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Perfume – Computer City July 28, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. Computer City
  2. Perfume

1. Computer City

A very awesome track, Computer City really exploits Nakata’s talent with synths and such.  After the chorus they go into the verses with an acoustic guitar playing an awesome part.  We don’t see the girls get their own parts, but they sound together even with the vocoder helping them out.  The song doesn’t really enter any strange areas, but does stay in a safe area, repeating mostly everything in the song twice.  Which kinda annoyed me a little, the only different between the verses is a matter of 2 words ~Kumo and Kioku~.  They could’ve done soo much more with the song.

2. Perfume

Not shaking off their indies mood, Perfume is a fast-acting track.  With the beeps and synths acting like it was Vitamin Drop pt. 2, this song actually has the girls singing individually.  They sound more or less like they did then.  I really did enjoy the fun they had with the track but Nakata, that’s a little too much synth. Hmph, this song was a bit too long-winded too…the ending had a thumping beat til it faded……huh?

 

 

Perfume’s 2nd major single was an odd one with serious Computer City and playful Perfume, I kinda found it so unusual.  I think I’ll stic with the next single though. 

 

capsule – phony phonic

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phonyphonic

Track Listing

  1. phony phonic
  2. RGB
  3. cosmic tone cooking
  4. Ice Cream
  5. weekend in my ROOM
  6. life style music
  7. swing 54321
  8. end of summer
  9. idol fancy
  10. Hanjuuryoku Ryokou

1. phony phonic

Hehehe, what a cute opening track, with piano and some xylophones.  Reminds me of Mister Rogers ^_^;  Too much, but it was a short intro.

2. RGB

What can I say about this colurful track?  I mean it’s got such a nice vibe with it.  The beepy synths also create a fun sound and c’mon, it’s just so crazy.  It has a bossa nova sound to it, which is Nakata’s new view on this album, so I’ll just leave it as it is.  I’m surprised that this track is so catchy and Koshi added more to it.

3. cosmic tone cooking

Maybe it’s me but this song was so random with its space sounds and phones ringing, this song sounds like something Perfume could cover.  The artist singing sounds a bit off though kind of ruining the mood.  It’s got a nice traveling vibe but still I wasn’t falling in love.

4. Ice Cream

This album is scaring me to death, with all this randomness.  The beginning has this ice cream truck tune and I was like I’m hungry.  Then the main music comes in and omg, it sounds like a videogame…Dahlia returns for this track and she’s airy in her vocals.  Then again, she says ~Ice Cream~ right.  The timpanis are added for more silliness and I’m not complaining.  Cutest track.

5. weekend in my ROOM

Sounds of a baseball game begins with this very odd track.  Nakata uses the vocoder right here and it’s obvious.  Then a nice piano line plays before the lead singer from Hazel Nuts Chocolate sings.  I always liked her voice since it’s not straining or anything.  Though she ad-libs a lot through the song.  It’s also got a bit of an island-like sound, what a nice track.

6. life style music

a short track, the percussion is leading the track mostly with Koshi singing along.  I kind of found this track to be the predecessor for the next album, with synths being totally different from everything else.  Though it’s very repetitious and gets annoying after a while. 

7. swing 54321

Yep, its obviously a swing tune with its shuffling percussion and wacky piano lines.  What gets me is that baby laugh in the beginning, that was so not needed.  I think it’s an instrumental however, the only vocals in ~5, 4, 3, 2, 1~  I guess it make a pretty cool dance tune.

8. end of summer

Another instrumental?  Well, this one’s a lot shorter and has accordion playing on a record sound.  It plays for a while then kinda stops midway, hmmmmph.  Then again it leads to best song

9. idol fancy

OMG, I love this track, its got such playfulness and some great instrumentation.  Yuppa’s nice vocals easily carried the cuteness of the track and it has accordion also!  It maybe silly but I think it’s one of Nakata’s masterpieces. The middle of the song changes the sound altogether into a dark moment but livens up after, what a nice transition.  I was also entranced with the PV also, so much ORANGE.  A very lively song too.

10. Hanjuuryoku Ryokou

An applause leads to our final track, which is definitly a bossa nova song with blaring string bass and some cute xylophone and piano parts.  It sounds like it’s live but it isn’t XD  I can’t help but enjoy the free feeling from the album.

