How To Use Sexy is Maki Goto’s 4th & last album for the Hello! Project/UFA group. It was released on September 19, 2007. She is now signed to the Avex sub-label Rhythm Zone.
I’m not really that familiar with Goto’s solo work & I only know her from her days in Morning Musume. I have her Premium Best 1 album but haven’t really listened to it yet, so I’m going in blind on this one. There are 3 previously released singles on this album (Glass no Pumps, Some Boys! Touch & Secret), the rest are new songs.
The overall sound of is different from other H!P projects. It has a mature, urban contemporary kind of groove going on. The up tempo dance tracks also sound more refined than the average H!P fare. It’s kind of shocking to hear but extremely ear pleasing as well.
Vocally there’s nothing to complain about. I’ve always loved her voice, it’s got a very appealing tone. Now that’s she’s signed with Avex her voice will only get stronger. I expect her to be hitting some diva notes sometime soon.
There aren’t many albums I listen to straight through. Most are just filler & a few singles in between. How To Use Sexy is an exception, every track is worth listening to many times over.