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Kyarypamyupamyu – Mondai Girl March 19, 2015

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mondaigirl

Track Listing

  1. Mondai Girl
  2. KISEKAE
  3. My Room
  4. CANDY CANDY -remix-
  5. Mondai Girl (Instrumental)
  6. KISEKAE (Instrumental)
  7. My Room (Instrumental)

1. Mondai Girl

I knew Kyary had in her to release another great A-side in the form of Mondai Girl.  It definitely feels like it has a cool 80’s feel to it mixed with her normal zaniness that we’ve all come to love.  I actually think the verses were OK, but the pre-chorus and the chorus is just orgasmic to my ears.  Mostly thanks to Nakata that’s for sure, but I definitely approve of the arrangement regardless.  Definitely didn’t feel repetitive as “Kira Kira Killer” ended up slightly being…great way to kick off the era.

2. KISEKAE

Is it me, or does KISEKAE remind me of a Perfume song?  Used as a CM song for the 3DS, KISEKAE is more of the cuter side of things and the arrangement is also quite simpler overall.  I do enjoy the fantasy-like soundscape it puts out and the fluffy sound is pretty refreshing, but the song itself is something I don’t remember too much in the long run.  I was also surprised with how much her voice was drowning in the vocoder.

3. My Room

Now this seems like the normal B-side we would’ve gotten from Kyary as it’s quite sugary and bouncy and fitting for a Children’s show even though this was also a CM song too.  Not sure if it stands out either amongst the other cute songs she’s already done.  I will say the playful piano is probably the best asset of the track, but otherwise meh.

4. CANDY CANDY -remix-

Oh?  No extension of the A-side (or something from “Pikapika Fantajin”?).  Hearing a remix of one of my favorite songs from “Pamyupamyu Revolution” was intriguing, but I was wondering how it was going to change things…and it did just that.  Though I feel like the song is slower with the lyrics even though I don’t think it is.  I was laughing after the intro because it changes into a club banger (which is the opposite of it originally).  It’s an interesting take on the song and definitely has a different tone.

Kyary begins her new era off with a pretty strong A-side in Mondai Girl.  It’s definitely A-side material and has a cool 80’s adventure feel to it and can stand amongst the other lead tracks she’s had.  However, the rest of the single just kind of fell flat for me.  KISEKAE was slightly good, but not really memorable, but My Room was a lot worse as it was just an idea we’ve heard a lot before and the CANDY CANDY remix was….different to say the least…I hope she’s does better from here on out.

 

Kyarypamyupamyu – Pikapika Fantajin July 7, 2014

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pikapikafantajin

Track Listing

  1. Pikapika Fantajin
  2. Kira Kira Killer
  3. Yume no Hajima-rin-rin -album mix-
  4. Mottai Night Land
  5. Serious Hitomi
  6. do do pi do
  7. Family Party -album mix-
  8. Ring a Bell
  9. Tokyo Highway
  10. Koi Koi Koi
  11. Sungoi Aura -album mix-
  12. Explorer
  13. Pikapika Fantamix (iTunes only)

1. Pikapika Fantajin

Like all of Kyary’s previous album we begin with an introduction piece!  I was surprised it starts off with such fanciful strings before sparkles and synths join in.  It sounds so regal and so formal but in reality the noteworthy thing is that Kyary just says the album title and we’re off to our next track.

2. Kira Kira Killer

I’m kind of sad that they didn’t change anything with Kyary’s 4th A-side released prior to the album (more or less didn’t even go with the extended mix which is 100% more better than the original).  Anyways, Kira Kira Killer is probably my favorite A-side regardless and even though it’s all about luck, the tune is cool (although in this era it blended with the other A-sides a little too much).  Still, it’s an energetic track and the chorus is my favorite part of the song! I still way prefer the extended mix, but this is a worthy tune and kicks things off nicely.

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

So somes songs got edited up for the album release and the first one Yume no Hajima-rin-rin got 40 seconds added to its time.  Actually some of the changes dull out the song so it doesn’t sound AS fantasy-like but still has a little bits here and there.  The new changes don’t change things too much for me, but the song is still rather nice as it feels smoother?  It’s nice, but I think I’d take the original more but this is a nice listen too…hmmmm >.<  At least the ending was a nice way to close it off.

