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Perfume – STAR TRAIN October 28, 2015

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startrain

Track Listing

  1. STAR TRAIN
  2. TOKIMEKI LIGHTS
  3. Imitation World (Limited only)
  4. STAR TRAIN -Original Instrumental-
  5. TOKIMEKI LIGHTS -Original Instrumental-
  6. Imitation World -Original Instrumental-

1. STAR TRAIN

With the leading song, I was expecting a slower song just from the title alone, and STAR TRAIN is a lot more natural sounding than I was expecting.  I mean acoustic guitar and piano being the front sounding instruments while the Nakata electronics take a bit of a step back.  Actually, I’m not sure why, but this reminds me of a fun. song (the band).  While I don’t think it’s a powerful A-side like “Cling Cling” and “Pick Me Up” were, it’s a nice sentimental track from the group and much needed.

2. TOKIMEKI LIGHTS

The main B-side, TOKIMEKI LIGHTS was the first song previewed from the single and some thought it was going to be used as the leading song of the tracklist.  On the first couple listens, TOKIMEKI LIGHTS has a VERY similar sound to various Kyarypamyupamyu songs due to the kind of cutesy beats and synth choices with a lot of piano lines.  While I’m not sure that the kind of familiarity to “Family Party” was necessary for Perfume to have, the song itself has a nice wondrous sound alongside an odd dubstep section too.  I think I might slightly prefer this over “STAR TRAIN” but it’s by a very small margin.

3. Imitation World

A small bit of history, Imitation World was a song that’s been known for a long time for Perfume fans, being performed as early around “Computer City’s” release though for some reason was forgotten (alongside “Counter Attraction”) due to some licensing issues.  Now it seems that this song is being revived from the dead!  Almost everything was redone to kind of keep it fresh and up-to-date.  Also the tempo was turned down a bit, but it seems like things are cute and feels like something from “Complete Best” or “GAME”.  Though the latter was due to the song having changed up the arrangement a bit.  It’s nice to see this song reemerge and all, but I think the energy of the original should have stayed the same.

 

 

As the 4th single for this era, I’m hoping Perfume is going to release an album next!  When it comes to STAR TRAIN, it’s OK, but nothing too amazing to drool over.  The leading song has a nice sentimental feel to it and while it does stand out better than other A-sides, it’s still not of the same energy from Perfume.  TOKIMEKI LIGHTS is better though, but it sounds like a rejected Kyary song but given that Perfume touch.  Imitation World is a nice idea to bring back, but I think the original arrangement suits it more.  Man, this era has been really ehhhh for me…I just hope they have something in store next.

 

Perfume – Relax In The City/Pick Me Up April 29, 2015

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relaxinthecity

Track Listing

  1. Relax In The City
  2. Pick Me Up
  3. Toumei Ningen
  4. Relax In The City -Original Instrumental-
  5. Pick Me Up -Original Instrumental-
  6. Toumei Ningen -Original Instrumental-

1. Relax In The City

As the leading A-side, Relax In The City at first came off kind of like a Kyarypamyupamyu (or a reject from “JPN”).  The almost cutesy arrangement and the vocal melody kind of seem like the song would’ve fit some children’s show.  Though, I can’t help but have myself intrigued by Nakata’s arrangement once again as it really does sound dreamy and youthful.  There’s really not much else I want to say about the song, but considering some of the other songs they’ve released for the era, this one doesn’t stick out to me.

2. Pick Me Up

Though, I can say that the other A-side was definitely something that impressed me.  I was missing energy from the group and while they did show that with “DISPLAY” from their last single, this song was cool for sure.  Add some acoustic guitar moments, solo lines from the trio and the edgy arrangement and you got a great track at hand.  I feel like this is the direction Perfume should take rather than the cuter route of songs (“Sweet Refrain”, “Hold Your Hand” and similar songs of recent times).

