA shows off her songwriting skills and still keeps things fresh with these 8 tracks. Thanks to the ethnic and new age feel of these tracks, they stand out on the album. She incorporates sweeping strings, light beats and synth, and amazing vocal layering that is reminiscent of Enya. Love is Us, Love is Earth and the epic 7 minute long Dugong no Sora were the best examples of this. Some of the other tracks feature simpler arrangements but are still beautiful nonetheless. Birth, Watashi ga Mitamono, and Kodoku na Ikimono are gentle songs but KOKIA’s vocals make them radiant. The interesting chant-like chorus of Saishuu Jouei and acoustics in Oto no Tabibito give you a feeling like you’re really in the Sahara Desert, too.
The rest of the tracks were created before the trip to Tunisia. The most significant song would have to be The woman, the album’s main promotional track (a PV was filmed as well). There’s also Road to Glory~for Dragon Nest (the theme song for the video game Dragon Nest) and U-CHA-CHA, which has been around for years but finally makes an appearance.
While I do think the album is pretty astounding, I have to admit that it has a sleepy side. 2 of the digital singles, Kimi wo Sagashite and single mother, aren’t as interesting as the rest of the tracks (send your hate mail single mother fans). It doesn’t help that they’re clumped together either because they make up the weakest point of the album. Aside from that, REAL WORLD is her strongest album since The VOICE. After giving it a good amount of listens, I can say that it also tops her 10th anniversary “balance” albums by a considerable margin.
Pros: I loved the theme of this album. Did I mention that it’s EPIC!??!?! *side eye*
Cons: There’s 1 or 2 songs that are just average…but every KOKIA album seems to have them.
BASICALLY…it’s amazing what a little inspiration can do! A very refreshing album.
2. Road to Glory~for Dragon Nest
4. REAL WORLD
5. Saishuu Jouei (最終上映)
6. Love is Us, Love is Earth
7. Dugong no Sora (ジュゴンの空)
8. Kodoku na Ikimono (孤独な生きもの)
9. single mother
10. Kimi wo Sagashite (君をさがして)
11. Oto no Tabibito (音の旅人)
12. Watashi ga Mitamono (私が見たもの)
13. Kono Chikyuu ga Marui Okage de (この地球がまるいお陰で)
14. The woman
Note: My favorite tracks are highlighted in blue!