Pamyu Pamyu Revolution

Release Date: May 23, 2012

Track Listing:

  1. Pamyu Pamyu Revolution
  2. Tsukema Tsukeru
  3. Pon Pon Pon
  4. Minna no Uta
  5. Kyary Anan
  6. Candy Candy
  7. Drinker
  8. Omedari 47 Degrees Celsius
  9. Suki Sugite Kire Sou
  10. Girigiri Safe
  11. Oyasumi
  12. Chan Chaka Chan Chan

Review

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (real name Takemura Kiroko) is a Japanese fashion blogger and model turned electro pop superstar thanks to her debut single Pon Pon Pon. A year after the release of that song comes her highly anticipated debut album Pamyu Pamyu Revolution.

Why the big deal? She’s just another electro pop artist among the millions (and milllions) out there right? What makes her special is who wrote the music for her, and that is none other than Yasutaka Nakata; the mastermind behind Capsule and Perfume’s many hits.

With that kind of production power behind her there’s a lot to live up to. Remember that Pon Pon Pon was a huge hit and the follow up singles Tsukema Tsukeru and Candy Candy were thankfully just as delightfully trippy. What about the rest of the album?

I’d say that this is pretty damn close to what you would hear from Perfume to be honest. There is a bit of a twist on the Nakata sound to fit within whatever strange world that Kyary Pamyu Pamyu occupies in real time or in her head so there’s enough here to differentiate her from those her producer works with on a regular basis.

What is on this album is also very light hearted and fun pop. There’s nothing that would indicate that there’s anything deep or meaningful that would inspire nations of wannabe Harajuku models to rise up & take what’s theirs. Nope, that just ain’t happening here.

If you can find any world changing lyrics in Pon Pon Pon or Candy Candy let me know because I would like to hear your argument.

You’ll probably notice that Kyary isn’t exactly the greatest singer as you go through this album.  I’m not saying she’s awful. If she were, I would have stopped this review at the first paragraph. I think she’s good within a certain range & that encompasses plenty of cute.

I am very thankful that she has few traces of  “idol squeak” in her voice. She’s not going to hit 8 octave notes that that only dogs can hear.  That’s completely unrealistic.

In the end Pamyu Pamyu Revolution may not be to everyone’s liking. It does have a lot of mainstream appeal but some of the left field elements present might turn some people off.  If you don’t mind a bit of weird in your music then give this a go.

Pamyu Pamyu Revolution

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