Goto Maki’s third digital single with the SWEET BLACK series, entitled with…, was released on 04.15.09. This song was offered for free on Chaku-Uta for a limited period of time.
Taking a different sound from the last two SWEET BLACK songs, with… has a gentler and sweeter vibe that stands out. The song begins with a very natural and cute atmosphere that gives the image of wanting to be with your loved one. Then Maki comes in with the first verse and her vocals are very smooth here, managing to carry a lot of emotion behind them so that it feels like the listener is listening to a story. For the chorus, the instrumentation becomes slightly more involved and a bit aggressive even, which is quite ear-catching. In addition is the repeating words, which are probably the most catching part of the chorus. It’s a pretty good song and it’s nice to hear her slow things down to show us a different side of her.
In order to promote the single, a PV for with… was made. The video features one primary scene in color of Maki walking behind a very pretty background (and sporting a new haircut). There are various other scenes in black-and-white that show many different instances that Maki has gone through so that it feels kind of like a visual diary. It’s actually a very creative way to approach the video and supports the natural atmosphere of the song.
Single Ranking: A –
Even though Fly away and Lady Rise were both much stronger songs, with… is an enjoyable number on its own. Maki slows down the tempo and there’s such a sweetness in her voice, which cannot be ignored. The whole atmosphere of the song is just something that anyone can relate to and that is where the magic of the song lies.