Thursday, 3 February 2011

LIMITED EDITION : nicki minaj - pink friday (TARGET deluxe edition with t-shirt)

i was so excited for this album to come out, it seemed the buzz around minaj was massive for so long, i couldn't wait to see what she served up. so when i found out a deluxe package was being released it took a lot of will power to wait for the deluxe to be released (almost two weeks after the release date PLUS two weeks delivery from the USA to me!). unfortunately the package doesn't reflect the originality and craft(wo)manship that minaj's music has come to be associated with. let's have a look:

front (of packaging)

back (of packaging)

side (of packaging),  i do like that there is a strong visual theme throughout the packaging and CD, from colours, images and typography.


front (of t-shirt)

back (of t-shirt)

front (of CD)

back (of CD)

back (of fold-out)

front (of booklet)

bad points . . i!dislike!fold-outs!!!!!. . . for me, i feel it's sloppy, the pictures get clumped together, you are given a "poster", which no one (not even a 13 year old) would use on their bedroom wall and it feels so unoriginal. i feel it is especially sloppy of minaj's team as she is an artist of such visual potential, the photographs are amazing, but a booklet, set out with lyrics, would look so much better and feel more high-fashion/highly stylised, which it feels the "pink friday" is being marketed as. (also i do not like that when you open up, everything is upside down until you fold out fully)

ALSO this limited edition feels more like a novelty, rather than a piece of artwork, down to the fact the card is simply so thin and flimsy. it arrived on my doorstep ripped, but i do not believe it was the post office's fault, but the fact the piece is just too fragile.

originality : 4/10
materials : 4/10
design : 6/10
the music! : 8/10
overall : 5.5/10

rarity : rare, sold out at target, as it was a limited time offer, now only available on eBay, selling quite highly

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