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My Little Lover BACK IN 1995, MY LITTLE LOVER EXPLODED INTO THE LIMELIGHT WITH THEIR HIT CD
SINGLE “MAN & WOMAN” AND IN THE NEXT DECADE GIVING MUSIC LISTENERS THEIR BRAND OF FRESH, CATCHY AND ENJOYABLE STYLE OF MUSIC. MUSIC THAT CONTINUED WITH HIT
AFTER HIT WITH SONGS SUCH AS “HELLO, AGAIN ~MUKASHI KARA ARU BASHO~”, “ALICE”, “NOW & THEN” AND MANY MORE HIT SONGS THROUGH 2004. TWO YEARS LATER, MY LITTLE
LOVER RETURNS ON A NEW LABEL AND WITH A NEW ALBUM. BY DENNIS A. AMITH & HIROSHI TAGAWA
J!-ENT | MARCH 2007
Photography by KAZUNALI TAJIMA (MILD INC.)
IMAGE COURTESY OF AVEX ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
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y Little Lover is back! The chart topping group known for hits such as “Man & Woman”, “Hel-
lo, Again ~Mukashi kara aru basho~” and “Destiny” is back with a new CD single and album. On Nov. 2006, My Little Lover made their comeback after a two- year hiatus with their CD single “Ri bbon”. The single was then followed by an album release in Dec. with “akko” (two release versions which featured a normal release and a 2-disc ver- sion which included the best request songs album selected by My Little Lover fans). The release of “akko” also marks a new beginning for the group. In Fall 2005, akko wanted to restart My Little Lover but because hus- band/producer/composer Kobayashi Takeshi had a busy schedule (with the startup of AP Bank), Kobayashi asked friend, famous record producer and President of the Avex Trax label, Max Matsuura to handle My Little Lover’s upcoming album. My Little Lover joined the Avex Trax record label and it would be lead singer/songwriter Akko’s first solo project. Despite the move to a new label, many fans may be wondering if the group may stray away from the music they are known for, especially with- out Kobayashi. But the truth is that “akko” features music that embraces the old and the new for the group. My Little Lover has been on the forefront of bands who have taken risks and experimented with their music which many Japanese bands really don’t do. It’s one of the amazing aspects of My Little Lover’s longevity and popularity is because they are able to give listeners something new with each album and their latest album is no different. Each track on “akko” is so differ- ent and fresh but at the same time managing to embrace the My Little Lover sound. To understand My Little Lover’s
music, it is best to go back to 1995 with their debut CD single “Man & Woman”. The group featured songwriter and lead vocalist (and also a noted musi- cian) akko, guitarist and composer Fujii Kenji and producer, musician and composer Kobayashi Takeshi. During a time where Japanese mainstream music was dominated by Japanese pop music, My Little Lover came onto the scene perform- ing a number of catchy songs which featured professional musicians on trumpet, trombone, saxophone, bass and strings. One would describe their music back then as cafe style music fused with pop with the usage of horns. As well as vocals so unique to akko that makes her distinguishable among other female vocalists. Also, to add to the enjoyability of My Little Lover was Kobayashi Takesh known for composing music for Southern All Stars vocalist Ku- wata Keisuke’s solo songs, Koizumi
Kyoko and also the producer for the multi-award winning rock band Mr. Children. It didn’t take the band too long to dominate the charts especially with the chart topping hit “Hello, Again ~Mukashi kara aru basho” (used for the 1995 drama “Owaranai Natsu”). Not too long after, it was the re- lease of their first album “Evergreen” which receieved rave reviews in Japan and also from fans all over the world. Adding to their exposure world wide, My Little Lover was one of the first Japanese bands in the 1990’s to utilize Internet technology through their website “MY LITTLE LOV- ER Web Wonderland” which offered behind-the-scene videos of the mak- ing of “Evergreen” in Los Angeles. This eventually led to their hit song “ALICE” in 1996. And the hits continued to roll in that same year with “NOW & THEN ~ Wushinawareta Toki wo Motomete~” (used for the NTV drama “Natural Ai no Yukue”) and “YES~free flower”.
