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Kyarypamyupamyu – Japamyu October 4, 2018

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japamyu

Track Listing

  1. Virtual Pamyupamyu
  2. Kizunami
  3. Harajuku Iyahoi
  4. Oto no Kuni
  5. Kimi no Mikata
  6. Charmy Charmy Charming
  7. Enka Natrium
  8. Koi no Hana
  9. Todoke Punch
  10. Sai & Kou (Japamyu Edit)

1. Virtual Pamyupamyu

Of course, Kyary opens the album up with a short little intro (1:40).  With Virtual Pamyupamyu, I’m kind of surprised of the 16-bit like melody for the first half before the song kind of amps up and builds up to this kind of cool video-game melody and the repetition of ~pamyupamyu~.  While it doesn’t quite make much sense to the rest of the album, it’s a decent intro!

2. Kizunami

As the lead-in track for the album, Kizunami moves away from the intro’s more game-like tone and brings us back to something more familiar in her discography.  I’m starting to feel like Nakata is greying the lines out with the arrangement here because it does sound like something that Perfume would’ve done.  Though, there is some similarities to past Kyary songs too like “Tsukema Tsukeru”.  It’s OK, but ultimately not a stand-out track to me.

3. Harajuku Iyahoi

Interesting to see that Kyary left out some A-sides for the album, in particular “Ii Suta”, but I had totally forgot about this song because it was a secondary A-side to that Nakata/Charli XCX song (which is luckily not on here)!  Bringing back the signature toy piano melody, Harajuku Iyahoi does come off a smidge more serious than Kyary’s multitude of adorable tracks.  Another song that gives me Perfume vibes (in particular, “TOKYO GIRL”), but the song is catchy and the beat is more tolerable as well!

4. Oto no Kuni

Oh hey, what is this song?  Oto no Kuni sounds like it would’ve been great to be after “Virtual Pamyupamyu” but it also definitely reminds me of “Ninjari Ban Ban” but a little more electronically wild!  I really like the beat and it definitely makes me happy like with some past favorites of hers.  It’s got a lot of oomph and firepower and definitely reminds me of old Kyary for sure!

5. Kimi no Mikata

As the only digital single released for the album, Kimi no Mikata kind of ran underneath my radar and so this would be the first time listening to it (maybe I should check out the PV huh?).  Already, the song has an interesting arrangement and beat versus the other songs on the album!  It’s just incredibly bouncy and a lot of bass coming from this one.  It’s still Kyary being super cute, but it’s kind of catchy.

6. Charmy Charmy Charming

I kind of figured that of the new songs, this title would bear the overly cutesy track on the album and it kind of builds up into it too!  Maybe it’s not to the level of like “Kyary ANAN” and “Mi”, but this is more along the lines of “Family Party” and “CANDY CANDY”.  I have to say though that this song didn’t really leave much of an impression despite being one of the longest tracks here.

7. Enka Natrium

I was curious if Kyary was going to try for Enka, but I think even I knew that’d be wrong.  As the shortest vocal track (under 3 minutes), Kyary really is a strange song in and of itself as Kyary is kind of speak-rapping the verses and the song is minimalistic as well.  I’m really unsure what to think of the song because it’s just kind of an oddball (considering who this is, it really shouldn’t but it does surprise me).  Short and weird…

8. Koi no Hana

Of course with each album release, Kyary always has a capsule cover, but this time it’s of Koi no Hana, which was originally a B-side off of capsule’s 3rd single, “Tokyo Kissa”.  What an abstract choice to cover, but I can’t blame that.  Being a little quicker-paced and more current sounding and fitting to Kyary, I kind of like this version a little more than the original.  I also like how it’s the tamest of the new tracks as it forces Kyary to actually sing more.  Though, I have to say, the piano-led arrangement is nice and doesn’t lose the identity the original had either.  Nice cover!