Tracks Recommended

  • idol fancy
  • weekend in my ROOM
  • Ice Cream
  • RGB
  • Hanjuuryoku Ryokou

Song of Avoidance

  • life style music

capsule’s finest works can be found on this album.  It’s so different from so many other works, I was surprised from this album since I only really listened to one song, idol fancy.  So far this is my favorite capsule album reviewed.

 

MEG – BEAM July 10, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. Amai Zeitaku
  2. IN YOUR EYES
  3. GIRLY STEP
  4. LOVE LETTER
  5. dreamin dreamin
  6. OK
  7. MODEL
  8. ROMANTIKA
  9. LOVE LETTER (ajapai remix)
  10. GIRLY STEP (CLAZZIQUAI PROJECT remix)

1. Amai Zeitaku

Ok, well we get an opening that reminds me of “Baby Cruising Love” from Perfume, though this time it’s just one lady singinig.  It’s got a classy sound to it.  Though I don’t know why MEG is quiet and slurring in the verse.  It just sound messy.  The chorus does sound better but the vocoder is making her sound a bit off.  What’s worse is I felt this song was dragging the entire time, causing a lack of attention.  Oh well.

2. IN YOUR EYES

OMG, the beginning was so bad.  Her voice was terrible with the vocoder.  Once again I felt myself being bored with this loud ballad.  It’s a simple arrangement with piano and drums, doesn’t take away from really unusual vocals coming from MEG.  This has got to be the worst song on the album.

3. GIRLY STEP

Finally, a good song from MEG.  GIRLY STEP, actually sounds great and very noticeable difference from Nakata’s other songs.  There’s a more cute sound to it.  This is a perfect song for her and the vocoder.  It does get repetitive as she says the title many times throughout.  I can’t help but think of disco when I hear this, which is great.

4. LOVE LETTER

Nakata, why?  This song that you put in a R&B tone, is beautiful but with MEG at the reins is pretty bad.  I mean MEG sounds a bit messy in the vocoder arts.  Though, it does have a more natural feel to it.  Still, it’s pretty bad how she sounds in the song.  *pets Nakata* it’s OK.

5. dreamin dreamin

A remake of a capsule song, dreamin dreamin actually has a nice quiet feeling to it.  Magical and yet fantasy-like.  This time MEG sounds fine, man, she’s off and on with the vocoder.  It’s like really catchy, then it kinda gets a bit aggressive after the chorus which was a out of left field moment.  Nakata sounds great redoing his own track. 

6. OK

Aggressive percussion beats and MEG’s good vocals start off this poppy tune.  It’s got a such a cool steady beat.  The chorus is pretty cool even with her warping the notes sometimes.  After that this synth line starts and I found it boring but fitting to the song.  It was a definite good choice to have it as a single.

7. MODEL

A strange morphing voice starts MODEL off.  It does go on too long though, but destructive synths enter in a bit, then MEG starts talking/singing it which was actually pretty bad sounding with the vocoder.  After that odd intro, the aggressie beats kicks in.  Every Nakata-produced album needs at least one of these.  Now whenever I hear this, I think to her song ‘SUPERSONIC” since both have the dark feeling, MEG’s speaking parts, and long instrumental moments.  Though this song is pretty darn cool if you ask me.

8. ROMANTIKA

Ending the main part of the album, ROMANTIKA has some real cute qualities about it.  Piano is major this time and I enjoy the whole feeling of it.  Sounds like you can be at a shopping mall.  It’s the whole girly feeling in it that causes it.  Then the oddest thing I hear is arabian sounds after the chorus which I was thinking WTF.  Still, probably the funnest song on the album

9. LOVE LETTER (ajapai remix)

I’m not too fond on remixes if you haven’t known that already.  So already, I’m a bit turned off by this.  I do have to say I like the bubbly synth stuff.  But, when MEG comes in she’s like all fluff and you can barely hear her over the music.  Now, this is where I press next.

10. GIRLY STEP (CLAZZIQUAI PROJECT remix)

I’ve heard some CLAZZIQUAI stuff before and I was impressed a lot.  Did they do well on this? ehhhh.  I don’t like how they screwed up with MEG saying ~Girly Step~ but after that, her voice is a lot better with less instrumentation around.  It’s a tad more quieter than the main track, which at this point is a great thing.  So did they do remix good?  MMHMM!

