LOVE was Maki Goto’s 4th mini-album. It was released on May 4, 2011.

Maki Goto - LOVE

1. “Nee…”
2. lalala
3. Sora to Kimi no Aida ni
4. Aitai
5. your song

nullDespite how lacking some of her last mini-albums have been, I am always eager to hear something new from Gocchin. I’m still hoping for something sexy and fierce, but we’ll see. So far it appears that SWEET BLACK had the most to offer.

“Nee…” is the first song on this mini-album, and as you might have guessed, it’s a ballad. I can’t say that it’s a typical ballad. It’s mid-tempo, but there are some distinct qualities. There are some classical elements, but the song just sounds way different than other typical ballads. That being said, it doesn’t do much for me. Gocchin’s vocals are great, there’s some variety and power, but this song doesn’t do it for me. Just not my type of song.

Unlike the previous track, I LOVE lalala. This up-beat, light-dance infused song is just what the doctor ordered. The slight acoustics mixed with the euphoric dance music and synth riffs make for one flawless combination. Besides the song having great beats and sounding so up-beat, the song is infectious and quite memorable.

The most magical track on the mini-album is easily Sora to Kimi no Aida ni. It happens to be a cover, but I adore this song. It has a very ethereal quality to it, which I would attribute to the synth. The song also features some lovely piano chords, some astounding acoustics, some excellent percussion, as well as some guitar riffs. The song sounds a bit light in the beginning, but as it progresses, it gradually begins to sound darker. Not a bad song, unforgettable to say the least.

As you might have guessed, Aitai is another ballad. I haven’t been much of a fan of Gocchin’s ballads, and this is no exception to that. I like the music, the snaps and subtle R&B elements mixed with the classical elements sound lovely, but this song is forgettable. Nothing about this song really stands out IMO.

I was expecting your song to be another boring ballad, but, it turned out to be a rock song. The thought of listening to another boring ballad was about to make me go crazy, so hearing this rock song made me feel such much better. It’s a typical rock song, guitar and percussion, but a bit softer when it comes to the music. Gocchin’s vocals are never overpowered. The song has a refreshing melody. And while I love the music, this song falls flat simply because it’s again forgettable. Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice, but I’m not gonna remember it after this review.


I love Maki Goto as much as the next person, but this mini-album is seriously lacking. She’s released some great stuff since switching to AVEX, but I’m still waiting for a real single, and a real album. Apparently, she’s going to release a studio album later this year before going on a hiatus, so hopefully it’ll be good. As for this mini-album, a valiant effort, but more or less an epic fail. The majority of the music sounds nice, but if there’s no wow factor, then how can you be expected to remember anything. There are some songs that are great, but most are just forgettable.



Favorite Tracks
lalala || Sora to Kimi no Aida ni

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  1. […] LOVE – Gold Hikari Die finds this release seriously lacking in something. […]

  2. […] of a song. Gocchin’s vocals are so clear and enjoyable, and the beats are out of this world. “Nee…“ does sounds nice, but it honestly doesn’t do much for me. It’s not a terrible […]

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