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Kyarypamyupamyu – Nanda Collection June 25, 2013

Filed under: Kyarypamyupamyu — solarblade @ 12:09 am

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Track Listing

  1. Nanda Collection
  2. Ninjari Ban Ban
  3. Kimi ni 100 Percent
  4. Super Scooter Happy
  5. Invader Invader
  6. Mi
  7. Fashion Monster
  8. Saigo no Ice Cream
  9. Noriko to Norio
  10. Furisodation
  11. Kura Kura
  12. Otona na Kodomo

1. Nanda Collection

Opening the album is a short 50 sec0nd intro, which acts as the title track lol.  It has taiko drums and ~pamyu pamyu~ in the first part before the track opens with some fanfare-ish ideas, but still retaining that super cute sound…but since it’s so short it really didn’t leave a mark on me…but really didn’t slide into the next track very well.

2. Ninjari Ban Ban

I guess the taiko drums was an OK choice, but going into Ninjari Ban Ban (Kyary’s 3rd A-side of the era) was a bit jarring with how happy-go-lucky “Nanda Collection” sounded.  I love this song (as I do with majority of the A-sides released in the era xD).  I just love the total Nakataness of the song mixed with ninja-like sounds morphed in the arrangement and the track was made even catchier with Kyary singing.  It’s just so fun and unique amongst the Kyary songs out there.

3. Kimi ni 100 Percent

As the primary A-side from the second single, I was surprised it wasn’t heavily promoted like “Furisodation” but also not surprised because it was my least favorite of the 5 A-sides.  It’s cute like various songs, but there’s something that’s just a bit forgetful about the song (and surprised because it was tied to Crayon Shin-chan of all).  I felt like it could’ve been way more wackier!  Still, it’s kind of a nice song to listen to once in a while….especially since it’s one of the shorter tracks

4. Super Scooter Happy

Oh well this isn’t a surprise, the first new vocal track on the album is a cover of an older capsule track!  Sadly, when I reviewed the original on “S.F. sound furniture” I called it the worst track on the album and I was seriously worried getting into Kyary’s version as well.  It still sounds like Sesame Street music with a bit more jump which is pretty ugh.  Kyary though sounds super cute in the song and fits the style and sometimes sounds like Toshiko LOL.  Suited yes and it kind of got me to enjoy the song a bit more!

5. Invader Invader

Then we switch moods again getting into the most recent single released prior to the album.  I LOVE Invader Invader as well.  I mean this song is just a song full of hooks and it’s got such a great beat and tone that it just makes you wanna go around and dance!  Even the dubstep wubs didn’t really push me away from the song but added a lot of color to the song.  Plus the whole ~osharezu sekai seifuku da!~ line is just catchy as all hell.  Yeah you can tell that I really spammed the crap outta the song hahaha!

6. Mi

In a way this could be called the promotional track for the album and I can only wonder why Kyary would even do this.  I love the intro though with the whole marching band sound…but once the song goes into full force…it’s definitely the most repetitive song off the album.  Then again Kyary has had many of those kind of songs, but when the title is the center word for the entire way, it gets pretty annoying pretty quick.  I feel like there was lost potential here.

7. Fashion Monster

Which is made worse because “Mi” is in between my two favorite songs on the album.  Fashion Monster was the first single she released after “Pamyupamyu Revolution” and it was a Halloween single as well.  Good lord did Nakata and Kyary pull this out of an amazing place because it’s just edgier and cooler and not this cute mess that was the last track!  There’s just something about Fashion Monster that really sticks out on the album because of its darker tone and beat.  I think it’s the best off the album to be honest!

8. Saigo no Ice Cream

I don’t know why, but there was something that’s pretty cool about Saigo no Ice Cream’s intro and then listening to the verses.  There was something pretty cool about it.  Actually this song kind of has this 80’s touch which is pretty awesome.  It just sounds like it has punch behind it and just that guitar in the back sounds awesome!  It could’ve made a pretty cool anime outro!!!