Tracks Recommended

  • GIRLY STEP
  • dreamin dreamin
  • ROMANTIKA
  • MODEL
  • GIRLY STEP (CLAZZIQUAI PROJECT remix)

 Song of Avoidance

  • IN YOUR EYES

Ok, this album was such a bomb.  The 5 tracks I recommended was probably the only good songs on the album.  Then again, this is Nakata’s first full time he’s with MEG, so he has to get used to her voice.  Luckily next album, “STEP” fares so much better. 

 

 

Perfume – Vitamin Drop June 16, 2008

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Vitamin_Drop

Track Listing

  1. Vitamin Drop
  2. Inryoku

1. Vitamin Drop

The adventurous pop crazy tune.  OMG, I love this song way too much for my own liking, this right here is way better than the last two A-Sides.  I like how all the unusual sounds actually fit in this tune.  The girls actually sound a monotone, but it’s alright…the song upbeatness keeps this song from drowning into boredom.  It’s definitly got a fantasy-like feeling to it, which is a great appeal to fans everywhere.  What a sweet, sweet vitamin this is.

2. Inryoku

How random is this song? Very…though every sentence they say thay end up saying ~Inryoku~ though I once didn’t know what the hell was up with that, they actually meant an attraction, hence the title “Gravity”.  The song has a lot less going on.  Like wow…I like the organ that sounds taken exactly from a baseball game.  It’s oddly catchy…though after a while the song changes to a synth up video game tune….Why do I keep referring Nakata’s works to video games? ehhh w/e.

 

 

Perfume’s final indies single was definitly a great one.  Vitamin Drop, being used as a CM song for Densetsu no Stafy 3 also gave it major points.  And if that didnt help the PV = love. Inryoku is a bit more repetitive this time around, but that’s ok.  Both songs are on their “so-called 1st album” So, don’t get the single unless you like the cover, which I do admit is pretty cool.

 

capsule – CUTIE CINEMA REPLAY June 15, 2008

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cutiecinemareplay

Track Listing

  1. open
  2. sweet time replay
  3. Candy Cutie
  4. Plastic Girl
  5. french lesson
  6. music controller (piconova-mix)
  7. Odekake Go!Go!
  8. fashion fashion
  9. Udagawa Friday
  10. close

1. open

A horn intro with Nakata speaking to the end, it’s very short so it’s just an introduction.

2. sweet time replay

A very odd synth starts and is fueled by piano, I can’t really tell you how carefree this song is….hmmm….Ok!, it’s something you’d expect to hear in Katamari Damacy or one of it’s sequels.  Dahlia though sounds very airy….I guess it fits but whatever.  After the chorus, she’s whispering and the music gets awkward…like some odd sounds appear.  Well, it’s an alright song

3. Candy Cutie

Piano starts us off and then does a mind twist and shoots us into this odd cute song.  This song is very lively and almost sounds like Kirby music with lyrics!  Sonic Coaster Pop is featured in this track, I guess that’s why this song is so sugar coated, it’s almost a guilty pleasure.  I actually found myself jamming to this.  It’s just that cute.  The interlude in the song even goes further with the video game sounds and it just is so good.

4. Plastic Girl

~Wicked Plastic~ is said right when the tune starts up.  EeL is featured in this song, though I don’t think they are a major role…because I hear Koshi, I could be wrong be ehhh.  She sounds actually quite good in the song.  It’s not as lively as “Candy Cutie” but it’s got its flair and actually is a great song to listen to while bike riding. 

5. french lesson

Uhm, okay…..this has to be the oddest song on the album.  It’s definitly French-affialiated with the accordion being the main instrument.  There’s no singing just a voice in japanese speaking.  Whenever I hear this I think of “Delfino Plaza” from Super Mario Sunshine.  I guess it’s an interlude of sorts, but a really long one.  I love the swooping whistle XD

6. music controller (piconova-mix)

A remix of the original music controller and the only “capsule-only” tune on here.  It’s a very weird tune.  Koshi sounds a tad dark sounding in this song that kind of reminds me of fiestas.  It’s got a nice share of synths and maracas and keyboardto color the song.  It’s definitly something if you like laidback synth tunes.

7. Odekake Go!Go!

Oh snap, a car honks to tell us that there’s a new song starting.  It’s very lively also.  Various percussion is heard throughout.  I like the sudden urgency before the second verse.  You can hear the honking car work for the song too, which is interesting.  Sylvia55 is actually the artist in this track, and wow I was surprised that they came to make this song.  It’s one of the catchiest songs on the album.