3. Toumei Ningen

Then we get the lone B-side of the single and Toumei Ningen was the wild card of the single since we had no preview or PV of it.  I feel like the group’s vocals are not even really processed as much as the other two, but the arrangement is still quite the bouncer which is definitely a winner but some of the melody eerily reminds me of “Pick Me Up”.  Though I can’t help but feel this one was a bit too short and lacked Perfume themselves.  I do love Nakata’s arrangement and the trance-y bits were quite awesome, but that took front row over the group.  Still a nice song into their discography.

It feels like it’s been forever since “Cling Cling”, but I have to say they did OK with their return single.  Relax In The City might not be my cup of tea, but it’s nice for the fans that have been digging the lighter side, but for me Pick Me Up was the song of the single for sure.  It left a nice adventuring feel and has such a great club feel too!  Toumei Ningen is nice, a bit short and underused the members, but it’s still good.  Overall, I think I’m ready for an album!

 

Perfume – Perfume Global Compilation “LOVE THE WORLD” March 24, 2015

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lovetheworld

Track Listing

  1. Polyrhythm
  2. edge (⊿-mix)
  3. love the world
  4. Electro World
  5. Chocolate Disco (2012-Mix)
  6. SEVENTH HEAVEN
  7. GAME
  8. Secret Secret
  9. NIGHT FLIGHT
  10. Baby cruising Love
  11. Butterfly
  12. FAKE IT
  13. Laser Beam
  14. GLITTER
  15. MY COLOR (LTW-Mix)
  16. Dream Fighter

1. Polyrhythm

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!

7. GAME

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.

11. Butterfly

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.

14. GLITTER

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”.

Tracks Recommended

  • Secret Secret
  • edge (⊿-mix)
  • GLITTER
  • 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!

 

Perfume – Cling Cling July 14, 2014

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clingcling

Track Listing

  1. Cling Cling
  2. Hold Your Hand
  3. DISPLAY
  4. Ijiwaru na Hello
  5. Cling Cling -Original Instrumental-
  6. Hold Your Hand -Original Instrumental-
  7. DISPLAY -Original Instrumental-
  8. Ijiwaru na Hello -Original Instrumental-

1. Cling Cling

So the leading song, what’s there to say about Cling Cling?  It’s pretty different for the group but I quite like the sound of this song.  The synths make it sound a bit dubsteppy in areas but it’s the other synths that make the song sound more oriental in presentation that always work their way around me which easily sold me faster than “Sweet Refrain” did.  The chorus focuses on the beat which is also a rather awesome thing to hear!  The ending is prolly the only area that was meh, but as a whole this was a VERY impressive song.

2. Hold Your Hand

Released as a digital single back in May, our first B-side is Hold Your Hand.  As the lightest song on the single, it kind of has that dreamy sound that “Sweet Refrain” sort of had, more specifically “Koi wa Zenkei Shisei”.  I was OK with that song and strangely enough, the song really sounds nice to me even though I do think it’s the weakest from the single.  I find myself humming the song and loving the melodic chords too.  It’s just a really breezy song…maybe a little Kyary-ish but this is Nakata we’re talking about.

3. DISPLAY

On the flipside of the coin, DISPLAY is the more aggressive track of the single.  At first it didn’t seem like it, but there’s something that just sticks out to me.  I do like the pin-prick synth sound and it gives off this mysterious tone which gradually becomes the main chorus of the song which sounds cool and robotic (like what Perfume is so good at as it is).  I am surprised that it is under 4 minutes, but I think it could’ve dragged had it been longer.  Still I pretty much enjoyed it all the way, though there’s still better hard songs from them but I’d say it works.

4, Ijiwaru na Hello

So the final track (oddly the only one we haven’t heard before the single’s release), Ijiwaru na Hello is actually a good call back to songs that were from “GAME” and “⊿”.  It’s very straightforward and the beats are simple but lets Nakata fiddle around with the synths more.  I also feel like of all the songs, this has a lot of lyrical content and boy-oh-boy was it catchy in the chorus.  If you want a song that goes back to those Tokuma days, this is a pretty awesome one.

