Perfume – Spring of Life

04/11/2012 at 12:17 PM | Posted in Perfume | Leave a comment
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~Single~

Perfume – Spring of Life

1. Spring of Life

2. Communication

3. Spring of Life (Original Instrumental)

4. Communication (Original Instrumental)

A label change, looking to reach a global market, next stop world domination? We’ll see…

There’s something fresh sounding about “Spring of Life” and I’m not sure what it really is, but I’m liking it. I feel like this song does a good job of revitalizing the girls. The synth is bright and especially during the chorus kind of cheery, the chorus itself is really catchy. The bridge was especially good to me as it starts out with a change to a bit heavier, edgier synth. Although when hearing something like that I crave more of it, a la edge, but oh well. A new synth melody starts playing afterwards and continues on into the song’s last chorus which I thought was really cool and made the ending of the song that much better.

Score – 8.5

“Communication” confuses you really quickly by starting up with a bit of natural percussion, but the song is nothing like that. The song is one of the more cutesy ones that the girls have done in a while. The same basic melody loops for the entire song and I wasn’t sure at first if it was annoying or not, but over time I’ve come to think it’s perfectly fine. The chorus is great, I loved the quickness of the lyrics and how well they flow along with the music. Overall I find the song to be just a small cut above Spring of Life, though I can see why Spring of Life is the A-side.

Score – 9

Final Note

A good new single for a new label, hopefully they continue like this.

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Perfume – JPN

12/15/2011 at 5:38 PM | Posted in Perfume | 2 Comments
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~Album~

Perfume – JPN

1. The Opening

2. Laser Beam (Album Mix)

3. GLITTER (Album Mix)

4. Natural ni Koishite

5. MY COLOR

6. Toki no Hari

7. Nee

8. Kasuka na Kaori

9. 575

10. VOICE

11. Kokoro no Sports

12. Have a Stroll

13. Fushizen na Girl

14. Spice

Sorry this is so late… OH WELL.

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Perfume – Spice

12/02/2011 at 12:00 AM | Posted in Perfume | Leave a comment
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~Single~

Perfume – Spice

1. Spice

2. GLITTER

3. Spice (Instrumental)

4. GLITTER (Instrumental)

The first thought that came to mind when I heard the opening synth of “Spice” was refreshing, which I feel seems weird but it’s true. I thought it was interesting and I liked that that beat continued throughout the entire song. Although on that same note, I feel another weird thing, except this time to complain about, is the fact that this one seems a bit repetitive. Still the girls sounds great and I really liked the toned down atmosphere and overall sound of the song and it ends fairly well.

Score – 8

On the other hand of Spice, “GLITTER” is pretty upbeat with blaring repeating synths until the girls start singing. The whole arrangement is kind of cool as along with the synths features some interesting background percussion which I can’t really place at the moment… Anyway, the chorus is infectious and the song ends up feeling like what you really want a Perfume track to feel like. Not much more I can about it really, the song’s just good!

Score – 9

Final Note

Even though I liked the past singles, this single made me a bit more confident about the upcoming album… even though there are only like 4 new songs…

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Perfume – Laser Beam / Kasuka na Kaori

06/08/2011 at 1:07 AM | Posted in Perfume | Leave a comment
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~Single~

Perfume – Laser Beam / Kasuka na Kaori

1. Laser Beam

2. Kasuka na Kaori

3. Laser Beam (Instrumental)

4. Kasuka na Kaori (Instrumental)

Can I just say that I love the fact that it looks like Kashiyuka is going back to her original style bangs!? *squee* *dies* OK, moving on…

Perfume is clearly back with some cutesy vocals with “Laser Beam”. The music is all 8-bit/videogame-like and sounds pretty fun overall. There is a cut vocals part that I don’t really care for, mostly because I feel like they did that too recently, but whatever, it’s fine. Overall a decent track, but certainly not their best.

