Release Date: October 12, 2016
- Kagami yo Kagami
- GIRLS TALK
- Itoshikute Koishisugite
- Yumeuru Shoujo ja Irarenai
- Katsudon in da house
- Kiss Miss Kiss
- Watashi no Shoumei
- Ano Sora (Bonus Track)
Aishitemo ii Desu ka is the first studio album from former AKB48 member Takahashi Minami and it features production from a variety of artists such as OKAMOTO’s, Makihara Noriyuki, Takamizawa Toshihiko, Mashima Masatoshi, Shun Naka of HY, Carly Rae Jepsen, Billy Steinberg and Joshua Alexander.
With this varied list in mind one can assume that nothing on this album will be similar to her short solo work when she was with AKB48.
This is all freshly pressed music and it showcases a matured Takahashi Minami for the most part. Much like a couple of her fellow AKB48 graduates she is embarking on her own path away from the idol world and into one of a full-fledged solo artist. Itano Tomomi chose to become a full on dance pop princess and Maeda Atsuko went the way of retro 70’s adult contemporary. So what direction is Takahashi heading in?
Based on what is presented here it’s hard to say. There isn’t really a strongly defined type of theme or sound that all the songs follow and it feels more like she’s dipping her toes into multiple pools so to speak.
Aishitemo ii Desu ka tends to switch between rock flavored pop songs (i.e. Kagami yo Kagami, Yumeuru Shoujo ja Irarenai, and Watashi no Shoumei ) and sugary pop songs (i.e. GIRLS TALK, Tinkle, Katsudon in da house and Kiss Miss Kiss)
There are also a couple of mid to low tempo songs spread throughout that don’t necessarily fit in either category but are worth mentioning like Itoshikute Koishisugite, Unbalance and Ano Sora.
Aishitemo ii Desu Ka as a whole is an entertaining batch of songs that should please those who like their pop music simple and safe. The songs I mentioned above are probably the better ones on the album and are worth checking out first if you don’t have the attention span to listen to the entire thing front to back.
Those expecting more Jane Doe-like material or something completely off the reservation will most likely be very disappointed that Aishitemo ii Desu ka did not meet whatever lofty expectations they had in their minds. If that is you, it’s still worth giving this a quick listen to see if anything stands out for you.
Aishetemo ii Desu ka (Regular Edition)
Aishetemo ii Desu ka (Limited Edition)