Affection (Koda Kumi album)

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Affection
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Studio album by Koda Kumi
Released March 27, 2002
Recorded 2000-2002
Length 59:33
Label Rhythm Zone
RZCD-45050 (Japan, CD)
Producer Max Matsuura
Koda Kumi chronology
Affection
(2002)
Grow into One
(2003)
Singles from affection
  1. "Take Back"
    Released: December 6, 2000
  2. "Trust Your Love"
    Released: May 9, 2001
  3. "Color of Soul"
    Released: October 3, 2001
  4. "So into You"
    Released: March 13, 2002

Affection (stylized as affection) is the debut studio album by Japanese R&B-turned-pop singer Koda Kumi. It was released on March 27, 2002. It has been her only album to not chart in the Top 10, debuting at #12 on Oricon and staying on the charts for six weeks, making it her lowest-charting studio album. During its run, it had only sold 91,360 copies. The limited editions of the album contained remixes for "Take Back" and "Trust Your Love", which had previously been released on her North American release of the singles.

This album carries her most famous ballad, "walk," which, starting from her first tour, Secret ~First Class Limited Live~ (2005), she has performed at every concert. It also contained her first collaboration attempt, "Till Morning Comes," which featured Japanese rapper VERBAL, who is part of the hip-hop duo m-flo.

Information[edit]

Affection is singer-songwriter Kumi Koda's debut studio album. It charted at #12 on the Oricon weekly charts, but was her lowest selling album with only 91,360 copies sold.[1] The album was predominately R&B with the only pop song being "Best Friend Of Mine," which was done a cappella. This has also been Kumi's only full a capella song to date.

The album was also released as a limited edition, which contained two remixes performed in English: "Take Back [Jonathan Peters' Radio Mix]" and "Trust Your Love [Hex Hector Main Radio Mix]," both songs which had been previously released on her North American release of the singles.[2] This edition was sold with a slipcase cover, as well.[3] Though the album contained a-sides, there was no accompanying DVD. Instead, the music videos for "Take Back," "Trust Your Love," "Color Of Soul" and the limited single "So Into You" were later placed on her DVD 7 Spirits, which would be released a year later on March 19, 2003 alongside her grow into one album.[4][5]

The album contained her first collaborative effort on the CD, which was "Till Morning Comes." The track featured rapper Verbal, who is part of the hip-hop duo m-flo. Although her song "the meaning of peace," which had been performed with female singer BoA, was released prior in December 2001, the song was not classified as a collaboration and was, instead, classified as a duet.

affection also contained her most famous ballad, "walk," which, starting from her first tour, Secret ~First Class Limited Live~, she has performed at every concert.[6][7] In 2010, she would release a ten-year anniversary version of the song, titled "walk ~to the future~", on her Suki de, Suki de, Suki de. single.[8]

Promotional Advertisements[edit]

At the time of the album's released, Koda Kumi had not made a debut on television and traveled to local nightclubs to sing and promote.[9]

"I had to go across the country and sing in clubs for promotion purposes. . .it was tough on me." - Koda Kumi

In KODA REKI, Kumi's self-published biography, Kumi talks about how she felt guilty for not meeting what she felt was her staff's expectations as far as single sales. She explained how she had to go to nightclubs to promote her singles and album, and the difficulty to adjusting to the night life. Despite this, however, she said she was still "happy for the experience."[10]

Packaging[edit]

The album was released in two editions, a standard CD and a limited edition CD. The regular edition contained fourteen musical tracks, along with the booklet and the obi strip. The limited editions, however, contained two bonus tracks, remixes for the songs "Take Back" and "Trust Your Love," and a slipcase cover.[11]

The remixes of the two tracks were performed in English. Both remixes were from her North American releases of the singles - which she had released under the stage name "Koda" - neither of which had received a release in Japan.

Music videos[edit]

affection did not receive a CD+DVD release or a corresponding DVD upon its release; however, promotional videos were released during each singles' release.

The promotional videos for the a-sides released during the album's era were not released on a DVD until 7 Spirits, which also carried the music videos for the then-released album grow into one.

The affection era videos released on the DVD were:

  • Take Back: the initial debut video of the artist "Koda Kumi."
  • Trust Your Love: set in the winter tundra.
  • Color Of Soul: the video showed the many different angles of people around the world.
  • So Into You: set in Japan, hinting towards taboos in Japanese culture.

