SWEET BLACK feat. MAKI GOTO – SWEET BLACK

September 28, 2009 at 5:58 PM | Posted in Maki Goto | 1 Comment
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SWEET BLACK is Maki Goto’s first mini-album and it was released on September 16, 2009. The mini-album reached #26 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 5,530 copies. It’s also her first physical release since transferring to avex.

I like the cover but I could do without her weird facial expression. What is she, a Disney princess? That headdress thing isn’t working either. lol

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You know I like me some avex whores so I was really glad when Maki Goto swtiched to the rhythm zone sublabel after leaving the Hello!Project. However, that was last year and I have been dying for new material. Prior to this release, she began working under the “SWEET BLACK Project”, which is a collaboration between several media outlets. That was when she started releasing digital singles under the stage name “SWEET BLACK feat. MAKI GOTO” (those singles were Fly away, Lady-Rise, and with…).

Despite only having 8 tracks, SWEET BLACK certainly has variety. From electronic, R&B, pop, and even reggaeton, the mini-album has a wide array of different styles. To me, it’s a good way for Maki Goto to show off her true capabilities as an artist. Even though her voice hasn’t changed that much since her last album How to use SEXY, there was definitely an overhaul in the music department. She’s now working with different producers instead of just Tsunku so I thought many of the songs featured a higher production value than almost all of her Hello!Project material.

For example, we hear Goto singing more mainstream songs in this mini-album. From the heavy electronic influences in Plastic Lover to the distinct reggaeton sound of Queen Bee with BIGGA RAIJI, Goto impressed me. Even though I have a love/hate relationship with Queen Bee because of BIGGA RAIJI’s excrutiating rapping, the song gets props for being one of catchiest tracks on the mini-album. If you want a better collaboration with a rapper who’s voice is actually tolerable, listen to Mine with KEN THE 390 instead. It’s perhaps my favorite song. Other noteworthy tracks include Fly away and the rockish Lady-Rise.
It’s not all upbeat stuff though, which I thought was perfectly fine. TEAR DROPS with KG and with… represent the slower paced songs and they’re both nice. TEAR DROPS with KG is the better song though since it was a good collaboration.

In the end, I thought SWEET BLACK was a great collection of songs that showcase the “new” Maki Goto. I don’t think any of the songs are bad even though the rapping in Queen Bee just slays me. It gives me a lot of hope for Goto’s future releases as an avex artist because she has potential and this mini-album can possibly be a taste of what she can really pull off. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed. =x

Pros: There are some really hot songs on here. *fans off*
Cons: BIGGA RAIJI! FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU-

BASICALLY…you’re officially an avex bitch, Miss Goto! ^^

Overall Rating

4 stars

Tracklisting

1. Queen Bee with BIGGA RAIJI
2. Lady-Rise
3. Candy
4. TEAR DROPS with KG
5. Mine with KEN THE 390
6. Fly away
7. Plastic Lover
8. with…

Note: My favorite tracks are highlighted in blue!

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