4. Mottai Night Land

As the first A-side, Mottai Night Land came in and funny enough to me it’s Kyary’s 2nd Halloween song and while it doesn’t stand out like “Fashion Monster” did, this song kind of takes cute and uses spooky chords to move on which surprisingly worked.  Also it stood out as an A-side moreso than the other 3 did as they all kind of sounded similar in one way another, Mottai Night Land had its own personality.  It’s pretty much tied with “Kira Kira Killer” as favorite A-side.

5. Serious Hitomi

Finally, we get to our first new track and already it’s different from songs we’ve heard this era by having this gritty electric guitar riff!  I wasn’t expecting Nakata to do something like this but hey it’s unique and random.  Serious Hitomi feels energetic and kind of takes Kyary’s cute vocals and meshes it with this almost shoegaze (albeit dirty) sound.  Can’t deny that it’s really interesting and sticks out on the album in a good way!

6. do do pi do

So another staple of Kyary’s is a capsule cover, this time do do pi do from “L.D.K. Lounge Designers Killer” and once again chooses the song I least liked from that album (similar to “Super Scooter Happy” but I ended up liking Kyary’s a lot XD).  Kyary’s do do pi do of course suits her sugary voice a lot better than it did with Toshiko’s and of course I instantly fit myself interested here.  Though the deadpan voice is kind of meh to listen too lol.  It’s a bouncy song though and the chorus was done better.  Overall much better than the original xD.

7. Family Party -album mix-

As the 3rd A-side, I hate to be mean but I instantly forgot how this song went lol!  The changes though on the album mix basically made the song fill out more with the synths so it doesn’t sound as tinny when compared to the original.  Otherwise it’s basically the same song otherwise.  I still can’t be too bothered to remember this one.  There’s just a lot of things that stick out to me (maybe the chorus) but that’s repetition and that doesn’t count for me.  My least favorite of the A-sides released.

8. Ring a Bell

Going into a small string of new songs, we begin with Ring a Bell and there’s something about it that reminds of songs from “Pamyupamyu Revolution”…it’s just that cutesy/bouncy track with fantasy-ish sounds.  Though this song is ridiculously odd in the lyrics which are mostly in English surprisingly.  Talking about going to the studio and looking for a microphone and being happy today.  It surprised me a lot since I didn’t think Kyary would tackle something like this.  However, it’s a friggin earworm of a song and found myself singing along with Kyary.  I think after the initial response fades I might like it less?  For now, it’s a pick-me-up after the boredom in “Family Party”.

9. Tokyo Highway

Moving on, Tokyo Highway is an interesting song as the song is a bit more faster but it also reminds me of the various A-sides she has which means its got quality behind it.  There’s something about it that feels like an adventure is happening in this tune and I liked that.  Though after a while I do feel like the chorus just drags itself dry and had me longing for it to end, still it’s a rather nice track…one of the better within the new songs.

10. Koi Koi Koi

What is going on here with this song.  There’s a lot of minor chords here and it sounds totally unexpected after the previous song used here.  Unlike the other songs which filled out the spaces, Koi Koi Koi takes a more minimalistic approach by mostly using piano/xylophone/bells.  It’s a very unorthodox tune for this album but I kind of enjoyed this like oddball.

11. Sungoi Aura -album mix-

Of all the B-sides, you had to choose the worst one Kyary?  Sungoi Aura definitely didn’t do anything compared to “Slo-mo” and “Scanty Skimpy” so seeing this make the album is disappointing.  More or less getting an album mix.  It gains a minute extra which is a new extended ending, but the song is still overall the same song we got mostly so I’m just here nor there and kind of meh-ing all over the place.  Never really liked this one.

12. Explorer

So the album ends with Explorer which begins with a march arrangement which makes sense since some of Kyary’s songs have that feel.  Not sure how it’s supposed to mean at the end of the album but whatever.  The song seems so simplistic and Kyary’s voice is a lil squeaky.  I don’t know, but this song just didn’t stand out to me and feels well bland?  It just didn’t work.