9. Todoke Punch

I still find of surprising and somewhat humorous that Todoke Punch was chosen of “Ii Suta” (the former being the B-side of the single), but I’m kind of glad because this song was definitely the best of the era had to offer in my honest opinion.  I don’t know why, but that intro always gets me pumped up and in the mood to dance and then the verses kick in and it turns into a bouncy as hell track that just sound so in your face, but totally Kyary.  It’s still definitely one of the best she released in this album era.  Though it is odd that it’s towards the end.

10. Sai & Kou (Japamyu Edit)

Ending off the album though is the technical first single released for the album (what I mean was that this song was also on her best album, “KPP BEST” as well).  Of course, the tune would be changed up for the album and it’s mostly a new arrangement and a minute latched on as well.  Can’t say the changes did the song much better here and in the end the song continues to be a middle of the road kind of song for me.

Tracks Recommended

  • Todoke Punch
  • Oto no Kuni
  • Koi no Hana
  • Kimi no Mikata

Song of Avoidance

  • Enka Natrium

Hitting Kyary’s 4th album, I feel like Japamyu was kind of forgetful to me?  I don’t know what it was but this was a bizarre era for Kyary with odd releases left and right and omitting an A-side here too.  The new songs were mostly kind of eh with a couple of exceptions, but overall, the album just kind of was here and there.

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Kyarypamyupamyu – Ii Suta April 19, 2017

Filed under: Kyarypamyupamyu — solarblade @ 5:48 am

iisuta

Track Listing

  1. Ii Suta
  2. Todoke Punch
  3. Sai & Kou -extended mix-
  4. Ii Suta -instrumental-
  5. Todoke Punch -instrumental-

1. Ii Suta

Are we really doing an Irish jig intro for a song that’s roughly about Easter?  Yeah I feel like the title is supposed to be “Easter”…Anyways, it’s nice to see Kyary back to just her on the single and Ii Suta is a strong song but she’s always been about weird shenanigans.  I’m not sure if I’m down for the Irish jig to a March kind of style, but it’s definitely unique in her discography so I’m happy she’s back to that at the least.  Odd A-side, but something people can remember.

2. Todoke Punch

Ahh I’m happy for the return of a B-side here.  Actually, I really dug Todoke Punch for some reason.  It has the Kyary cuteness, but the arrangement is a lot heavier and reminds me something from her first album…it’s just a heavy synth sound mixed with Nakata’s 80’s-esque drive that really pulled me in.  It’s probably my favorite song she’s done since “Mondai Girl” and that was a while ago!

3. Sai & Kou -extended mix-

Of course we also return with more extended remixes, this time one for Sai & Kou which was two singles ago (plus “Harajuku Iyahoi” already got one xD).  I mean it’s a minute longer which is nice.  Sai & Kou is a song that I’m here nor there with, but the extended mix kind of helped it last longer in my conscience.

Kyary doesn’t seem to miss any holidays it feels like and now we have our Easter single.  Ii Suta is an oddball song fusing two unlikely genres and adding a dollop of cuteness to make a song.  For me, it’s a bit too out there for me, but I enjoy the creativity from Nakata.  For those looking for something normal, Todoke Punch may work better and I enjoyed it tons more!  The Sai & Kou extension was cool, but like most of the others…just kind of there for people who wanna completely listen to her discography.

 

Yasutaka Nakata / Kyarypamyupamyu – Crazy Crazy/Harajuku Iyahoi January 19, 2017

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crazycrazy

Track Listing

  1. Ctazy Crazy (feat. Charli XCX & Kyarypamyupamyu)
  2. Crazy Crazy -remix-
  3. Harajuku Iyahoi
  4. Harajuku Iyahoi -extended mix-

1. Crazy Crazy (feat. Charli XCX & Kyarypamyupamyu)

How strange this single is split right?  Anyway, we begin things with Nakata’s track which was a collaboration with Charli XCX (pretty big name in the West) and Kyary.  Now for me, I actually hear Charli a LOT more than Kyary but it helps as the song is sung entirely in English.  Nakata’s arrangement is a lot brighter than I expected and I enjoyed that the most about this track.  To be quite honest, I actually don’t hear Kyary in the song so her backup is pretty much a missed opportunity here.