 

 

Finding out that this is Perfume’s only release this year, they really made it worth time period we’re going to deal with them not releasing music.  Cling Cling is such a good single and might be my favorite single they’ve released (next to “Spending all my time”).  Each song brought something that represented Perfume differently and yet all have electronic elements.  I was almost worried that Nakata might’ve burned himself out after “LEVEL3” but it seems he’s still kickin’.  Definitely a *RECOMMENDED* to J-tek fans or fans of Perfume (or even idols)!

 

Perfume – Sweet Refrain November 24, 2013

Filed under: Perfume — solarblade @ 10:13 am

sweetrefrain

Track Listing

  1. Sweet Refrain
  2. Koi wa Zenkei Shisei
  3. Sweet Refrain -Original Instrumental-
  4. Koi wa Zenkei Shisei -Original Instrumental-

1. Sweet Refrain

I didn’t know what was going on when Perfume announced a new song before “LEVEL3” had released and I kind of had some weird thoughts about how it would turn out.  As I listened to the song, it did kind of reminded me of some MEG tunes, but Nakata threw in some dubstep wubs that almost kind of has this “Invader Invader” groove but keeps the group going.  Sadly, the song just doesn’t do anything for me, but I’m not exactly sure why because it sounds like it’d be something I’d be into…but I think 8-note piano melody just kind of gets boring and lets Nakata just throw all his production all over the place…I do think the dubstep doesn’t really fit either >.>.

2. Koi wa Zenkei Shisei

I was hoping the B-side would do something more and compared to most of the B-sides from the “LEVEL3” era, this actually was a nice change of pace…but in that respect, the song feels more like an album song from “JPN” so it does drag for me towards the later half.  I also can’t help but think of this as a faster “Macaroni” with its presentation.  It’s nice and all, but I don’t think I’ll remember it in the long run.

 

 

Not even 2 months and we’re already getting a new Perfume single and I can’t help but feel that this single was a bit rushed.  Sweet Refrain tried to do something fresh by incorporating dubstep alongside the fairy-esque arrangement but it was a mess IMO and I just couldn’t into it after the PV came out.  Koi wa Zenkei Shisei is a bit better to be honest and that didn’t need the tweaks the A-side had, but I feel like both of these songs were just “LEVEL3” rejects almost >.<

 

Perfume – LEVEL3 September 30, 2013

Filed under: Perfume — solarblade @ 8:49 pm

level3

Track Listing

  1. Enter the Sphere
  2. Spring of life (Album-mix)
  3. Magic of Love (Album-mix)
  4. Clockwork
  5. 1mm
  6. Mirai no Museum
  7. Party Maker
  8. Furikaeru to Iru yo
  9. Point
  10. Daijobanai
  11. Handy Man
  12. Sleeping Beauty
  13. Spending all my time (Album-mix)
  14. Dream Land

1. Enter the Sphere

Opening the album is quite an interesting way to kick things off.  Technically, the main melody is something we have heard of.  Actually, it was the FIRST thing we heard when they switched to UNIVERSAL.  I loved that instrumental so much and was more than happy to see Nakata finally taking advantage of it (though still waiting for “Perfume no Okite”.  I’m surprised though Nakata took it further and added Perfume’s voices onto it and really working with it.  It does feel like it’s mostly an intro because there’s not a lot of lyrics presented, but I feel like it does its job quite nicely.  Awesome song overall and a great way to start!

2. Spring of life (Album-mix)

It was surprising to see that 3/4 of the A-sides released during this era got touched up for the album (shocks that the worst one of them didn’t…).  The first single after their label transfer, Spring of life for me was a pretty good start and listening to the album version, I instantly fell in love because they took the mid8 section and applied it to the beginning and near the end and still kept the song mostly intact with its original counterpart.  I still love the song, but I think the whole club ending (where it goes from full arrangement to a pounding beat, was cheap and didn’t really go into “Magic of Love” smoothly).