8. fashion fashion

I’m a little scared of this song.  Why?  That girl who says ~Tokyo Chocolate* and *Fashion Fashion* is definitly on pot or something.  The song is minimalistic when compared to the other songs, but it’s got this whole happy feeling in it which fits the song.  The girl does get annoying because she keeps repeating the title over and over.  Eventually more sounds do come in like flutes, more percussion and guitars.  Still, it gets really repetitive and boring.

9. Udagawa Friday

Using a xylophone and a electric guitar we get our final track Udagawa Friday.  The song is so goofy, it’s downright hilarious.  It kind of mashes all of the songs on the album and shoves them together.  Not seriously, but there’s traces of sounds like the accordion.  I think Koshi is also singing in this track, I cant tell but she sounds good here.  Definitly a peppy, happy track.

10. close

Auld Lang Syne is the closing of the album??? WTF…it’s played on Xylophone…then a guy’s voice appears…and is he speaking French???  Alright, this is the strangest ending ever!

 Tracks Recommended

  • Odekake Go!Go!
  • Candy Cutie

Song of Avoidance

  • fashion fashion

capsule’s 2nd album featured many artists and not capsule themselves.  This was a different album than “Haikara Girl” adding more pop and light stuff across.  Majority of the album was cute stuff and not so much serious stuff, it does get the job done, it made me happy listening to it.  oh yea….Auld Lang Syne WTF

 

Perfume – Sweet Donuts June 6, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. Sweet Donuts
  2. Secret Message
  3. Jenny wa Gokigen Naname

1. Sweet Donuts

Ok, well this song is so pop and filled with cute it’s almost sickening, and yet it’s catchy.  I like it more on the single rather than the album because it wasn’t after two other uber cute songs.  The gals themselves sound alright, but they are obviously getting used to their voices.  Yoo know what’s even weirder is the fact that the single version is 2 minutes longer than the album version.  Why was this even planned. 

2. Secret Message

Another short tune, this is way cooler, starts with some strange synths and the girls singing with the keyboard.  The chorus almost sounds like they are chanting which is cool.  When they count backwards that part was really awesome. And I just noticed they are saying ~Secret, OK, Message, OK.  All in all, a great fun song.

3. Jenny wa Gokigen Naname

Redoing Juicy Fruit’s big hit, Perfume did this song very mechanically.  I mean the beats were all staccato, adding a robotic sound.  I’m not sure if they were going for this.  I like the chorus which sounded like something you’d hear from back when.  The ending was just not needed, ugh…..oh well.

 

So, here we have Perfume’s debut under Yasutaka Nakata, what did I think of it?  It was way sugary.  I mean if your into this kind of stuff go ahead take it on.  I can’t listen to this whole single without thinkin, why am i sittin through this.  None of the B-sides make onto the album which I can understand.  Sweet Donuts however did and was placed horribly on it. Still, it’s not as sucky as you might think.

 

capsule – High Collar Girl

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haikaragirl

Track Listing

  1. Samurai Logic
  2. Konayuki
  3. Koi no Hana
  4. Mayonaka no Denwa
  5. Hanabi
  6. Kowareta Tokei
  7. Aishiteru Aishitenai
  8. Utsutsu
  9. Kamisama no Utogoe
  10. Kakurenbo
  11. Denki Soroban
  12. Tokyo Kissa
  13. Shashin
  14. Sakura
  15. High Collar Girl (Hidden Track)

1. Samurai Logic

So we start off this album with an introduction to the album, which pretty much sound like some Nintendo game which is totally unusual.  The album doesn’t sound like this so don’t worry about it.

2. Konayuki

First song is this brass-affiliated song. Koshi sounding really sweet and smooth in this track.  It’s very laid-back sounding and sort of Jazzy if you listen to it.  Though it can be too slow for the listener but truthfully Konayuki is a definite strong jazz song.

3. Koi no Hana

Continuing with the nice steady beat, Koi no Hana does have a different sound.  It has much more of a Lounge kind of style.  The use of the synths and percussion really makes this song good for listening.  Though against the other songs this was a filler.  Still, a good listen for lounge lovers.

4. Mayonaka no Denwa

Starts off with some acoustic guitars and then you hear a phone ring?  Haha, still in the lounge sound, it’s actually got more going on in it, which is a plus.  Koshi is definitly is more sophisticated in this song.  Her voice is just great to hear in this kind of setting.  I like the accordion playing in this song, it really did add more fun to this song.