Reception[edit]

Upon its release, the album received positive reviews from North American and Japanese fans.

In North America, many people compared Kumi to Namie Amuro, who, at the time, was famous for her single "Can You Celebrate?" in 1997 and her album Genius 2000, which was released in the beginning of the millennium. Michael was most favorable to the track "Till Morning Comes," but still told listeners that the CD was protected, due to, at the time, Avex copyright-protecting their CDs. Glafco also gave a positive review, again comparing Namie to Kumi, but saying how they believe Kumi to have a "stronger voice." Many others gave the album a positive review, though choosing not to give their names.[12]

In Japan, freakb said that, while Kumi was "not very attractive, Avex [was] a stepping stone to success." They go on to praise the a capella track "Best Friend Of Mine," which they said "showed Koda Kumi's vocal power." Many others praised Kumi's vocal abilities, even giving positive comments to the more erotic song "Till Morning Comes." Engawa de Dokusho called it Kumi's "best," and that they thought the album to be of "musical perfection given Kumi's voice."[13]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music arrangement Length
1. "atomic energy" Ken Harada Ken Harada Ken Harada 1:33
2. "Trust Your Love" Kumi Koda Kazuhito Kikuchi h-wonder 4:27
3. "Go Together" Kumi Koda Kazuhiro Hara Kazuhiro Hara 4:40
4. "Your Song (Original Mix)" Kumi Koda Kaido h-wonder 5:18
5. "feel me" Kumi Koda Miki Watanabe h-wonder 4:20
6. "Color Of Soul" Natsumi Watanabe Miki Watanabe h-wonder 4:28
7. "Best Friend Of Mine" Kumi Koda Miki Watanabe Tetsuya Takahashi 1:52
8. "My Dream" Kumi Koda Motsu h-wonder 4:35
9. "So Into You" Kumi Koda Yasuhiro Abe h-wonder 4:31
10. "Till Morning Comes feat. VERBAL (m-flo)" Kumi Koda • VERBAL Kaoru Okubo h-wonder 3:47
11. "come back" Kumi Koda Miki Watanabe h-wonder 5:36
12. "Take Back" Kumi Koda Kazuhito Kikuchi h-wonder 4:56
13. "Can't Lose" Kumi Koda Ken Harada h-wonder 3:51
14. "walk" Kumi Koda Kazuhito Kikuchi Masaya Suzuki 5:06

Charts and sales[edit]

Oricon Ranking
(Weekly)
Sales
12 105,360

Alternate Versions[edit]

come back

  1. come back: Found on the album (2002)
  2. come back [PLUG in LANGUAGE Remix]: Found on Koda Kumi Driving Hit's 3 (2011)

walk

  1. walk: Found on the album (2002)
  2. walk ~to the future~: Found on single Suki de, Suki de, Suki de. (2010)
  3. walk [soichi Ono Remix]: Found on Koda Kumi Driving Hit's 4 (2012)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "affection / KODA KUMI / ORICON STYLE". Oricon. Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  2. ^ "affection (Japan Version)CD". YesAsia. Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Affecton Japan CD w Slipcase Special Limited Edition Bonus Track". eBay. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  4. ^ "7 Spirits (Japan Version) DVD". YesAsia. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  5. ^ "grow into one (Japan Version) CD". YesAsia. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  6. ^ "secret FIRST CLASS LIMITED LIVE : KODA KUMI / ローチケHMV". HMV. Retrieved May 9, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Kumi Koda Average Setlists of tour: LIVE TOUR 2017 ~W FACE~". setlist.fm. Retrieved May 9, 2017. 
  8. ^ "好きで、好きで、好きで。/あなただけが / KODA KUMI / ORICON NEWS". Oricon. Retrieved May 9, 2017. 
  9. ^ "What's the backstory of Koda Kumi albums? What's the story?". Topicks. Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  10. ^ "(koda kumi) KODA REKI". Verduistering. Archived from the original on December 31, 2016. Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  11. ^ "affection - Koda Kumi - JaME U.K." Retrieved 2007-05-28. 
  12. ^ "Customer Reviews - affection [Japan Version]". YesAsia. Retrieved September 2, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Customer Reviews: affection (CCCD)". Amazon Japan. Retrieved September 2, 2016.