2. Crazy Crazy -remix-

I wasn’t expecting a remix to come out of this collab either, so I’m pretty Nakata had a hand with this one too.  Despite hoping for something totally different, I actually felt like Nakata went full lazy on this, changing little except for small splotches of extra synth and repetition with Charli towards the end of the track.  Not sure, but when I see remix, please do not remix it yourself without putting some kind of stronger effort into separating the songs apart…

3. Harajuku Iyahoi

Then we move to Kyary’s track which was originally meant to be a full-on Kyary single before being changed to this split single.  Anyways, it’s been quite a while since we’ve had toy piano being used in an A-side and Harajuku Iyahoi was different.  I do appreciate that the song sounds a bit more EDM than her previous A-sides of recent times and the mood is also somewhat less genki than before.  It’s definitely kind of in the middle but much better than “Sai & Kou” that’s for sure.

4. Harajuku Iyahoi -extended mix-

Surprised to see the extended mix end up on the same single (something that hasn’t happeed since “Kirakira Killer”).  Adding almost 2 minutes to the track, Harajuku Iyahoi sounds a little more club-centric with the punching synths and toy piano.  Not much else that really comes to me, but the song continues to sound nice overall.

As I’ve said, a split single between artist and producer is a bit strange but hey it finally happened right?  I don’t think this single is bad persay, but I don’t think this should’ve happened…together I mean.  I do like the Charli song and Nakata working with a Western artist should happen more often as his electronic arrangements are great!  Charli did a pretty good job, but Kyary might has well not have been a part of it as she was pretty much invisible to the song.  As for Kyary’s side, Harajuku Iyahoi is one of her more catchier A-sides and the extended mix was just as decent.  Overall, they should have been seperate releases.

 

Kyarypamyupamyu – Into Darkness July 11, 2016

Filed under: Kyarypamyupamyu — solarblade @ 4:46 am

intodarkness

Track Listing

  1. Into Darkness

1. Into Darkness

While I know that it’s more of a Nakata and J.J. Abrams track (as that’s the artists are), I feel like it’s also Kyary’s because she’s the one singing here.  Anyways, Into Darkness was an interesting step for Nakata due to the arrangement having a more foreboding and chilling sound than any of his other works (at the time).  That said, this darker electro sound was also quite something we would’ve expected Kyarypamyupamyu to be involved in as it’s WAY different to stuff we get.  Anyways, Kyary only sings in two short verses in the song which is a bummer because those are far and beyond the best parts of the track.  Rest of the track is mostly Nakata’s arrangement and a robotic voice repeating the title of the track.  Not bad, but I think there could’ve been more to the track.

 

 

So as this digital single was released right after Kyarypamyupamyu’s “Nanda Collection”, this song at the time was something unheard of from her fans (although “Fashion Monster” is probably the closest she had gotten at the time.  Into Darkness is an interesting rarity here with its tie-in to the Star Trek: Into Darkness movie that was out.  Honestly I kind of wish she and Nakata did something like this again, but ever since, her sound has kept up her cutesy side for the most part >.<

 

Kyarypamyupamyu – KPP BEST June 4, 2016

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kppbest

CD 1 Track Listing

  1. KPP ON STAGE
  2. PONPONPON
  3. Cherry Bonbon
  4. Tsukema Tsukeru
  5. Kyary ANAN
  6. CANDY CANDY
  7. Fashion Monster
  8. Kimi ni 100 Percent
  9. Furisodation
  10. Family Party -album mix-
  11. Super Scooter Happy
  12. Yume no Hajima-rin-rin -album mix-

CD 2

  1. Ninjari Ban Ban
  2. Mottai Night Land
  3. 5iVE YEARS MONSTER
  4. Kira Kira Killer
  5. Invader Invader
  6. Kanzen Keitai
  7. Tokyo Highway
  8. Crazy Party Night ~Pumpkin no Gyakushuu~
  9. No No No
  10. Mondai Girl
  11. Cosmetic Coaster
  12. Sai & Kou

1. KPP ON STAGE

No surprise that Kyary would have an intro track to open up a best and it’s the technically only new track from the first disc as well!  It starts off with a bang with a nice mix of synths and guitars surprisingly.  Though the latter leaves quickly as Kyary starts to spell out her name.  After that it’s just music, but it closes things off quite quickly with a fanfare (which is random).