13. Pikapika Fantamix

So on iTunes, you get a bonus track which is essentially a medley of the songs from the album.  I suppose it’s a nice incentive since it’s all the songs in rapid succession.  Not really an important track though.

Tracks Recommended

  • Kira Kira Killer
  • Mottai Night Land
  • Tokyo Highway
  • do do pi do
  • Koi Koi Koi

Song of Avoidance

  • Sungoi Aura -album mix-

Ahhh Kyary’s 3rd album and it’s where I’m starting to feel the gimmick starting to run dry.  Pikapika Fantajin is an OK album but she’s starting to somewhat slump in her music and it’s all kind of starting to meld into one another.  I mean it’s kind of meh that even the A-sides are lacking this time around.  I don’t know but “Nanda Collection” is way better of an album than this one >.<

 

Kyarypamyupamyu – Kira Kira Killer June 16, 2014

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kirakirakiller

Track Listing

  1. Kira Kira Killer
  2. Kira Kira Killer -extended mix-

1. Kira Kira Killer

Wow the song didn’t fail to just kick things off right from the start with a solid beat and some chanting.  I do love the piano amongst Nakata’s arranging but Kyary’s had this for a long time too lol.  I do love some of the backing harmonies during the chorus of this track and then there’s Kyary having this energetic performance and it’s cute yet fast-paced.  At first being a purely tie-in song bothered me, but the whole l-u-c-k chanting is actually working me over…Nakata did well with this…great A-side!

2. Kira Kira Killer -extended mix-

Finding it surprising there’s no B-side, but we get an extension of the A-side (also surprising since I would’ve expected “Family Party” or “Yume no Hajima-rin-rin”).  The extended mix of the A-side has added about a minute extra and well I am happy with that.  The opening is more pronounced which is something I loved.  Would it be surprising I actually am more with having the extensions over the original??

 

 

As Kyary’s 4th and final single before her 3rd album, “Pikapika Fantajin” drops, Kira Kira Killer was a limited release and well the single is based around luck hence the chanting of l-u-c-k and the whole 7777 copies made…this single was an odd one.  Kira Kira Killer is a great song and its extended mix made it even better so this a great single.  Could’ve bothered with a B-side but it’s alright…my favorite A-side next to “Mottai Night Land”!

 

Kyarypamyupamyu – Family Party April 16, 2014

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familyparty

Track Listing

  1. Family Party
  2. Scanty Skimpy
  3. Invader Invader -extended mix-
  4. Family Party -instrumental-
  5. Scanty Skimpy -instrumental-

1. Family Party

When I started the song, I was enjoying the 8bit inclusion to Kyary’s cute and peppy music and it’s what continued to stand out in the song as it really does sound like a video game for a good portion.  It’s weird that Kyary’s song have gotten more and more saccharine and forgetful and yet after the initial review, I start liking it.  Family Party, like “Yume no Hajima-rin-rin” is one of those songs that I’m sure I’ll like later on, but right now doesn’t fully do much for me.

2. Scanty Skimpy

With a title like that, I was wondering what the hell we were getting and the song is fun and bright and so cartoony that I couldn’t help but find myself enjoying.  It does kind of remind me of “Mottai Night Land” with some of the chords chosen, but this song is definitely the meaning of playful and I was just loving it!  Maybe it’s just me but it so should’ve been the A-side to be honest lol.

3. Invader Invader -extended mix-

I guess Nakata figured out that he missed an A-side XD.  Invader Invader gets the extension this time and at least this one is at least a minute extra.  Of course we get a new intro which was cool and surprise surprise, some new tweaks in the song.  Overall, it was pretty neat and the extension didn’t seem so last minute (like the last few Nakata did).

 

 

As the 3rd single in the era (already?), Family Party was overall a solid single even though I felt like Scanty Skimpy was the better song and felt more like an A-side more than the leading song.  The Invader Invader extension was actually not that bad and brought me back into listening to that song non-stop.  Yeah, I feel like her album might come soon.