5. Hanabi

It sounded epic in the beginning, but it turns into a lively pop song.  There’s definitly some fun in this song.  It’s definitly not like the beginning songs at all.  Then again it is called “Fireworks” so it’s gotta be spontaneous.  Koshi also shows off more of her fun side.  The piano is so catchy in the song….Great song!

6. Kowareta Tokei

Uhm, well we go to a ballad of some sorts?  Well, Koshi is made for ballads too.  It reminds me of some of Ami Suzuki’s songs for some reason, there’s very little synths and guitars and percussion mostly.  It’s a surprise because of Yasutaka Nakata’s known ability to use synths like crazy!  So it’s a nice song for what it’s worth. LOL

7. Aishiteru Aishitenai

Welcome to strange lounge music 101.  Well, it’s not that strange, but the beginning was unusual, this song is very mysterious in the chorus which took my by surprise.  It sounds a bit jazzy too albeit a mysterious Halloween like feeling to it. I can’t help but tap my feet to it.  Darn you Yasutaka!

8. Utsutsu

Uhm, well all I have to say is that this is one long interlude.  4 minutes and 30 seconds to be exact.  All it is, is just Yasutaka playing piano the whole time.  I guess it’s on this album to be the interlude.  It was used in a film of the same name also.  I like the piano playing but where is Koshi?

9. Kamisama no Utagoe

Unusual percussion starts this song off.  Hear some Japanese instruments in the background also before the song starts off.  Koshi returns and sings like she actually cares for this song.  It really gets the Japanese flavor out with this tune.  It’s got some rock roots in it, but doesn’t go into it fully.  Very surprising song indeed. 

10. Kakurenbo

Haha, I love how ~Kakurenbo~ is said by Koshi and the guitar it was definitly cool.  Koshi is trying to sound cute in this song.  Does it work?  Uhm, nope lol.  Who cares though, Nakata has a way with songs and he made this to be oddly fun and yet be serious at the same time.  Still, a good song hahaha ~Kakurenbo~

11. Denki Soroban

We return to lounge music with Denki Soroban.  ~Computer~ jeeze, most random moment in the song and it was very Nakata-like.  Though, thats the only word that’s said in the song.  There’s brass introduced here which sound very much like “Konayuki” which is definitly not good on his part.  Then some cool keyboarding comes in and then the brass come in again.  No vocals again, so I’m guessing “Utsutsu” and this aren’t interludes if they are this long.  Maybe they are focusing on Nakata. I like this way more than “Utsutsu”. BTW over 6 minutes.

12. Tokyo Kissa

We start out hearing glass clinking, and fun beats come in, though it makes me think of Puffy a bit.  Anyway, Koshi starts singing again and she sounds inferior to the music, I have no idea.  The bridge gets her louder which is cool.  OMG but the best part is the chorus which is hella catchy!.  Anyway it’s a good pop song.

13. Shashin

Starts out with some synths playing the melody, when Koshi comes in the song takes a turn and goes acoustic.  It’s a ballad of sorts, well as much as it is, I guess.  I found Koshi to be a bit bored in this song.  I kinda find myself feeling the same.  Even Nakata’s lack of synths didn’t help.  Ahhh….

14. Sakura

And he we are at their debut song!  Clocking a little after 7 minutes.  Now this is very poppy and yet carries that Japanese sound in it.  It’s very, very catchy.  I like the kind of synths he uses for this song.  Actually listening to the synths it made me think of “Samurai Logic”.  Koshi sounds awesome in this song.  The main song ends at 4:30 but there’s an stretch of silence before the bonus track.

15. High Collar Girl

So, after Sakura ends a record starts playing and Koshi sings with piano backing her up.  Now, it’s got that old, muffled sound to it like a record would.  It sounds good but it’s like all the other catchy songs, and it ends kinda quickly.  A pretty good ending to an album.

 Tracks Recommended

  • Aishiteru Aishitenai
  • Sakura
  • Kamisama no Utagoe
  • Hanabi

Song of Avoidance

  • Shashin

If you think that just Yasutaka Nakata is part of this duo and think this’ll be dance-heavy music ala Ami Suzuki, Perfume, or MEG you are horribly wrong.  capsule’s music didn’t get that way til recently.  This album not only shows Nakata’s versatility with synths, it shows that him working with the right people really make things great as with this album.  Koshi is a great singer.