2. PONPONPON

As I said above, the rest of the first disc is actually done chronological from her major debut.  Kicking things off with a selection of songs from “Moshi Moshi Harajuku”, we have PONPONPON which is still argubly her most recognizable song in her discography (due to its popularity in the West).  Jumping back in time to re-listen to this track is just nostalgic for me (I mean it hasn’t been that long since this was released right?).  Being also the first song that Nakata had a hand in, this song to me had a certain MEG feel, but with cuter, but nicer vocals.  I do like the catchy beats and Kyary sounds so peppy and adorable!  It’s always been a favorite of mine!

3. Cherry Bonbon

I wouldn’t have thought a 2nd song would be represented from her debut mini-album, but if it had to be any, I’m kind of happy that Cherry Bonbon was that song!  While I love “PONPONPON” for the nostalgic vibes and catchy hooks, Cherry Bonbon is more for the beats here.  It has a certain 80’s vibe to it and Kyary while still emitting a cuter pitch, the song’s arrangement has a Nakata-esque cool vibe to it.  Though I still feel like Kyary says ~Jelly, jelly, jelly bonbon~…sounds tasty too…>.>

4. Tsukema Tsukeru

Jumping into the next batch from “Pamyupamyu Revolution”, Tsukema Tsukeru was the first A-side she released and after such a popular song that was “PONPONPON” she tried to strike gold again here with this song.  The fact that this time there’s a bit more of a smooth sound to go along with toy piano, it was an odd mixture and while I enjoyed the song back then as the next thing after her debut, it has somewhat lowered itself as Kyary released more and more songs.

5. Kyary ANAN

Which is very odd because while my adoration for the previous song dropped, our next song (which is a B-side from that single) ended up growing on me after a LONG while of listening to it.  It’s definitely a frantic song and it reminds me of an intro to a 90’s cartoon for some strange reason.  A lot of the song is pretty much repetitive lyrics and a grating kazoo sound, but when Kyary does sing actual lyrics, it’s bright and energetic.  Yeah, it might not be a song for everyone, but I do put on a smile everytime this song comes on!

6. CANDY CANDY

After the lukewarm “Tsukema Tsukeru”, I had wondered what Kyary was going to do with her 2nd A-side and she fixed everything up with CANDY CANDY.  Slowing things down a smidge, the tune is a bit more controlled and the use of guitar in the backing track is pretty interesting (something Nakata should use more!).  The atmosphere is still cute, but it’s smoothed out so it doesn’t feel like you’re being fed spoonfuls of sugar.  Which is felt so obviously being after “Kyary ANAN” here.  I really love this song and the PV was just as fun to watch too!

7. Fashion Monster

Moving to the “Nanda Collection” set of songs, we see a giant step of change from here on out starting from Kyary’s 3rd A-side!  I mean immediately right from the start, the tune is a lot darker but still retains Kyary’s cuteness.  After the previous tracks, this song was a fresh sound for her and the mix of cute and creepy was just awesome and Nakata did a great job making this one!  Still one of my all-tine favorites!

8. Kimi ni 100 Percent

It took me a while to remember this one because while it was an A-side (and used for Crayon Shin-chan) it never got a PV (as far as I know) and was quickly covered up by its sister A-side “Furisodation”.  It anything the song highly reminds me of “Tsukema Tsukeru” due to the lighter nature of the song, the use of piano/toy piano, and the overly cute vibe I get overall.  It’s a little bland and forgetful to me.

9. Furisodation

I think of the poppy cute stuff she released around this time, Furisodation is probably my favorite because it’s got a lot of interesting moments and the heavier amount of percussion and piano and less synth properties are actually refreshing.  It does run a little one-note and the arrangement can come off a little busy, but I thought the tune was fun and bright and left a nice impression on me, even today still!

