Mihimaru GT

Mihimaballads

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Actually their third best-of compilation, Mihimaballads specifically collects ballads from Mihimaru GT's career, showering the listener with soft urban sounds. The album takes equally from A-side singles, B-sides, and simple album-filler as needed in order to fill out the set. This is a bit of a shame, as the quality rises and falls similarly (not always with the popularity of a track, but noticeably nonetheless). The sound that the duo creates is somewhere between the classic and cheesy quiet storm sound and more modern, snap-inflected, string-heavy R&B that characterizes a good portion of the Japanese urban scene, fitting in more closely with the balladry so loved by pop fans. This is the domain of countless other stars, but Mihimaru GT perform ably here. There is admittedly little to recommend the duo over its contemporaries with slightly more developed sounds (such as Shota Shimizu), but the album is a fine look for fans of the band. Newcomers would do well to listen to a broader range of the pair's abilities, however, taking advantage of a few more tempos and varying intensities.