3. Magic of Love (Album-mix)

When I got into the new version Magic of Love, I felt like Nakata used some Kyary sounds in there which really freaked me out.  After that intro, it does sort of follow along the original arrangement, but not to the point where I felt like it was safe Perfume (like I reflected on when I reviewed the single).  The new take of the song makes it different and while it did lose it’s interlude that many people liked, it wasn’t entirely a miss…though I don’t think the song deserved a change on the album.

4. Clockwork

As we get into some new tracks, I was curious to what Perfume and Nakata had up their sleeves for LEVEL3 and Clockwork was such an interesting track to listen to.  I kind of thought the song was going to have a focus on ticking and such and it sort of does with the beat.  When I get further in, the song really has this strong New Wave/80s vibe that made the song become instantly enjoyable.  Definitely an ethereal but totally chill song to listen to.

5. 1mm

As the album’s promotional track, 1mm was definitely one of those songs that really caught me off guard.  People have compared it to “I still love you” and I can totally agree because it’s another ethereal and chill track from the group and yet it has something fierce going on in it that I just can’t help but say it was a solid choice to have been promoted.  Plus, solo lines are done so nicely!  I have to commend Nakata for this atmosphere and amazing arrangement here…it’s definitely one of my favorites from the album!

6. Mirai no Museum

I can never get the fact on how Mirai no Museum was not changed for the album because it’s a REAL sour note for the album’s flow and sound.  As the group’s 3rd A-side released, MnM really has this idol feel and their vocals aren’t as modified like in other tracks, but this song is sugary cute and I still don’t enjoy listening to it much but it’s not as shallow as another track on the album.  Maybe it would’ve been better as the final track, but it really does not belong on this album (would’ve MAJORLY insisted on “Hurly Burly” being in this spot).

7. Party Maker

Everyone in Perfume’s fandom has been wanting an awesome power track from the group and while JPN totally snuffed on that, we finally get a banger, a near 7 1/2 minute track!  While I am a little surprised that like “Enter the Sphere” the lyrics are not the main focus of the track which lead to Nakata doing all the magic.  This song is a very cool song for them and I’m loving the harder sounds moreso than when Perfume actually sings their lines…weird right?  After the 2nd time, I thought it was sounding better and stronger.  Though like the SoL mix, I don’t get why it needed to go into *typical club ending*.  Overall, this song is pretty strong for a Nakata track, as a Perfume song…I kind of wish they were more evident…but still awesome!

8. Furikaeru to Iru yo

An electro-reggae song from Perfume.  I guess you can’t deny that Nakata is stepping out of his zone on this album.  I love the beats and bass synths all over this song…it just calms me and hearing Perfume singing along together just soothes me.  Though for a song that’s over 6 minutes, it does rather drag after while (Reggae is a style that’s much better in short doses than longer ones).  It’s nice, but only in short doses because like I said…it’s one that will mostly drag for listeners.

9. Point

Then we get into the series of B-sides starting with the B-side from “Spending all my time”.  Granted I think both this and “Hurly Burly” should’ve been put on the album.  Like “Mirai no Museum”, this song doesn’t exactly fit on the album either, but the biggest difference is…….I enjoy this song regardless.  I still think the song sounds like a perfect song for a Katamari Damacy game and yet this song is dreamy enough to slightly fit (maybe it would’ve worked better next to “Clockwork” if anything).  Nice track though!

10. Daijobanai

Moving to the B-side from “Mirai no Museum”, Daijobanai back then reminded me of the horrors from “Communication” because it had a repetitive arrangement and just didn’t stand out.  Nowadays, Daijobanai has grown on me a bit, but I still do feel like the song is still repetitive as hell and most of the time I’m kind of forgetting a lot about it, but the arrangement has gotten easier to stand.  Still not near the top, but at least I can respect it!