10. Family Party -album mix-

Well, I thought the first disc was going to be chronological, but the only switch is between the two tracks coming up!  Because Family Party was the 3rd A-side she released for “Pikapika Fantajin” so I was a bit surprised to see this next and not “Ninjari Ban Ban”.  Even moreso that this is the version from the album!  I have to say though, the updated mix is a lot more electronic than the original single edit.  While the song is more of the cuter side of things, this was also more fantasy-like which is nice to hear.  I still don’t know why the chronology broke off here, but it’s whatever.

11. Super Scooter Happy

Then we jump back into the “Nanda Collection” album with this capsule cover (odd because “Mi” was probably meant to be here as it was the album’s promotional track >.>).  This song, a capsule cover is pretty cute and the muted sax/synth mix makes me think of Sesame Street for some reason.  It’s OK and at least it isn’t the worst of the disc lol.

12. Yume no Hajima-rin-rin -album mix-

Then the first disc closes off with the album rendition of the 2nd A-side released from “Pikapika Fantajin”.  I don’t feel like the changes from the single version of the song was as noticeable as “Family Party’s” was so I don’t really focus on this one much.  I also found myself kind of slightly bored of the song because it was a little empty sounding.  Though I will say that it was appropriate as the ending of this disc because the PV was showing how far she’s come since debut.

CD 2

1. Ninjari Ban Ban

I’m not sure whats with the second disc and it’s order, but it does clear out towards the end.  Going back again to the final two “Nanda Collection” A-sides, we begin the second disc with Ninjari Ban Ban!  Like with “Fashion Monster” before it, there was a heavy theme this time around and that’s with ninjas and Japanese culture in and of itself!  Kyary is really having fun with this one and I love the beat and chorus here.  I just think it’s one of her standouts from her best album!

2. Mottai Night Land

Then we jump forward again, but this was what started the “Pikapika Fantajin” era off.  As this was supposed to be related to “Fashion Monster” by theme, I didn’t feel it as strongly as the aforementioned song, but the song’s cutesy atmosphere is fun to listen to and there’s some parts where it feels like Halloween!  Kind of like “Family Party”, this song maybe could’ve used a little more oomph, but I think that’s why the PV was so interesting.

3. 5iVE YEARS MONSTER

Then we jump into one of the two new songs on the release!  I wasn’t sure what I was getting into with new songs, but hearing gritty guitars and a spazzy arrangement throws me off just a little bit.  Maybe it’s a little messy, but once Kyary is singing with minimal instrumentation, it’s pretty nice.  I do like the more rockin’ atmosphere, but it feels weird on an album with mostly electronics.  It’s also a bit short being under 3 minutes and all…

4. Kirakira Killer

I will never understand why they use the original and not the extended because this song is much better in that version (which is lucky that it’s on the 3rd disc).  Kirakira Killer is such an energetic song for Kyary and I was waiting for a song like it (because the other “Pikapika Fantajin” singles were kind of disappointing).  It’s got a stronger melody and that chorus is fantastic!  Add on that I love the backing vocals too..it just made the song adventurous and airy in a good way.  Love it!

5. Invader Invader

Hopefully the last of the “Nanda Collection” A-sides, we enter Invader Invader and coming after “Ninjari Ban Ban in her discography, I was wondering what she’d be pulling off as the last single before the studio album and she surprised me once again!  I mean it has a lot of odd things going on here (no surprise, it’s Kyary) but there’s some synth 8bit moments and some robotic things on top of some dubstep to surprise fans!  It’s a pretty interesting song to say the least and she suited this kind of track quite nicely.

6. Kanzen Keitai

The other new track, Kanzen Keitai sounds worldly from the intro with synths and smooth sounds.  Though Kyary jumps in and her voice does ind of get covered by the music a little and she hits some REALLY thin notes here.  I do like some of the song, but the forceful punch of the chorus (and Kyary’s vocal blows) do not work well and just comes off as a little mechanical sounding.  I mean we have “Slo-mo” for that kind of track.