9. Noriko to Norio

This song is vocally a big fat mess because the voices don’t mesh and they warble a lot when put together.  Add in that Kyary is really singing this in a super sugary voice and I am just not interested in it.  There’s even some dubstep wubs thrown in amongst this cutesy arrangement and I just could not get myself into it very well.  Oh well…

10. Furisodation

As the secondary A-side from the second single released for the album, Furisodation was a better track than “Kimi ni 100 Percent” but this is also kind of on the lower side (but that’s because the other 3 singles were just that damn good!  Furisodation is a pretty good feel-good song (especially when it’s about Kyary’s coming of age basically).  It’s got a great groove and is a good middle song between super cute and the super energetic…I really enjoyed it a lot.

11. Kura Kura

I guess to make up for the fact none of the B-sides are on the album, there had to be one that used the damn glock and Kura Kura would be that song which is just as annoying as “Mi” was but shorter.  It’s a weird ass song that features baritone…and a random dialing up moment as well…This is just a bit too much for me and just doesn’t work for me >.<

12. Otona na Kodomo

Ending the album is Otona na Kodomo which kind of sounds like a song originally meant for Perfume but Nakata was like trolling and gave to Kyary to work with.  There’s something about the song that really fits Kyary hear considering she hasn’t done anything really House and I’m happy with this song too.  It made for a pretty nice final track to the album, but I think “Chan Chaka Chan Chan” did a much better job closing it out.

Tracks Recommended

  • Fashion Monster
  • Invader Invader
  • Saigo no Ice Cream
  • Ninjari Ban Ban
  • Otona na Kodomo

Song of Avoidance

  • Noriko to Norio

Ahhh, Kyary’s sophomore album and Nanda Collection is slightly better than her debut since most of the songs I fully enjoyed…but the bad songs are pretty bad on this album which kind of forces it to even out.  Also, the singles REALLY took over the album even moreso than on “Pamyupamyu Revolution” because the A-sides were really good this time around and it did make everything else seem a bit less than memorable (sans a couple).  This album was still on the good side of things, but she needs to not do songs like Noriko to Norio, Mi, and Kura Kura because those three really brought the album down…

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3 Responses to “Kyarypamyupamyu – Nanda Collection”

  1. Jalil Says:

    Love your reviews firstly 🙂 I agree with almost everything here said… But really about Noriko to Norio? other than the voices not meshing in the choruses (honestly dont understand that) its tied with otona na kodomo for me… Its very hypnotic with its percussion. Kind of gives a hypnotic Japanese meets Indonesian music, and its addicting to me xD i guess opinions will vary, but i thought of her new songs, This was one of the least “cute” without a doubt o.o
    Kura Kura was a waste of a song imo, i preferred the chuu chuu kura kura chuu chuu kura over the verses, gets more into your head. Mi had sexy as hell percussion, but the “Mi-mi-mi” did get annoying..

    Weirdly all of my Kyary fan friends think its one of her best new songs 😡

  2. Michele Says:

    In my opinion it’s worst than the first one (which was only decent by the way).

    “Nanda collection” may seem better because she’s released more singles this time, but as an ‘album’ doesn’t work at all. As the tittle suggests, it’s just a random collection of songs.
    The only good album tracks are Saigo no Ice Cream and Otona na Kodomo. Everything else is acceptable (Super Scooter Happy) or really, REALLY, bad (Mi, Noriko to Norio, Kura Kura).

    She’d better stick to singles and release a Singles Collection from time to time. She’s definitely not an album artist, at least for now.

    P.S. I’m a bit concerned for Perfume’s “Level 3” now. Nakata is not delivering this year. Maybe that’s why we haven’t got a capsule’s album.

  3. samir Says:

    Hello , im moroccan and i want to say thank you for your reviews ( especially for ali project , akiko shikata , nana mizuki my favorites band/artist but you don’t have linked horizon and hyadain who are my favorite too linked horizon did the opening of shingeki no kyojin who is very popular in japan !!! but it’s okay because the amount of artist that you review is so huge !!!! keep up the good work and sorry if i made some mistakes ^^ .


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