11. Handy Man

Then comes the B-side from “Magic of Love” and honestly minus “Hurly Burly” this is the best B-side they’ve released in this whole era.  I’m loving the whole Arabic sounding arrangement and it isn’t repetitive as hell like a lot of B-sides have been.  It’s definitely taking the most ethnic sounding track from the album altogether.  Overall not bad and definitely was happy to see it make the cut.

12. Sleeping Beauty

Running into the final stretch, we begin with Sleeping Beauty.  The intro reminded me Ami Suzuki’s “climb up to the top” but once the synth melody started up, the song IMMEDIATELY sounded like “Butterfly” and it keeps that up the rest of the way which kind of bored me because the latter track has more lyrics to it.  Most of the time, it’s the ladies going ~ahhhhhh~.  I mean once it passes the 3-minute mark, then you hear the girls actually say the title of the song and that’s it.  I’m quite disappointed with this one.  Just seemed to lack a LOT of character and well…seemed like a very vague song.

13. Spending all my time (Album-mix)

Ahhh yes, the song that split the fandom…Spending all my time was also another track that changed around for it’s album appearance and actually most of us have heard it as the *Cannes* mix.  The beginning and the final chorus is the only thing that remains from the original.  Everything else is new, which is toning the song down and giving a rather fashionable sound.  To be honest, while many people will enjoy this new version, I actually prefer the original…I personally think it has more oomph than the album mix tbh and I think there could have been more to the mix…but it’s just me.

14. Dream Land

Entering our final song, that intro reminded me of Kyary’s “CANDY CANDY” with the instrument!!!  Anyways, as the final track, it kind of felt like it was a solid choice to end the album because it’s unique and very airy to listen to, especially with that clicking instrument (I have no idea what it is).  I think it was perfect to put that feeling of a dream land in our minds.  Very solid choice to have ended the album!

Tracks Recommended

  • Spring of life (Album-mix)
  • 1mm
  • Enter the Sphere
  • Dream Land
  • Party Maker

Song of Avoidance

  • Sleeping Beauty

I have to say this now, LEVEL3, DEFINITELY surpasses their last two albums by a long shot!  Though it still isn’t going to pass up “GAME”, but it’s quite good.  I have to say, as their first album on UNIVERSAL, LEVEL3 did a great job giving us Perfume and Nakata also putting more effort into them here worked out.  I will say a couple issues happened.  I think I’m done with wanting Nakata to do album mixes (2/3 didn’t really need them but w/e) and Sleeping Beauty…but that’s a singular problem there.  Overall, this is a GREAT album for them and I’ve missed this side of Perfume a lot (plus more bangers warms my heart xD).

 

Perfume – Magic of Love May 26, 2013

Filed under: Perfume — solarblade @ 5:38 pm

magicoflove

Track Listing

  1. Magic of Love
  2. Handy Man
  3. Magic of Love -Original Instrumental-
  4. Handy Man -Original Instrumental-

1. Magic of Love

Washing out that weird taste that was “Mirai no Museum”, Perfume came back pretty quickly with Magic of Love which feels kind of like a mix of both “Natural ni Koishite” and “Fushizen na Girl” which is a bit strange to say right?  This is the Perfume I’m more used to and enjoy so suffice to say, I actually really enjoyed the song even if it’s kind of resorting to some older ideas here and there.

2. Handy Man

Nakata since “WORLD OF FANTASY” has been recently trying some new areas of sound, mostly a tribal feel and Handy Man is another one of those songs for me where it’s just totally different from the normal.  I kind of like the more unique feel of the song and it doesn’t really bore me like the past couple B-sides have been.  I kind of liked this track and makes for a great addition to their discography!

As their 4th single in the era, Magic of Love when compared to the other singles could be considered the “safe” single because Magic of Love is pretty much the sound of Perfume with nothing new brought to the table (which after “Mirai no Museum” is a good thing).  Handy Man though is catchy and it’s just full of new sounds and quirks that I haven’t heard Perfume use yet so this is a pretty good song for that reason.  Good single, still doesn’t beat “Spending all my time” but it’s up there.