7. Tokyo Highway

I was a bit surprised a “Pikapika Fantajin” song was chosen, but here we have Tokyo Highway!  I actually didn’t remember how this one went because a lot of that album flew over my head when I reviewed it.  As I listen to it, I feel similar to how I feel with “Kirakira Killer” with the arrangement and some of the tricks and chords.  Unfortunately, after a while I get bored since the chorus is so one-dimensional and repetitive to me so it honestly goes by my head.

8. Crazy Party Night ~Pumpkin no Gyakushuu~

Ok, so maybe the remainder of the album isn’t as in line as the first disc (or as I said earlier lol).  Moving into a last section of singles that were released for this best album, Crazy Party Night was the 2nd A-side and initially I didn’t give too much care for it.  Luckily, this is bringing me back and I can totally feel the Halloween theme in this song which is all over the verses (not-so-much the chorus, but she does say ~halloween~ during it).  The song does kind of remind me of “Mottai Night Land” in some respects, but this one is cute and the beat is fun to hear.  A lot better than I remembered!

9. No No No

Then we have one of the B-sides from “Crazy Party Night” next and I remember this one because it had a STRONG Perfume sound to it (well, duh it’s Nakata).  Honestly though, the tribal drums and the heavy piano and shuffling electro wasn’t helping the comparisons.  It feels like Kyary was actually trying to sing stronger for this one and I like the classy vibe out of this one.  It does somewhat stick out in this compilation, but I think that’s a good thing.

10. Mondai Girl

Then we have the first single to release before this released and it’s definitely a favorite of mine since “Kirakira Killer” at least!  Actually the song reminds me of some of the spark that happened in the “Nanda Collection” singles and that made me so happy because I love the electronics and flow of the tune!  One of the best songs in recent times for sure!

11. Cosmetic Coaster

Then in our final stretch is our two main songs from her last single!  Actually, it’s funny that the B-side came first this time to be honest.  Cosmetic Coaster definitely has a strong theme park feel, but I feel like I wasn’t sure whether having it appear as a song here makes sense as it’s one of her genki-cute tracks and it’s just a little generic in comparison to most songs on this album.

12. Sai & Kou

We finally get to the album which ends with the last A-side she released prior to this release and I was a little underwhelmed with it on initial release and while it’s been a month since its release, I wasn’t sure if anything would change.  Being the final track, it’s a little strange like “Cosmetic Coaster” in that it just sticks out in a weird way.  It can be catchy at some points, but there’s multitudes of other MORE catchy songs here!

Tracks Recommended

  • Fashion Monster
  • CANDY CANDY
  • PONPONPON
  • Kyary ANAN
  • Furisodation

  • Kirakira Killer
  • Invader Invader
  • Mondai Girl
  • Ninjari Ban Ban
  • No No No

Song of Avoidance

  • Kimi ni 100 Percent
  • Cosmetic Coaster

Wow, it feels like she debuted not that long ago and yet we are here a mini-album and 3 studio albums later, we finally have KPP BEST which chronicles her singles and some oddities there.  While I feel like she initially wanted to go by release it got messy for the ending of Disc 1 and most of Disc 2 and I was wondering if there was a reason to it.  A lot of the songs here are her best so I’m happy to see that, but there were some meh songs and the 2 new tracks (not counting the intro) weren’t up to snuff IMO.  Still, overall it’s nice and there’s even a 3rd disc containing most of the extended mixes she’s released over the years!

 

Kyarypamyupamyu – Sai & Kou April 20, 2016

Filed under: Kyarypamyupamyu — solarblade @ 10:03 pm

saikou

Track Listing

  1. Sai & Kou
  2. Cosmetic Coaster
  3. Mondai Girl -extended mix-
  4. Sai & Kou (instrumental)
  5. Cosmetic Coaster (instrumental)

1. Sai & Kou

I feel like Kyary’s new A-side Sai & Kou sounds like a march at the beginning before it becomes a rather cutesy and upbeat track for her.  It does sound like a lot of stuff that came from her “Pikapika Fantajin” album, being all synthy (thanks to Nakata) and just being a sugary song itself.  Really though, it’s sort of catchy, but not at the levels of “Mondai Girl” unfortunately.