 

Kyarypamyupamyu – Yume no Hajima-rin-rin February 20, 2014

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yumehajimarinrin

Track Listing

  1. Yume no Hajima-rin-rin
  2. Slo-mo
  3. Mottai Night Land -instrumental-
  4. Yume no Hajima-rin-rin -instrumental-
  5. Slo-mo -instrumental-

1. Yume no Hajima-rin-rin

Toy piano opens up Yume no Hajima-rin-rin and well with the toy piano I thought the song was going to be the B-side but that doesn’t seem to be the case.  In comparison to her other A-sides, this is kind of light and doesn’t have the usual Kyary twerks about it which is a nice change.  I don’t think it ranks with the best but I guess it’s enough to keep herself going…but it’s kind of like “Kimi ni 100 Percent” in how I feel for it.  There, but doesn’t do much for me.

2. Slo-mo

At least Kyary totally switched it up B-side wise.  Instead of a sugary cute song to fill that void, we have this ballad from Kyary and I kind of was surprised with it since it sounds so different in her current discography.  It has some traces of something familiar, but I kind of enjoyed the hell out of this one…for a ballad, this turned out surprisingly well and stands out a LOT more than “Yume no Hajima-rin-rin”.

3, Mottai Night Land -extended mix-

Wait there’s not extended mix of “Invader Invader”?  This is kind of shady!  Anyways, we get an extended mix of Kyary’s last single and I’m still a bit lost on it, but it’s not a bad song at least and the extra 50 seconds doesn’t change too much and honestly I didn’t even think of looking for it.  Overall, still a good song and it has a lot of good in it.

 

 

As the 2nd single of the era, Kyary slightly missed the mark with Yume no Hajima-rin-rin…it really sounds like an album song or something and in comparisons to 90% of her A-sides…it’s pretty weak to me.  At least she saved the single  with Slo-mo and boy that was a nice surprise from Kyary!  As usual, the extended mixes aren’t necessary really and nothing totally mind-blowing changed within Mottai Night Land…so really isn’t much of an opinion here lol.

 

Kyarypamyupamyu – Mottai Night Land November 5, 2013

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mottainightland

Track Listing

  1. Mottai Night Land
  2. Sungoi Aura
  3. Ninjari Ban Ban -extended mix-
  4. Mottai Night Land -instrumental-
  5. Sungoi Aura -instrumental-

1. Mottai Night Land

Initially, the song really didn’t do much for me in the first couple listens, but then somehow it started to work its magic on me like “Tsukema Tsukeru” did back then and yeah, there are some similarities between the two but I think that’s kind of why I like it.  This song is quick-paced and has some really interesting part like the piano melodies and the “Halloween-ish” sounds in the background of the 2nd verse.  Overall, it doesn’t surpass most of the “Nanda Collection” singles, but this is a good start to a new era.

2. Sungoi Aura

A 3-minute track for a B-side?  It’s strange to say but it’s actually faster than “Mottai Night Land”.  I do like that it’s so kiddy and youthful of a song but the song doesn’t seem to resonate any other way really but almost a clone of her other B-sides but the big thing is the speed and the piccolo melody that comes in once in a while.  It’s cute, but it’s a little much for me >.<.

3. Ninjari Ban Ban -extended mix-

Following suit, the single rounds out with the extension of Ninjari Ban Ban.  Unlike the lazy extended take of “Fashion Monster”, Nakata actually worked a stronger intro for Ninjari and it works (even though it is your typical club intro).  Of course once the intro of the tune starts, it kind of just follows the same song with not a lot of noticeable changes but hey I have no problem because I enjoyed this song a lot originally.

 

 

As the first single after her sophomore album, she started off in the middle with Mottai Night Land.  As much as the song makes me happy, it’s kind of in the same position as “Tsukema Tsukeru” and “Furisodation” where there’s just so many leading songs that are just better, but they are good nonetheless.  Sungoi Aura is rather forgetful and bit hyper for me…though it seems her B-sides struggle to make me enjoy them in full lol.  Of course there’s Ninjari Ban Ban being extended and it’s more or less effective because I love the original and the extension really just adds a longer intro and outro.  Overall not a bad start, but let’s hope Kyary gets better (wishes “Into Darkness” was a bonus TBH”).

 

Kyarypamyupamyu – Nanda Collection June 25, 2013

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nandacollection

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…