- edge (⊿-mix)
- love the world
- Electro World
- Chocolate Disco (2012-Mix)
- SEVENTH HEAVEN
- Secret Secret
- NIGHT FLIGHT
- Baby cruising Love
- FAKE IT
- Laser Beam
- MY COLOR (LTW-Mix)
- Dream Fighter
Figures they would begin the album with the song that boosted their careers straight out of the water. Polyrhythm is definitely a classic and even today still sounds REAL fresh for the group. The effervescent arrangement and the twinkly piano line just gives off such a fantasy-like feel to it that I can’t help, but love it! I especially love the bridge where they go repeating the title and ~poly-loopu~ to make the effect of the song just come together. I can’t help but continue to gush over this song since its release. Just amazing how electro has come to its state these days because of Perfume, but more Nakata!
2. edge (⊿-mix)
Then we hit one of my personal favorite Perfume songs with edge, even better that they chose the version from their “⊿” album. This mix filled out an already badass song by including more synths and twists n’ turns to really make this song an electro paradise of song (which Perfume has been slightly struggling with doing more of). The fact is is that the song is based around repetition (like many other songs in their discography) but it has its own identity and the darker and grittier synths make it sound so much more badass of a song. It might be a bit long for some at nearly 9 minutes, but for me…it’s an eargasm of Nakata’s genius here.
3. love the world
Which is funny because “edge” was originally the B-side to this single. As the best album’s focus track, love the world was such finessed kind of song (maybe the antithesis to the above track). The arrangement is more pinprick yet the trio sound smooth and they hold their notes quite nicely. The tune after years, is also quite nice coming back to and shows a much bouncier side to them.
4. Electro World
As the only song to come from their “Complete Best” album (more typically known as their first album), Electro World was an awesome choice, but clearly left off some other good tracks as well. As the version not from the album, Electro World instantly kicks in with the girls singing the opening lines with a gritty synth melody. Looking back on it today, the song is still a cool song, but compared to the other tracks on this best-of, it does slightly sound dated in comparison with Nakata’s mix of synths and guitars. I still love the overly futuristic vibe here and the roboticness of the trio just adds that cold feeling that makes the song just work…definitely my favorite of the first era.
5. Chocolate Disco (2012-Mix)
So the best album includes two new mixes of old songs, starting with Chocolate Disco. When it first started I noticed that the intro starts off a bit different with the longer intro (means more sparkly synths in my ears!). It feels like the song didn’t change too much in arrangement which is nice enough but there’s more oomph to it’s percussion. Maybe it’s just me, but I did get a little annoyed with the repetition (which is odd since the original is pretty repetitive too). Still. not a bad choice to include.
6. SEVENTH HEAVEN
I was so happy they included this song since it was snubbed from “GAME”. As the B-side from “Polyrhythm”, it was already having a hard time living up to how HUGE that song was. What we got from SEVENTH HEAVEN was a lighter affair that include some natural elements like acoustic guitar and piano mixed in with Nakata’s arrangement. It’s a really pleasant song though and leaves me feeling happy and relaxed. Just a nostalgic song overall, one of my favorites!
I’m loving this tracklist right now, next up is the title track of their 2nd album and boy did it surprise me a lot. I didn’t know if Perfume could handle a hardcore track, but GAME was just edgy and cool to listen too even if the lyrics are light here. The arrangement feels like “Electro World” but more refined and yet smooth as well. It’s a pretty impressive song and still remains a great choice for pumping the crowd up.
8. Secret Secret
As the promotional song for “GAME” it had a lot of hyped up to see how awesome this album could be and Secret Secret did an amazing job doing that! I mean it’s got everything I love from Perfume with a catchy chorus, epic synth melodies and a high sense of fun. Nakata really worked up something amazing here and I couldn’t stop listening to this for the longest time. It’s a hard choice to really find my favorite now hahaha.
9. NIGHT FLIGHT
A similar thing happened with the promotional song from “⊿”. NIGHT FLIGHT had the right amount of catchiness and wonders that “Secret Secret” had but with a more classy 80’s vibe to it and the fact it kind of had to do with planes was also a nice catch for me. It’s pretty catchy overall and the bridge towards the end while weird initially, add some roughness which is pretty neat. Great song!
10. Baby cruising Love
After that line of amazing songs from Perfume we calm down for Baby cruising Love (which is right around the time I joined the fandom) so this song is another personal favorite of mine. After “Polyrhythm” I figured many were wondering what would be their next move and surprise, surprise, the song was a lighter affair (like “SEVENTH HEAVEN” ironically. The focus on the piano on top of the synths were a nice touch from Nakata and the trio sounds great (with the exception of the intro). Still a nice chill song from the group and paired with “Macaroni” was an overall solid single and deserved its praises.
You can tell a whole lot of love on this album went to “GAME’s” tracks considering there’s a bunch of them. Butterfly was an interesting choice because it wasn’t a single, yet it did get a PV. The tune reminds me of a jungle with the arrangement, the arpeggios from the synths and the percussion that sounded so primal almost. I LOVED IT! Add on the smooth vocals from the trio (plus the chorus with the repeating ~butterflyyyyy~. I kind of wished it was the shorter version used in the PV, but this is still a different kind of Perfume song and I still love how unique it stands out amongst the other hits here.
12. FAKE IT
Which is funny because this release included FAKE IT (which got a PV on this release specifically so it was the promo track for the best). Being the B-side from “Nee”, FAKE IT is an interesting choice to include. I do like it being the strong upbeat song for the “JPN” era, but that harsh sounds of the intro give me a headache. Besides that, I do like the funky riffs and the energy, but those headache-inducing moments push me away.
13. Laser Beam
Wow, Laser Beam still sounds good in my headphones! This track had a bit more 8bit used in the arrangement here and I couldn’t help but love the way it flowed even if some would call it messy. The vocals are a bit too whispy for some reason, but the song is still really cool from Nakata’s arrangement. It might not be the best of the songs on the best album, but it’s a nice A-side.
I’m happy they didn’t choose the album mix from “JPN” and stuck with the original B-side from “Spice”. GLITTER was a song I wasn’t expecting them to release, but I LOVED the arrangement to this one especially the opening…that’s just heaven in my ears and struck me in a good way. Does have a similar rush like “Laser Beam” but it’s still quite refreshing to listen to.
15. MY COLOR (LTW-Mix)
The other new mix on the album, MY COLOR was an odd choice (because let’s be honest, the “JPN” album songs were quite forgettable). MY COLOR’s new treatment is nice and the synths are a bit more colorful (ironic) and gives some new life to the song. Though I will say some of it sounds like it was ripped from “GLITTER” and “Laser Beam”. Not bad, but still doesn’t help the song much in the long run.
16. Dream Fighter
I do wonder why they chose to end the album with Dream Fighter because it’s another song that kind of is forgotten by many. To be fair, the song when it first released didn’t strike as something that pushed Perfume, but more kept them on the safe side of things. I also wasn’t connecting to the new voice filters/auto-tune that was used here. After a while it did stick on me and the song got better, but it still was no “Secret Secret”.
- Secret Secret
- edge (⊿-mix)
- Electro World
- SEVENTH HEAVEN
Song of Avoidance
- MY COLOR (LTW-Mix)
LOVE THE WORLD really surprised me with how much of the amazing songs they included (especially going out of their way to include B-sides and album songs at that). There could’ve been more choices here too (like maybe one or two more songs from “Complete Best”), still a great best album that showcases some of their best hits!