2. Cosmetic Coaster

A song for her Universal Studios attraction?  Weird to say the least but original in the same sense.  Right from the start, it does give me a theme park kind of feeling with the beats and generally appealing cute sound.  I do feel that its fantasy-esque sound and nature just suits me more than “Sai & Kou” did which in the end made it the better song overall.  Cute and catchy for sure!

3. Mondai Girl -extended mix-

I’m surprised “Crazy Party Night” or even “Mondai Girl” had any extensions (the latter having a remix), but we’re back right at it with a Mondai Girl extension which is great!  Adding almost about a minute more, this version begins immediately with the chorus before the actual song kicks in which is odd but cool.  The new changes within the song are OK, maybe a little unnecessary here and there, but I still love the song regardless!

 

 

Kyary’s 3rd single (and probably the last to represent her upcoming “KPP BEST” best album), Sai & Kou at least stood out a bit more than her previous single by a decent amount.  The leading track, while very reminiscent of past works, is OK for the most part, but most of my interest was at Cosmetic Coaster that’s for sure!  The extended take on Mondai Girl was decent too for the most part.  Just wonder what comes next after the best album to be honest.

 

Kyarypamyupamyu – Crazy Party Night ~Pumpkin no Gyakushuu~ September 3, 2015

Filed under: Kyarypamyupamyu — solarblade @ 2:08 am

crazypartynight

Track Listing

  1. Crazy Party Night ~Pumpkin no Gyakushuu~
  2. No No No
  3. Oshiete Dance Floor
  4. Kimama
  5. Crazy Party Night ~Pumpkin no Gyakushuu~ (Instrumental)
  6. No No No (Instrumental)
  7. Oshiete Dance Floor (Instrumental)
  8. Kimama (Instrumental)

1. Crazy Party Night ~Pumpkin no Gyakushuu~

Seems like Kyary returned to her Halloween-esque kind of sound with Crazy Party Night and it has been a while since we’ve had her last one, “Mottai Night Land”.  Sadly, this song really misses its mark a little.  I think after being spoiled by “Mondai Girl”, this song just feels a little too childish and would’ve been a better B-side almost.  I do like the verses, but the chorus just doesn’t really work for me very much.  Honestly, this just doesn’t really excite me in anyway and “Mottai Night Land” and “Fashion Monster” still rank WAY higher!

2. No No No

Moving into B-sides of the single, No No No starts off kind of like something capsule would’ve done back on “WORLD OF FANTASY” with the electronics, tribal drums, and piano.  I actually was a bit more interested with this song because of its airy, slightly cutesy tone.  Kyary sounds quite effervescent and doesn’t seem to have too much vocoder laced into her vocals which is great!  After a while, I do think the arrangement would’ve suited to Perfume better, but this song nice!

3. Oshiete Dance Floor

I kind of was hoping this to be the harder song off the single, but it sounds like a tune that would’ve been played in Animal Crossing (ironic considering “Kimama” is tied to it).  The tune outside of that doesn’t seem to really do much of anything to me…almost feels like a rejected song from “Pamyupamyu Revolution” with its cutesy electronics from Nakata.  Not terrible, but forgettable.

4. Kimama

The final B-side of the single, Kimama is actually the slow song of the single too.  Actually being tied to Animal Crossing: New Leaf, I was expecting something like this.  A lot of playfulness and childish glow all through it.  That being said, I already said “Oshiete Dance Floor” sounds like a song that would’ve fit as well.  Really, the airy and whispy vocals from Kyary suits the style of the song, but ehhhhh…it’s ok.

Honestly, after being slightly spoiled by “Mondai Girl”, I was surprised at how disappointing this single turned out.  Crazy Party Night just felt weak all-around and didn’t give me the spooky spells that her past ones had.  No No No is probably the best of the single though having such catchy arrangement and nice vocals.  As for Oshiete Dance Floor & Kimama, they felt like they came from the same mindset and sadly neither left much of an impression on me…I hope she picks up after this single