Score – 7.5

“Kasuka na Kaori” is truly awesome, it’s really cute vocals, music and all. I love the atmosphere created by it and the fact that it’s a bit more mellow then their recent songs. Towards the end it’s just the girls and a piano and it’s great, I wish I heard more of it even though I know that’s not their style. I really love when they do songs like this.

Score – 8

Final Note

This single totally should have been Kasuka na Kaori / Laser Beam.

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Perfume – Nee

11/11/2010 at 10:46 PM | Posted in Perfume | 7 Comments
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~Single~

Perfume – Nee

1. Nee

2. FAKE IT

3. Nee (Instrumental Version)

4. FAKE IT (Instrumental Version)

As you could probably tell from the title “Nee” is definitely a cutesy little song. At first, I thought the repetitiousness of the girls singing “Nee, nee, nee, nee,” over and over again in the chorus would be really annoying but I’ve found it to be cute and endearing. Perhaps I’m being brainwashed and that’s why I have no qualms about it. I thought the synth was interesting and engaging and a bit different from the late. The cut vocals in the song (again thought they were going to be annoying but they weren’t) were a great touch.

Score – 8.5

Why is it this always seems to happen with Perfume songs? An element in the song seems annoying at first but over time I find it to be completely fine. In the case of “FAKE IT” the song features a repetitious screeching that isn’t as jarring as it sounds. This song is wicked catchy and I wanted to start singing along to it as soon as I started listening not to mention I really liked the lyrical content. I feel like it could have been a tad longer as I feel it ends too soon. In my opinion, no offense Nee, FAKE IT should have been the A-side.

Score – 9

Final Note

Getting better Perf, can’t wait for a new album.

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Perfume – VOICE

08/11/2010 at 4:39 AM | Posted in Perfume | 3 Comments
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~Single~

Perfume – VOICE

1. VOICE

2. 575

3. VOICE (Instrumental)

4. 575 (Instrumental)

“VOICE” is a cute song with cute vocals from the girls. A little bit of the synth was interesting but the rest was fairly typical. It felt a little long, to the point of seeming to drag a little bit at the end. Other than that, I have nothing really that bad to say, but nothing that good either. It’s a decent track.

Score – 6

I will say I like “575” a lot more than VOICE, but unfortunately, it’s a little flawed. It’s a really cool song in general, it starts off really great with a good beat and calm vocals. The chorus was really great featuring a really nice sounding string in the background and it was fairly catchy. Here’s where it gets weird, as soon as the chorus ends the beat changes and Kashiyuka starts rapping, I shit you not. It’s not that bad actually but just felt a little out of place, not to mention the transition from the rap sections to the regular verses just seem strange. The final chorus features an extra set of beats that I thought actually detracted from the song.

Score – 7.5

OVERALL

VOICE was OK, and I liked 575 but it would have been perfect if those extra things weren’t there :/ Less is more as they say.

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Perfume – Fushizen na Girl / Natural ni Koishite

04/17/2010 at 10:42 PM | Posted in Perfume | Leave a comment
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~Single~

Perfume – Fushizen na Girl / Natural ni Koishite

1. Fushizen na Girl

2. Natural ni Koishite

3. Fushizen na Girl -Original Instrumental-

4. Natural ni Koishite -Original Instrumental-

Yay, a new Perfume single ^_^ I was thinking that after Natural ni Koishite was announced that that would be it, but nope. Surprise Double A-side! On to the review.

“Fushizen na Girl” really reminds me of some classic pop, more specifically Kylie Minogue. I don’t know why, but I get those vibes from it, of course, with a bit of a synthesized twist to it. It’s got a pretty good beat to it and while I have no complaints, I find the other A-side to be superior.

Score – 8

“Natural ni Koishite” got to me immediately with it’s upbeat synth, and the girls cute vocals. The song just has really great energy and a really fun sound and I loved the overall message of the lyrics.

Score – 9

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