Photography by KAZUNALI TAJIMA (MILD INC.) IMAGE COURTESY OF AVEX ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
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CD SINGLES (not pictured): 1. Man & Woman (May 1995) 2. Shiroi Kite (July 1995) 3. Hello, Again ~Mukashi kara aru baso~ (Aug. 1995) 4. ALICE (April 1996) 5. NOW AND THEN ~Wushi- nawareta Toki wo Motomete~ (Oct. 1996) 6. YES ~free flower~ (Dec. 1996) 7. ANIMAL LIFE (June 1997) 8. Shuffle (Aug. 1997) 9. Private eyes (Nov. 1997) 10. Sora no Shite de (Jan. 1998) 11. DESTINY (May 1998) 12. CRAZY LOVE (July 1998) 13. Shooting Star (FEB. 2001) 14. Higasa ~Japanese Beauty~ (April 2001) 15. Survival (Sept. 2002) 16. “Sinkyoku no Hitsuyo”/”Kaze to Sora no Kirim” (April 2004) and Ri bbon” (Pictured, top row, right, Nov. 2006)
ALBUMS (starting with first row, L-R): 11.”akko + request ni yoru best” (Dec. 2006), 1 . ever- green (Dec. 1995) 2. PRESENTS (Aug. 1998) 3. NEW ADVENTURE (Sept. 1998) 4. THE WATERS (Dec. 1998) 5. Topics (May 2001) 6. singles (Dec. 2001) 7. organic (Dec. 2002) 8. FANTASY (Jan. 2004) 9. Self Collection ~15 currents~ (April 2004) 10. “akko” (Dec. 2006)
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WHAT’S HOT IN MUSIC - MY LITTLE LOVER The group went on a short hiatus as Akko and Kobayashi were married and Akko gave birth to their first child. The group returned in 1997 with the hit “ANIMAL LIFE” which they returned as “MY LITTLE LOVER featuring AKKO” for the CD single which featured a music video reminiscent of Robert Palmer’s “Ad- dicted to Love” but in this case, akko and several models in an all girl rock band sport- ing red wigs and a blue overcoat They released another upbeat song titled “Shuffle” later in the year, but the group would then start to experiment with their music. “Private Eyes” was a departure from previous releases, getting away from the horns and moving towards an electronic sound, incorporating break beats and fea- turing a new remix of their hit song “Yes ~Free Flower~” which would eventually lead to more experimentation in the future. In 1998, My Little Love released the CD single “Sora no Shita de” (Under the Sky) and their second, highly-anticipated album titled “Presents” (which included their hit songs from 1996-1997). The group then released “DESTINY” (which was used on the FUJI TV drama “With Love”) in the Spring and “CRAZY LOVE” was released in the Summer. With three CD single releases and an album, the group had more surprises with two more albums released in the Fall and Winter of 1998. In September, “NEW ADVENTURE” which included their hits songs from the same year was released. In December, My Little Lover treated their fans with an experimental album titled “THE WATERS” which featured vari- ous versions of their song “Stardust” and a hidden track song titled “Sign of Thursday” (the title of their first video release and was a live concert video). As plentiful of music that fans received in 1998, the group then went on an extend- ed hiatus as Kobayashi and akko moved to New York in 1999. My Little Lover would not return un- til Feb. 2001 with their 13th CD single “Shooting Star” (the theme song to the NTV drama “Face~Mishiranu Koibito” and followed by their next single “Higasa ~Japa- nese Beauty”. The group would release their fifth album “Topics” in May 2001 and their sixth album
which was a singles collection titled “singles” in December which in- cluded the cover of popular Chara hit “Ai no Uta ~Swallowtail But- terfly”. Along with a CD release of “singles”, on the same day their first video clip collection was released on DVD titled “My Little Lover clips”. Living in America and witness- ing 9/11, the group returned back to Japan in 2002. In July 2002, long time mem- ber Fujii Kenji left the group and in September (a year after 9/11), the group released their CD single “Survival” and in December, a new album released titled “Organic”. This time featuring unplugged ver- sions of hit songs such as “Destiny”, “Shiroi Kite”, “Hello, Again ~ Mu- kashi kara aru basho~” and more. In 2003, My Little Lover didn’t release any CD singles or albums but focused on their live perfor-
mances which include a perfor- mance at “Dream Power - John Lennon Super Live 2003” and their first nationwide tour. The group returned in January of 2004 with their first original album titled “FANTASY” (their eighth al- bum) since “Topics” (released back in 2001). In April 2004, My Little Lover celebrated their 10th Anniver- sary with the CD single release of “Kaze to Sora no Kilim” (theme song for the film “Shinkoku no Himitsu”) and a 10th Anniversary Album tiled “Self Collection ~15 currents~” which featured a few of their hit singles post-1997, c/w songs and more. This leads to 2006 in which My Little Lover would continue but more of a solo act featuring akko a